Well, I didn't win the Songwriter Showcase at the 24th Annual Rocky Mtn. Folks Fest this past weekend in Lyons, CO. But I did meet some excellent songwriters and made some wonderful new friends. I got to meet some of my fiddle-playing idols, Oliver and Maya, from the band The Stray Birds. I saw killer sets from Josh Ritter and Brandi Carlile, Ani DiFranco and Imelda May. My new friend, Sarah Clanton, sat in on cello during my songwriter round and made my songs sound amazing. What a beautiful instrument. I submerged myself in the St. Vrain River and listened to the music, soaking in the beautiful Colorado sun. The food and beer and ice cream and "sour patch kids" was delicious. I had a perfect experience. I can't wait to go back next year to attend the SongSchool that takes place the week before the festival. Check out all of the 10 finalists here: http://www.bluegrass.com/folks/contests.html The winner was the very talented Conor Garvey from Portland, Maine.