Nov 102019

As most of my loyal followers already know, I report on a plethora of music festivals each year. I continuously make solemn efforts to maintain contact with each one on an even basis, and give each festival equal attention when it comes to my support. I do like to separate information for them, because some of them may feel like I’m trying to compete them but I’m NOT…not in ANY way!

This is going to be an ongoing mass informational article that I’ll be updating many times with information about TONS of nationwide festivals, complete with separate links for each one as I make them according to the time frame. This will be a MAJOR JOB that I’ll be promoting heavily.

Tumbleweed Music Festival May 28th-30th 2020 Kansas

One of my favorite jobs this year was Tumbleweed Music Festival. I’ll be doing my 2020 pushes for over 200 nationwide festivals here in the next few weeks. I keep in constant touch with directors from all over the nation on their festivals to bring YOU the BEST coverage possible.
Now, this is an email sent to me ( and if you join their mailing list, you got this also) that has some of the changes coming in 2020. At this juncture, I cannot say whether I’ll be there in person or have a team member there. I plan to change up my festival presence for 2020, but I also plan to “tie in” a few that coincide time wise and travel wise.
I mean WHY THE HECK NOT? Wouldn’t YOU WANT ME to cover Bluegrass and Red Dirt in a weekend?
See here is how I look at this…let’s create a LARGE national network of “stops” for ALL local music and ALL genres. Let’s juxtapose all of these scenes, and stop treating them like scenes. Let’s make them a big huge community.
One organization is doing JUST THAT and it’s Mr. Jim Guthrie  and his wife Miss Victoria from the Honky Tonk Hotel out in Missouri. Those two are taking some of the Appalachian artists and bringing them to the Midwest regions, and I applaud them. I mean, this gives people like me easier work and more access to other artists because they pass through. He is closely in connection with Tumbleweed, and he and I talk all the time about ways to improve music functions. He does a LOT for the artists, booking, lodging, and needs people like me to help promote the music. Most importantly to me..he takes NO income from what he does, and that is honorable in my opinion. It costs money to keep the water and lights on!
With all that being said I am currently in contact with 250 festivals to date, and getting information on 2020 dates, times, places, lineup announcements, new stages, less stages, and the whole nine yards. We got info coming for well over 250 festivals for you on this website, as I work with 6 other websites that deal with festivals directly.
The addition of a more intimate stage pleases me, this year Master Musician’s Festival did it. It went over VERY WELL, and gave us the fans more of an opportunity to get acquainted with the musicians and absorb the lyrics easier. Muddy Roots also does this with TWO stages but they are right off the main vendor area, so you still have clamor and loud talking. This announced stage area is WELL OFF the main area and will provide AMPLE QUIET for you..but I have one concern. Cross traffic on foot. There simply was not enough space to facilitate LARGE AMOUNTS of pedestrians crossing to the main stage…unless they move the main stage.
As of right now, the Tumbleweed head director has no more information to share with you via text last week. But he DOES what to say THANK YOU for being there, enjoying the festival, loving the music, and being a patron. HE NEEDS our input to make Tumbleweed the BEST festival possible, and on May 28th- 30th 2020, let’s make it happen….MORE TO COME!

If YOU HAVE A comment, question or suggestion you can contact them, they are good folks!

Based on your valued feedback and our commitment to delivering an outstanding festival experience, we are committed to the following improvements for Tumbleweed 2020.


Introducing a 2nd stage located in an intimate and shaded area (where archery was). This stage will run from about noon to 5pm and pick-up again at about midnight when the main stage ends. It’s a beautiful spot and the perfect size. Main Stage will run from approximately 5pm to midnight.


More units, more locations, easier access, cleaned twice daily


Campers! fixed-price $5 per person, includes camping gear from the parking to camping on horse wagons. Established “taxi stands” at main stage, camping and parking for easy ride-hailing. We’re exploring gear drop-off at the forest for Thursday arrivals!


VIP-exclusive bathrooms and shade tent at main stage with dedicated bar in that tent serving all levels of VIP. No pre-set chairs/reserved seats in VIP, but able to place personal chairs daily. A late-night VIP dance party will kick-off after the last main stage act goes off – around midnight. The country dance party is held in the VIP Tavern.


The GA+ section will be closer to the stage than this year’s placement, with vendors pushed back to allow more room on each side. GA+ is essentially GA from this year. We’ve introduced GA+ to allow for a lower-price “GA” ticket. The lower price GA ticket is for fans who are tight on funds and don’t mind distant viewing of the stage.


