Heralded by Sing Out! magazine as “one of the leading singer-songwriters on the current scene,” Jud Caswell has won eight nationally recognized songwriting contests, including the Dave Carter Memorial, Boston Folk Festival, and Kerrville New Folk contests. He has a degree in music from Dartmouth College, and his song “Blackberry Time” is being taught in the songwriting curriculum at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Jud comes from that place where the two Maines meet: where ex-hippies play cribbage with fishermen and a kind of rural poetry is salted with Yankee gumption. He grew up on a little farm in Morrill, Maine, picking carrots and milking goats; listening to records by Cat Stevens and the Beatles, reading Mark Twain and Kahlil Gibran. A multi-instrumentalist from an early age, he wandered through jazz bands, orchestras and medieval ensembles before finding his home on the acoustic guitar. Jud is currently teaching songwriting, capo techniques, and touring widely in support of his latest CD, Blackberry Time, released in 2007.