Old Settler’s Music Festival – Driftwood, TX

Shrugging off the rain and ominous storm clouds and relishing the few breaks of sunlight, the crowd at Old Settler’s Music Festival showed up with ponchos, rain boots and trash bags to enjoy four days of music, food and fun.

A wide variety of (mostly) Texas-based folk, Americana and bluegrass acts played the three stages inside the grounds of the Salt Lick BBQ Pavilions in Driftwood, Texas with a fourth stage at the campgrounds across the road.

Highlights of weekend included Ruthie Foster and her band’s “Hallelujah time” when the sun peeked out from behind the clouds for her set which included “Death Came A Knocking” and Lucinda Williams’ “Fruits of My Labor;” The Trishas with their perfectly blended harmonies and the Infamous Stringdusters’ energetic new-grass main stage show.

Festival headliner Patty Griffin (with Buddy Miller) played songs from her latest record, Downtown Church, preparing the crowd for the Sunday morning “Hippie Church” with a variety of gospel numbers like “Move Up,” “House of Gold” and “Wade in the Water.” She also gave the audience a special treat with her appearance during Buddy’s set for a handful of tunes including “Gasoline and Matches,” “Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go” and the Lefty Frizzell standard “If I Could Be With You Always.”

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Photos by Nichole Wagner

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