Walnut Valley Announces Winners and Alternates for 2023 NewSong Showcase

Winfield, Kansas–Organizers of the 51st Walnut Valley Festival have announced the winners and alternates of the 2023 NewSong Showcase. The NewSong Showcase gives aspiring songwriters a chance to submit their work for review by professional musicians, and features ten categories, including Songs about Winfield, Children, Religion/Spirit, Feelin’ Blue, Instrumental, Sweet Memories, Love Songs, Better World, Humor and None of the Above. The writers of the top songs in each category are given the opportunity to play their songs onstage at the Walnut Valley Festival.

Chris Jones, writer, broadcaster, and front man for Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, serves as curator for the Showcase, coordinating with a team of reviewers in making the difficult call as to who gets top honors. Reviewers also provide feedback for the authors of all songs submitted, although that response takes a bit of time to get out to all the songwriters.

Chris Jones: “We had a near record-breaking number of song submissions this year, 296 entries, and the quality was exceptional. While our judges and I devote a considerable amount of time to this, it really is a labor of love, and I appreciate the chance to curate NewSong Showcase on behalf of Walnut Valley Festival. I am grateful to the outstanding judges who lend their ears and their hearts to the difficult task of determining winners, and provide valuable feedback to these songwriters.

NewSong Showcase 2023 Winners and Alternates  

Songs about Winfield:


“Walnut Valley Festival” — NetaJane Doris, Jay Lankford, Glen Robertson            Thursday

“That Stage at Winfield” — Jeff Daugherty                                                                Saturday


“We’re Winfield Friends” — David Parker                                                                Thursday

“Winfield” — Heath Rochester                                                                                   Saturday

Songs For a Better World:


“Name On a List” — Siena Christie                                                                            Thursday

 “Happy Anyway” — Heath Rochester                                                                       Saturday


 “One Day Sober” — Dave Sommers                                                                          Thursday

“The Boat” — Aaron Fowler                                                                                       Saturday

Sweet Memories:


“Choctaw Road” — John Hutchison                                                                           Thursday

“Love Don’t Live Here No More” — Jeff Daugherty                                                 Saturday


“Siblings” — Ann Wright                                                                                            Thursday

“I Hope You Love This Song” — Heath Rochester                                                    Saturday



“Same Old Sinner” — Fred Baue                                                                                Thursday

“Combiners Prayer” — Marilyn Rogers                                                                      Saturday


“Pick Up Your Cross” — Jeff Daugherty, Mo Pitney                                                 Saturday

“God Knows” — Krishna Feeney                                                                               Saturday

Suitable For Children:


“I Spy” — Aaron Fowler                                                                                             Thursday

“Little Zebra” — Aaron Gordon                                                                                 Saturday


“Who Am I” — Mark Heinrich                                                                                   Thursday        

“Jumping Rope” — David Hakan                                                                               Saturday

Humorous Songs:


“How Hot’s Your Hot?” — Marilyn Rogers                                                               Thursday

“If You Ever Saw Louis Blue” — Ellis Ralph                                                            Saturday


“Keep Your Shoes On Babe” — Jack Bowden                                                           Saturday         

“Google My Disease” — Daniel Elixir                                                                        Saturday



“The Brown-Eyed Yorkshireman” — Gary Mortensen                                              Thursday

“Augie’s Lullaby” — Ralph Wesley Carr                                                                   Saturday


“Camano” — Lance Anderson                                                                                    Thursday

“Roaring Brook” — Stan Sullivan                                                                              Saturday

Love Songs


“Shooting Star” — Ernie Welch                                                                                  Thursday

“Old Potato” — Sally Vee                                                                                           Saturday


“Ten Miles Long, Five Miles Wide” — Jimmy DeHeno                                            Thursday

“Tennessee Nights” — Jeff Daugherty                                                                        Saturday

Feelin’ Blue


“Little One” — Bud Bierhaus                                                                                      Thursday

“A Change is Coming On” — Warren Jurgens                                                           Saturday


“If I Had Known” — Deann Kinsch                                                                             Thursday

“Cowgirl” — Jolleen Thorpe, Joe McElroy                                                                 Saturday

None of The Above:


“Switchboard Operator” — Annie Wilson                                                                  Thursday

“A Little Longer” — Kenny Cornell                                                                           Saturday


“Dyin’ to Live” — Jim Herrmann                                                                               Thursday

“The Kitchen Band Song” — Fred Baue                                                                     Saturday

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