Contact: Laurie Halfpenny, DSSF Media Relations  –  (830) 613-5282

Below are a number of DSSF elements that may be used for press purposes, as well as a few past-published articles and testimonials.  Thank you for helping to spread the word about our festival.

“This festival could grow to be something big, you’ve really got a great thing going here.” – Dean Dillon, Grammy-Winning Songwriter, Nashville, TN
“I would have never thought such a small town would have such a great little songwriters festival. Keep up the good work.” – JD Souther, Grammy-Winning Songwriter, Los Angeles, CA
“The audience(s) at your festival are amazing! I loved performing here!” – Lori McKenna, 2-time Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter, Stroughton, MA



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HILL COUNTRY VIEW – “Story of the Song” – Cover story by Ashley Brown  – October 1, 2018

DRIPPING SPRINGS OUTLOOK – “Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival” – Cover story by Jim Halfpenny/Photo by Laura Griffith  – October 1, 2018

HAYS FREE PRESS / NEWS-DISPATCH – “Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival Coming October 19-21” – Staff Report, October 10, 2018

DRIPPING SPRINGS VISITORS GUIDE “Music Fans Turn Out For Songwriters Festival” – Gary Zupancic, Staff Reporter, Spring/Summer Issue 2017

NEWS-DISPATCH“Annual Music Festival to Benefit Austin Foster Children Musicians” – Staff Report – June 29, 2017

DRIPPING SPRINGS CENTURY NEWS“Songwriter Festival Contributes to Foster Kids” – by  John Pacheco, Editor – June 22, 201

DRIPPING SPRINGS CENTURY NEWS“McKenna headlines Songwriter Festival” – by  John Pacheco, Editor – June 13, 2017

outlook-cover-octoberDRIPPING SPRINGS OUTLOOK“Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival – October 14-16” – Cover Story – October 2016

oct16cov-hill-country-sunHILL COUNTRY SUN“Songwriters Gather at 3rd Annual Fest” – by Laurel Robertson – Cover Story – October, 2016

NEWS-DISPATCH“Dripping Springs Readies for Songwriters Festival” – Staff Report – 10/5/2016

AMERICANA MUSIC TIMES – “3rd Annual Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival will feature Rodney Crowell” – by  • 

DRIPPING SPRINGS CENTURY NEWS“Rodney Crowell to headline DS Songwriters Festival” – by  Gary Zupancic, Staff Reporter – June 23, 2016

Century News Article - June 16 - small (click on article to read)

HILL COUNTRY SUN – “Rodney Crowell to headline Songwriters Fest in October” – June 2016

Hill Country Sun - June 16 - small (click on article to read)

Songwriters Festival Strikes Right Chord

by Bonnie Gonzalez, Century News Editor – Thursday October 23, 2014

Dripping Springs struck a chord with music fans this past weekend after a successful Songwriters Festival. Hundreds of people packed Mercer Street to hear tunes performed by more than 30 artists from near and far. Musicians took the stage at four venues, all within walking distance—Mazama Coffee Company, The Mercantile, The Barber Shop and Mercer Street Dance Hall. Folk and Americana music filled the street.

Dripping Springs own Micah Wagner, Matthew Payne and Chad Hudson took part in the festival. “I actually have a song that I wrote specifically about Dripping Springs,” Wagner said. “It’s called We Were Young.” He made sure to play the song at the festival. For Matthew Payne, he too shared Wagner’s pride about the town. “I’ve spent 25 years here, seen many changes, seen it go from one stop light to many. And it fills me with great pride for the area, for the community, to have a gathering of artists and voices to fill our town’s street,” Payne said. It’s a place these gentlemen agreed was a perfect location for a festival like this.

“I’m honored,” Chad Hudson said. “It was such a great turn out and this is just the first one. I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like down the road. It’s going to be a huge attraction.” Artists and music lovers weren’t the only ones excited about what is set to become an annual event for Dripping. “Events like this are magical for our community.

“What a show, family entertainment that helps our local downtown businesses,” says Pam Owens, Director of the Visitor’s Bureau.  Festival Organizers, Jim and Laurie Halfpenny and Dave Niemeyer were more than pleased as well. “We didn’t know what to expect being the first annual festival but it surpassed expectations,” organizer Laurie Halfpenny said, “We’re so grateful to the city and people of Dripping Springs and the Chamber for helping to make this happen.”   Laurie said they are planning the festival for the same dates at the same venues next year. They plan on posting updates throughout the year as it becomes available on their website at

KING trans logoA portion of the proceeds of the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival are donated to KIDS IN A NEW GROOVE, a non-profit, charitable organization that provides musical instruments and one-on-one instruction and mentorship to foster children in Central Texas. To learn more about this incredible organization, to volunteer or to make a donation please visit their website at

Kids in a New Grrove Presentation

At the end of our 2015 season we were extremely happy and proud to be able to present 3 guitars, an amplifier and a cash donation to KIDS IN A NEW GROOVE. We’re making plans to be even more involved with them this year. Thanks to Scott Friedeck of the Graphic Guitar Guys for donating the guitar in the picture above with our cool DSSF logo on it. And special thanks to Jaime Holloway for placing the winning bid on the silent auction for the guitar, then generously donating it back. Jaime you rock! (Pictured L/R: Dave Niemeyer – DSSF Board Member, Karyn Scott – Founder & Executive Director KIANG, Laura Wood – Program Director KIANG and Jim Halfpenny – DSSF Board Member)


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