Waltstock & Barrel Music Festival

Waltstock & Barrel Music FestivalWalt Wilkins' first Waltstock & Barrel Music Festival in 2017 was fantastic and everyone I talked to was hoping that there would be another Waltstock & Barrel in 2018. The first Waltstock & Barrel was a magnificent experience filled with good friends, peace, laughter, and excellent music led by a group of folks and artists that Walt adores and respects.  Folks from all over the US came, as well as some of Walt and Tina's friends from Europe.  Last year’s event was a magnificent experience filled with good friends, peace, laughter and music, led by a group of folks and artists that Walt adores and respects. Good vibrations ran free.  Walt was hesitant about committing to another waltstock & barrel so there were a lot of questions, some significant pushing/persuading/cajoling, and lots of people working to persuade Walt and Tina to have a second annual festival.

And they succeeded and we were happy as clams (how do we know if clams are really happy - I've never seen a clam smile or giggle) when Walt said "I'm happy to relate that due to how outrageously fun the first Waltstock & Barrel Festival turned out, we’re going to do another Waltstock & Barrel in 2018!"If there had been a crowd around at the time of that statement they would have gone wild. And it was going to be a similar format, with an exciting lineup and at the same place in Fredericksburg. According to Walt "we will have Texas wines, Texas Beers, and Texas artists of all kinds.  And again, we’ll be showing off a whole bunch of my favorite songwriters, pickers, singers, poets and bands.  We’re working on making everything even better this time." After the first Waltstock, how could the 2018 festival be better! But it was!! 

Waltstock & Barrel 2018 Lineup

Like last year Walt wanted to show a whole bunch of his favorite songwriters, pickers, singers, poets and bands. Lots of new people we've never listened to (which I love) and several of our favorites like Bob Livingston, Tommy Alverson,Josh Grider Max and Heather Stalling, Drew, Susan Gibson, and Michael Hearne. An outstanding lineup!

The good times started on Thursday evening with a party to say thanks to the sponsors. The Josh Grider Band entertained us for 4 hours or so and as they played we devoured a buffet of BBQ chicken, sausage, cold slaw, beans, and more plus cold beer and wine from local breweries and wineries plus some out-of-this-world scrumptious cake loaded with icing - I think I consumed at least three slices. Excellent music, free drink, and food!!! Can't think of a better way to start waltstock & barrel 2018.

The music started on a sunny and beautiful Friday at noon and lasted until around 11:30 when Walt said "I don't want it to end - can I keep playing?" Friday's lineup included:

Chad Richard

Chad Richard

Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent

Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent

Max & Heather Stalling

Max and Heather Stalling

Heybale

Heybale

Fairmont Book Club

Fairmont Book Club

Los Texmaniacs

Los Texmaniacs

Prophets & Outlaws

Prophets & Outlaws

Wildflower Jam

Wildflower Jam

Wildflower Jam

Wildflower Jam

 

The Wildflower Jam with Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros (Walt Wilkins, Tina Wilkins, Bill Small, Ray Rodriquez, Jimmy Davis, Corby Schaub, and Ron Flynt) and special quests like Marian Brackney, Tommy Alverson, and anyone of the other artists that were still hanging around was superb - these guy (and Tina) are from my perspective on of the best group of singers, instrumentalists, songwriters, and musicians in Texas! And Walt didn't pay me to say that! Love 'um.

What a beautiful fun day of music!

 

 

Saturday morning started with a breakfast party to say thanks to the sponsors - excellent Bloody Marys and all the fixings and Mimosas, brisket tacos, and lots of different kids of sweet rolls. Hard to beat all of that plus music with one of the best Texas singer songwriters, Susan Gibson.

Bloody Mary fixinsSusan GibsonWalt and Tina Wilkins and Susan Gibson

The breakfast was followed by a cold and windy afternoon of music with:

Tina Wilkins with Ron Flynt & Dick Gimble

Tina Wilkins

Fandango Barn Dance Gathering

Fandango

Davis Raines

Davis Raines

Brother Elsey

Brother Elsey

The Wagoneers

The Wagoneers

Gimbles Western Swing Review

Gimbles Wester Swing Band

Lost Austin Band

Lost Austin Band

Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros

Walt Wikins & The Mystiqueros

Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros

Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros

 

It was freezing (in the low 40's with a brisk wind!) and everybody was bundled up with everything from ear muffs to gloves to heavy ski jackets and blankets and sleeping bags. I had on four layers under my blanket and was still freezing - I was shaking and shimmying but not to the beat of the music. But what was amazing is that very few people left - a testament to the quality of the music. The good news was that the artists (whose fingers must have been numb!) keep playing - sips of whiskey helped later in the evening.

Freezing Fans at Waltstock & BarrelFreezing Fans at Waltstock & BarrelFreezing Fans at Waltstock & Barrel

Walt & Tina Wilkins Music Fans

Part of what makes Waltstock & Barrel a blast is that the ticket sales are limited to 700 people. And they are a great group of friendly, fun, and outgoing music lovers - when the music starts the talking and phone conversations stop. It seems like an affluent and educated group of fans with personalities similar to Walt and Tina's - sincere, fun loving, open and honest, personable, etc. It's like a big family reunion with some friends you see often, some you might see once a year, and lots that you'll meet and talk to for the first time - several of which you wouldn't mind having as a neighbor. Lots of huggin', back slappin', hand shaken', laughs and giggles. Lloyd Maines said that "Walt & Tina are some of the most sincere, loving, caring, and generous people he knows and he would love to have them as his neighbor." And this festival and the fans are a true reflection of Tina's and Walt personality and vibe.

Freezing Fans at Waltstock & BarrelFans at Waltstock & BarrelFans at Waltstock & Barrel

The Waltstock & Barrel Venue

Jellyston RV Resort campingWaltstock & Barrel is held on the edge of Fredericksburg in April which means before the music starts each day you can enjoy all that Fredericksburg has to offer from lots of wineries to good restaurants. This year like last year's festival was at Texas Wine Country Jellystone Park Resort Resort in the heart of the Texas Wine Country and about 8 miles from downtown Fredericksburg. Jelly stone is a perfect venue with full hook-up RV sites, a variety of cabins, small grocery, snack bar with burgers, meeting rooms, and lots of kids activities - bounce pillow, playground, pool, arcade, and more. All of the campsites are with a minute to three minute walk to the music stage. Jelly stone sells out early but there are several other camping options near by.

If you don't camp there are plenty of other lodging options ranging from hotels to B&Bs to some unique and cozy cabins and cottages. All within a 10 to 25 minute drive to the festival. Majesty Tours was offering complimentary event shuttle service for hotel guests staying at one of the festival hotels.

A large white tent with several rows of folding chairs was home to music stage with excellent acoustics. And this year during the weekend music there was a VIP tent with a bar set up on the right front of the stage. Around the perimeter of the stage were several food trucks like Cousins Lobster Rolls, pizza, burgers, and more. There were also local wineries that were showcasing and selling their wines and several vendors offering art, crafts. clothing, and more.

vendor at Waltstock & Barrelvendor at Waltstock & Barrelvendor at Waltstock & Barrel

We hated to see Waltstock & Barrel come to a close and now we're looking forward to another one next year. I'm sure we'll see Walt and Tina and the Mystiqueros as well fellow Waltstock & Barrel at some festivals between now and the next Waltstock & Barrel. Our thanks go out to Walt and Tina, the sponsors, all of the volunteers (like Robbyn, Susan and Billy, KK, and lots more), and the fans for making this such a fun festival - next year try and warm it up a little!

Susan, KayKay, and Tina

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