Roots Of American Music Songwriting Workshop

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Roots Of American Music Songwriting Workshop
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Explore the art of songwriting with two experienced teaching artists! Develop new ideas, polish a song you're working on, and receive feedback on your work. An open mic will follow the two workshops.

Workshop A: Roots and Rust Belt Songwriting w/Kevin Richards

Roots of American Music's artistic director, Kevin T. Richards, will lead a workshop based on the styles of American master Woody Guthrie. Themes will be chosen and new lyrics will be written to Guthrie classics such as "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad" and "Worried Man Blues". Working with traditional melodies and traditional music, Kevin will showcase the banjo, fiddle and acoustic guitar and focus on the Appalachian side of American Music.

Workshop B: Storytelling with the Blues w/Afi Scruggs

Like haiku, the blues is defined by its strict lyrical and melodic structure. But that restriction allows writers to pack powerful images and content in a few short lines. In this session, you'll write a series of blues lyrics that will be set to music and performed on the spot.

Kevin Richards is the founder and Artistic Director of Roots of American Music. He is a vocalist and plays electric and acoustic guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin. Averaging 200 performances annually, he has appeared at the National Folk Festival and Merlefest and entertained audiences across the US in concerts, in schools on radio and television for over a quarter century. He has released three compact discs, The First String Band (1995) , One night at the Spider (1997), and SpYder Stompers (2014), all of which feature pre-war acoustic blues and ragtime, as well as traditional string band music.

Afi Scruggs is a bass player and singer-songwriter. Although her tastes are wide-ranging, she concentrates on blues and contemporary and traditional Christian music. She is a staff musician at two Baptist churches and also performs secular music in intimate venues. She loves her job because a bass player’s job is simple: make the listener dance. She's laid down the low end for some of Cleveland’s best musicians: blues harpist Wallace Coleman; guitarist Michael J Calhoun, founding member of the Grammy-winning Dazz Band; as well as guitarists Charlie Christopherson and Butch Armstrong.

Roots of American Music Songwriting will take place Saturday, November 5th from 1-3:30pm at Church of the Covenant ($18 / $15 members).

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By: Literary Cleveland