Youth Talent Competition Winner
Our 2013 Youth Talent Competition Winner is Katy Kirby.
Jake Bomgaars took 2nd Place and Hanna Austin took 3rd. Thanks to all the contestants for another great year.
Youth Talent Competition First Place Winners
2002: Spurs of the Moment, featuring Sarah Jarosz (10 years old)
2003: Isaac-Bryant Kids
2004: Ashlee Rose
2005: Justine Blakely & Charlie Pomroy
2006: Samantha Miller
2007: Emily Elbert
2008: The Fireants
2009: Sara Mueller
2010: Minnie & Ella Jordan
2011: Grace London
2012: Kimberly Zielnicki
2013: Katy Kirby
Youth Talent Competition Information
The purpose of the Youth Talent Competition is to encourage a new generation of Americana roots musicians by offering performance opportunities and exposure at the festival.
Who is eligible. Musicians 18 years old and younger. Bands or vocal groups (maximum of five members per group) and solo acts are eligible.
What to Bring. A maximum performance set of 15 minutes. Songs should be in the Americana roots music tradition — bluegrass, country, blues, gospel or traditional. Only acoustic instruments are permitted — no amplifiers, electronics or drum sets.
Competition will take place on the Old Settler’s Bluebonnet Stage.
Contest Fee There is no additional fee to register for the contest. Please note that festival ticket rules apply — kids 13 and over are charged the same fee as adults with the exception of youth competition participants. Each participant must be accompanied by a paying adult. All guidelines are subject to change without prior notice.
Entry Limit. The number of contestants will be limited to about 10 (a band or vocal group is considered one contestant). Entries will no longer be accepted after the first 10 qualified applicants and 3 alternates have been selected.
A decision will be made no later than March 1st as to who will perform in the Youth Talent Contest
To apply, please fill out our Youth Talent Application .
A team of professional artists will select three winners — judges’ decisions are final:
First Place: $200, 45-minute showcase spot on the following year’s festival, a 30-minute show on Saturday, professional feedback on contest performance and special mention from the Hill Country stage.
Second Place: $100, professional feedback on contest performance and special mention from the Hill Country Stage.
Third Place: $50, professional feedback on contest performance and special mention from the Hill Country Stage.
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The Line Up
Thursday: Fred Eaglesmith, Della Mae, The Giving Tree Band, Lone Star Swing and Wood & Wire. Friday: The Del McCoury Band, Michael Franti, Son Volt, Justin Townes Earle, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Fred Eaglesmith, Terri Hendrix, Green Mountain Grass, Dirtfoot and Della Mae. Saturday: Leftover Salmon, Bob Schneider, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Martin Sexton, The Gourds, The James Hunter Six, Jerry Douglas, The Reivers, The Dunwells, Peter Rowan’s Twang an’ Groove, Casey Driessen Singularity, Elephant Revival, Lake Street Dive, Kimberly Zielnicki featuring the Lost & Nameless Orchestra, and Rose’s Pawn Shop. Sunday: The Gourds, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, MilkDrive, Steve Poltz, and Elephant Revival
Subject to change
- 04 24 Thank you!
- 04 02 Phone Apps Ready!
- 03 25 Coffee vendor
- 03 21 Schedule Set for Old Settler's
- 01 12 Michael Franti, Bob Schneider and more at Old Settler's!