Masterclasses will take place Saturday morning at the Needles Lodge on the upper mountain. Sessions will be led by veteran songwriters who will share insights on the art of storytelling, melody vs. harmony, and lyric crafting by sharing various tips and tricks of the trade with an emphasis on rhyme schemes, alliteration, assonance, rhythmic phrasing and much more. Specific sessions will be announced here at on June 1, 2018.



Attendees can sign up online or at festival registration to reserve a tent on the upper mountain.  All tents will be set up as a songwriting space, fully equipped with guitars, keyboard and a creative atmosphere. The purpose is to meet up with other troubadours that you know or might be meeting for the first time, to create a song in real time as part of your T-Fest experience! Limit (1)/customer. Limit of (3) people in a tent/session slot.

Sessions are 120 minutes (1 hr./45 min). $200/session


Songwriters who would like a critique of their work can purchase song evaluations by qualified music industry pros who will provide feedback and an evaluation of your song. Sign up online prior to the festival and submit your song here to receive your evaluation on-site at festival registration.  Submissions will be accepted between now and July 16, 2018. Sign up online and reserve your song evaluation here.

$40/song (Limit 2 songs)


The Song Circle is one of the unique and iconic features of TrouBeliever Fest, as it is a completely unfiltered and interactive experience for all attendees. Built on a combination of the popular drum circle model and the open jams at famous bluegrass festivals, everyone who wants to participate will be invited to The Song Circle Stage with their instrument of choice. Led by one of our celebrity songwriter hosts, the group will perform together in a hootenanny style format, a selection of beloved songs that everyone can play and sing along with (e.g. Take It Easy, Helpless, You Are My Sunshine, etc.). Prior to each song, some background on the song’s creation will be given and some commentary on what makes it a great and timeless song that has become canonized so. A digital lyric sheet and chord chart of each of the songs will be available here so everyone can use their device to join in. Facebook Video/Instagram/Tweets and all social media will be encouraged to document The Song Circle experience.



After a day of great concert performances, chill out at the Cinnabar Lounge in Earl’s Lodge for late night impromptu acoustic jam sessions and song sharing. Friday and Saturday night of the festival.



Think you are a singer/songwriter who has what it takes to win? Enter the TrouBeliever Fest Singer/Songwriter Competition. Submit your application with a lyric and one live video of you performing your original song (can be documented on an iPhone or similar device).  The submission deadline is July 1, 2018. Your video submission will be evaluated by vetted industry singer/songwriters. The GRAND PRIZE winner will be announced the afternoon of the festival and perform their song on the Mainstage, Saturday, August 4, 2018.  The GRAND PRIZE winner will also receive a complimentary one-year membership to the NSAI ($200 value), a Godin Guitar, and (2) VIP passes to the 2019 TrouBeliever Fest

$35.00 Application Fee