Walnut Valley Festival 48.5

September 12 - 20, 2020

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

"Fesity" playing a guitar and wearing a face covering for the Walnut Valley Festival Festival 48.5

49th Walnut Valley Festival

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

Sept. 12 - 20, 2020

49th Walnut Valley Festival has been postponed
to September 2021 due to COVID-19 Concerns

All tickets sold for WVF 49 will be valid for entry in September 2021
A virtual WVF 48.5 will take place September 12-20, 2020

Be Kind, Stay Safe!

Old Sound


Voting has closed. Check back to see the winner announced in a live stream on Saturday, September 19th.


A trio of longtime friends and musical collaborators, Kansas City’s Old Sound crafts traditional and original folk music. Led by Grady Keller’s imaginative storytelling, Old Sound travels through song with solid three-part harmonies and evocative acoustic compositions. The trio is strengthened by the exploratory bluegrass flat-picking style of Chad Brothers and the playful doghouse groove of Greg Herrenbruck on upright bass. With musical roots in their hometown Winfield, Kansas, Brothers and Herrenbruck cut their teeth in the picking circles and campground stages of the Walnut Valley Festival. Paired with Keller’s colorful melodies and lyricism, Old Sound’s approach makes for easy front porch listening.

Old Sound released the studio album “Rain Follows The Plow” in Spring 2014. Recorded and produced by Phil Wade of The Wilders, the album showcases the band’s well-worn chemistry and acoustic musical interplay. The Pitch Magazine said “Rain Follows The Plow assuages any headache, calms any painful maladies and stirs you out of any dusty depression.” The trio also released the holiday album “An Old Sound Christmas” in November 2017, putting “a new spin on Christmas” according to KSHB TV. The band performs regularly in Kansas City and regional area festivals, club venues, breweries and listening rooms, including past residencies at Worlds of Fun’s WinterFest. Old Sound is set to release the brand new studio album “Deluge” in September 2020.

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Vote for your favorite band while also supporting the cause.  Sixty percent of the funds raised will be split equally between all of the artists in the lineup taking part. The remaining forty percent will be used by WVA to pay for production costs of WVF 48.5 as well as to get ready for its 49th Walnut Valley Festival in 2021.

Votes will be taken until midnight on Friday, September 18.  The winner will be announced in a live stream on Saturday, September 19.

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