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Old Settler’s Fest adds acts, releases partial day-by-day schedule

Peter Blackstock

More details are taking shape for the Old Settler’s Music Festival, which moves to a new home near Lockhart in April 2018. New additions to the lineup include J.D. McPherson, Will Hoge, California Honeydrops and the War & Treaty, and a partial day-by-day lineup has been set.

The announcements follow a turbulent stretch marked by a split between Old Settler’s board members and two former colleagues who had sought to launch a competing event the same weekend at the fest’s previous site. A judge issued an injunction against the Driftwood Music Festival in November, at least temporarily quelling the conflict.

Tickets, ranging from $35 to $75 for single-day passes and $130 to $500 for weekend-long packages, are on sale now via the festival’s website.

Here’s the lineup as it stands so far:


Grateful Ball featuring Travelin’ McCourys & Jeff Austin Band

Donna the Buffalo

We Banjo 3



Greensky Bluegrass


Balsam Range

Donna the Buffalo

Billy Strings

Jeff Austin Band

Front Country

Sophie Scott (2017 Youth Talent Competition winner)


I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O’Donovan)

Railroad Earth

J.D. McPherson

California Honeydrops

Will Hoge

Colter Wall


Steve Poltz

War & Treaty

Billy Strings

Balsam Range

Peterson Brothers

Jon Stickley Trio


Ray Wylie Hubbard

Balsam Range

Steve Poltz