26 Mar The House of Songs meets The Ozarks
The House of Songs meets The Ozarks
Our Newest Expansion
The House of Songs is pleased to announce its partnership with the Walton Family Foundation (waltonfamilyfoundation.org) to bring The House of Songs to the Northwest Arkansas region. The organization has established a new home in Bentonville to foster artist collaborations and engage in community outreach using the model established by the Austin House of Songs.
Northwest Arkansas is an incredibly rich region for music, with roots in folk, bluegrass and country. We are excited to bring musicians from all over the world to write and make music with the talented artists from Northwest Arkansas.
Our first camp took place in February of 2017, with 18 artists from countries including Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Canada and America coming together for a weeklong session that got them acquainted with the area.
In addition to spending many hours hunkering down in a converted chapel to collaborate on music, they performed two concerts at the world-renowned Crystal Bridges Museum (crystalbridges.org), which boasts works by Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keeffe, among others. They also visited the Whitney Mountains, Bayard Guitars (bayardguitars.com) and outsider artist Ed Stilley’s studio (edstilley.com). The artists were well received by the community, and the House of Songs looks forward to establishing a strong presence in this beautiful and inspiring region.
The Northwest Arkansas session culminated in a showcase at February’s Folk Alliance International conference (folk.org) in Kansas City, where they debuted 14 songs and met musicians from The House of Songs Austin camp.
We couldn’t be happier with the incredible music and relationships borne in the Ozarks, and look forward to hosting many more camps in the region.
Read more about our partnership with the Walton Family Foundation here.(blog.waltonfamilyfoundation.org/2017/april/house-of-songs-embraces-music-of-the-ozarks)
Check out our artists from the first House of Songs Ozarks camp: