This year I play a cobill at the Threadgill stage with old friend Eric Schwartz. May 27th, 7pm. Visit the site for Tix/Info and full 18 day festival schedule. www.kerrville-music.com. I will try to sum up The Kerrville Folk Festival experience, for the uninitiated. It takes place at Quiet Valley Ranch, 10 miles outside of Kerrville, TX in the hill country, about an hour northwest of San Antonio. It's 18 days long, an annual trek that begins on Thursday of Memorial Day weekend, and stretches into June. It's like 'Burning Man' for songwriters, campfires every 40 feet, going late into the mornings. I've met many writers and music loving friends there, it's where our paths cross. It started in 1971. My first time there was 1991. The camping and RV scene has got an upgrade in comforts the last decade or so, lotta new trees too. Overall it's a rustic experience. The longer you're there, the more you embrace the heat, the storms, the fire ants, the dirt, camps, views, peace, music, community. Three days is cool, but a week is better. Two weeks there and it is hard to leave. Hear nightly evening music on the Main Stage on the weekends, which can have crowds of a couple thousand. Mid-week nights are at the smaller Threadgill Amphitheater, an open air stage in the middle of the campground. After the concerts is when the camps come alive. Keep in mind many of the volunteers and staff are also musicians, over 100 of them. And another hundred, or couple hundred, other musician/campers and performers. The camps can be elaborate mini-scenes, or sparse and simple. Mellower circles happen in the day, dozens more crop up at night - Camp Coho, Camp Synchronicity, Camp Stupid, Crows Nest, amongst the RVs, maybe a circle up on Chappell Hill, anywhere everywhere all over camp. Many listeners from the main stage concerts wander in to enjoy the campfires too. Sometimes I stick a flashlight in the middle of the road near the "T" at the end of the meadow, swap songs with a few friends I haven't heard or seen for a year or two, I call that "Camp Ever Ready". Some circles don't die until day break. I'm usually asleep by 2 or 3am latest. Wake up when either the sun hits your tent or you smell some coffee. You don't need, or get, 8 hours. Sleep is an afterthought. At noon maybe visit town, or the Medina river if it's really hot. Mostly hang around camp, play cards, tunes, whatever. If you need to catch up on sleep, the afternoons and evenings in camp are quieter and emptier as many campers drift over to the main shows. You trade main stage music for sleep sometimes, and wake up as you hear the campfires start again. (By campfires, I should say lanterns, most of the wood burning is curtailed now by drought and common sense). Beautiful experience.