Ernest Troost first appeared in our series in August of 2008, as an opening act. The reaction of our audience (and myself) was such that, that very evening, I invited him back to headline. That show was on August 15, 2009. The year between shows showed that his already formidable talent had grown over that time.
Ernest, playing in his infectious Piedmont-blues style, has phenomenal guitar chops. His voice is uniquely his own, and free of affectation. His melodies are inventive and original, and his lyrics, though deep, are in a straightforward, everyday vernacular. His songs are filled with almost cinematically-described characters, so vivid they linger long after the songs end. Humble on stage and off, Ernest is the whole package. A New Folk winner at Kerrville this year, I expect to see considerably more recognition come his way in the near future.
--Steve Dulson, The Living Traditions Concert Series, President of Far-West Folk Alliance