2016 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winners

Sycamore Creek House Concerts
Dripping Springs, Texas

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

7:00 pm
$20/person suggested minimum donation @ the door



It is that time of year again, the annual Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winner Fall Tour.  

The Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition

There is a yearly competition every May at the Kerrville Folk Festival to discover promising new singer-songwriters called the New Folk Competition. Thirty-two finalists are selected from a field of up to 800 entries to share two of their original songs in an afternoon appearance on the stage of the Threadgill Theater during the Festival. From these 32 finalists, six Award Winners are selected by a small group of well-established performing songwriters, to take home cash and other tangible prizes.
A win at Kerrville carries considerable prestige in the singer/songwriter community. This is in part due to the peer-professional judging and the festival’s long history of recognizing emerging artists who have later gone on to wider success. There have also been examples of notable performers who have appeared as finalists in the competition without ever earning a win.

2016 Award Winners are:

Addie Brownlee (Brooklyn, NY) - Addie has been performing and writing for over 10 years. Addie has licensed her songs to film and commercials, toured with Martha Wainwright and has one EP.  

Joe Shields (Alto, MI) - Joe has been writing for 8 years and performing for 1. Besides being a singer/songwriter,  he is also a  cartoonist and animator. He has one CD.

Justin Farren (Sacramento, CA) - Justin has been writing and performing for 20 years. He has released 3 albums.  Justin says that songwriting is a way of reminding himself what's important.

Emily Scott Robinson (Greensboro, NC) - Emily has been performing for 12 years and writing for 3.  She has one CD.  She took a leap of faith this year moving into a motorhome with her husband to travel the country and play music full-time.

Rachel Laven (San Antonio, TX) - Rachel has been writing songs for 14 years and performing for 20.  She is about to release her second solo album, and has four previous albums with her family band, The Lavens.

Ben De La Cour (Nashville, TN) - Ben has been writing songs and performing for 15 years.  He has two albums. Ben has lived a different kind of life. After growing up in Brooklyn, he set out to see the world as an amateur boxer, bartender, and agricultural worker. He has lived in Havana, Paris, London, Los Angeles, and New Orleans before finally settling in Nashville.

These incredible artists will play two one hour sets in the round.   You won’t want to miss this one!!!!

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Thomas & Gail

Sycamore Creek Concerts