Over the last couple of years I’ve been hiding out, working on material for another record. Playing less and writing more has brought along some amazing experiences - taking part in different residencies, songwriting retreats to Nashville and getting to work with some songwriters who I’ve always looked up to.
One of those songwriters, John Wort Hannam, told me about this Kerrville Folk Festival Songwriting Contest in Texas. He described it as one of the more formative experiences he’s had in his music career and encouraged me apply.
A couple of months after applying, I received an email that I’d gotten into the contest…from 700 submissions from around the world, 32 songwriters were picked to showcase their music at the Kerrville Folk Fest on Memorial Day Weekend.
I arrived at the festival and it felt like a bit of a time warp – long hair, stages and camps that probably hadn’t had much done to them in over 30 years and soooooo many songs about peace and love…..it was kind of like Woodstock in Texas hill country. The line between performer and patron was fluid - almost everyone was a songwriter in some capacity.
The Festival was truly focused on songwriting. The audience listens so intensely to every line, it’s just so steeped into the culture there. It was an incredible audience, but an intimidating one.
On the day of my showcase, I had some anxiety to take the stage. I played my songs to the very attentive 600 plus people at the outdoor Amphitheatre and it seemed to be over in a flash. Although I didn’t come out a winner, I made some amazing connections around the continent. I had the opportunity to play in a contest that has seen the likes of Lyle Lovett, James McMurtry, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith. I learned that even Lyle, Steve and Nanci didn’t win either, so I figure I’m in some pretty good company there.
The songs I performed will be on my soon to be released album, Miles We Put Behind. This album marks a new direction for me, one that I’m feeling really energized by. It’s an exciting (and busy) time for me right now getting ready for the release - between shooting videos, booking shows and gearing up to release my first single. Thank you all for your continued support, I can’t wait to share my tour dates and these new songs with all of you.