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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Caroline Herring

Caroline Herring is an internationally-acclaimed American singer/songwriter who lives in Decatur, Georgia. She has recorded eight albums, including two recordings for children, and has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe for the past 20 years. These performances included: the Newport Folk Festival, MerleFest, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Bumbershoot in Seattle, Strawberry Folk Festival in California, Blue Highways in The Netherlands, Tonder Festival in Denmark, Kilkenney Festival in Ireland, Shrewsbury Folk Festival in England, and Celtic Connections in Scotland. Herring has participated in many collaborative projects such as the Eudora Welty at 100 program with Mary Chapin Carpenter and the Cecil Sharp Project, a UK-based musical program based on Appalachian song collector Cecil Sharp, in which the group made an 18-song recording and toured throughout England and Scotland to much acclaim. Herring has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, BBC Radio 3 and NPR All Things Considered Weekend. She has received extensive critical acclaim and multiple awards for her recordings including: Best New Artist at the Austin Music Awards, Top 10 Folk Albums of the year by NPR (Lantana), The Boston Globe (Golden Apples of the Sun), Top 50 Texas Albums, Top 50 Texas Songs from Texas Music Magazine (Twilight and Mistress, respectively), two Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters awards, Atlanta Creative Loafing singer/songwriter of the year critics’ choice award, Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s 100 Best Southern Songs of all time (Mistress), and Songlines International Music Magazine Top Ten Albums of the Year (Camilla). Herring also co-founded Thacker Mountain Radio Show, a live-audience radio program based in Oxford, Mississippi that airs weekly on Mississippi and Alabama Public Radio. She’ll be performing two sets at Word of South: one with author Susan Rebecca White, and the other a children’s program at Story Fort.