Sign up to win prizes and for exclusive updates about this year’s festival

Free All Weekend | April 10-11, 2021
Click here to see our COVID-19 precautions

Word of South 2021

Lara Ruggles

Colorado singer-songwriter Lara Ruggles released her debut full-length album, Cynics and Saints, last year, overcoming a number of obstacles she describes as “tears, sweat, and blood” that delayed its release for more than three years. “I’m the kind of person who spent eight years training a wild horse,” said Ruggles. “But this still tested my patience beyond anything else I’ve ever done.” Despite her obstacles, Ruggles has gained a following in the Denver area and has won a number of local music awards.  Before seriously pursuing her songwriting career, Ruggles won a poetry slam and taught songwriting and creative writing to middle and high school students and seniors.