There are many questions an artist can ask. One is, What must I do to be famous? This question will open up the self to all manner of destructive forces both within and without.
Another question: What must I do to make this sustainable?
This is the question that we find far more fascinating.
Unlike a baseball player, whose playing career is over by the age of 40, a musician or writer has the opportunity to get better over the course of an entire lifetime.
Curating this boutique festival on the piece of unpaved earth we call home is part of our answer to the question, What must we do to make this sustainable?
Gathering other artists who have mentored and inspired us, introducing some of our favorite people to our extended musical family, taking a few creative leaps, leaving plenty of room to be surprised – all in a beautiful green space – this is the stuff of sustainability.
And the good news – it feels like a strange and wonderful celebration, which it no doubt is. And you can feel it all through the music.
So yes, it started with a simple premise: we’ve met a lot of good people over the years. We wanted to share.
Curating a festival is a deliberate act of spreading the love.
You might as well join the holy ruckus.
Peace like a river, love like an ocean,
Linford and Karin
Friday, May 25 @ 7pm
Saturday, May 26 @ 8pm
Sunday, May 27 @ 6:30pm
What an honor to include our longtime friend, Mary Gauthier, one of the great singer songwriters working today, at this year’s Nowhere Else Festival. We’ve shared a few musical train rides together. We even went out to sea. We’ve traded more than a few war stories, and shed tears too. Trust us: Mary is the real deal, a rare treasure of a human being and artist.
Mary’s new studio album, Rifles and Rosary Beads, was co-written with wounded combat veterans over the last four years via SongwritingWith:Soldiers.
Here are some reflections on her latest project:
Every single day, which means some days are better and some much worse.
Every day, on average, twenty-two veterans commit suicide. Each year seventy-four hundred current and former members of the United States Armed Services take their own lives.
That number does not include drug overdoses or car wrecks or any of the more inventive ways somebody might less obviously choose to die.
It seems trivial to suggest those lives might be saved — healed, even — by a song. By the process of writing a song.
And yet there is nothing trivial about Mary Gauthier’s tenth album, Rifles and Rosary Beads (Thirty Tigers), all eleven songs co-written with and for wounded veterans. Eleven of the nearly four hundred songs that highly accomplished songwriters have co-written as part of Darden Smith’s five-year-old SongwritingWith:Soldiers program.
None of the soldiers who have participated in the program have taken their own lives, and there’s nothing trivial about that. Something about writing that song — telling that story — is healing. What Smith calls post-traumatic growth.
Gauthier’s first nine albums presented extraordinary confessional songs, deeply personal, profoundly emotional pieces ranging from “I Drink,” a blunt accounting of addiction, to “March 11, 1962,” the day she was born — and relinquished to an orphanage — to “Worthy,” in which the singer finally understands she is deserving of love. Maybe that’s where the confessional song cycle ends, for she has midwifed these eleven new songs in careful collaboration with other souls whose struggle is urgent, immediate, and palpable. And none are about her.
Each song on Rifles and Rosary Beads is a gut punch: deceptively simple and emotionally complex. From the opening “Soldiering On” (“What saves you in the battle/Can kill you at home”) to “Bullet Holes in the Sky” (“They thank me for my service/And wave their little flags/They genuflect on Sundays/And yes, they’d send us back”), to the abject horror of “Iraq,” and its quiet depiction of a female mechanic’s rape, each song tells the story of a deeply wounded veteran.
Darrell Scott, returning from one of Smith’s first retreats, called and told Mary she needed to participate. “I felt unqualified,” she says. “I didn’t know anything about the military, I was terrified of fucking it up. I didn’t feel I knew how to be in the presence of that much trauma without being afraid. But Darrell knew I could do it. Turns out, I was able to sit with the veterans with a sense of calmness and help them articulate their suffering without fear. I was shocked by that. And I took to it.”
It has become a calling. “My job as a songwriter is to find that thing a soul needs to say,” Mary says. “Each retreat brings together a dozen or so soldiers and four songwriters, three songs each in two days. We don’t have a choice. We have to stay focused, listen carefully, and make sure every veteran gets their own song. And we always do.”
“None of the veterans are artists. They don’t write songs, they don’t know that songs can be used to move trauma. Their understanding of song doesn’t include that. For me it’s been the whole damn deal. Songwriting saved me. It’s what I think the best songs do, help articulate the ineffable, make the invisible visible, creating resonance, so that people, (including the songwriter) don’t feel alone.”
The impact of these songs becomes visible quickly, unexpectedly.
