Eighteen days is just prolonged more than enough to simulate the experience of an true town, designed of canvas and nylon and juniper and tin amongst the buffalo grass and stay oaks—though short ample to push you back again into the earth with a new perception of reason on your hero’s journey, to obtain tunes and return the spring to follow. It requires a 7 days to regulate to singing until finally sunlight up every single early morning, and the times are too sizzling to feel, so we sleep on the financial institutions of the Medina River, in deep cypress shade, skinny dipping in the spring water concerning naps. I was honored to perform the mainstage with Large Thief in 2018, just after participating in a lifetime of demonstrates in the campground’s outdoor shower, in the meadow in a lightning storm, in a hen coop atop a 1940’s Global Harvester flatbed, in the team kitchen scalded by the fryer, quietly in the Cureville massage and therapeutic lean-to, and inside at least 500 RVs. I’ve shared expenditures with artists these as Dan of 1000 Tracks, Slender Richey (“the most dangerous guitar player in Texas”), Lunchbox, Jalapeno, and Manky. Spider assists with safety when he’s not culling wild hogs with a bowie knife for nearby ranchers. Writers these types of as Brian QTN, Steve Fisher, Steve Gillete, and Darlene Raven have aided increase me, with the patience and undying support that they demonstrate every single author who sits down at their fires. In the text of Carol and Ed Florida, “On the wings of tune, newfound pals develop into spouse and children prior to lengthy, we get seeds to sow alongside the street we journey on, and fly to our harvest house in the spring.”

Kerrville is literally strung with each other with barbed wire, and just after staying canceled two years in a row thanks to Covid, they are totally broke and are on the edge of shutting down for good. If you have something to add, be sure to do what you can to save the Kerrville Folks Competition and the Silent Valley Ranch by the donation website page on their website. If they make it, we’ll see you there.


Cafe Erzulie (Brooklyn, NY)

By KeiyaA

Cafe Erzulie is a place centered in local community and for that I’m grateful. I’ve put in lots of nights there, whether or not it is to see jazz, shake ass to a hearth DJ, or roll up in the gorgeous yard. It’s certainly a location that I can come and really feel affirmed.


Hi Tone (Memphis, TN)

By Julien Baker

Before I was old adequate to get into 18-and-up reveals, I currently understood about Hello Tone. It was the put for all the great hardcore shows I desired to see, and it is a fixture in the scene, a person of a handful of venues that stays constant and hasn’t been repurposed or resold. What I price about Memphis songs is its tenacity and resourcefulness, and I believe Hi Tone embodies that in its own gritty way.

This image is from a show I performed with the band the Acorns, an artist from Memphis I grew up listening to and loving. Hi Tone hosts the yearly Pants Tour that Smith7 places on, and they hosted the Za Fest early on. They make a room for Memphis bands to enjoy songs, and that is really crucial to me.

Picture by by Brian Vernon

Saturn (Birmingham, AL)

By Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee

I grew up in Birmingham, and when Saturn’s predecessor location, Bottletree, opened in 2006, it wholly improved my daily life. For the initially time in my lifetime, amazing bands and artists have been coming to town frequently. It regrettably closed in 2015, but with that arrived the opening of Saturn. It’s house/atomic age-themed, with a famously good inexperienced place that any band who has ever performed there remembers fondly. It’s also throughout the avenue from Saw’s Soul Kitchen, which is most likely the finest BBQ in town. Tour can come to feel like these types of a grind, and they make it simple, exciting, and fun. They also did an wonderful occupation of placing Birmingham on the map as a excellent destination for touring artists. I really do not personally have a image of me actively playing there, but here’s me at soundcheck there in 2017 with my niece Lola.