Old Settler’s Music Festival 2011: Thursday Preview
Driftwood, TX. Population 1,585. Home of the world-famous Salt Lick BBQ and the best bluegrass festival this side of Telluride. This sleepy ex-ghosttown in the Hill Country is days away from being transformed into the mecca of both bluegrass and end-of-spring revelry, with 15,000+ fans of the purest form of music on the precipice of great music and good vibes. I’ve heard amazing things about the site, the staff, and the attendees – when added to the fact that it’s the festival’s best-ever lineup, we here at BoT had no choice but to make our inaugural trip to Camp Ben McCulloch for a weekend of camping and bluegrass. Read on for our preview of Thursday, and stay tuned for Friday/Saturday/Sunday previews and a full review of what’s sure to be a peak festival experience.
: Thursday 8:45-10:00 PM – Ruby Jane
Though Ruby Jane Smith is just old enough to drive, she has chops on the fiddle that indicate greatness. A legitimate prodigy, she has shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, and Blues Traveler, and was the youngest fiddler ever invited to play the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 10. Her soulful country vocals recall the heyday of Muscle Shoals and her fiddle-playing points towards Clements-esque potential. She’s also an accomplished mandolin and guitar player and a burgeoning songwriter. We plan to arrive from Houston with plenty of time to set up camp and get over to the Campground Stage to get our minds blown. You should plan on the same.
: Thursday 10:30-11:45 PM – Trampled By Turtles
If you’ve read my review of this year’s SXSW, you know how ridiculously in love I am with Trampled by Turtles. That goes the same for the majority of the BoT staff, as well as all the friends I know who’ve encountered their music. It’s damn catchy – with lyrics that apply to my life and licks that impress my musical intellect. In all honesty, I think they should be headlining the entire festival… they’re that freaking good. I’ve listened to their latest album, Palomino, at least three+ times a week since I came across it and at times have listened to it three+ times a day. This is the performance that I’m most excited to see all weekend, and I already know it won’t disappoint.