Old Settler’s Music Festival adds Big Head Todd, Del McCoury, Sarah Jarosz to Stellar Lineup


Just-announced performers Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Sarah Jarosz and the Del McCoury Band join a stellar lineup for the 27th annual Old Settler’s Music Festival, taking place April 10-13 at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, Texas, south of Austin. Appalachian roots-rockers the Black Lillies also join a roster of 30 top roots, bluegrass and Americana acts performing on four stages. Single-day wristbands, 3- and 4-day packages and the all-inclusive platinum pass may be purchased at oldsettlersmusicfest.org or by calling 888.512.SHOW.

The festival consistently attracts a mix of beloved legends, respected veterans and hot new talent. Renowned names include  Dr. Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, Donna the Buffalo, North Mississippi Allstars, Robert Randolph & the Family Band and Gaelic Storm. Up-and-comers John Fullbright, Shovels & Rope, Lake Street Dive and Parker Millsap are destined to claim that status, also shared by Austin’s own Bob Schneider, Shinyribs and Wood & Wire.

Blues-rockers Big Head Todd & the Monsters are touring behind their first album of originals in four years, the just-released Black Beehive; jazz-soul quartet Lake Street Dive dropped Bad Self Portraits last week. The Del McCoury Band is celebrating McCoury’s 75th birthday, as well as its second Best Bluegrass Album Grammy.

“Old Settler’s feels more like a family reunion every year,” says festival director Jean Spivey. “I’m always as excited as any fan to share the warmth of this friendly community and witness so much talent in such a beautiful, relaxed and intimate setting. It’s a Texas hill country experience unlike any other.”

Many musicians playing Old Settler’s teach popular songwriting and performance workshops; the festival also supports talent development via its annual Youth Talent Competition for artists 18 and younger. Festival headliner Sarah Jarosz won the first competition in 2002; tomorrow’s headliners could be a win away. For entry information, click oldsettlersmusicfest.org/youth-talent.

The festival also features a market filled with unique crafts; children’s activities; and craft beer and food selections. Old Settler’s private-label wines will return, with new red and white blends produced exclusively for the festival by nearby Duchman Family Winery. Old Settler’s also has added a ride-sharing board accessible via Web, allowing festivalgoers to arrange joint transportation visit  oldsettlersmusicfest.org/directions/ride-share/.  Also Download the free app for schedules and more via iPhone or Android stores.

Old Settler’s continues to grow in popularity with performers and fans who appreciate its laid-back vibe and opportunities for discovery — expressed perfectly on its website with this statement: “We’re more craft beer than light beer. We’d rather kick back than crowd-surf. And every year is full of surprises.”

Old Settler’s Music Festival 2014 Lineup
(Times to be announced)
Thursday, April 10
Donna the Buffalo
St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Wood & Wire
Parker Millsap
Front Country
Friday, April 11
Shovels & Rope
Bob Schneider
North Mississippi Allstars
Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys
Donna the Buffalo
St. Paul & the Broken Bones
The Deadly Gentlemen
Humming House
Red Wine
Katy Kirby

Saturday, April 12
Big Head Todd & the Monsters
Robert Randolph & the Family Band
The Del McCoury Band
Sarah Jarosz
The Devil Makes Three
Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott
Lake Street Dive
Gaelic Storm
The Gibson Brothers
Elephant Revival
John Fullbright
Peter Rowan’s Twang an’ Groove
Della Mae
The Deadly Gentlemen
Lily & Madeleine

Sunday, April 13
The Gibson Brothers
Elephant Revival
The Black Lillies
Della Mae

About Old Settler’s Music Festival
Old Settler’s Music Festival offers bluegrass, folk and Americana acts performing on four stages over four days, along with camping in the beautiful Texas hill country. Many music fans return annually for amazing shows by award-winning artists such as Richard Thompson, Delbert McClinton, Bruce Hornsby, Iron & Wine, Yonder Mountain String Band, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Bela Fleck and favorite locals such as Patty Griffin and Joe Ely.

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