Cherokee Creek Music Festival

  • Amos Lee
    Photo: Lynne Margolis
  • Greg Brown and Shawn Colvin
    Photo: Lynne Margolis
  • Timothy B. Schmit
    Photo: Lynne Margolis
  • Brett Dennen
    Photo: Lynne Margolis

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By Lynne Margolis
Cherokee, Texas

When it comes to music and parties, Texans do not mess around. And on his 8,000-acre Los Valles Ranch in Texas' Hill Country, billionaire Kelcy Warren has created a two-day fundraising fete that draws not only a well-heeled clientele, but top talent such as GRAMMY winners Marc Cohn, Shawn Colvin, Keb' Mo', and the Eagles' Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit.

Colvin and Schmit were part of a knockout lineup for the sixth annual Cherokee Creek Music Festival, held May 18–19 in Cherokee, Texas, that also featured Amos Lee, Brett Dennen, Josh Ritter, Greg Brown, Ben Taylor, Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, Jimmy LaFave, Bob Schneider, Todd Snider, Ruthie Foster, and Shawn Mullins. Festival sponsors also had the opportunity to attend a private party on May 17 featuring Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros and Paul Thorn.

After delivering the timeless Eagles classic "I Can't Tell You Why," Schmit earned even more applause when he followed with his hilariously self-deprecating "White Boy From Sacramento." Though most of his set list came from his 2009 album, Expando, Schmit also threw in "Keep On Tryin'" — a song from his former band, Southern California country/rock collective Poco.

Ritter dedicated "Folk Bloodbath" to Brown, who later sang his "Say A Little Prayer" with Colvin. Colvin previously covered "Say A Little Prayer" on the 2002 album Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute To Greg Brown.

As Saturday's perfect afternoon segued into a star-filled night, one great act after another stepped onto a large stage under a new, lavish stone-and-wood pavilion with a grass floor and warm acoustics, built just for this festival. A barefoot Dennen brought a Jack Johnson vibe with gentle funky rockers such as "Comeback Kid (That's My Dog)" and a falsetto to match Schmit's on "Sydney (I'll Come Running)." Blue-eyed folk/soul singer/songwriter Lee thrilled with his mid-song jump from "Bottom Of The Barrel" to the Band's "Ophelia" and a fabulous Band Of Heathens-styled version of the traditional folk song "Ain't No More Cane."

With approximately 2,000 attendees, not counting canine guests or livestock roaming elsewhere on the vast ranch, intimacy is easy at the Cherokee Creek Music Festival. Ticket holders are able to park an RV (or helicopter) on the grounds, and artists stay in houses on-site. If performers get an urge to record, they can step into the Cherokee Creek Recording studio, which, along with Austin, Texas' Cedar Creek Recording, is part of the Music Road Records partnership created by Warren, engineer Fred Remmert and singer/songwriter LaFave.

At this festival, artists who aren't even on the bill, such as Sam Baker and Malford Milligan, show up just because the vibe is so cool. Umbrella-shaded picnic tables border the creek just across from the food area, where everything from corndogs and barbecued brisket to crawfish étouffée is included in the ticket price. Souvenir lawn chairs help create the atmosphere of a relaxed tailgate party, complete with an inflatable "bounce house" and other kid-friendly attractions.

But ultimately, it's about the music — and the cause. The festival raises money for Cherokee Crossroads Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting children's charities. Signed custom guitars and other silent auction items helped up this year's take for children's charities. Last year, the festival raised more than $500,000.

Set Lists for May 19
Timothy B. Schmit
"One More Mile"
"Friday Night"
"The Shadow"
"I Can't Tell You Why" (Eagles)
"White Boy From Sacramento”
"Keep On Tryin'" (Poco)
"Ella Jean"
"Secular Praise"
"I Don’t Want To Hear Anymore" (Eagles)
"Love Will Keep Us Alive" (Eagles)

Josh Ritter
"Southern Pacifica"
"Folk Bloodbath"
"Girl In The War"
"Right Moves"
"Monster Ballads"
"Change Of Time"
"Me & Jiggs"
"Snow Is Gone"

Shawn Colvin
"Catch The Wind"
"Change Is On The Way"
"Hold On To The Good Things"
"That Don't Worry Me Now"
"Not A Drop Of Rain" (Robert Earl Keen cover)
"Say A Little Prayer" (with Greg Brown)
"If I Were Brave"
"I'm Gone"
"Diamond In The Rough"
"That's The Way Love Goes"

Brett Dennen
"Ain't Gonna Lose You"
"Surprise, Surprise"
"Dancing At A Funeral"
"San Francisco"
"Darlin' Do Not Fear"
"She's Mine"
"Must Be Losing My Mind"
"Ain't No Reason"
"Sydney (I'll Come Running) "
"Comeback Kid (That's My Dog)"
"Make You Crazy"

Amos Lee
"Street Corner Preacher"
"Cup Of Sorrow"
"Supply And Demand"
"Bottom Of The Barrel"
"Ophelia" (the Band cover)
"Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight"
"Ain't No More Cane" (cover)
"Johnson Boulevard"
"Sweet Pea"
"Night Train"
"Windows Are Rolled Down"

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