Fishman Artist // Jud CaswellJud Caswell first hit the folk scene in 2006, earning a buzz of attention with a long string of wins at some of the most prestigious songwriting contests in the country. A native Mainer, his songs have a distinctively regional voice that celebrates the often hard beauty of rural life. This voice grew out of more than ten years of writing and performing in Maine - starting a family - putting down roots in his own home town. It's a grounding that lends an easy, unassuming air to Jud's performances.
His unprecedented run of contest wins touched down less than a month after the birth of his second child, and the years since have been filled with the double life of home and road.
He has had continued success in contests, played festivals and coffeehouses, charted with his 2007 release, “Blackberry Time” and is particularly honored and excited to be teaching songwriting, both in Ashokan, NY at Wintersongs and at the Americana Song Academy in Sisters, OR. He has also been invited to judge several songwriting contests, including the 2008 Kerrville New Folk contest.