The General Store returns with its essentials, including ice! No vendors will be located in camping, eliminating the generator noise.


To maintain ticket integrity, we’re discontinuing the Ambassador Program. The least expensive tickets are always available online at The ticketing schedule remains in-place, with price increases following the ticket schedule announced and published at

Tumbleweed 2020 tickets launch on August 5th for a one-week massive sale… the lowest prices of the year. We appreciate your support of Tumbleweed’s authentic and independent country music experience! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach us at

Suwanee Spring Reunion March 19-22nd 2020 Florida.

By Joshua Wallace

Friends, you might remember my coverage of the Suwannee Spring Reunion 2019 and how awesome that festival was.  Well, it’s almost time for the 2020 edition and I’m here with some dates and the initial lineup announcement.  The 2020 edition of the Suwannee Spring Reunion will happen March 19th – 22nd at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL.  This year’s initial lineup announcement features some familiar faces and new ones too.  I’m looking forward to covering this event right here on Gary Hayes Country.

Suwannee Spring Reunion 2020 Initial Lineup

Donna the Buffalo
Peter Rowan Free Mexican Airforce featuring Los Texmaniacs
The Duhks
Darrell Scott
Jim Lauderdale Band
Verlon Thompson
Shawn Camp Band
Roy Book Binder
Jeff Mosier Ensemble
Sloppy Joe

And many more to be announced!

For more information, tickets, and to reserve camping, please visit

Old Settler’s Music Festival  April 15th-19th Texas.

This one here in Tilman Texas is our friends at Old Settler’s Music Festival and they have recently annonuced a partial lineup of their 2020 acts. I’ll tell you what we have an amazing list of festivals to satisfy ALL of our readers here, JUST KEEP READING!

Hi Everyone,

We are excited to bring you “a little sneak peak” at the 2020 Lineup.  We’ll certainly have more artists to unveil soon – about two dozen more! We picked this first bunch because it’s a mix old favorites and what we believe will be new favorites. Returnees include the unmistakable joy and energy that is Shinyribs, merry prankster Steve Poltz, descendants of bluegrass royalty The Travelin’ McCourys, transcendental folk locals The Deer, and globetrotting string band Della Mae.

New OSMF favorites …

  • American Aquarium’s well loved, hardscrabble roots rock.
  • Charley Crockett’s musical gumbo of Delta blues, honky-tonk, gospel and Cajun jazz.
  • Brilliant young guitarist, singer, songwriter and multiple award winner Molly Tuttle
  • The country noir of Logan Ledger, who so impressed Americana legend T. Bone Burnett that he produced Logan’s debut album.
  • Real deal hill country blues artist Cedric Burnside, one the best shows we saw at SXSW last year.
  • The Hogslop String Band – a band that absolutely oozes charm while raising a ruckus, complete with washtub bass.
  • And 2019 Youth Competition Winner Elijah Delgado.

Stay tuned – there’s plenty more surprises and Old Settler’s news to come!
Thank you so much for being part of our family. We can’t wait for April 2020.

— The folks at Old Settler’s

PS Scroll down for a link to our Spotify playlist which we add to as we release more artists!

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Merlefest April 23-26th North Carolina

One of the festivals I have on my radar this next festival season is the North Carolina based Merlefest, which is a non camping festival held on a college campus.

