Thursday, November 15, 2012


Partially-released lineup features
Carolina Chocolate Drops, Jerry Douglas, Del McCoury Band, Justin Townes Earle
“An exceptional weekend of music.” – Paste magazine

AUSTIN, Texas — Anticipation is already building for the 26th annual Old Settler’s Music Festival, which will feature the festival debuts of Grammy-winning string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops (above) and Americana singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle, plus the return of festival favorites the Del McCoury Band, Leftover Salmon and Fred Eaglesmith. Dobro master Jerry Douglas returns after a 15-year absence; local artists the Gourds and Terri Hendrix are also making return appearances. More artists will be announced in the coming weeks. Discounted early-bird packages go on sale today for the four-day festival, to be held April 18-21, 2013, at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch, in the beautiful hill country just outside of Austin. They are available at and 1.888.512.SHOW.

Early-bird passes provide a savings of up to 24 percent over wristbands bought at the gate. Only a limited number will be sold at this price. Buying early assures access to camping at the popular Ben McCulloch grounds, site of a fourth stage and many special late-night jam sessions. Camping passes have sold out completely in the past two years.

Packages available for early-bird purchase are: four-day with camping; three-day with camping; three-day without camping; and all-inclusive platinum passes. Children 12 and under accompanied by a paid adult are admitted free.

More than 30 award-winning roots, bluegrass and Americana artists will grace the festival’s four stages; others confirmed so far are Peter Rowan, Elephant Revival, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Casey Driessen Singularity, Green Mountain Grass and 2012 Youth Competition winner Kimberly Zielnicki.

Old Settler’s Music Festival offers bluegrass, roots and Americana acts performing on four stages over four days, along with camping in the beautiful Texas hill country. Many music fans return annually for amazing shows by award-winning artists such as Iron & Wine, Buddy Miller, Bruce Hornsby, Amos Lee, Yonder Mountain String Band, Nickel Creek, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Bela Fleck and popular locals such as Bob Schneider, Patty Griffin and Sarah Jarosz, who played a triumphant headlining set in 2012, 10 years after winning the inaugural Youth Competition.

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McGuckin Entertainment PR
Jill McGuckin, 512.217.9404;
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