Every January, high in the snowy mountains of northern New Mexico, Austin songster Drew Kennedy holds a gathering of poets and dreamers called Red River Songwriters’ Festival. In year’s past I’ve witnessed standout performances from the likes of Ray Wylie Hubbard, Max Gomez and Walt Wilkins. This year the line-up includes Jim Lauderdale, Steve Poltz, Walt Wilkins, Susan Gibson, Kelley Mickwee and others, as well as Mr. Kennedy. This year, the mighty Jack Ingram will also be there.

The folks that travel to this intimate event are of common minds and hearts, and the players feel the love. This year’s festival takes place in Red River, New Mexico on January 24-26.