Initial Lineup Announced For MerleFest 2020
Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss atop billing;
Chris Austin Songwriting Contest entry still open
November 12, 2019 – Wilkesboro, NC – MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the initial lineup for MerleFest 2020, which will be held April 23-26. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. “For over 30 years, one of the major factors that has built and sustained MerleFest has been the quality of the artists and performances that our guests see over the 4-day festival,” says Ted Hagaman, Festival Director. “People truly feel that the festival is a great value and that is why music fans and families return year after year. We feel that the 2020 lineup again reflects the diversity and quality of performers, and we look forward to another successful festival in April.” The complete lineup for MerleFest 2020 will be announced over the next few months.
Today’s lineup announcement includes Willie Nelson & Family, Alison Krauss, The Jerry Douglas Band, Sam Bush, Jim Lauderdale, Kruger Brothers, The Waybacks, Scythian, Donna The Buffalo, Peter Rowan and the Free Mexican Airforce, Tommy Emmanuel, Shinyribs, Charley Crockett, Darrell Scott, The Steel Wheels, Robbie Fulks, Amythyst Kiah, Cordovas, Alison Brown, Andy May, “B” Townes, Banknotes, Bill & The Belles, Bryan Sutton, Carol Rifkin, Charles Welch, Chatham Rabbits, Che Apalache, The Cleverlys, Creole Stomp with Dennis Stroughmatt, David Holt, Fireside Collective, Flattop, Happy Traum, Hogslop String Band, InterACTive Theatre of Jef, Irish Mythen, Iron Horse Bluegrass, Jack Lawrence, Jeff Little Trio, Jody Carroll, Joe Smothers, Ken Crouse, Laura Boosinger, The Local Boys, Los Texmaniacs, Mark Bumgarner, Mary Flower, Mitch Greenhill, Pete & Joan Wernick, Piedmont Bluz, Presley Barker, Rev. Robert Jones, Roy Book Binder, Sierra Ferrell, String Madness, T. Michael Coleman, Tony Williamson, Wayne Henderson, The Moore Brothers, The Williams Brothers, and Wyld Fern.
Tickets for next year’s festival go on sale November 12, 2019, and may be purchased or by calling 1-800-343-7857. MerleFest offers a three-tiered pricing structure and encourages fans to take advantage of the extended early bird discount. Early Bird Tier 1 tickets may be purchased from November 12 to February 16, 2020; Early Bird Tier 2 tickets from February 17 to April 22. Remaining tickets will be sold at the gate during the festival.
New for MerleFest 2020 is “The Patio at MerleFest.” This ticket-upgrade includes comfortable seating in a covered area with great views of the Watson and Cabin stages, access to the friends and family seating area (formerly named VIP), a deluxe air-conditioned mobile bathroom unit, snacks and beverages, and live video displays from the Watson and Cabin stages. Fans wanting to gain access to this exciting new addition to MerleFest should act quickly, as seating is limited.
MerleFest would also like to remind potential participants that the entry period for 2020’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest is still open. Now in its 28th year, CASC is an extraordinary opportunity for songwriters to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of Nashville music industry professionals, under the direction of volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. Aspiring songwriters may submit entries to the contest using theonline entry form at or by mailing entries to MerleFest/CASC, P.O. Box 120, Wilkesboro, NC, 28697. All entries received during October and November will receive an early-entry discount price of $25 per entry, while submissions received in December and January will require a $30 fee per entry. All lyrics must be written in English and no instrumental entries will be accepted. The deadline to enter is February 1, 2020.
About Willie Nelson & Family
With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of “Crazy,” “Red Headed Stranger,” and “Stardust.” Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In recent years, he has delivered more than a dozen new album releases, released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, headlined the annual Luck Reunion food and music festival at his ranch in Luck, Texas, during SXSW, launched his cannabis companies Willie’s Reserve and Willie’s Remedy, and graced the covers of Rolling Stone and AARP The Magazine.
In 2015, Nelson published “It’s A Long Story: My Life,” the unvarnished and complete story of his life that landed him on the New York Times’ bestsellers list. He also released a new studio album with Merle Haggard titled Django And Jimmie, which debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Country album chart and #7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart. In November 2015, the Library of Congress honored him with their Gershwin Prize for Popular Song for his contributions to popular music. He is the first country artist to receive the distinguished award. The following year began with the release of “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin,” a collection of 11 newly recorded Gershwin classics. The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Current Jazz chart and the Top Traditional Jazz chart, as well as earned him a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. In September 2016, came “For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price,” an album of newly recorded interpretations of 12 Ray Price songs. In 2017, he released two albums of newly recorded performances: “God’s Problem Child,” with 13 new songs that debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Country album chart and #10 on the Billboard 200, and “Willie Nelson and The Boys (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2),” that includes 11 country classics and one brand-new song performed by Nelson and his sons Lukas and Micah. For 2018, he released “Last Man Standing” in April to celebrate his 85th birthday. It is comprised entirely of songs newly-penned by Nelson (and longtime collaborator and producer Buddy Cannon).
