2018 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Winners

 Photo by Susan Roads

Photo by Susan Roads

The Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winners:

Rich Krueger

Mac Leaphart

Sarah Morris

Ben Bedford

John R. Butler

Helene Cronin


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Guitar Winner: Mac Leaphart

By Random Drawing...

In addition to cash prizes, a fall New Folk tour, and many other wonderful prizes, Award Winner, Mac Leaphart, won a custom, hand-made guitar created by "Your Perfect Guitar".

Please join us on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Threadgill Memorial Theater  for the 2018 Award Winners Concert beginning at 1pm. Award winners were selected by professional songwriters, performers and judges: Jaime Michaels, BettySoo, and Pierce Pettis.  These six Award winners were chosen from a slate of 32 finalist who were invited to play their two songs submitted for the 2018 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition held at the Kerrville Folk Festival on May 26 & 27, 2018.



Threadgill Theater (1 PM - 4 PM)

in order of appearance

Saturday, Set 1

Scott Cook (Sherwood Park, ONT)

Ian Flanigan (Saugerties, NY)

Izzy Heltai (Boston, MA)

Hope Dunbar (Utica, NE)

Michael Braunfeld (Villanova, PA)

Sarah Morris (Saint Paul, MN)

Mac Leaphart (Nashville, TN)

Helene Cronin (Plano, TX)

Saturday, Set 2

T. Buckley (Calgary, ALB)

Cari Ray (Nashville, IN)

Dave Ray Cecil (Greensboro, NC)

Rich Krueger (Evergreen Park, IL)

Kora Feder (Brooklyn, NY)

Austin MacRae (Ithaca, NY)

Clint Alphin (Nashville, TN)

Susan Cattaneo (Medford, MA)



Threadgill Theater (1 PM - 4 PM)

in order of appearance

Sunday, Set 1

Teghan Devon (Myersville, MD)

Rupert Wates (New York, NY)

Angela Easterling (Greer, SC)

Chad Elliott (Lamoni, IA)

Ezra Vancil (Dallas, TX)

Kelly Augustine (Centennial, CO)

Aaron Nathans (Chester Heights, PA)

Scott Fab (Royal Oak, MI)

Sunday, Set 2

Andrew Dunn (Lebanon, NJ)

Brittany Jean (Brewster, WA)

Ben Bedford (Springfield, IL)

Jerry Green (Phoenix, AZ)

Frankie Zwick (Nashville, TN)

John R Butler (Matlacha, FL)

Erinn Peet-Lukes (Boulder, CO)

Prateek Poddar (Weston, MA)


The Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition has hosted some of the world's greatest songwriters and is proud to have supported amazing artists like Anais Mitchell, The Sea The Sea, Adrianne Lenker and many more. We've curated a beautiful playlist that includes previous winners. Enjoy!