Congratulations to 2014 contest winners Trout Steak Revival and Michael Kirkpatrick!

2015 Music Contests

2012 Troubadour Reed Waddle at Elks Park (photo: Benko Photographics)
2012 Troubadour Reed Waddle at Elks Park
(photo Benko Photographics)

Congratulations to 2014 contest winners Trout Steak Revival and Michael Kirkpatrick. Michael performed on the main stage on Saturday at 5:45pm and Trout Steak Revival is the first band confirmed for the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass!

Once again, songwriters and bands from around the country will take part in the nationally recognized Telluride Troubadour and band competitions, vying for beautiful instruments, cash prizes and well deserved recognition.

Be inspired by these fine songwriters and great string bands on Thursday and Friday at Elks Park (free workshop stage in downtown Telluride). Then enjoy the finalists on the Festival main stage on Saturday morning (band contest) and Saturday evening (Troubadour winner).


Telluride Troubadour Contest

2014 Troubadour Finalists (photo Benko Photographics)
2014 Troubadour Finalists & Luthier Michael Hornick
(photo Benko Photographics)

The Telluride Troubadour Competition is a nationally recognized songwriter competition open to anyone who writes and performs original music and who is not currently signed to a major recording or publishing deal. Contestants are judged on the quality of the song’s composition, vocal delivery, and the overall performance. Finalists are awarded cash and prizes, as well as critical acclaim, well-deserved recognition, and a chance to perform on the festival main stage!

The Telluride Troubadour Competition has been held in conjunction with the Telluride Bluegrass Festival since 1991. Previous winners include Larry Good (1991), Cosy Sheridan (1992), Dan Sheridan (1993), Catie Curtis (1994), LJ Booth (1995), Michael Lille (1996), Jonathan Kingham (1997), Eugene Ruffolo (1998), Libby Kirkpatrick (1999), Mary Coppin (2000), Kris Delmhorst (2001), Deb Talan (2002), Rachel Davis (2003), Brian Joseph (2004), and Keith Greeninger (2005), Nels Andrews (2006), Gregory Alan Isakov (2007), Nathan Moore (2008), Mitch Barrett (2009), Robby Hecht (2010), Matt Harlan (2011), Reed Waddle (2012), Reed Turner (2013), and Michael Kirkpatrick (2014).

2015 Troubadour Schedule

2015 Rules and Guidelines

Michael Hornick of Shanti Guitars with Troubadour Reed Waddle (photo Benko Photographics)
Michael Hornick of Shanti Guitars with Troubadour Reed Waddle
(photo Benko Photographics)

2015 Troubadour Prizes

 

2015 Telluride Band Contest 

The Telluride Band Contest is a nationally-recognized bluegrass contest. Finalists are awarded cash and prizes, as well as critical acclaim, well-deserved recognition, and a spot on the 2016 lineup to perform on the festival main stage. Past winners include the Dixie Chicks, Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband, the Pagosa Hot Strings, The Badly Bent, Greensky Bluegrass, Spring Creek, Blue Canyon Boys, The Hillbenders, Nora Jane Struthers & the Bootleggers, Run Boy Run, Front Country, and 2014 winners Trout Steak Revival.

2015 Contest Registration

2015 Band Competition Schedule

2015 Telluride Band Competition Prizes

Telluride Band Competition Rules

Bands Score in These Categories

2007 Troubadour Winner  Gregory Alan Isakov
2007 Troubadour Winner
Gregory Alan Isakov

Tips from the Telluride Band Contest Judges

Last Year's (2014) Finalists

2014 Contest Bands

Congratulations to the 2014 band contest winners Trout Steak Revival, and the other top finalists The Kitchen Dwellers (2nd), The Green Boys (3rd), and Gold Top County Ramblers (4th).

Thanks to these band finalists who performed at Elks Park during the preliminary round of the 2014 Telluride Band Contest:

2014 Troubadour Finalists

Congratulations to the 2014 Telluride Troubadour winner Michael Kirkpatrick (!!) and the other top finalists Allie Farris (2nd), Emily Mure (3rd), David McMillin (4th), and David White (5th).

These 10 finalists below performed in the final rounds on Telluride's Elks Park stage in 2014. The originality, craftsmanship, and creativity of the entries impressed us once again. As well these artists performed throughout the festival in in-the-round sets at Elks Park, during the festival broadcast, and for short 'tweener sets on the festival main stage.

2014 Troubadour Honorable Mentions