In September, he released the album “My Way,” a collection of newly-recorded standards and classics originally made famous by Nelson’s close friend and musical colleague Frank Sinatra. It went on to win the GRAMMY Award for Best Traditional Pop Album. For 2019, he released “Ride Me Back Home,” a new studio album with 11 recordings that are a reflective upbeat journey through life, love, and time’s inescapable rhythms viewed from Willie’s inimitable perspective. These new songs and performances add to his classic catalog and find Willie Nelson rolling at a creative peak, writing and singing and playing with the seasoned wit and wisdom that comes from the road, which he still travels along performing for fans. Willie Nelson & Family performs Thursday, April 23, 2020.
About Alison Krauss
Born in Champaign, Illinois, Alison Krauss grew up listening to everything from folk to opera to pop and rock music, but quickly fell in love with bluegrass when she began playing fiddle at the age of five. Shortly after, Krauss began entering fiddle contests. At the age of 14, Rounder Records signed her to her first record deal, and she went on to release her debut solo album two years later. The accomplished bluegrass musician became a member of the Grand Ole Opry at age 21.
Since 1985, Krauss has released 14 albums including five solo, seven with her longtime band and musical collaborators Union Station, and the Robert Plant collaboration “Raising Sand,” which was certified platinum and won five Grammys, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. She’s sold more than 12 million records to date, and her honors include 27 Grammys, nine Country Music Association Awards, 14 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards and two Gospel Music Association Awards.
“Windy City,” her latest solo album, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and Top Bluegrass Albums charts and received two Grammy nominations. The album was produced by Buddy Cannon, whose vocal harmonies Krauss grew up listening to and were the soundtrack to her childhood. “Buddy sang harmonies on everything back then,” Krauss says. She also reveals of Cannon, “I don’t do something unless I feel like I’m called to do it. That’s what I felt like, so I honored it. It’s like the same feeling of when you know something is right musically, with a song or a batch of songs –the same feeling, but this was attached to a person instead of a batch of songs.”
Krauss frequently collaborates with artists from numerous genres, including Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Vince Gill, The Chieftains, James Taylor, The Cox Family, Yo-Yo Ma, Johnny Mathis, Cyndi Lauper, Heart, Bad Company, and Phish. She has recorded and toured with Willie Nelson, whom she honored with a performance during the 2015 Gershwin Prize Tribute Concert. She will reunite with Nelson this summer on a co-headlining tour throughout North America.
“Whiskey Lullaby,” a duet which she performed with Brad Paisley won two CMA Awards in 2004. She has also produced albums for Alan Jackson, Nickel Creek, and The Cox Family. Some of these collaborators were also formative to Krauss, and she lists influences including Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs, Dolly Parton, Larry Sparks, The Cox Family, and Ralph Stanley. Alison Krauss performs Thursday, April 23, 2020.
About MerleFest
MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including old-time, classic country, bluegrass, folk and gospel, and blues, and expanded to include Americana, classic rock, and many other styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. MerleFest is the primary fundraiser for the WCC Foundation, funding scholarships, capital projects, and other educational needs.
About Window World
Window World, headquartered in North Wilkesboro, N.C., is America’s largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, with more than 200 locally-owned offices nationwide. Founded in 1995, the company sells and installs windows, siding, doors, and other exterior products, with a total of over 14 million windows sold to date. Window World is an ENERGY STAR partner, and its window products have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal for 10 consecutive years. Additionally, through its charitable foundationWindow World Cares, the Window World family provides funding for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which honored the foundation with its Organizational Support Award in 2017. Since its inception in 2008, Window World Cares has raised over $7 million for St. Jude. Window World Inc. also supports the Veterans Airlift Command, a non-profit organization that facilitates free air transportation to wounded veterans and their families. For more information, or call 1-800 NEXT WINDOW. For home improvement and energy efficiency tips, décor ideas and more, follow Window World onFacebook andTwitter.
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Americanafest September 15-20th Tennessee

