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2017 Walnut Valley Festival - New Song Showcase First Place Winner - In the Valley

The Walnut Valley Festival salutes the top 20 songs submitted (2 from each of 10 categories). The selected NewSongs are honored in one of two showcases at the September Festival. Winners receive medals and are performed by the songwriters.





  • Vogts Sisters to Perform in Grand Island, Hastings - 8/10/17 - "The Vogts Sisters, featuring Maggie, 26, and Abigail, 21, will perform at The Chocolate Bar in Grand Island on Aug. 19, and at The Listening Room at The Lark in Hastings on Aug. 20." Read the entire article from The Grand Island Independent HERE.
  • The Bluegrass Group The Vogts Sisters To Perform At Concordia's Brown Grand Theatre - 8/9/17 - "The bluegrass musical group the Vogts Sisters will be in the North Central Kansas area on Friday, August 18th at the Brown Grand Theatre in downtown Concordia." Read the entire article from NCK Today HERE.
  • ALMA presents Vogts Sisters for Sundays at Six - 7/7/17 - "Enjoy free music throughout the summer presented by The Alamosa Live Music Association. Sundays at Six continues on July 9 in Alamosa with The Vogts Sisters, bringing their sweet folk harmonies to Cole Park." Read more from Alamosa News HERE.
  • The Vogts Sisters return to Creede on Second Colorado Music Tour - 7/5/17 - "The Vogts Sisters touch the hearts of audiences everywhere they go—especially in Colorado, which is why they chose to return to the Rocky Mountain state for their second Colorado Music Tour this July." Read the entire article from the Monte Vista Journal HERE.
  • The Vogts Sisters harmonizing across the Midwest, by Jeff Korbelik - 5/17/17 - "When Abigail Vogts began taking guitar lessons as a middle schooler from her pastor, she said he had one requirement. “He wanted singing to be a part of my instrument playing,” the now 20-year-old from Erie, Kansas, said in a phone interview. Who knew that a few years later that would lead to bigger things?" Read the entire article from the Lincoln Journal Star HERE.
  • Ozark Highlands Radio - The Vogts Sisters, Episode #46 - 2/10/17 - "With haunting harmonies and wickedly creative songs, the Vogts Sisters...stand out in a crowded field of similar performers, with a fresh sound from America’s Heartland." Read more and listen to their Ozark Folk Center performances and interview HERE.
  • The Winning Verses, by Jocelyn Murphy - 10/14/16 - "The Vogts Sisters (pronounced votes) have been winning awards for their songwriting since they started touring only four years ago. On Saturday, they return to Eureka Springs where they won last year's singer/songwriter contest at the Ozark Folk Festival, which earned them the opening spot for the headliners of this year's festival, The Elders." Read the entire article from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette HERE. 



2016 Walnut Valley Festival - New Song Showcase First Place Winner - Alexander

The Walnut Valley Festival salutes the top 20 songs submitted (2 from each of 10 categories). The selected NewSongs are honored in one of two showcases at the September Festival. Winners receive medals and are performed by the songwriters.





  • No Depression Album Review, by Frank Gutch Jr. - 7/26/2016 - "Again, ten solid originals presented Vogts Sisters-style, this time just the sisters and the songs. Low key but not lo-fi, they keep the songs close to the vest, singing from the heart. There is lonesome here, and happiness, and humility, but mostly melody and harmony." See the entire review HERE. 
  • The Daily Country Album Review, by Harriett - 7/18/2016 - "The talented  duo unapologetically embrace the power of an acoustic guitar, a fiddle and flawless vocals in this ten track, self-produced  gem... Strong Americana and Folk sensibilities are represented throughout in both the instrumentation and the stories told that are universal to the human condition." See the entire review HERE.  
  • The Vogts Sisters Launch New Album HOMEWARD - 7/11/2016 - "Often referred to as musical angels, the Vogts Sisters touch the hearts of audiences everywhere they go—including their first Colorado Music Tour, from which they’ve just returned." Read the entire Chanute Tribune article HERE. 
  • The Bluegrass Broadcast Album Review, by Renee Eberle - 7/2016 - "[HOMEWARD] opens with the award winning "Remain" a beautiful love song about trust and loyalty and is followed by "Once in a While" a lilting love-gone-wrong song that really showcases the beautiful harmonies....If you only check out one song on this recording don't miss "Maybe" a cleverly written, relevant piece about the acoustic, Americana-folk music that they are representing so well (I LOVE this one!) - See the entire review HERE. 
  • Live Music Review: The Vogts Sisters @ the Root, by Jeremy Johnson - 2/12/16 - "Coffeehouse concerts can give off an “open mic night” vibe–i.e., informal and amateurish, the sort of thing musicians and listeners try to avoid. Musicians have to battle with screaming espresso machines for the audience’s attention. Sometimes nobody shows up but the musicians. Occasionally there’s awful poetry. In short, they can be a sad ordeal.--None of this was present at Root Coffeehouse on Friday night when the Vogts Sisters (pronounced “votes”) took the stage." See the entire review HERE. 


