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The Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation

Announces the Six Winners of the

2021 Grassy Hill New Folk

Songwriting Competition

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In keeping with the KFFF mission of promoting public appreciation and support for songwriters, the Grassy Hill New Folk Songwriting Competition has been an annual highlight of Kerrville Folk Festivals since 1973.  Some former New Folk Finalists who have gone on to achieve name recognition in the music industry include Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, John Gorka, David Wilcox, James McMurtry, Tish Hinojosa, Hal Ketchum, Cosy Sheridan, Slaid Cleaves, Mark Elliott, Johnsmith, Ellis Paul, Anne Feeney, Buddy Mondlock, Pierce Pettis, Jonathan Byrd, Anais Mitchell and many more. 

COVID made in-person festivals prohibitive, however the New Folk tradition carried on in both 2020 and 2021 by hosting the Finalist Concerts all virtually. These can still be enjoyed on the KFFF YouTube channel

   Saturday May 29th, during the KFF 2021 Virtual Celebration, the following six New Folk Award Winners of 2021 were announced. In addition to $650 cash and other prizes, the six winners are invited to play a New Folk Award Winners Concert (in-person) at the 49th Annual Kerrville Folk Festival, Oct. 1-11, 2021.

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Humbird
Minneapolis, MN

Spencer LaJoye
Denver, CO

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Sam Robbins
Nashville, TN

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Taylor Abrahamse
Toronto, ONT, CAN

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Alexa Rose
Asheville, NC

Sav Buist
Traverse City, MI

Out of nearly 700 entries, 24 songwriters were selected as Finalists.

These 24 Finalists performed in Kerrville's Grassy Hill New Folk Competition Finalist Concerts on

Saturday May 22nd at 7p.m. Central   &   Sunday May 23rd at 7p.m. Central

Alexa Rose

Asheville, NC

 

Andy Sydow

Denver, CO

 

Beth // James

Austin, TX

 

Brad Yoder

Pittsburgh, PA

 

Chaislyn

Baton Rouge, LA

 

Dan Weber

Richardson, TX

Donal Hinely

Denton, TX

 

Humbird

Minneapolis, MN

Jeremy Parsons

San Antonio, TX

 

Kennedy Road

Toronto, ON, Canada

 

Kyle Rasche

(Chain of Lakes)

Oak Park, MI

 

Lacy Green

Nashville, TN

My One And Only

Nashville, TN

 

Paul Demer

Dallas, TX

 

Rachel Sumner

Winchester, MA

 

Randy Lewis Brown

Mineola, TX

 

Sam Luke Chase

Marshfield, MA

Sam Robbins

Nashville, TN

Sav Buist

Traverse City, MI

 

Scott Cook

Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

Shawn Byrne

Nashville, TN

 

Spencer LaJoye

Denver, CO

 

Taylor Abrahamse

Toronto, ON, Canada

 

Tiffany Williams

Nashville, TN

If you have questions, contact us at (830) 257-3600 or email newfolk@kerrvillefolkfestival.org 
 

Kerrville's

GRASSY HILL NEW FOLK COMPETITION FOR EMERGING SONGWRITERS

Entries are welcome from a diverse array of subgenres including, but not limited to Appalachian, Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Country, Global Roots, Gospel, Hip-Hop, Old-Time, Zydeco, or various fusions as long as the songs are original compositions of the artist making the submission.

The Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation and the Community who attends our Festivals value diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We strive for gender parity and actively welcome participation from individuals of all cultures, races and religions.