Folks this is one that I usually end up regrettably missing BUT this year I DID NOT miss out on the action coming from all over Nashville.

Take a Look at Our 2020 Pricing Schedule Below Before Passes Go On Sale Next Friday, Nov. 15

Photos: Nathan Zucker

Planning is already underway for next year’s AMERICANAFEST®, our music festival and conference taking place Sept. 15-20, 2020 in various venues across Music City.

Before passes go on sale, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to buy your 2020 Conference Registration at the right time that works well with your budget.

The earlier you buy, the more you’ll save. Starting next Friday, you can take advantage of our Early Bird Discount of $349 ($249 for Americana Music Association® members) before the normal rate kicks in on February 4. See the table below for details.

2020 Conference Registration Price Points
Standard Rate / Americana Music Association Member Rate
November 15 – February 3
$349 / $249
February 4 – June 8
$499 / $399
June 9 – September 7 
$599 / $499 
September 8 – 20 
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How do I know if a Conference Registration is the right pass for me? Conference Registrations are for attendees who are not only interested in experiencing the nighttime music festival but also learning about today’s industry topics at our comprehensive business conference. This pass is also the best option for networking at many special events throughout the week and for the first chance at purchasing Americana Honors & Awards tickets.*

To make sure you have the right AMERICANAFEST experience next year, click the button below to learn more about our passes.

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Nashville Boogie October 2-4th Tennessee

Another GREAT festival I have attended EVERY ONE OF is none other than Muddy roots Nashville Boogie

Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender
We’ve reworked this entire event and it’s got folks super excited! We haven’t even announced the full lineup yet and there are already less than 400 tickets left for sale. Grab yours right now!
Here’s what’s new:
1) We’ve moved entirely away from the Opryland Resort.
2) All the bands are scheduled for the Nashville Palace and the Scoreboard Grill
3) The Scoreboard Grill can serve beer 23 hours a day.
4) The car show is still behind the Palace. We are not yet taking submissions
5) The vendors will be in store fronts and throughout the parking lot. Open to public.
6) We are now utilizing the entire Music Valley lot for the Boogie events
7) The Western Fashion Show is now at the Palace
8) The record convention is still at the Palace on Sunday
9) You can still bring your kids but they have to be out of the bars before 10pm
10) Oh, and we moved the date! It is now October 2-4, 2020. The driest month in TN.
That’s pretty much it for now. It was nice rocking that resort but we’re wanting to get back to our roots. We never wanted to be the biggest rockin’ event in the world. It was the biggest venue but we want the best damn party. And an old school honky tonk with a big dance floor and a neon guitar on the ceiling is just right. It’s where the stars played for decades. We will carry on their tradition.
Please keep in mind. We are downsizing this event by a few thousand attendees. This will absolutely sell out and we predict it will be this month now that we are promoting our flyers.


Mardi Gras Texas Style February 22nd Texas


It’s that time of year again……..The Mardi Gras Texas Style! presale begins now.
Use promo code: txstyle! to get your tickets now at the lowest price.

Food, fun and flavor… Don’t miss Texas’ best Mardi Gras celebration combined with 20 of the hottest Texas Country Music acts on 5 stages.

Get presale general admission tickets now for only $28.50* by entering the promo code: txstyle!  These presale tickets are limited in quantity, and ticket prices will rise once we start to announce the lineup later this year, so don’t miss getting tickets at the lowest price possible, for a limited time.

Feeling VIP and are 21+? Purchase a VIP ticket for access to a mixed beverage bar AND exclusive acoustic sets played by your favorite artists.  Get your presale VIP tickets for only $59.75* by entering the promo code: txstyle!
– Priority entrance for easy entry
– Exclusive access to mixed beverage bar
– Up-close and personal acoustic sessions with Mardi Gras Texas Style! artists
– Express lane for quick access to both stages
– Private restrooms
….and more!
*Must be 21 to purchase VIP Ticket*

Mardi Gras Texas Style! 2019 Recap Video

Last year we danced to Turnpike Troubadours, Koe Wetzel, Shane Smith & Saints and more. We will be announcing the lineup later this year!


From Black Friday through Cyber Monday it is time to get your Mardi Gras Texas Style! 2020 tickets at the lowest price of the year! No code, no password, just Mardi Gras Texas Style! tickets for you and your friends. Get 4 General Admission tickets for only $100*. This is your last chance to get discounted tickets before the public on-sale on Tuesday.

We would never forget about the VIPs! For Black Friday, and Cyber Monday get 4 VIP tickets for $220*! You don’t need a code nor a special link, but we are only giving away 25 of these special priced ticket bundles!

Purchase a VIP ticket
for access to:

– Priority entrance for easy entry
– Exclusive access to mixed beverage bar
– Up-close and personal acoustic sessions with Mardi Gras Texas Style! Artists
– Express lane for quick access to both stages
– Private restrooms
– ….and more!
*Must be 21 to purchase VIP Ticket*


The Musicfest At Steamboat January 5th- 10th Colorado.

