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RLRM announces the 5th Annual Real Life Real Music Festival at Bernhardt Winery featuring country music legend Hal Ketchum

Real Life Real Music features award winning music and Texas art courtesy of the Woodlands Waterway Arts Council and a Silent Auction benefitting DePelchin Children’s Center
On October 4, 2014 Bernhardt Winery in Plantersville, Texas will once again be the home of what has quickly become one of the most respected days of Americana music in South Texas, The Real Life Real Music Festival. CMA and ACM award winner Hal Ketchum will headline along side returning acts Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines, The Chubby Knuckle Choir, and The Kyle Hutton Band, and newcomers including Kelley Mickwee, Drew Kennedy and more. To commemorate the fifth year of the event, Real Life Real Music will collaborate with the Woodlands Waterway Arts Council to bring Texas art along side the award winning wines and music featured throughout the day. “The WWAC is one of the largest supporters of the creative arts in our home state and the nation,” says Hutton. “It is a privilege to integrate the work of some of their artists into our event and help raise awareness for both the artists and the WWAC non-profit organization.”
This year’s festival features an amazing silent auction benefiting DePelchin Childrens Center, the agency that facilitated the adoption of RLRM founder Kyle Hutton. “Without DePelchin there would be no festival!” states Hutton. “We are glad to help raise awareness and funds through this year’s silent auction.” Bidding on items including sports and music memorabilia, rare concert opportunities, and more begins online September 26 and ends at Bernhardt on October 4. Check out all the items at
The gates at Bernhardt, just a few miles west of Conroe and Montgomery will open at noon with music running on two stages until Hal Ketchum takes the stage from 8:30-10:00pm. Throughout the day, up and coming songwriters involved in RLRM student programs will perform on the Student Artist Stage sponsored by Dosey Doe. “We see a lot of music at our place,” says Dosey Doe owner Steve Said, “and the students that perform at our venue as part of the RLRM program are some of our favorites.”
In addition to the amazing music and art, Bernhardt will be presenting their award winning wines by the bottle, by the glass, and in conjunction with a special VIP experience package. The VIP Experience includes rain or shine seating for the event, access to the VIP lounge, hors d’oeuvres, and an exclusive wine tasting with the owners and select performing artists.

The Main Stage schedule is as follows:


Student Songwriter Stage schedule is as follows:

  • 1:15-1:30  Holden Adams
  • 2:15-2:45  Courtney Heiser, Emily Dobney
  • 3:45-4:15  Julianne McGee, Reagan Lagunas
  • 5:15-5:45  Rachel Owens, Hannah Kay
  • 6:45-7:15  Sydney Baker, Matt Martinez
  • 8:15-8:30  Sarah Buss

All times are subject to change.


Throughout the day festival attendees can sample Bernhardt’s award winning wines, enjoy lunch and dinner on the grounds, and experience the music of Real Life Real Music Student Artists on the Songwriters Experience Stage in between main stage acts.



If purchasing tickets online, please bring photo ID to pick up tickets at the gate the day of the Festival.
VIP Tickets – $60
Includes exclusive wine tasting,
artist meet and greet, stage
level seating


Advance Tickets - ADULT $20
Day of Festival price $25
Advance Tickets – CHILD $10
Ages 6-18, 5 and under free

Please bring photo ID to pick up tickets at the gate the day of the Festival.


Abbey Hirvela, Main Stage 12:15pm

Abbey Hirvela is a high school sophomore from Montgomery, Texas. When she was 12 she began penning her experiences as a young girl and putting the words to music. She quickly realized her life’s passion was to become a singer/songwriter. Her songwriting credits include a catalog of originals and she has written with local favorites such as Kyle Hutton, Shelle Collee, Jude Dyllan and Chris Chimene. She also counts Nashville regulars such as Susan Gibson, Clay Mills, Shane Stevens, Bonnie Baker, Melissa Bollea and Liz Rose as both writing partners and mentors. Abbey has connected with audiences at several local venues as well as Dosey Doe, Main Street Crossing and Bernhardt Winery for the Real Life Real Music Festival.
Sibling Rivalry, Main Stage 1:30pm

Influenced by the styles of Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band, Sibling Rivalry formed in July of 2010. As the lead singer, Olivia Butaud commands the stage with a unique vocal style and plays guitar and piano while Mitchell Butaud brings out the full sound by providing harmony vocals and playing guitar, fiddle, mandolin and piano, the latter two of which he is self-taught.
“We are siblings but we look nothing alike or act anything alike. We have opposite personalities so we approach things differently but, we mesh when we perform together,” says Olivia. “Mitchell is the musician with the ‘ear’ and I am the ‘voice.’ I am outgoing on stage and draw in the crowd whereas Mitchell is quieter, grooving to the music and impressing everyone as he moves from instrument to instrument, all the while singing harmony with me.”
As an acoustic group, Sibling Rivalry moves away from the norm by choosing a more organic, stripped down style than most of their peers. In doing so, they feel their music and its relatable lyrics will provide more of an emotional impact and bring fans into the fold with them as they continue on this journey.
Kelley Mickwee, Main Stage 2:45pm

