Bobby Martin Young Songwriter Competition



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Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival is pleased to announce the Bobby Martin Songwriting Competition for ages 20 and under. Bobby Martin, known as the “Bluegrass Drummer” (1957-2016) spent his life studying, playing, and preserving the music from the Appalachia Region. Years of traveling in his youth to fiddler’s conventions and festivals while his dad, Sam Martin, Mandolinist, competed and performed embedded his love for the music in his heart. One of his greatest joys was always spending time teaching and playing with the young musicians he met along his musical journey. He left a trail of drum brushes and sticks with many of the young players he met along his journey across the USA and Europe. Bobby often expressed the importance of taking time with the young players of today and sharing the history of the music. They are the keepers of it for their generation and the teachers of those to come.


March 5, 2019

2019 Bobby Martin Young Songwriter’s Competition opens for entries!

August 2, 2019:  SUBMISSION DEADLINE!!
(All entries must be postmarked on or before this date)

September 21, 2019, 8:30 AM


Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Stage
Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival
Wilkesboro, NC