Nov 23, 2019
4 Day Passes are good January 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th, 2020 at all official MusicFest concerts and activities. Tickets for single days or individual MusicFest concerts are NOT for sale. Restrictions apply and are noted on the festival credentials and/or The MusicFest Tour Terms and Conditions (“Agreement”) available on the festival website – The MusicFest Tour Terms and Conditions
(“Agreement”) apply to ALL ticket holders. Do not purchase passes without fully agreeing to the The MusicFest Tour Terms and Conditions (“Agreement”). Passes are non-transferable and non-refundable. Details on how to pick up your 4-Day MusicFest Pass will be noted on the ticket. MusicFest Program/ Schedule will be provided when you claim your MusicFest credentials on site.
NOTE: 4-Day MusicFest Passes are limited and sell on a first come, first served basis. Passes do NOT include ski lift tickets. Due to variety & varying sizes of venues and shows your pass does not guarantee entrance into all performances. Once a venue is filled to capacity a one-in/one-out policy will be in effect.
*Limit 6 Tickets Per Person

Rooster Walk May 21st – 24th 2020 Virginia

    RW12 * POP’S FARM  *  MAY 21-24, 2020

RW12 tickets go on sale Tuesday!

     Mark your calendars for noon EST on Tuesday, Nov. 26th – that’s when early bird tickets for the 12th annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival go on sale! You can check out ticket options and prices now at THIS LINK, so that you’re ready to rock the moment the tickets go on sale.
     We’ll also be announcing a Sneak Preview band announcement at the same time tickets go on sale, to give you a small taste of what’s to come!
     Rooster Walk 12 will take place Thursday-Sunday, May 21-24, 2020 at Pop’s Farm, located in the rolling countryside surrounding Martinsville, Va. For more info, visit

Sign up today for the VIP-RV ticket lottery

     VIP RV tickets sold out in less than 3 minutes last year, so this year, to make it more fair, we are opening a ticket lottery system for Large & Small VIP RV tickets.

     Keep in mind, everyone staying in and visiting a VIP RV during the festival must be a VIP ticket holder.

If you would like to participate in the lottery, please click the button below and fill out the form by Monday, 11/25 at Noon EST. Winners will be notified via email by Monday, 11/25 at 5pm EST.

General Admission RV tickets will not be part of the lottery system. These can be purchased during public on sale at, starting on Tuesday, 11/26 at Noon EST.


BIG Something concert is set for Sat., Nov. 30th

     Nationally touring jamband BIG Something will play the next “Rives on the Road” concert on Nov. 30th when they hit the stage at The Heritage Conference & Event Center in Bassett, Va. Tickets to the show cost $20 adv // $25 DOS; Rives Theatre season passes will be accepted. Music starts at 9 pm.
      As most of you know, the historic Rives Theatre burned down in early September, but we are committed to keeping the music going in MHC. Please join us at The Heritage (formerly the Bassett Country Club) for an awesome post-Thanksgiving party!

Del Fest May 21st-24th Maryland

DelFest Announces Initial Lineup for 2020
May 21-24 in Cumberland, MD
November 21, 2019 – Cumberland, MD – DelFest, the festival brainchild of Del McCoury and his extended McCoury family now in its 13th year, in partnership with High Sierra Music, announced an initial star-studded lineup today. Held at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in beautiful Cumberland, MD, DelFest originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of McCoury music while creating a forum for world-class musical collaborations and to showcase fresh new talent. On May 21-24, 2020—Memorial Day Weekend—DelFest will stay true to their original mission statement with musical performances from The Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, Old Crow Medicine Show, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, Billy Strings, Mandolin Orange, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sierra Hull, and emcee, Joe Craven with many more to be announced.
Fans are encouraged to take advantage of discounted Advance 4-Day passes which are available now at All other passes including DELuxe VIP packages, on-site RV passes with and without hookups, and parking will go on-sale Dec. 3rd at 12p EST. Once again, DelFest Academy will serve as a prelude to the festival, taking place May 17-20 at the Allegany County Fairgrounds, with registration also opening on Dec. 3rd. The Academy is a 4-day instrument-specific deep dive led by The Travelin’ McCourys and other star players, and students of all ages and skill levels, from children to adults, are welcome.
Stay tuned for more artists and ticket information to be announced in the coming weeks. Relive the magic from DelFest 2019 with Osiris’ Brokedown Podcast who was on-site recording exclusive interviews with last year’s artists. Please visit for more information or to purchase discounted Advance 4-Day passes.
About DelFest:
Produced in association with High Sierra Music, the 13th Annual DelFest will again offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch. Personally chosen by Del McCoury, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD serves as the perfect location for DelFest–nestled along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, the Fairgrounds are convenient to four major airports and easily reached by rail or road. The city of Cumberland is also a great host, offering multiple hotel options, a charming downtown and great amenities including biking, a steam train engine and museum, and top-notch dining.
In addition to traditional stage sets by these world-class artists, attendees can again expect to see one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy, intimate appearances, both at unique “playshops”—informal workshops where the emphasis will be on performance rather than instruction—and in late-night indoor performances and picking sessions.

