By Richard Skanse
Although Americana, alt-country, and Texas-reared singer-songwriter acts are all now by and large relegated to afterthought (if any thought at all) status at the behemoth Austin City Limits Music Festival each fall, Austin area roots music fans can still count on the long-running Old Settler’s Music Festival booking their favorites every spring. This year’s edition — No. 29 — is no exception: Over the course of four days and nights in April just outside of the actual Austin city limits, the shady festival grounds at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood will be crawling with happy campers (and regular ticket holders) soaking in the sounds of everyone from indie favorites Dawes and Deer Tick to Texas songwriters’ songwriters Rodney Crowell and Hayes Carll to No Depression heavyweights Jay Farrar (performing songs from Son Volt’s seminal Trace) and the Jayhawks. And although “Bluegrass” is no longer embedded in Old Settler’s official name, there’s still plenty of that on the bill, too: From Texas’ own Sarah Jarosz to the Del McCoury Band to Jerry Douglas to, well, the Who, sort of: the Hellbenders will be performing their full tribute, “The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry.”
The rest of the lineup for the four day weekend (April 14-April 17) ain’t too shabby, either (see below for the full list). Tickets (including camping passes) can be purchased at, where detailed schedules should be posted soon.
29th Annual Old Settler’s Music Festival Lineup
Old Settlers.jpgThursday, April 14
Della Mae
The HillBenders
The Accidentals
The Brothers Comatose
The Jitterbug Vipers
Friday, April 15
Rodney Crowell
Hayes Carll
Deer Tick
The Jeff Austin Band
The Suffers
Della Mae
The Black Lillies
The HillBenders present “The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry”
Joelton Mayfield (Youth Competition winner)
Saturday, April 16
The Del McCoury Band
Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester 
Sarah Jarosz
The Milk Carton Kids
The Wood Brothers
Bob Schneider
David Ramirez
The Jayhawks
Jay Farrar (Trio) performs songs from Son Volt’s Trace
Green River Ordinance
Lonesome River Band
Carolyn Wonderland
The Deer
Sierra Hull
The Dustbowl Revival
Sunday, April 17
Lonesome River Band
The Band of Heathens