The contest is open to any original song in the bluegrass, old-time, Americana or folk genres.
The judges had a tough time sorting through 70 entries, but they’ve come up with the winners of the Second Annual Common Ground On The Hill Acoustic Roots Songwriting Contest.
1st Place: "Bury Me in the Sky" by William Ellis, Kim Richardson, Mary Unobsky and Willie Pevear.
2nd Place: "The Man Who Drank Your Life Away" by Kevin Hale
3rd Place (tie): "Muscadine" by John Bolten
3rd Place (tie): "I Am An Immigrant" by Jesse Palidofsky
"Stinkbug Stomp" by David Dishneau
"Hold Your Torch" by Jim Morris
“The entries underscored the broad reach of acoustic roots music,”
“Folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass, Americana and country were all represented. It was hard for the judges to listen to so many wonderful songs and pick just a handful of winners."
Songwriters David Roth, Dawn Kenney and Rod MacDonald joined Morris as judges.
1st Place: "Maybelle Played Guitar" by Cathy Fink of Silver Spring, MD
2nd Place: "I'm Finally Going Home" by Kevin Hale of Brentwood, TN
3rd Place: "The Widening Divide (I Had to Let Her Go)" by Roy Gamse & Wren Elhai of Arlington, VA
"Heroes and Sheroes" by Janet Gillies
"O Say Can You See" by Jonathan Jensen