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Kerrville's 2022 Grassy Hill New Folk

Award Winners Tour

- March 2023 -

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  Each year the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation invites songwriters to submit two original songs for Kerrville’s Grassy Hill New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters.  Of the 750 entries in 2022, 24 finalists were selected and invited to present their 2 songs at the 2022 Kerrville Folk Festival.  A panel of professional touring songwriters selected 6 award winners who will perform a series of concerts around Texas in March 2023 (see the tour schedule below for details).  Thank you to Grassy Hill and All our supporters who help make this program possible

2022 New Folk Award Winners

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Folk rock singer songwriter Calista Garcia delivers flairs of Latin, blues, roots and pop, all tied together with introspective lyricism. Calista was a contestant on NBC’s The Voice.  She has won numerous awards and is a prolific songwriter who plays guitar, piano, ukulele, bass, mandolin and harmonica.

Calista Garcia

(Arlington, VA)

Raised in a liberal Mennonite community in Indiana, Sadie grew up playing music and attending quilt auctions with her folk musician parents.  Leaving home, Gustafson-Zook moved to Boston where she studied jazz voice at the Longy School of Music/Baird College.  Sadie took a winding path of musical influence which is evidenced by the myriad of styles referenced in her work.


Sadie Gustafson-Zook

(Nashville, TN)


Originally from Ecuador, Javier holds both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees.  As a young boy he honed his musical roots playing classical guitar and singing Latin American folk music at family gathering.  Javier now writes music as a form of both political and social activism.

Javier Jara

(Austin, TX)

Jean Rohe grew up in a household where music making and storytelling were acts woven into the social life of her family and friends.  Her writing and performance style are the product of 20 years of experimentation and practice, learning on her feet as a side person and band leader in New York’s wide-ranging music communities.


Jean Rohe

(Brooklyn, NY)


Kyle Rasche is a Michigan singer-songwriter who has released music as “Chain of Lakes” since 2010.  Kyle has carved his place as one of West Michigan’s most dependable songsmiths of the poetic, soul baring sort.  2021 saw his foray back into the songwriter world, with a pile of new songs and an updated list of accolades.

Kyle Rasche

(Alto, MI)

R.O. Shapiro prides himself as a purveyor of original Americana music, carefully crafted and soulfully sung. Originally from Long Island, NY, he later settled down in Austin, TX, where he developed a full-band, electrified sound, as heard on his 2021 release King Electric Sessions. He describes that sound as a little bit of New York swagger and a touch of Texas twang. He is currently based in San Diego, CA, and regularly tours solo in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest.


R.O. Shapiro

(San Diego, CA)

Tour Schedule

- March 2023 -

March 18, 2023

Sycamore Creek Concerts

Dripping Springs, TX

7:00 PM

      Sycamore Creek Concerts are by invitation only.  If you are on the Sycamore Creek email list, you will receive an invitation a month before the concert.  If you are not on the Sycamore Creek email list you can sign up on their website:  Suggested minimum donation will be $30 and it is “pay at the door.”


March 19, 2023

New Braunfels House Concerts

New Braunfels, TX

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

      NB House Concerts are by invitation only.  You can receive an invitation by contacting Elaine Hayden at: Suggested minimum donation $30/person paid in advance. To receive an invitation and make a donation, either send Elaine an email or go to the website at There will be two sets of music with a potluck supper in-between. At the present time they are limiting attendance to 40 people and sign up for the show will be available approximately one month prior to the event. The event is held at Elaine’s home in New Braunfels, TX and the actual address will be sent to you once you register.


March 20, 2023

Milagro Springs House Concerts

Wimberley, TX

Doors at 6:00PM, Concert at 7:00PM

       Milagro Springs House Concerts are by invitation only.  You can request an invitation by contacting Candy Spitzer at:  This is an outdoor concert; however, they are able to move the concert indoors in the event of inclement weather.  Suggested minimum donation is $30 per person (cash only).


March 21, 2023

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Houston, TX

6:30 PM

      Tickets are on sale for $30/person, or you can stream the concert for $30.  Information and tickets at:


March 22, 2023

CasaDBs House Concerts

Austin, TX


      This will be an outdoor concert. Ticketing through Evenbrite; specific information to be provide later.


March 23, 2023

Schreiner Trail House Stage

Hosted by Schreiner University and the Kerrville Folk Festival

Kerrville, TX

7:00 PM

       This concert will be held on the Schreiner University Campus and emceed by Kerrville Folk Festival Executive Director Mary Muse.  More information later.


March 25, 2023

New Folk Old Folk Concert

Fischer Hall, Fischer, TX

       This will be an all day concert with a variety of artists.  2022 New Folk Award Winners will play a 2 hour slot mid afternoon. Schedule and ticket information at the Cabin 10 website:


March 26, 2023

Bowman’s Backyard

San Antonio, TX

       Gigi Bowman hosts this concert at her home in San Antonio. Time and ticket information will be provided soon.

If you have questions, contact us at (830) 257-3600 or email 

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