Jan 272018

SOL Records Double Album Release Party
featuring Dallas Moore and his new album “Mr. Honky Tonk” and Craig Gerdes with his new album “Smokin, Drinking, & Gamblin” as well as celebrating Nashville Pedal Steel Legend Jim Vest’s 77th Birthday Bash!

Doors 7pm

Craig Gerdes Band with special guests 8pm

Dallas Moore Band 9:15pm

Folks directly after the Ameripolitan Awards in Memphis Tennessee the second week of February SOL Records has teamed up with The Nashville Palace to bring you some great Country Music after the winners are announced in Memphis! I am ALSO going to be covering an AFTER PARTY that the Palace is having the Saturday AFTER the awards.

I personally will be present in Memphis to cover the event in all it’s glory next month, and afterwards I’ll be going down to the Palace to welcome the newest album from Dallas Moore. I recently wrote about his performance last year at the The Muddy Roots Music Festival where he played some of the NEW songs for the first time ever.

I KNOW BOTH OF THESE ALBUMS WILL HIT MANY TOP LISTS OF 2018. And I’ll tell you Mr. Dallas and his band are personal friends of mine, I HAVE heard BOTH albums and Mr. Joshua Wallace WILL HAVE reviews up THIS WEEK for both of them.

I realize that there will be showcases around Memphis during the Ameripolitan weekend, however due to my further 2018 booking for other events I don’t have enough vacation time to cover that many days in Memphis. TRUST ME if you are avid reader here you’ll thank me when it’s time for other festivals.

I’m also going to be tying in many other articles here on this string of events in THREE STATES so y’all keep your eyes peeled for further updates and many other people involved into this mix…it’s ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC here on this blog people.

Jan 272018

Album Feature : Steep Canyon Rangers – Out In The Open

By Joshua Wallace

The Steep Canyon Rangers are one of my favorite bluegrass bands and they have returned with their 10th studio album Out In The Open.  This album finds the band continuing to sharpen their skills and do what they do best.  There is a great blend of traditional Bluegrass and Americana here.  This is the second Steep Canyon Ranger only album to feature Mike Ashworth on percussion and the last album with Charles Humphrey III on bass as he left the band in December 2017.  Out In The Open finds the band in top form and delivering some memorable songs.

The album was recorded live in studio with many one takes on the record.  This includes the album’s title track “Out In The Open”.  This production technique creates a live feel to the record and the band does sound like they’re all in one room rather than in recording booths or recording different parts at different times.  I feel like it is important to capture bluegrass bands in an environment that is as close to live as possible as there is nothing like good live bluegrass.

This album does have a bit of a road trip feel to it.  One of my favorites is a track called “Let Me Out Of This Town” which heavily features fiddle player Nicky Sanders.  Another track that puts Nicky Sanders forward in the mix is “Can’t Get Home”.  This tune is a bit more country than bluegrass and showcases the blend of styles they are able to create.

The Steep Canyon Rangers switch things up a bit again with “Let Me Die In My Footsteps”.  This acoustic folksy and almost gospel tune is one of the quieter moments on the album but still hits hard like a good song should.  This song is very reminiscent of Marty Stuart’s recent hit “Wait For The Morning” in a good way.  I’m also a big fan of the track “Roadside Anthem” which starts out slowly, but swells and finishes with a beautiful and fast fiddle solo at the end.

This is the Steep Canyon Ranger’s 10th album that does not feature Steve Martin or Edie Brickell.  If you are only familiar with this band as Steve Martin’s backing band, now is a good time to jump in.  This band continues to get better with each record and this is one of their best releases.  I recommend giving this album a shot even if you’re not a fan of traditional bluegrass.  While Steep Canyon Rangers are at their core a bluegrass band, they always bring something more to the table with country and folk influences in their sound.  Out In the Open is available everywhere on January 26th.

Favorite Tracks : “Out In The Open”, “Let Me Out Of This Town”, “Let Me Die In My Footsteps”, “Farmers and Pharaohs”

Steep Canyon Rangers – Out In The Open (2018)

  1. Farmers and Pharaohs

  2. Let Me Out of This Town

  3. Out in the Open

  4. Can’t Get Home

  5. Going Midwest

  6. When She Was Mine

  7. Love Harder

  8. Shenandoah Valley

  9. Best of Me

  10. Roadside Anthems

  11. Let Me Die in My Footsteps

  12. The Speed We’re Traveling

Joshua Wallace
Chief Staff Writer

Gary Hayes County
Jan 272018

Make sure to get your ticket for FestDrive’s Shuttle to & from Old Settler’s!

In an effort to reduce traffic and our carbon footprint, we are partnering with FestDrive to bring you bus service to and from the festival from Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. We know that driving can be stressful and troublesome so leave that up to us. Buses will run all four days.

Buy Your Shuttle Tickets

I have been covering this festival as a part of the other 174 yearly festival events that I cover. Festivals are a huge part of my music itinerary every year and my crew and I physically cover as many festivals we can with articles describing our experience there.

So this event transpires on April 19-22nd 2018, has a brand new location in Texas and is in it’s 30th year having began in 1988. This event is truly one of Central Texas’ most prestigious festivals, and is mentioned at many other festivals I equally cover.  And you can purchase your tickets for this event HERE.

Here is the lineup for this year’s event, now as usual I AM in constant contact with Miss Jean’s crew and will OFTEN ADD all the updates they send me. They have reached an agreement with another festival called Driftwood Music Festival (Whom we also cover) and their brand will be launching their event at a different month, because patrons of both events are involved in that scene.

