Old Settler’s Music Festival, which regularly draws thousands of roots-music fans to its site near Lockhart, announced Monday morning that it is postponing this year’s event after Caldwell County officials limited public gatherings to 500 people.


Initial plans are to reschedule for an as-yet unspecified date this fall. According to the festival’s official statement, refunds are not being offered but all tickets will be good for the rescheduled event. The festival had been scheduled for April 16-19 and was to feature dozens of acts, including the Head and the Heart, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Tanya Tucker and Shinyribs.


Here’s the statement from festival organizers:


"We are incredibly saddened to share that Old Settler's Music Festival will be postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. Caldwell County officials have made the tough but right decision to prohibit public gatherings of over 500 people at this time in order to protect the health of its citizens which means that we must postpone the festival. The well-being of Old Settler’s community of loyal festgoers, musical artists, sponsors, volunteers and vendors is truly our first priority.


We plan to reschedule Old Settler's for the fall, and the date will be announced as soon as it is confirmed. Per our ticket sale policy, we cannot issue refunds, but will honor all tickets already purchased for the rescheduled show. In the meantime, Old Settler’s will continue in its mission to bring American roots music to new listeners and preserve the music’s culture and community and to support like-minded charitable organizations."