Featured in the TV series “Nashville,” the Bluebird Cafe now prospers as a tourist destination. The room fills twice a night with people thrilled to be in the presence of real live Nashville songwriters.
Who, in turn, are thrilled to be in the presence of a paying audience that can do nothing to advance their careers, save give a genuine response to their songs.
The gentleman at the next table has handsome white hair and a hundred-dollar casual shirt, and almost certainly had no idea who Mary Gauthier was, nor what her songs might be about, when he came out of the sunlight into the darkened listening room. He knows, now. Thick, manicured fingers cover his face, trying to catch his slow tears. His wife sits close, watches carefully, but knows better than to touch him.
He is not alone in that small audience.
Every day we are touched by the veterans in our lives, whether we know it or not.
Every single day. Even if it’s only the guy on Main Street, in the wheelchair, with the flag.
Every single day.
And, yes, a song may be the answer.
“Because the results are so dramatic, this could work for other traumas,” Mary says. “Trauma is the epidemic. You say opioid, I say trauma epidemic. As an addict, I know addiction is self-medication because of suffering, and beneath that pain is always trauma. Underneath so much of the problems in the world is trauma, it’s the central issue humanity is dealing with. We’ve found something powerful here, that brings hope to people who are hurting. So they know they are not alone.”
Saturday, May 26 @ Noon (Music Heals, A Conversation)
Sunday, May 26 @ 6:30pm
If you saw the Birds of Chicago at Nowhere Else Festival in 2016 or 2017, you were astonished at their soulfulness, their voices, the amount of light and heat and sorrow and joy they could generate on a May afternoon.
What a find.
Fasten your soul’s seat belt – or don’t. This year they’ve got a brand new album to spill open.
We need this:
Birds of Chicago have been riding a swell of good mojo in the American world since their inception in late 2012. With their new album, Love in Wartime, they are set to both confirm that roots world buzz, and break on through to a wider audience across the world.
Recorded in Chicago against a backdrop of bewilderment, deep-divide and dread, Love in Wartime is a rock and roll suite with a cinematic sweep. Co-produced by Nero and Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), it evokes epic efforts of the 60’s and 70’s, with love as the undeniable throughline. As Russell puts it, “Any act of love is an act of bravery. These songs are snapshots of covenants, big and small, of trust and understanding. We want to give people some good news, and we want them to be able to dance when they hear it.”
When BOC released it’s last album, the Joe Henry produced Real Midnight, in 2016, critics scrambled to find the right terminology to describe the deep lyricism, gut-punch singing and fevered musicality. . . “Secular gospel” was one phrase that caught some traction. That fervor is evident in Love in Wartime as well: “Roll Away the heavy stone/roll away the heavy hours/roll on in the summer morn/who’s alive who’s alive who’s alive?” The invitation is joyous, but urgent. . . call it “secular gospel,” or call it what they used to call poetry intoned over roots music mash-ups: rock n roll. The Birds consider themselves a rock and roll band first and foremost, and Love in Wartime doesn’t leave any doubt about that.
Built around the chemistry and fire between Allison Russell and JT Nero, the band has included a core band of empathetic assassins since it took to the road full time in 2013. Russell and Nero played with different bands in the mid-aughts (Po’ Girl and JT and the Clouds) before finding their way to each other. Nero found himself a transcendent vocal muse in Russell (a powerful writer in her own right) and the band honed its chops on the road, playing 200 shows a year between 2013-17. All that shaping and sharpening, oer so many miles, led them back to Chicago’s Electrical Audio in January of 2017, to begin recording. The first day in studio was inauguration day, and they didn’t need any more motivation than that to do what they came to do.
The Birds attract a mix of indy rockers, NPRists, jam-kids and folkies to their gigs, which alternate between moments of hushed attention and wild, rock and soul abandon. Says JT Nero, chief songwriter for the band, “A good show can send you back out into the night feeling–for at least a little while–that everything isn’t broken.
Right now, we wanna dose out as much of that feeling as we can.”
Sunday, May 27 @ 8:15pm
We are honored to undoubtedly have one of America’s greatest living songwriters in our midst this year at the festival.
In the words of Stephen Holden of The New York Times, “Mr. Wainwright wrings more human truth out of his contradiction than any other songwriter of our generation.”
Loudon Wainwright III is a singer songwriter and actor. In 1968 he began to write songs and in 1969 recorded his first album. Wainwright has recorded twenty-seven albums, including his 2010 Grammy Award winning High, Wide, & Handsome. His songs have been covered by Johnny Cash, Mose Allison, Rufus Wainwright, Bonnie Raitt, and Earl Scruggs among others.