There is a late night stage for campers that will contain people like my friend Mr. Konrad Wert AKA Possessed By Paul James and others. Like all my other festival articles, I have included all the nearby hotels and this festival like others has a shuttle service that will take you to many of them. The late night stage will be for unplugged performers and let me tell you Possessed By Paul James will BLOW YOU AWAY, and the audience will maintain complete silence during the late night events. MORE festivals should follow that special offering.

Greensky Bluegrass

Railroad Earth

I’m With Her – Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan

Bob Schneider

JD McPherson


Jamestown Revival

The Grateful Ball featuring The Travelin’ McCourys & Jeff Austin Band

Ray Wylie Hubbard

Balsam RangeThe War & Treaty

Will Hoge

Donna the Buffalo


The Travelin’ McCourys

Steve Poltz

Jeff Austin Band

The War & Treaty

Front Country

Billy Strings

Colter Wall

The Deer

Possessed by Paul James

3% Milk (Members of MilkDrive, The Deer & the Greencards)*

We Banjo 3

The Peterson Brothers


The Cleverlys

Tomar & the FCs

Ley Line*

The Stacks

Jon Stickley Trio

Sophie Scott (2017 Youth Competition Winner)


Spring has sprung and we’re just weeks away from our 31st Old Settler’s. The following are some important announcements and information.

This Sunday is our final volunteer meeting. We will meet from 2 – 5 pm at our new home in Tilmon. Come on out if you wish to volunteer. Thanks in advance for your support.

If you haven’t picked up your tickets yet, what’s stopping you? Advance ticket prices remain until April 4thYou can learn more and grab yours here.

If our new home is a bit of a longer commute for you, fear not! FestDrive is offering a shuttle service to help get you here and back home.

We also wanted to let you know that the Caldwell County Commissioners unanimously approved our festival permit application, which was a historic vote. Martin Ritchey, the chief of the county’s office of emergency management said, “They’ve made a substantial investment in property in Caldwell County.”

Judge Pro Tem Joe Roland said he was glad to have us in the county. He credited us with planning and doing things the right way, “They are truly a stand-up group, we welcome them to Caldwell County.” Feels good to get some more local love! Thanks to everyone in the county for their support. Thanks also to the Lockhart Post-Register who published this article.

And THANK YOU for your support. Come join us for our best year yet on April 19 – 22. You can see the full lineup schedule here.






Best Western Lockhart Hotel & Suites

3-star hotel
Casual hotel with free breakfast & pool
Free breakfast
Lockhart Inn

2-star hotel
Simple rooms with cable TV & Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi
Plum Creek Inn

2-star hotel
Best Western Bastrop Pines Inn

3-star hotel
Simple hotel with free WiFi & a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
La Quinta Inn & Suites Kyle – Austin South

3-star hotel
Lodging with an outdoor pool & a hot tub
DEAL 23% less than usual
La Quinta Inn & Suites Luling

La Quinta Inn & Suites Austin Airport

3-star hotel
Modern hotel with dining & free WiFi
W Austin

4-star hotel
Trendy hotel with spa & outdoor pool
Free breakfast
DEAL 48% less than usual
Hotel Saint Cecilia

4-star hotel
Artsy boutique property with a pool
Best Western Plus Longhorn Inn & Suites

3-star hotel
Modern lodging with Wi-Fi & breakfast
Ellison House

Boutique Hotel
Hotel · 16228 Remuda Trail
The Driskill Bar

Hotel · 604 Brazos St
Polished cocktail bar with live music
Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

4-star hotel
Sleek lodging with a rooftop pool & bar
Driskill Hotel

Hotel · 150-172 Old Pecan St
La Quinta Inn San Marcos

3-star hotel
2-story hotel with free WiFi & breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
DEAL 25% less than usual
Best Western San Marcos

3-star hotel
Unfussy hotel with free WiFi & a pool
Free breakfast
Four Seasons Hotel Austin

4-star hotel
Elegant rooms, plus a saltwater pool
Lake Falling Star RV Resort

Resort · 7355 FM713
Best Western Regency Inn & Suites

2-star hotel
Budget hotel with free WiFi & breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Our new home features rolling hills and wooded areas with space available for both Tents and RVs or Trailers. Catch up with friends, make new ones — and definitely bring your instruments for some late night jams around the campfires.

Bringing the whole family? No worries — we have a dedicated family camping area, too!


Tent Camping

One of the beautiful things about our new space is just that – space! You spoke, and we listened. We have room to spread out some, and offer more camping options than ever before.

Want to camp in the trees? No problem, we have wooded camping with a nearby lot for your car.

Prefer to camp next to your car? We’ve got that option, too, in our meadow car camping area.

Need family camping so your little ones can get some rest? We now have a designated area just for you.

Old Settlers believes that music lovers of all abilities should have the opportunity to enjoy the festival together. Our new space allows us to offer designated ADA camping, and we are happy to help you get the most out of your festival experience.

Do you have a large group of pickers and fans needing to camp together with space for RVs, tents, and room to jam? We can accommodate you too with a custom package to fit your needs. Let us know what you need and we will do our best to make it happen.  Contact: info@oldsettlersmusicfest.org.

RV/Trailer Pass

RVs and trailers will be charged an additional $100 over the cost of camping. This applies to RVs over 18 feet and trailers with more than one axle. The charge covers an electrical permit and a campground parking permit. Electrical will be primarily 30 amp services. There will be a few 50 amp services. Sorry, we do not anticipate having water hookups this year.

Everyone will be charged a $30 campground parking fee.  Parking is available in the meadow.  If possible, we ask that you park your cars in the meadow as well.  Please keep the woods clear for tents and trailers.