On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, more than 60 Oklahoma songwriters gathered in Stillwater for the 8th annual Bob Childers’ Gypsy Cafe, the largest homegrown songwriter festival in the state.  Proceeds of the festival totaling $22,022 will benefit Oklahoma musicians in need through the Red Dirt Relief Fund. We are beyond grateful for our Oklahoma music community, sponsors, venues, volunteers and fans!

The 2019 Restless Spirit Award was presented to Randy Crouch. Read more and watch his full Restless Spirit Award video here.

Congratulations to Dallas Parker aka Faux Draco for being selected as the Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest winner for 2019. Parker received a $500 cash prize, a $500 donation to the Red Dirt Relief Fund and performed a set at the festival. Chloe-Beth Campbell was voted the “People’s Choice” and took home a $100 cash prize. Read more here

Red Dirt Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that provides a safety net of critical assistance to Oklahoma musicians, took over management of the festival in the fall of 2013 after Red Bull hosted the event in spring of 2011 and 2012. Since the Red Dirt Relief Fund was founded in 2012, it’s provided over $110,000 to musicians in need.

Photos credit: Nathan Poppe