2015 Ozark Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition
First Place Winners

Final competition held in Eureka Springs, Arkansas at the Basin Park Band Shell where top finalists perform three original songs for top three award placement. 








2015 Walnut Valley Festival - New Song Showcase First Place 
Winner - Remain


The Walnut Valley Festival salutes the top 20 songs submitted (2 from each of 10 categories). The selected NewSongs are honored in one of two showcases at the September Festival. Winners receive medals and are performed by the songwriters.





  • Sister Singers' Hyped Harmonies to Fill Theater Space - 8/4/15 - "Abbey Vogts is humble about the musical talents she shares with her older sister Maggie. 'I wouldn't say we're very good,' the soon-to-be-19-year-old half of folk duo The Vogts Sisters modestly stated last week in the lead-up to their performance Saturday as part of the Hutchinson Theatre Guild's Stage 9 Live! concert series. But try telling that to their fans, or to the numerous critics and judges who have praised their work and bestowed them with accolades." Read the rest of the interview HERE. 
  • The Daily Country - Album Review, by Tara - 6/29/15 - "Enchanting. Captivating. Delightful. The Vogts Sisters first original album, My Own Dixie is all of those things; an album blending Folk, Americana and Bluegrass into something graceful and pristine, filled with harmonies and instrumentation that are absolutely gorgeous." Read the rest of the review HERE. 
  • Marie Crichton's Country Show - BBC Local Radio - 6/27/15 The Loving KindFine folksy band, think you’re going to really love them, lovely warm harmony, I think they've got a great sound…I think they’re great, really lovely song” -  Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire. See more HERE.
  • For the Country Record - Featured Album Review, by Vickye- 6/19/15 - "At just 24 and 18 years old, you’d be forgiven for assuming that the Vogts Sisters are rookies to the music industry, or pop country divas just looking to become stars. However, the Kansas natives have not only been winning numerous contests and playing around their home state for years, they also grew up on the old-time cowboy ballads and a mix of bluegrass, folk and Americana, providing their music a maturity rarely found in women of their age." Read the rest of the review HERE. 
  • The Vogts Sisters to Entertain Festival Goers - 6/11/15 - "Coming from Erie, Kansas, two sisters will bring their style of music to the Cow Creek Bluesgrass Festival." Read the rest of the Pittsburg Morning Sun article HERE. 


2015 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Contest - 
Third Place Winner - "Lost Highway" 

This international, folk-oriented songwriting contest is held in conjunction with the Annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, held in Woody’s hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma, each July. 






  • The Even Ground - My Own Dixie Album Review, by Ted Rogen - 5/15/15 - "The Vogts Sisters who are actually sisters recently released an exceptional album entitled My Own Dixie. Maggie Vogts (acoustic guitar, fiddle, harmony vocals) and Abigail Vogts (acoustic guitar, mandolin, main vocals) have a surplus of talent that is immediately recognizable amongst the Americana/folk/country songs they play. The album is perfectly engineered which only adds to the warm, comforting tones that emanate from My Own Dixie." See the rest of the review HERE. 

