2016 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winners

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


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The 2016 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winners were chosen from over 600 entries submitted from North America, Europe, Australia and Japan. Thirty-two finalists were selected to perform their two song entries during the Kerrville Folk Festival, and the six award winners were selected by a panel of professional touring singer/songwriters. This is the 45th year for New Folk and these concerts are always one of the highlights of the Kerrville Folk Festival.


Joe Shields (Alto, MI)
 - Joe has been writing for 8 years and performing for 1. Besides being a singer/songwriter,  he is also a  cartoonist and animator. He has one CD.

Addie Brownlee (Brooklyn, NY) - Addie has been performing and writing for over 10 years. Addie has licensed her songs to film and commercials, toured with Martha Wainwright and has one EP.  

Justin Farren (Sacramento, CA) - Justin has been writing and performing for 20 years. He has released 3 albums.  Justin says that songwriting is a way of reminding himself what's important.

Emily Scott Robinson (Greensboro, NC) - Emily has been performing for 12 years and writing for 3.  She has one CD.  She took a leap of faith this year moving into a motorhome with her husband to travel the country and play music full-time.

Rachel Laven (San Antonio, TX) - Rachel has been writing songs for 14 years and performing for 20.  She is about to release her second solo album, and has four previous albums with her family band, The Lavens.

Ben De La Cour (Nashville, TN) - Ben has been writing songs and performing for 15 years.  He has two albums. Ben has lived a different kind of life. After growing up in Brooklyn, he set out to see the world as an amateur boxer, bartender, and agricultural worker. He has lived in Havana, Paris, London, Los Angeles, and New Orleans before finally settling in Nashville. 

The artists will play two one hour sets in the round.  You don't want to miss this!

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