When most artists decide it’s time to begin a bold new phase of their career, more often than not they’ll chalk it up to a need to step outside the lines of their regular comfort zone or to express a side of themselves previously muted by audience expectations or the democratic process of a band dynamic. But ask Austin’s Kelley Mickwee about the impetus for her first-ever venture into solo waters after years of being a duo and group member, and she’ll straight-up tell you it was a matter of survival. “I’m totally starting from scratch again,” says the 34-year-old singer-songwriter. “And it’s scary, starting from what’s basically a blank slate — but it was totally out of necessity.”
Drew Kennedy, Main Stage 2:45pm

I write songs for a living, and have been doing so since 2004. I love music. I love hearing songs that are intelligent, thought provoking, and honest. They give me hope, and those who wrote them inspire me.
I released my sixth album, which I decided to call Wide Listener in 2013. I think it’s a clever title, but I am often wrong about these types of things. I published my first novel in 2011. Words, in case you were wondering, mean a great deal to me. I live in New Braunfels, Texas with my wife, my son, three dogs, a cat, and a generous school of fish that I try not to forget to feed when my wife assigns me the task (the fish, that is… the dogs let me know if I’m forgetting about them in their unmistakable way). We like it here.
I travel a lot for my job. There’s not much of a point in writing songs if you don’t share them with an audience. Besides, the dogs can’t clap, I can’t hear the fish, and the cat generally doesn’t care about what I do… and everyone needs a little positive affirmation in their lives from time to time. So, I hope to see you at a show.
Terri Hendrix, Main Stage 4:15pm

Hendrix is an award-winning Texas songwriter who spins sorrow into joy and wrings wisdom from the blues with a poetic grace and uplifting melodic flair. A classically trained vocalist and deft multi-instrumentalist, she weaves folk, pop, country, blues and swinging jazz into an eclectic style all her own. Hendrix has won several music awards in San Antonio and Austin (including “Best Singer-Songwriter,” “Best Folk Act” and “Best New Band”). She co-wrote a Grammy-winning instrumental (“Lil’ Jack Slade”) on the Dixie Chicks’ multi-platinum “Home” album, and recorded a cover of “The Dark” for the Grammy nominated “This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark” (which won the Americana Music Association’s “Album of the Year” award). She was recently inducted into the South Texas Music Walk of Fame in Corpus Christi.
Lloyd Maines, Main Stage 4:15pm

Few people are as important to the development of Texas music over the last 30 years as Lloyd Maines. As a Grammy award-winning producer and musician, the Lubbock-born Maines has played an instrumental role in the creation of some of the Lone Star State’s most famous and beloved albums. Maines began his recording and producing career in 1974. Over the past 40 years, Maines has worked on approximately four thousand albums alongside some of the most significant figures in country, rock, and Texas music. In addition to his producing credits, Maines is an A-list steel guitar player and multi-instrumentalist. His work has been heard on countless recordings.
Chubby Knuckle Choir, Main Stage 5:45pm

The Chubby Knuckle Choir use an “eclectic mix” of Rock, Country, Americana, Swamp Rock/Swamp Blues and R&B/Soul to mesmerize audiences. The group boasts melodic harmonies and stellar musicianship, which have become a staple of their sound. CKC was recently featured on the syndicated TV Show “Texas Music Scene” hosted by Ray Benson as well as the Gibson Austin Backroom Bootleg Series. Their self-produced debut CD, “The Chubby Knuckle Choir” was released March 2013 and features 11 cuts, 10 of which were written and/or co-written by members of the band.The band formed and began performing in Bastrop, Texas. Made up of singer/songwriters, the Choir members have over 100 album credits to go along with dozens of solo releases. Each live performance showcases the diverse genres and styles that make this group unique. Their followers are treated to a different interpretation of the “set” every night. Although they are often compared to groups such as the Gourds, the Wood Brothers, and the Black Keys, they are truly one of a kind.
Kyle Hutton Band, Main Stage 7:15pm

Hutton is a singer/songwriter and host of Real Life Real Music, a program he founded in 2007. His songs have been recorded by artists Roger Creager, Walt Wilkins, Perfect Stranger, and more. His four CDs, “Small Price to Pay,” “Coming Home,” “More Like Me,” and “Thank God for the Band,” house Texas Music chart topping singles and collaborations with songwriting heros like Radney Foster. In addition, as a partner at Red Tree Studios he has produced records along side the likes of Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks, Robert Earl Keen), Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Melissa Etheridge), and Harold Rubens (Steven Curtis Chapman).
Hal Ketchum, Main Stage 8:30pm

Reared in the village of Greenwich in upstate New York, Ketchum hails from a family where singing and playing music was part of the daily diet for generations. He was exposed to country music as well as the symphonic classics and, one year, even the Newport Jazz Festival at the nearby Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Ketchum started playing drums at age nine and by 14 was gigging at local bars and taverns. With the encouragement of Lyle Lovett and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, he honed his craft as a writer, singer and performer. Ketchum has distinguished himself as a true singing/songwriting artist and hitmaker with 15 Top 10 singles and five million albums sold. He’s one of the most engaging performers on the American live music circuit, also winning a devoted following in Great Britain. He has forged his own singular presence in popular music thanks to such qualities as his vibrant talent and creativity, artistic integrity and natural soulfulness.

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