Testimonials

Here’s what folks are saying about the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival.

From Our Audiences:

“We have lived in Austin for 15 years and more recently moved to Spicewood full-time. We used to love ACL festival, but we no longer go due to the bands they choose. Recently, I was being nostalgic about the “good ol’ days” when ACL fest used to have singer songwriters when news of your festival came into my inbox. We attended Friday with the intent of trying it out for a couple of hours. After 5 hours we left on a natural high, and came back Saturday for another 5 hours. The artists, the vibe, the friendliness was incredible. We couldn’t have hoped for a better experience. Many thanks for your hard work. We hope you continue to do the festival for many years to come! And if so, we’ll be there.” – Mindy

“There are so many music events in Austin, it’s hard to distinguish them. But this one is putting Dripping Springs on the map for a great reason! You can’t get such great songwriting talent in one place in a weekend! Great venues, good food options, all details covered! Don’t miss out!” – Linda B.

“What a great event! There are mega talented people all over the place. The best part is seeing different styles on the same stage. Great format! Feels like the beginning of a music scene here in Dripping!” – Gary S.

“We had such an enjoyable afternoon these last 2 days in Drippin, hanging under the shade of oak trees, a gentle breeze blowing & listening to some pretty amazing music. The volunteers & venue staff were so friendly & helpful! Loved the shuttle to/from the Sidecar….can’t wait until next year!!” – Cindi L.

“Haven’t been this excited since Willie Nelson’s Birthday Party ( the 1st ).” – Paula K.

“Really awesome. Putting it my calendar for next year!!!” – Monica C.

“This was our first year, we loved it! See you next year!” –  Dina R.

“I can see this exploding in size very soon! We would love to host/adopt a musician next year.” –  Melanie M.

“Fantastic! So many talented songwriters visiting Dripping Springs it’s a blast.” – Ronnie K.

“Seriously the reason I love the DS Songwriters Festival! So many show up and bring their talent to selflessly share and end up walking away from the festival with so much more.” – Leslie M.

“Had a great time at this awesome event! Won’t be long until everyone looks forward to Founders in the spring and Songwriters in the fall.” – Alan H.

“The organizers hit it out of the park just on day 1 of the festival.  We are great lovers of music and had such a great time.  We were excited the minute we saw the first flyer way back when and can’t wait to come tomorrow.  What a great energy!” – Shannon O.

 

From Our Songwriters:

“The audience(s) at your festival are amazing!  I loved performing here!” – Lori McKenna, 2-time Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter, Stroughton, MA

“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

“Thank you all soooooo much! I had an awesome time!  A wonderful experience and I hated to leave.” – Julie Gribble – Songwriter, Nashville, TN

“I got to sing my songs in front of an attentive audience all day this past Saturday, and met some of the most talented Songwriters from all over the nation. Thank you so much to Jim, Laurie and Dave and everyone else at the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival for your contributions and dedication to our craft, and for giving us a platform to share our hearts through our songs. I’ll treasure this weekend forever.” – Mandi Powell – Songwriter, Houston, TX

“The drive home from the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival is always a sad one. Jim, Laurie and Dave have created one of the best festivals around! The community that truly appreciates original music and the community of talented songwriters who travel from all over to be a part of it. Thank you to every single person who bought my music and took it home with them. We came with a suitcase full of CDs and every one of them is gone!  And thank you to every artist who shared the stage with me. It was a blast and I wish we could do it every weekend!” – Shawn Byrne – Nashville, TN

“These past 4 days were like a dream at the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival. It was songwriter heaven. I got to learn at the feet of a master in Rodney Crowell. I got to absorb so much insight from some great songwriters from around the globe. I made connections and new friends that I am certain will stand the test of time. I was able to showcase my own songs in front of the most incredibly respectful and actively listening audiences to which I have ever played. Thank you to all who made this weekend so special for me and my wife, especially Jim and Laurie Halfpenny, and Dave Niemeyer, and to Ron White for opening his home to us.” – Abe Partridge – Songwriter, Mobile, AL

“I am going through the yearly depression that happens after the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival ends. It’s a special event that I wish all of my songwriter friends could experience. Thank you very much Jim Halfpenny, Laurie Halfpenny, Dave Niemeyer and ALL of the volunteers.” – Chris Taylor – Songwriter, San Antonio, TX

“I have never seen such an assemblage of talent, passion and musicianship in one place at one time. I was honored to be a part.” –  Eric Ramsey – Songwriter, Phoenix, AZ

“This fest gets bigger every year, and I’m so grateful to Jim, Laurie and Dave and everyone else involved for their hard work. THE HYPE IS REAL.” – Jefferson Clay – Songwriter, Austin, TX

“Great weekend at the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival near Austin, Texas. Great music, great people, great place. We can’t wait to go back. Thanks to everyone who came out” – Brad Cunningham – Songwriter, Kansas City, MO

“This festival has soul…the kind that brings the tears and unearths the fears then calms the mind and stops the time. Music unbound. Music heard. Together we feel. Tapping toes then sitting perfectly still…Thanks Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival. I love you!” – Hope Cassity – Songwriter, Nashville, TN

“I had such a great time at the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival this weekend. It was such a joy to meet so many incredible songwriters from all over the world. Listening to Rodney Crowell was unfreakingreal. I felt like he reached into my guts and stirred ’em up a bit.” – Jaimee Harris – Songwriter, Austin, TX

“The audiences, venues, volunteers and town of Dripping Springs could not have been more gracious and supportive…My only wish is that maybe they could manage to schedule it quarterly so we could all experience these soul feeding and inspirational performances more often.” – Dean Johanesen – Songwriter, Tampa Bay, FL

“My boots are dusty and my heart is full. Thank you Texas.” – Cari Ray – Songwriter, Nashville, IN

“The 2016 Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival was an amazing experience in so many ways: playing great venues in historic Dripping Springs, meeting and sharing stages with talented songwriters from all over the country, playing for attentive audiences, having superb sound at every venue provided by BOSE… and enjoying the Texas hospitality at every turn. It doesn’t get any better for a Singer/Songwriter.” – Mike P. Ryan – Songwriter, Clifton, VA

“One of my favorite things I have gotten to be involved in since I started playing music. I have played at every type of venue you can imagine, in every corner of the country, and your festival was by far the most rewarding experience I have ever had as a professional musician. Thank you guys so much for having me be a part of it!” – Dan Patterson – Songwriter, Lubbock, TX