Next Songfarmer Workshop: Nov 20-22

Posted: October 21st, 2015. 0 Comments.

Back in May 2014, my frequent songwriting collaborator and old friend Gordy Quist (of the Band of Heathens) and I hosted our first Songfarmer™ workshop.

Next Workshop in Austin, Texas on November 20-22

13 folks from all over the country joined us at beautiful location on Lake Travis, west of Austin. Some were just beginning to write songs and some had been writing songs awhile.

We traded notes in discussions about what works- and doesn't work- for each of us, and ways we've been able to get more and better songs.  Judging from our own experience, and from the feedback we got after the weekend, it was a big success, so we hosted another retreat for another group of folks in November 2014. 

Even more good things came from that weekend, including the release of a book and an app based on the workshop principles, so we're doing it again- this time on the weekend of November 20-22, starting on Friday night and wrapping up on Sunday morning.

If you are interested in working with a small group to find ways to write more and better songs- and you will write at least one new song- consider joining us for the weekend. Until September 31, the workshop registration is available at an early bird rate.

You can register or find out more details here, or feel free to just email me any questions you might have. 

Onward,

OT

 

More reviews on past workshops:

As a participant in the initial Songfarmer retreat with Owen Temple and Gordy Quist, I was extremely pleased with the organization and supportive environment that was created for the weekend. 

It was obvious from the start of the retreat, that Owen and Gordy had put in countless hours to create an environment that would cater to the amateur musician, and at the same time, offer professional artists am opportunity to hone their songwriting craft.

It was wonderful to be around so many individuals that shared the same passion for songwriting and music that I possess. Breaking into small groups, and working with established artists was my favorite part of the weekend. Lectures were tremendously informative, and the contents of which were applicable to each artist in attendance. 

I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone interested in furthering their abilities as a songwriter. The facilities on the Pedernales River were spectacular and the food was prepared by a local chef, and it goes without saying that I was never left hungry. 

I look forward to the next song farmer retreat and late evenings where we assemble in large groups for a song swap forum.

 High marks on this one fellas!

-Matthew L.

 

I attended the inaugural Songfarmer recently. I highly recommend this for amateurs and professionals alike. Whether you are looking to add some new tools to your songwriting toolbox or you are a pro looking for some fresh insights, this accomplishes both. The two hosts, Gordy Quist and Owen Temple are highly successful and experienced songwriters. Their generosity in sharing their knowledge and skill without reservation was truly humbling. Sharing songs and "laying it out there" can be an intimidating undertaking. Not here, the environment was so supportive, positive and calming it provided a framework everyone felt comfortable in. The location was a beautiful place with a fantastic host/hostess. The food was amazing as well. Professionally catered food served with the same care as the music!  The preparation Gordy and Owen put in must have been daunting. It was delivered effortlessly with great humor and passion.

-Rusty R.

 

 

 

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South Padre Island, Mount Vernon, Tahlequah and Fort Worth

Posted: September 16th, 2015. 0 Comments.

My longtime friend Roger Creager has got a new record coming out next week, and -guess what?- he and his band recorded a killer version of a song I wrote (many moons ago) about a beach bar on South Padre Island. It's available for preorder on iTunes-- official release is next weekend.

 

 

Also this week I will be musicking (don't know if this is a word) on Thursday night with Walt Wilkins over in Mount Vernon, Texas at the Cultural Arts Museum, then I'll head up to Tahlequah, Oklahoma for another sure-to-be magnificent edition of Illinois River Jam. Then on Sunday evening, I'll be swapping songs with Bobby Duncan at the Live Oak Music Hall in Fort Worth.

Safe travels and stop by if you are near Mt Vernon, Tahlequah, or Fort Worth over the next few days-

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Mucky Duck, Gruene, Luckenbach, Taos & Tahlequah

Posted: August 23rd, 2015. 0 Comments.

