After Kerrville Folk festival....Looking forward to witnessing Mexican Freetail Bats exit the grand living room of Carlsbad Caverns NM!
They actually live here only during the Summer months, and they come here to give birth and raise their young in the caverns.The bat populations have been in decline here for sometime, and no one knows exactly why. Today the bats number around 300,000, while it is thought that there were over one million bats here when James White entered the cavern in 1898.
As an add bonus I'll be exploring the Guadalupe Mountains...
Kerrville Folk Festival
Over 1500 outstanding singer-songwriters have been presented on the Festival’s stages since the beginning. More than just a “folk music” festival, Kerrville offers music of many styles including traditional folk, bluegrass, acoustic rock, blues, country, jazz, and Americana. The common thread is songwriting. The focus of the festivals is to promote emerging artists while giving our audience exposure to both new and recognized, seasoned talent. Major label artists such as Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Michelle Shocked, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Robert Earl Keen, Lucinda Williams, and Nancy Griffith played Kerrville early in their careers. Through the years, the Kerrville stage has seen other nationally known artists like Peter Paul & Mary, Judy Collins, Janis Ian and Arlo Guthrie, while others such as singer/songwriter/actor Ronny Cox play on our stages any given year. http://www.kerrvillefolkfestival.org/
Will McLean Festival
Will McLean is considered the “Father of Florida Folk.” The “Black Hat Troubadour” travelled all across his beloved state writing hundreds of poems, songs and stories. After his death in 1990 he was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. Each year Florida singer songwriters gather at the Will McLean Folk Festival to honor him. McLean wanted to save Florida through his music. Each year the Will McLean Foundation holds a “Best New Florida Song Contest” to keep McLean’s mission alive.