  • No Depression - My Own Dixie Album Review, by Frank Gutch, Jr -  5/15/15 - "It is Saturday morning and I am awash in the beauty of musical DNA, that of The Vogts Sisters to be exact (You pronounce that Votes, sports fans). Listening to their new album My Own Dixie has reawakened my interest in writing a piece on DNA and music. There is something magical about familial voices, is there not?" See the rest of the review HERE. 

  • Red Dirt Nation - The Vogts Sisters Draw Up Old Timey Thrills with My Own Dixie, by Bill Jones - 5/13/15 - "From their humble beginnings playing music in the backyard at family gatherings to award winning performances at various town festivals and theatres in and around Kansas, the Vogts Sisters have come a long way. Their latest album, My Own Dixie, showcases entirely original material for the first time. Beautiful, folksy bluegrass plays over haunting vocals and harmonizing mature lyrics. Utilizing more instruments and guest talent this time around, one is provided with a rich listening experience that stays with you and proves they have what it takes to keep ol’ timey music alive and well." Read the Featured Article HERE. 



2015 Indie International Songwriting Competition - Fourth Place Winner

The Loving Kind was chosen for fourth place in the Americana/Folk Division Category. The Indie International Songwriting Contest is an annual song competition that gives recognition to some of the best emerging songwriters in the world. Over $54,000 in prizes awarded. See more HERE. 



  • Vogts Sisters Launch Original Album - 3/24/15 -  Touring throughout the year in and around Kansas, The Vogts Sisters offer graceful performances, blending timeless Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass music with sweet sister harmony. The sister duo released their debut album in fall of 2012, and have since been working on My Own Dixie, their first all-original album. Read more from the Chanute Tribune HERE. 



2014 Walnut Valley Festival - New Song Showcase First Place Winner - Wayward Heart

The Walnut Valley Festival salutes the top 20 songs submitted (2 from each of 10 categories). The selected NewSongs are honored in one of two showcases at the September Festival. Winners receive medals and are performed by the songwriters.



2014 Finalist ~ Great American Song Contest

Guitar Man made it as a Finalist in the Folk Category - 16th Annual Great American Song Contest. GASC Judges reviewed songs by nearly 1700 songwriters around the world. The high quality of songwriting made the task of choosing winners enjoyable, but also challenging. See the full list HERE. 





2014 Indie International Songwriting Competition - First Place Winner 

Maggie Vogts, Folk Division Winner for her song, Ballad of a Love Miscast. The Indie International Songwriting Contest is an annual song competition that gives recognition to some of the best emerging songwriters in the world. Over $54,000 in prizes awarded. See more HERE. 






Sister Act Shines - Southeast Kansas Living Magazine - 12/1/13


With their timeless music and effortless melodies, the Vogts Sisters are capturing SEK's attention. Read the article HERE. 






  • Seasons of Humility CD Review - 1/4/13 - Creative album cover, great "old-timey" song selections, and lovely voices. Maggie and Abbey are both very talented - certainly musical artists to watch if you're a bluegrass fan! I love the sweetness and heart of the whole album. Current song favorites: "One More Dollar," "Lila Jean," "Acony Bell," and "Tear My Stillhouse Down." - Review by Amber Stokes
  • Girls' Interview at Seasons of Humility Blog - 12/4/12 - Amber Stokes works in marketing for a Christian publisher. On the side, she writes inspirational fiction depicting the seasons of life and love--and is a fan of bluegrass music. Read her interview with the girls HERE. 

  • Vogts Sisters to be in Big Gospel Show - Fort Scott Tribune - 11/29/12 - Jimmy Fortune and T. Graham Brown along with the Vogts Sisters, who have performed many times in Fort Scott, will join together for "A Family Christmas Celebration with Jimmy Fortune, T. Graham Brown & The Vogts Sisters" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Parsons Municipal Auditorium, 112 S 17th, Parsons. Read more HERE. 

  • The Vogts Sisters Launch CD - Pittsburg Morning Sun - 11/1/12 - At a time when many young performers are rocking out, the Vogts Sisters of Erie are making sweet music together. “We call it folk, but we’re not sure what it is, borderline bluegrass, maybe,” said Maggie Vogts, a Pittsburg State University senior. See the article HERE.



WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

"Various elements converge to make up the magic that is The Vogts Sisters, foremost among them the harmonies—individually, Abigail’s and Maggie’s vocals are merely exquisite, but when they harmonize, they forge beauty of a kind to send shivers up the spine and kindle flames of gold in the heart." 
(James Merinovich, Amazon Customer Review)



"The sisters sing in well-matched soprano (Abigail) and alto (Maggie), and every song is marvelously harmonized and skyward-reaching. And with this framework, the sisters conjure images of haunting clarity. They sing of a relationship gone on too long as a trip down a “lost highway lined with fire.” They sing of attempted rape and murder. They do covers of CCR’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain?” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman” that match the forcefulness of the originals...It’s this understated darkness lurking at the edges of the sisters’ work that lends it some of its greatest value. The temptation here might have been to use their lush voices to make everything goopy sickly sweet, all bright and glistening surfaces–there’s a lot of music in this style that does just that, all glitter and no substance--but they don’t take the bait. There’s plenty of sunshine on display, but they manage to work in menace, fear, regret, and doubt amidst the light, and it’s a fuller, more honest, more human range of emotions. And that’s what makes them so luminous." 
(Jeremy Johnson, review at the Pittsburg Appeal.)



"When you hear the Vogts Sisters you will be immediately drawn to the beautiful harmonies that emanate from the stage. Intricate and flowing two part harmonies accompanied with guitar, mandolin and violin, will leave you breathless and wanting more. It makes no difference if the song is an acoustic standard, an old rock favorite or a finely crafted and written, life-inspired, award winning original .. the arrangements and the delivery are awesomely outstanding. There is a sweet innocence that is cast over the audience as they are endeared to the Vogts Sisters. Maggie and Abbey are truly rising, shining stars of the Kansas folk and Americana scene. Don’t miss the chance to spend a little time in the world of the Vogts Sisters." 
(Russell Brace Owner - Stage 5, Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS)

"Across ten effortlessly beautiful, soft bluegrass ballads, Maggie and Abigail Vogts lay out a plan for their music and narrative, with a firmer sense of who they are than most veterans. In fact, if you were not already aware of their youth, it would not be apparent, instead expecting women twice their age to be behind those mountain sopranos."
(Vickye, For the Country Record, album review)

"My Own Dixie is playing on the system as I write this, those sweet harmonies just part of what makes this young duo something special. They have roots, no doubt, and why am I not surprised that those began in church for there is a spiritual sense to the music they sing, especially the originals. Even the more lighthearted songs have a depth to them which reach deep down to my music-loving soul. They also emanate a simplicity which is mostly tossed aside these days, many musicians dispensing with the honest approach for the ear-grabbing. Oh, how nice it is to hear music produced just for the beauty of it."
(Frank Gutch, Jr, No Depression, Album Review)

"The vocal harmonies between the sisters are fantastic time and time again. Each sister has a good voice when singing solo but magic happens when they combine which they luckily do quite often. Just take a listen to the very first song “Lost Highway” to get an idea of what I’m talking about. It also doesn't hurt that the organic strings are a pleasure to listen to all by themselves."
(Ted Rogen, The Equal Ground, Indie Music Review of My Own Dixie)



"Sweet and classy, Old Time Noise by The Vogts Sisters, is the kind of music the whole family can enjoy. With its down-home feel, beautiful harmonies and just a touch of sass…
it’s the kind of music that’s as timeless as the sound from the mountain hollows, with a freshness that draws you in for more."  
(Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of the Cadence of Grace series)


"I love the sound of their voices, and I like the acoustic instruments as well. Wonderful that they wrote some of the songs too. A delightful album."
(Rose Wildflower - Amazon Review of Old Time Noise)


"What can I say about The Vogts Sisters? They are equally talented, charming, lovely and humble. Our evening with them at 2nd Street Coffee in Ozark MO, was simply delightful."
(Mingo Arvizu, Deck Chief at Sight and Sound Theatres)


"These sisters are going to be stars. Their harmonies are spot-on and flawless. Their covers are generally better than the known versions. And their original music is ready for prime time."
(DK Raymer, Talk Radio Host)

"When these girls sing, songbirds are silent so they can listen to them." 
(Roger Schmidt, Walnut Valley Festival Fan)