As an actor he has appeared on TV (M*A*S*H, Ally McBeal, Undeclared), in movies (Big Fish, The Aviator, Knocked Up), as well as on Broadway and Off.
Loudon Wainwright III, the son of esteemed Life magazine columnist Loudon Wainwright Jr., is the patriarch of one of America's great musical families. He is the former husband of Kate McGarrigle and Suzzy Roche, and father of Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche, and Lexie Kelly Wainwright.
With a career spanning five decades, Wainwright has established himself as one of the most enduring and prolific singer-songwriters who emerged from the folk music renaissance of the late 1960s. He continues to perform regularly across America and in Europe. There is probably no singer-songwriter who has so blatantly inserted himself into his songs. The songs can be laugh-out-loud funny, but they also can cut to the bone.
In his memoir, Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay & A Few of My Other Favorite Things, Wainwright details the family history his lyrics have referenced and the fractured relationships among generations. Wainwright writes poignantly about being a son—a status that dominates many of his songs—but also about being a parent, a brother, and a grandfather. His lyrics are featured throughout the book, amplifying his prose and showing the connections between the songs and real life.
What a coup that Mr. Wainwright will grace Nowhere Else with his inimitable songs, fierce wit and a lifetime of hard-won wisdom.
Saturday, May 26 @ 5:15pm ~ Concert
Sunday, May 27 @ 11:00am ~ A reading from his recently-published, critically-acclaimed memoir, Liner Notes: On Parents, Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things with Q&A
We were delighted to share a stage one night in Lexington, Kentucky, with David Wax Museum and were immediately charmed and caught up in the joyful madness unfurling before our eyes. We’re thrilled to include them at Nowhere Else Fest this year!
““Suz and I started this band as friends,” says David Wax, “but now we’re married and have a child and have our family on the road with us. The stakes are different.”
Those stakes are what lie at the heart of David Wax Museum’s fourth and boldest studio album to date, Guesthouse. It’s the sound of a band reconciling the accountability of marriage and parenthood with the uncertainty and challenges of life on the road; of coming to terms with the limitations of the “folk” tag that launched their career and pushing past it into uncharted musical territory; of reimagining their entire approach in the studio to capture the magic and the bliss of their live show.
In typical David Wax Museum fashion, the songs on Guesthouse are simplistic and sophisticated, elegant and plainspoken all at once. Rather than succumbing to the weight of the newfound responsibilities that landed on their doorstep, the band has leaned into the challenges to capture a brilliant portrait of the messy beauty of it all.
The roots of David Wax Museum stretch back nearly a decade, and all the way from New England to Mexico. As a student at Harvard, Wax began traveling south of the border to study and immerse himself in the country’s traditional music and culture. Back in Boston, he met fiddler/singer Suz Slezak, whose love of traditional American and Irish folk music fused with Wax’s Mexo-Americana into a singular, energetic blend that captivated audiences and critics alike. Their 2010 breakout performance at the Newport Folk Festival made them the most talked-about band of the weekend, with NPR hailing them as “pure, irresistible joy.”
They released a trio of albums that earned escalating raves everywhere from SPIN and Entertainment Weekly (who described them as sounding “like Andrew Bird with a Mexican folk bent”) to the New York Times and The Guardian (which dubbed the music “global crossover at its best”). They earned an invitation to return to Newport, this time on the main stage, as well as dates supporting The Avett Brothers, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Buena Vista Social Club, and more.
Not to be missed.
Sunday, May 27 @ 5:15pm
We were delighted by Carrie and Luke’s performance in 2017 at the festival, and wanted to continue the musical conversation just a bit longer. This year Carrie will be performing as a trio. She asked if she could bring Roscoe Beck, who was not only Leonard Cohen’s Music Director for 20+ years, but also his bass player.
Sounded delicious to us.
And who knows, maybe we can ply Roscoe with some late night whiskey and get some good stories out of him.
Maybe author Brené Brown said it best when she described Carrie as follows:
“She’s the trifecta for me – beautiful singer, soulful songwriter, and kick-ass fiddler.”
Carrie Rodriguez, a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, finds beauty in the cross-pollination of diverse traditions. A passionate performer, she effortlessly melds fiery fiddle playing, electrifying vocals and a fresh interpretation of new and classic songs with an “Ameri-Chicana” attitude. Her newest project, the Spanish/English album “Lola,” is both a return to her musical roots and something of a departure where she delivers her own twangy, Texas-bred twist on Mexican Ranchera songs, creating culturally blended music for a culturally blended world.
