From staff reports
The Old Settler Music Festival in Tilmon kicks off on Thursday, when campers start to pour in and the first artists start playing sets on the campsite stage.
But on Friday and Saturday evenings, the Original Blacks BBQ Stage will take center stage in the expansive open-air venue, with two headliners starting around 7 p.m. each evening.
Texan artists you know (Ray Wylie Hubbard, James McMurtry, Carolyn Wonderland and Bob Schneider) with songs you might know by heart are scattered throughout the lineup every day. For full lineup, visit oldsettlersmusicfest.org.
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Jade Bird (8:50 p.m. Friday): Born Jade Elizabeth Bird, this English singer-songwriter has now taken up residence in Austin. She grew up in England, Germany and South Wales and started writing songs as a child after her parents separated. During her studies, she recorded a demo which led to a management contract and signed with Glassnote Records. It was not until 2017 that she released her first extended play, Something American, which was featured in the BBC Sound of 2018 list. Her reputation continued to grow with the release of her song “Lottery”, which topped Adult Alternative Songs, releasing her studio album Jade Bird in 2019, nominations for the Americana Music Honors & Awards and NME Awards and winning the International Revolutionary Artist award at the AIM Independent Music Awards in 2019. In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bird was the first artist to collaborate with Microsoft in what has been dubbed Project RE: Surface, a virtual concert broadcast live. In August 2021, she released her second album Different Kinds of Light.
Della Mae (7:20 p.m. Friday): Bluegrass band Della Mae formed in Boston in 2009. The band released their debut album, I build this Heart, in 2011 when Celia Woodsmith joined the band. Original band members include Kimber Ludiker, Amanda Kowalski, Grace Van’t Hof, and Avril Smith. Their second album, This World Oft Can Be, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2014.
Jamestown Revival (8:30 p.m. Saturday): The Texan folk duo of Zach Chance and Jonathan Clay write songs about everyday life that are a combination of harmonies that merge southern country music, Americana and western rock. Their debut album Utah was initially self-released in early 2014, then reissued by Republic Records later that year. iTunes named Utah Best of 2014: Album of the Year for Singer-Songwriter. Jamestown Revival was featured in Rolling Stone magazine and covered in the Wall Street Journal. The group has made appearances at music festivals in the United States, including the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival. and a musical appearance. on Conan.
Jackie Venson (6:50 p.m. Saturday): Austin singer-songwriter Jackie Venson has released three studio albums, The Light In Me (2014), Joy (2019) and Vintage Machine (2020). In addition to three studio albums, Venson has also released 3 live albums, Live at Strange Brew (2016) Live in Texas (2020) and Jackie Venson Live at Austin City Limits. Venson also has a musical DJ alter ego called Jackie the Robot and has released two albums titled Jackie the Flying Robot. 1 and Jackie the robot vol. 2. Both records take Jackie Venson’s music and remix them to create a psychedelic electronic journey.