This is not a recording- we are live, ladies and gentlemen, you are live...

and it's your dog days bulletin-

Saturday night at Frio River Song Festival with Jamie and Kelley

Had a magical time with folks from all over at Frio River Song Festival a few weeks ago. Here's more pictures of this years' festivities captured by the eye and lens of our friend Dave Hensley.

Kids start school on Monday so that means we have almost made through another summer, making some good memories along the way. We played some old school classic video games. Big brother shot some video little brother being a hero. And we wrote a bunch of songs in some scenic and inspiring places.

Good things coming up in Gonzalez, at Mucky Duck in Houston (tickets here), Tavern on Main in Buda, Luckenbach, and Gruene Hall- would be great to see you there.

Also--Two great festivals coming up in September-- Michael Hearne's Big BarnDance in Taos on September 10-12 (tickets here) and Illinois River Jam in Tahlequah, Oklahoma on September 18 & 19 (tickets here). Two weekend destination festivals that give me inspiration to last the rest of the year-- highly recommended.

Hope you and yours are well- safe travels-

OT

Tour Dates
Events for August 23 - September 30
Sun
Aug 23
6:00 pm Templin Saloon
621 Saint Paul, Gonzalez, Texas
Ends @
7:30
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Summer Series at historic Templin Saloon

At the historic Templin Saloon in downtown Gonzales TX.
Owen Temple will start around 6pm. No cover charge
 
Thu
Aug 27
9:30 pm McGonigel's Mucky Duck
2425 Norfolk, Houston, Texas
Ends @
11:00
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Reservations recommended

Tickets available here

 
Sat
Aug 29
8:30 pm Tavern on Main
116 N Main St, Buda TX
Ends @
10:30
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Sun
Aug 30
4:00 pm NPD's Songwriter Sundays @ Riley's Tavern
8894 FM 1102, Hunter, Texas
Ends @
7:00
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Sat
Sep 5
1:00 pm Luckenbach Texas
412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg, TX
Ends @
5:00
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Owen Temple & his band
8:00 pm Private
Fredericksburg, Texas
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9:00
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Private show. To host a show or book an event, call 512.489.4094 or email booking@owentemple.com.
 
Tue
Sep 8
7:00 pm Gruene Hall
1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX
Ends @
11:00
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Acoustic show with Adam Carroll
 
Thu
Sep 10
7:00 pm Michael Hearne's Big BarnDance Festival
Kit Carson Park, 211 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, New Mexico
Ends @
10:00
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Fri
Sep 11
1:50 pm Michael Hearne's Big BarnDance Festival
Kit Carson Park, 211 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, New Mexico
Ends @
2:50
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Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance Music Festival is an annual tradition for music lovers and dancers not only in New Mexico, but across the southwestern United States. With a long history of one-of-a-ki…
 
Sat
Sep 12
7:00 pm Michael Hearne's Big BarnDance Festival
Kit Carson Park, 211 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, New Mexico
Ends @
10:00
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Thu
Sep 17
7:00 pm Cultural Arts Center
100 Rusk St, Mount Vernon, Texas
Ends @
9:00
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Acoustic show with Walt Wilkins
 
Fri
Sep 18
7:00 am Illinois River Jam
10298 Highway 10, Tahlequah, OK
Ends @
8:00
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Illinois River Jam VIII brings together musicians, family and friends for two days of camping and music on the Illinois River in Tahlequah, OK. The 2013 installment will be held at Paytons Place on sc…
 
Sat
Sep 19
7:00 am Illinois River Jam
10298 Highway 10, Tahlequah, OK
Ends @
8:00
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Illinois River Jam VIII brings together musicians, family and friends for two days of camping and music on the Illinois River in Tahlequah, OK. The 2013 installment will be held at Paytons Place on sc…
 
Sun
Sep 20
6:00 pm The Live Oak
1311 Lipscomb St, Fort Worth, TX
Ends @
8:00
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Acoustic show with Bobby Duncan
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Upcoming Events for October 2015
Fri Oct 9 9:00 pm Kiki's House of Righteous Music (1326 MacArthur Rd, Madison, WI) Click to add this event to your calendar
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