Inspired by the 1940’s-era recordings of Carrie’s great aunt, Chicana singing sensation Eva Garza, the latest album is a mixture of new and old songs. It features Spanish songs written by some of Carrie’s favorite Mexican composers, as well as her own Ranchera-inspired original songs written in English, Spanish and “Spanglish.”
Produced by Lee Townsend, the album is supported by an all-star band, The Sacred Hearts, assembled especially for this project. The band features internationally acclaimed composer/guitarist Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss on bass, Luke Jacobs on pedal steel and guitars, David Pulkingham on nylon string guitar and electric guitar and Brannen Temple on drums and percussion. The crowdfunded project, supported entirely by friends and fans, was released on Feb. 19, 2016 by Carrie’s own label, Luz Records.
Carrie, an Austin native, began playing violin at age five. Her training quickly became the passion and focus of her childhood, and by age 10, she had performed as part of a group at Carnegie Hall. She continued the classical track in her first year at Oberlin Conservatory, then shifted gears to pursue her true love affair with the fiddle—staying true to her Texas roots—at the Berklee College of Music.
Early in her career, a collaboration with singer-songwriter Chip Taylor resulted in four highly acclaimed duet albums. Her subsequent solo albums highlight the diversity of her musical identity, from her debut “Seven Angels on a Bicycle” to 2013’s “Give Me All You Got,” which reached no. 1 on the Americana Music Charts.
“A superb interpretive singer, not only milking melodies for all their pleasure but also revealing new implications in the lyrics." —The Washington Post
Carrie has toured, recorded and co-written songs with legendary artists such as Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Bill Frisell, Rickie Lee Jones, Mary Gauthier, Los Lobos, Alejandro Escovedo and Los Lonely Boys, among others. She has made numerous television and radio appearances, including Austin City Limits, The Tonight Show and A Prairie Home Companion. She has been profiled in many publications, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Times of London, The New Yorker, the Washington Post and many more.
Carrie lives in Austin with her partner and musical collaborator Luke Jacobs, a multi- instrumentalist/singer-songwriter from Minnesota, and their son, Cruz Calvin Jacobs.
Saturday, May 26 @ 4pm
We first ran into Peter Mulvey in the early ‘90s. It quickly became clear he had a troubadour’s heart and was undoubtedly a “lifer” when it came to his craft. We are thrilled to include him at the festival where he will offer his music and a songwriting workshop.
Peter Mulvey is a veteran singer and songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, as a busker, and from there moved on to performing in the subways and streets of Boston, Massachusetts. This led to his first record deal and a leap to full-time national and international touring, beginning in the early Nineties.
Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, Jazz, spoken word, and Americana. A long-standing gig at the National Youth Science Camp led to a spoken word piece, “Vlad the Astrophysicist”, which became a TEDx talk, and then an illustrated book. In 2007 he began an annual late summer tour by bicycle instead of by car and airplane- the 10th annual bicycle tour will happen this September. He has taught songwriting and guitar workshops at the Swannanoa Gathering and at various folk festivals across the U.S.
In 2015, “Take Down Your Flag”, his song about the victims of the shooting at the AME Emanuel Church in Charleston, reached 200,000 people when many songwriters, including Ani DiFranco, Anais Mitchell, Keb’ Mo, Paula Cole, & Jeff Daniels, re-wrote the middle verse and posted their own videos of the song. This movement led to an online benefit concert, and a deepening of the friendship between Mulvey and DiFranco.
Early in 2016 DiFranco produced Are You Listening?, Peter Mulvey’s 17th record, which was released on Righteous Babe Records.
Mulvey continues to tour, playing over a hundred shows a year as he has for the past twenty-five years. This is the core of what he does: music, in a room, performed for a live audience.
Saturday, May 26 @ 3pm
Sunday, May 27 @ 10pm (Songwriting Workshop)
Sunday, May 27 @ 3:15pm (Songwriters In The Round)
Lucy Wainwright Roche has released a handful of beautiful records in the last decade and toured with Rufus Wainwright, Indigo Girls, Brandie Carlile, Mary Chapin Carpenter and many others. She has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Patti Griffin by NPR. She is the daughter of Suzzy Roche and Loudon Wainwright III, but very much has her own career as a touring songwriter and recording artist.
Her latest solo collection is the critically acclaimed There’s a Last Time for Everything. In 2015 she collaborated with her sister Martha Wainwright on Songs in the Dark, a collection of lullabies. She is currently touring in the US and UK and has a new album due in 2018.
