Walton Family Foundation invites Austin based international songwriting collaborative to start new branch in Ozarks’ rich musical territory; inaugural participants release video of moving new song they’ll perform at Kerrville Folk Fest this evening Suzanna Choffel to play House of Songs Ozarks showcase June 23.
(AUSTIN, TEXAS) – June 8, 2017 – Austin based international music organization The House of Songs is thrilled to announce its expansion to the Ozarks region in Northwest Arkansas, which it’s celebrating with the release of a newly recorded song and video and a performance today, Thursday, June 8, at the Kerrville Folk Festival. The showcase will take place tonight from 7 to 10 p.m., when the House of Songs presents the sundown concert at the Threadgill Theater, on the festival’s Quiet Valley Ranch grounds. Information and tickets, including single day tickets are available at www.kerrville-music.com/tickets.
The lineup will include:
Kalyn Fay (Tulsa, OK)
Smokey & The Mirror (Fayetteville, AR)
Raina Rose (Austin, TX)
Rebecka Digervall (Sweden)
Troy Campbell (Austin, TX)
“Our show today at Kerrville brings together a portion of the group that participated in the Ozarks, aswe are excited to keep the rolling thunder going,” says Troy Campbell, founder of The House of Songs.
The House of Songs, which pairs artists from around the globe with local songwriters in an effort to foster relationships and understanding, was invited by the Walton Family Foundation to establish its distinctive program in the Ozarks after the foundation learned of its success in Austin, where it was launched in 2009 by Troy Campbell. Coincidentally, Campbell had recently fallen in love with that region while spending time there for another project.
“We are honored to bring what we have been doing in Austin for the past eight years to the Ozarks’ creative community,” says Campbell. “The Walton Family Foundation is doing incredible work there, and we are delighted to be a part of it.”
On Friday, June 23, the House of Songs will bring Austin based artist Suzanna Choffel to Arkansas for a House of Songs Ozarks showcase at BITE NW Arkansas, a two day food festival that celebrates the region’s best cuisines, ingredients, restaurants and chefs, giving attendees an unparalleled culinary experience in their own backyard. Choffel’s performance will be from 6 to 7:15p.m. followed by local Arkansas artist Smokey and the Mirror at 7:30 p.m. For more details, see www.bitenwa.com.
The House of Songs Ozarks recently oversaw a pilot project that brought together 18 artists from around the world to collaborate, explore and engage with the people, places and culture of Northwest Arkansas. Click here to go behind the scenes to hear from the artists as they co-write songs, make
new friends and experience the magic of the Ozarks. In this inaugural, trial run Ozarks session which took place in February, the artists spent a week in a 90 year old dormitory in Mount Sequoyah, above Fayetteville, co-writing 11 songs and recording several videos. The first to be released is the poignant “Daughters of Sin,” co-written by Kalyn Fay, a Cherokee Nation member from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kaia Kater of Toronto, Canada, Rebecka Digervall of Pajala, Sweden, and Gareth Averill of Dublin, Ireland. Both videos were filmed by Jason Miller and Dave Abbott and edited by Gareth Averill of Dublin, Ireland.
Troy Campbell established The House of Songs as a songwriter exchange platform that draws artists from diverse cultural backgrounds to collaborate, form new friendships and become part of a network that helps them share music worldwide. Artists are invited to spend 12 days in a beautiful central Austin home, where they co-write as many songs as inspiration allows. They also are given the option to perform their work at an intimate showcase. Campbell envisioned an Ozarks version while filming a documentary about Albert Brumley, the folk gospel legend who penned “I’ll Fly Away,” one of the most covered songs in modern music history. Mike Harvey, chief operating officer and interim president and CEO of the Northwest Arkansas Council, a nonprofit partner of The House of Songs, notes, “We are excited to work with Troy and his team as a way to foster greater collaboration and draw focus to a region that deserves more recognition for its rich traditions and creative potential.
Far from a songwriting camp, The House of Songs offers immersive songwriting experiences that can help bring more awareness to both artists and creative communities.” Adds Campbell: “We have always had a global focus, creating an import/export model for music that builds relationships and connects artists with new audiences and opportunities. House of Songs participants have earned Grammy nominations, had their songs chart in several countries and toured worldwide. “The House of Songs is just the start for expanding your horizons,” he says. “What comes next is a lifetime of relationships that will take you all over the world.” Opportunities have included performing at the annual Folk Alliance International conference, which this year featured House of Songs sponsored showcase rooms for both Austin and Arkansas at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, and at festivals and venues on several continents.
The program’s hundreds of veterans say the experience has transformed their lives; several of them discuss how on thehouseofsongs.com website, which includes a new alumni section that allows participants to stay in contact and continue to build their international connections. “We want our artists to have the opportunity to connect with others and lay the groundwork to continue to export themselves,” says Campbell. “The House of Songs is designed to impact not only individual artists, but communities as well.” That’s the intent behind establishing the Ozarks House of Songs. By fostering collaboration, the organization can enhance an existing creative ecosystem and help it to thrive even more. The House of Songs’ goal is to use music as the global handshake and ultimate engine for peace.
The House of Songs was inspired by a collaboration between award winning singer songwriter Troy Campbell and Danish star Poul Krebs, which led to friendship and another collaboration at a writers retreat on the wind powered Danish island of Samsø, aka Song Island. In 2009, that grew into a one year project to bring Danish artists to Austin. Campbell quickly discovered the musical alliances they forged fostered collaborations even outside of musical realms. Recognizing music provides a conduit for connecting diverse cultures and peoples together a handshake, so to speak. Campbell developed a plan to spread the concept to other parts of the world. The House of Songs has since partnered on collaborations in 13 countries. Participants have had internationally charting songs, earned Grammy nominations and headlining slots at far flung festivals, and built lifelong bonds with musicians and fans alike. Believing that international collaboration is the driving force for the future, The House of Songs uses music to open doors and start dialogues that lead to greater understanding.
About Troy Campbell:
House of Songs founder Troy Campbell also produces live action and animated projects as co owner of Collection Agency Films; his work has earned an Emmy, a Telly and several Pollie awards (from the American Association of Political Consultants), plus multiple film festival awards. Also a music consultant for Warner Bros. Television, Campbell began his career as a musician. His 1990s band Loose Diamonds recorded an album that made the New York Times’ annual top 10 list; a track from his last release, “Long in the Sun,” was a USA Today top 10 pick. Campbell also achieved platinum and gold disc status in Denmark for recordings with artist Poul Krebs; their work inspired The House of Songs project, which has fostered musical collaborations in 13 countries and earned Campbell a 2016 Spirit of Folk Award from Folk Alliance International.