Telluride Troubadour Songwriting Competition

Band members playing bluegrass music
By Joe Kendrick

"Trout Steak Revival is based out of Denver, with members from their home state as well as Wisconsin, Michigan and New York," said WNCW's Joe Kendrick. "They formed in 2008 and have won several prestigious awards, including an Emmy for their soundtrack to a Rocky Mountain PBS documentary, the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, as well as having been nominated as a Momentum Band of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association."

We got to to know Boone-based singer/songwriter Shay Martin Lovette around 2017, and this year he won one of MerleFest's Chris Austin Songwriting Competitions. He's also won in Telluride's Troubadour Songwriting Competition. He plays Park Rhythms at Lake Tomahawk Park in Black Mountain, NC Thursday evening, and Reevestock in Elkin, NC on Saturday.