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Roots N Blues crew takes Old Settlers Music Festival

– Hilton Peeples, Assistant Festival Director

In April, the Roots N Blues crew got to visit Old Settlers Music Festival in Driftwood, TX (about 30 mins south of Austin) — for research purposes of course. This year marked the 30th Anniversary for the festival, and we are so glad we got to experience it and learn from all the awesome things they are doing. The line-up featured some artists we hadn’t seen live before, along with many Roots N Blues performers from the past and the future! Some of our favorite sets included Shakey Graves, Old 97’s, Nikki Lane, Sam Bush, Reckless Kelly and so many other talented artists.

Especially after seeing them at Old Settlers, we are so excited to have both the Old 97’s and Nikki Lane at RNB this year. They even did a song together, which was so fun to see. Nikki and the Old 97’s put on captivating and electrifying performances. You won’t want to miss them doing it again at the 2017 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival!

Old Settlers was spread across three stages — two inside the festival grounds that ran Friday and Saturday, plus  a fun campground stage that was going on Thursday & Sunday. It also featured a really neat songwriting contest for kids, where they sang their own music on stage and competed for a per performing spot at next year’s Festival. Seeing really young but undeniably talented kids sing and play their own music was definitely a great addition to the festival.  

The weather was perfect: couldn’t get much better for camping and listening to music with a cold beer in hand. The beautiful Onion Creek ran right through the campground and the weather made it extra fun to take a float! The festival was well run and everyone we met was so friendly! The Old Settlers crowd was very similar to our awesome Roots N Blues crowd.

It was an awesome weekend of great music, camping, BBQ and new friends!