Austinite Reed Turner always liked the term “troubadour,” but now the folk-rock artist gets to use it officially — as winner of the 2013 Telluride Troubadour Competition. Turner earned first-place honors in the June songwriter competition, held since 1991 as part of the 40-year-old Telluride Bluegrass Festival. One of 10 finalists chosen from among nearly 500 entries, Turner aced two live rounds to win a Shanti acoustic guitar valued at more than $12,000 along with $300 cash, a mainstage set before 10,000 festivalgoers and a live performance (backed by Elephant Revival’s Bridget Law) on Telluride public radio station KOTO-FM. Judges weighed song quality, delivery and overall performance; each song had to be written and performed solo. Among Reed’s selections was “Room For Doubt,” from his February release, GHOSTS IN THE ATTIC. The Austin American-Statesman’s Peter Mongillo said the tune “recalls songwriting icons Townes Van Zandt and Lyle Lovett,” and noted, “Turner tells stories that tend to dwell on themes
of youthful decision and indecision, delivered via a hazy, sometimes haunting style of Americana and soul.” Turner’s latest accolade puts him in good company; previous winners include Gregory Alan Isakov, Kris Delmhorst and Matt Harlan. In addition to playing solo and with his own band, Turner also performs in fellow singer-songwriter (and collaborator) Phoebe Hunt’s band. They’re planning an August tour of Colorado and Montana, followed by September stops in the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest. But first, Turner will play on July 18 at
the Parish in Austin, as part of the Best of Austin Folk show. For more info: theparishaustin.com., reedturner.com
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