Larry Joe Taylor Festival April 20th-25th Texas

Cyber Ticket Sale 12/2/19!
Larry Joe Taylor Texas Music Festival 
Stephenville, TX – April 20-25, 2020 
  • Cyber tickets will be at the lowest prices for LJT Fest 2020. Plus, receive your hard tickets before Christmas!
  • Cyber sale begins at Midnight (12:01am) Monday 12/2/19. Limited amount of tickets available. Tickets available HERE
  • NEW! This year we have partnered with Affirm payments to allow buy now and pay later for purchase of tickets and camping. Click Affirm payments at check out. See below for details.
  • First artist announcements will be posted Monday 12/2/19 HERE
  • Camping Reservations: Return camping reservations can be made HERE, New camping reservations can be made HERE
    We have added a new “ALL IN” option to camping reservations.

    The ALL IN option is valid for up to 8 days (at a discounted rate), which will allow you to bring in and set up your campsite on Saturday 4/18/2020 before the festival begins. No additional upgrade charges at the gate.

  • VIP tickets and VIP camping are on sale now at 10%, use code ljt10off  VIP tickets, VIP camping and sponsorships available HERE
LJT 2020
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ROMP Music Festival June 24-27th Kentucky

Rio Frio Fest March 11-14th Texas

Nov 26, 2019

Bristol Rhythm And Roots Reunion September 11th-13th Tennessee and Virginia.

Holiday Open House at The Museum Store
Sunday, December 1 | 1:00-5:00 PM
  • 20% off ANY single item
  • Door Prizes (including artisan items!)
  • Live music 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Delicious store tastings
  • Meet Local Artisans
Learn More About The Open House
2020 Bristol Rhythm Weekend Wristbands
Go on Sale This Friday, November 29!

Festival Wristbands*

*Plus taxes and fees. $75 Wristband available 11/29/2019 – 12/2/2019.
Wristband price will increase on 12/3/2019 to $90.

Bristol Rhythm Wristbands
Go On Sale at 10:00 a.m. on November 29

Buy Online at or Shop at the
Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Take a look back at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2019!
Learn More About Festival Tickets

Podunk Music Festival August 6-9th Connecticut

2019 Drone Video 2019 Drone Video
2019 Grounds Video 2019 Grounds Video

Who’s coming to Podunk in 2020?

Here is the Main Stage lineup so far:

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
Billy Droze
The Jacob Joliff Band
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
The Farm Hands
The  Slocan Ramblers
Dave Peterson & 1946
Circus No. 9
AJ Lee & Blue Summit
Marija Droze
Bill and The Belles
McKay & Leigh
The Plate Scrapers
Man About a Horse
Grain Thief
Zink & Company

A Night At The Opry! – Michael Cleveland And  Flamekeeper

Michael Cleveland Claims
12th Fiddle Player of the Year Honor
Flamekeeper Receives Sixth Instrumental Group

Michael Cleveland continued his winning streak with the International Bluegrass Music Association when he was named their Fiddle Player of the Year for the 12th time during the 30th Annual IBMA Awards on September 26, 2019. He is the association’s most awarded fiddler. Additionally, Cleveland and his band, Flamekeeper, were named Instrumental Group of the Year for the sixth time.

The International Bluegrass Music Awards, part of the annual week-long World of Bluegrass Conference, were held at the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Awards were voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).

Cleveland has had an extraordinary year with the release of Flamekeeper: The Michael Cleveland Story, a critically acclaimed documentary on his life, and the August release of Tall Fiddler, his latest album on Compass Records, featuring his award-wining band alongside a handful of heavy hitters including Tommy Emmanuel, Dan Tyminski, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, and more.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper continue a solid touring schedule in 2019 with upcoming performances in Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana, and North Carolina. For more on Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, visit


Red Wing Roots July 10th-12th Virginia

This is what you need to know for Dec 4th at 10am-EST.

Let’s plan for July!

Early Bird Tickets and Camping available on Dec. 4th at 10am-EST!

As part of our Red Wing family, you know that tickets and camping go fast on launch day. Everything you need to know to plan ahead is included in the information below.

On December 4th at 10am, 400 Early Bird Tickets ($105/ea) will be available for purchase. When they sell out, and it is almost instantly, Round 1 Tickets ($121/ea) will automatically open. Whether you’re planning to purchase tickets and campingsign up to volunteer or register your child for the Red Wing Academy, it all starts on December 4th.

We are excited to expand our family-friendly activities every year. Check out our updated Kids Events page to see the ways Red Wing works for kids of all ages. Children under 6 get in free. Weekend passes for children (ages 6-12) are $19 and for teens (ages 13-17) are $75.

Early Bird Tickets & Camping – Dec 4th at 10am

Red Wing VIII Camping Options

We understand that not everyone will get their first choice of camping. So, we work hard to create several optimal camping options for the festival each year. Listed below are five camping choices for Red Wing VIII, including some updated information for Chimney Ridge and Z-lot Dry RV Camping.

Natural Chimneys Premium RV Campsites

Price: $435, One premium campsite purchase per person/order

These spacious RV Campsites include electric and water hook-ups and are good for 4 nights (Thurs 11am – Mon 10am). Each site allows one RV/trailer/popup plus two tents (or if no RV, four tents total) and two parking permits for your site. A picnic table and fire ring are provided at each site. 12 people max per site. 3-day wristbands are required for all camping guests!  NO PETS.

Super Group Campsites

Price: $2500, Limited number of sites available

One way to make your quest for a Premium RV site a little easier is to gather a group of friends and family and go in on one together! This package includes a Premium RV campsite, twelve 3-day General Admission passes, one extra General Admission parking pass, one festival poster signed by The Steel Wheels, and a gift bag of Red Wing festival merch valued at $75. All Premium RV Campsite rules apply.

Z Lot Dry-RV Camping

Price: $175, Located between the Music Meadow and Hill Stage

6 person and 1 vehicle max per site. Good for 4 nights (Thurs 1pm – Mon 10am). Z Lot is situated between the Music Meadow and Hill Stage. Just drive into the field and park your RV or camper. Your plot will be assigned when you arrive at the festival. No hook ups for electricity or water and no fires. You may bring quiet, clean generators for your RV. Once the festival begins on Friday, there will be limited access to drive into Z Lot. Basically, once you’re there, plan to stay! ONE STEERING WHEEL PER SITE. If you drive an RV, then no other vehicles allowed. If you tow a camper, your truck is your vehicle. 3-day wristbands are required for all camping guests! NO PETS. Click HERE for more info on Z Lot.

Chimney Ridge Camping

Price: $110, Choose your own spot or Camp by your car

2 tents, 4 people and 1 vehicle max per site. Good for 4 nights (Thurs 11am – Mon 10am). Two options for Chimney Ridge camping: 1) Camp beside your car; or 2) Park and walk to a spot of your choosing. When you arrive at Chimney Ridge, festival staff will direct you to the area of your choosing. New in 2020: Small campers without generators are allowed, click HERE for specific guidelinesOnce the festival begins on Friday, there will be limited access to drive into Chimney Ridge. Basically, once you’re there, plan to stay! 3-day wristbands are required for all camping guests! NO PETS. Click HERE for more info on Chimney Ridge.

No Frills Tent Camping

Price: $70, Close to the action and The Kinfolk Stage

2 tent and 6 person max per site. Good for 3 nights (Fri 9am – Mon 10am). These sites are first-come, first-serve and offer a nice, flat 15′ X 15′ plot to set up your tent(s), chairs and maybe even a foosball table…as long as it fits, go for it! No hook ups for electricity or water, no fires, and most importantly, no cars. Folks camping here must park in the general admission parking lot and walk in with their stuff, so pack smart and don’t forget to purchase a parking pass, as well. 3-day wristbands are required for all camping guests! NO PETS.
Early Bird Tickets & Camping – Dec 4th at 10am

Volunteer for Red Wing VIII

Each year we count on a stellar group of folks to help us throughout the festival weekend – our volunteers! We have several work and shift options available and would love to have you join us for 2020. Learn more now and sign up on Dec 4th.

Red Wing Academy Registration

With Early Bird comes Red Wing Academy registration! Red Wing Academy is hosted by Eric Brubaker of The Steel Wheels as a four-day intensive camp held July 5-8, 2020 at Eastern Mennonite University. The academy experience culminates with a performance on stage with The Steel Wheels, Friday during the festival.

Red Wing Academy is open to non-beginner violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin & banjo students. Is this something your strings-player might enjoy? Learn more about Red Wing Academy.

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