Carson Peters is a remarkably mature eleven year old fiddler. He's poised and polished. Unlike many performers his age, he has a solid, in tune voice. He plays the fiddle with skill and enthusiasm while acting as his own emcee. He bears watching.
Houston's friends and former band-mates keeping his memory alive by making music together.
Ashley & Shannon Campbell are Glen Campbell's children, now grown and touring on their own. Carl Jackson joined Glen Campbell's band when he was seventeen years old. Ashley is his God Daughter.
I've seen lots of raffle guitars presented at festivals. Sometimes they are donated by guitar companies like Martin or Huss & Dalton to raise money for a good cause. More rarely, they are made by individual luthiers. This year, Gerald Anderson built a lovely instrument based on a Martin D18 with a HoustonFest design pick guard. It's rare, however, to see the winner of the raffle guitar be present to receive the instrument. I've never before seen a raffle guitar go someone who not only wanted to win it, but was already able to do so. Here Gerald presents the guitar to one of the young musicians who'd been at HoustonFest playing in bands and jamming. The joy and surprise on his face is enough reward for all of us who didn't win it ourselves.