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Old Settler’s Music Festival Returns October 21-24

By Rachel Rascoe, August 26, 2021, 3:30pm, Earache!

After a year off in 2020, Old Settler’s Music Fest returns to its roots niche, Oct. 21-24.

The longtime camping and music event, which began in 1987, will take place in Tilmon, Texas, about an hour South of Austin. A strong standing of Texas-based acts like Jamestown Revival, Jade Bird, Bob Schneider, Carolyn Wonderland & Shelley King, James McMurtry, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jackie Venson, and Tony Kamel, of OSMF favorites Wood & Wire, populate a lineup also highlighted by touring acts like Cedric Burnside, Steve Poltz, Steep Canyon Rangers, Della Mae, and newgrass mandolin master Sam Bush. Daily and four-day tickets are on sale now.


The gathering will require proof of vaccination or negative test results within 48 hours for all attendees 12 or older. Old Settler’s shifts to the fall from its typical spring placement, including a planned return to April 2021 delayed due to COVID-19 safety concerns. Prior, the 2019 event marked the festival’s relocation from the Salt Lick Pavilion in Drift­wood to its current 145-acre ranch just south of Lockhart.

Organizers say stages and facilities will be arranged for social distancing, and the campgrounds have been updated with eco-friendly sources of electricity. Other locals playing the fest include Tomar & the FCs, the Deer, Kalu & the Electric Joint, and Carrie Rodriguez. See the full lineup and daily schedule below.

Thursday, Oct. 21

Campground Stage: Cari Hutson, Will Taylor & Strings Attached, Della Mae, Steep, Canyon Rangers, Steve Poltz

Zen City Late-night Stage: Steve Poltz

Friday, October 22

Original Black’s BBQ Stage: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Jackie Venson, James McMurtry, Della Mae, Jade Bird, Cedric Burnside

Bluebonnet Stage: Steve Poltz, The Deer, Kelsey Waldon, Tony Kamel, Kalu & the Electric Joint, Fruition

Platinum Cocktail Hour Stage: Kimber Ludiker (Della Mae), Tony Kamel

Saturday, October 23

Original Black’s BBQ Stage: Elijah Delgado (2019 Youth Talent Competition winner), Folk Family Revival, The Arcadian Wild, Jeremie Albino, Logan Ledger, Tomar & the FCs, Jamestown Revival, Sam Bush

Bluebonnet Stage: 2021 Youth Talent Competition, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, 2021 Youth Talent Competition winner, Hogslop String Band, Sierra Ferrell, Bonnie Bishop, The Travelin’ McCourys, Carolyn Wonderland & Shelley King, Cold Spring Union

Platinum Cocktail Hour Stage: Cari Hutson, Jackie Venson

Zen City Late-night Stage: TBA, Hogslop String Band

Sunday, October 24

Campground Stage: The House of Songs, The Cleverlys, Bob Schneider, Ray Wylie Hubbard

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