Thursday, May 25, 2023
Bill Muse has deep roots in the Texas Hill Country, and it shows in his songs. Bill has been writing and performing original Texas music for more than 30 years, and he’s still doing it. After meeting at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 1992, Bill and Mary Muse toured and performed at singer/songwriter venues for the rest of the decade of the 90’s, playing festivals, folk clubs, college campuses, coffeehouses, and house concerts from Austin to Boston, the Southeast to the Midwest, Nashville to New England, the East Coast to the Rocky Mountains. Bill and Mary also created the songwriters venues at the Wildflower! Festival, the Cottonwood Festival, and the Huffines Trails Festival, along with the Cuchara Summer Festival in Colorado, serving as producers and performers for these events in the late 90s.
Bill was a Kerrville New Folk Finalist in 2000. Although Bill and Mary quit touring soon after that and went back to day jobs, Bill kept writing and they performed occasionally in Montana and back in Texas. With his retirement from a career as a higher education executive – Bill has returned to performing. He also was appointed Schreiner University’s first Songkeeper, teaching songwriting to undergraduate students, working alongside many friends who are world class performing songwriters. In that role, he established and hosts Music & Conversation, Sunday Afternoon Songwriters, and co-produces Schreiner Coffeehouse and Music at the Mansion.
Although Bill and Mary have appeared as guests and for brief performances in numerous tribute and in memoriam shows in recent years, this will be their first full set at the Kerrville Folk Festival since 1998, and Bill’s first time as a feature performer at the Rod Kennedy theater.