Lucy has become a friend that we treasure, too often from afar. Looking forward to this reunion and hearing her spring water clear voice, her laughter and effortless storytelling.
Saturday, May 26 @ 2:15pm
Sunday, May 27 @ 3:15pm (Songwriters In The Round)
Red Dirt Boys
Red Dirt Boys
When the Red Dirt Boys asked their boss Emmylou Harris if she minded them recording under the moniker she had given them 5 years earlier, she remarked, “Only if I can sing on the record”. There have been many musicians who’ve had the privilege of backing Ms. Harris, but the 4 musicians who make up Red Dirt Boys are the only ones who’ve continued on as their own group.
As one of them has said, “I’m lucky to be a musician; if I can make music with my dearest friends, I’m that much luckier”.
Soulful and southern, their music is pulled from many genres- blues, jazz, country, and hillbilly- a pot of gumbo sure to satisfy the urge to dance, sing, and celebrate life in all its complex simplicity.
All are seasoned sideman and recording musicians.
They have recorded with, toured with, and written songs for an amazing array of stars including Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Buffet, Iris DeMent, Tony Joe White, The Civil Wars, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, John Scofield, Mary Gauthier, Patty Griffin, Alison Krauss, Tom Jones, and countless others.
Can’t think of a better band to get a festival underway – you’ll know it when you hear it, a genuine hit of kickass beauty.
Chris Donohue- Harmony vocals and bass
Will Kimbrough- Vocals, Guitars, mandolin, and banjo
Phil Madeira- Vocals, Guitars and keyboards
Bryan Owings- Harmony vocals, drums and percussion
Saturday, May 26 @ 1pm
The Tillers return to the festival this year with a brand new self-titled record in tow! They have been thumping their own distinctive string band style folk music for a decade, riding it all over the country and across the sea. Four studio albums and one live record have won them praise as modern folk storytellers.
Mid-2017, The Tillers holed up at Candyland Recording Studio in Dayton, Kentucky, with producer Mike Montgomery (Jeremy Pinnell, The Breeders) and tracked ten new songs, live to 2” tape. The recordings showcase the diversity of their writing and musicianship, from hard-tackle thump to tender, graceful melody – lightning-fast banjo to intricate guitar flat picking, plaintive fiddle, deep anchoring bass and clear tenor harmonies.
Fueled by life, family, history, travel and politics, the new self-titled LP is the band’s most engaging record to date. Singer-songwriter-guitarist Sean Geil says of the new record, “This album is definitely more aggressive than past efforts. At our core we are still a traditionally rooted string band, but I’d say our punk rock roots are more visible on this album. And the addition of Joe Macheret on fiddle has added a new dynamic and allowed us to explore new territories as well as fill out the overall sound.”
Out of the 10 compositions, nine are self-penned by the band. The one cover is a rousing version of the Woody Guthrie song “All You Fascists Are Bound To Lose,” where singer-songwriter-banjo-player Mike Oberst even wrote the following two additional verses to reflect these tumultuous times:
“Here comes a big machine surrounding all your hate, force it to surrender now let’s get this straight, you’re bound to lose...” and “Race hatred cannot break us, better learn it quick, our children won’t be sold your poison rhetoric, you’re bound to lose!”
Sunday, May 27 @ 1pm
A member of Emmylou Harris’ Red Dirt Boys and a Grammy Winning songwriter, Phil Madeira has produced records for and performed with many amazing artists, including Emmylou, Buddy Miller, Mumford & Sons, The Civil Wars, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Keb’ Mo’ and more.
His Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us project debuted in 2012 and yielded a Grammy Winning song for the Civil Wars, “From This Valley”. The project also features a diverse group of artists - John Scofield, Emmylou Harris, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The North Mississippi Allstars, Cindy Morgan, to name a few.
Volume 2 of Mercyland released in January 2016 and features Emmylou Harris, Sugar & The Hi Lows, The Wood Bros, The Lone Bellow, The McCrary Sisters, and Angel Snow and others singing spiritual songs “for the rest of us”.
Phil’s latest- Providence- is an offering of piano based songs, lyrically set in his home state of Rhode Island.
Phil’s first book, God On The Rocks: Distilling Religion, Savoring Faith, was released in 2013, followed by a new updated version released in 2017.
"GOD ON THE ROCKS is a lovely memoir, recounting with honesty and humor how Christianity and the blues impacted one man's journey as a son, a brother, a husband and father, and companion to his fellow travelers. Taking a stand against those who would use religion to further a narrow and vindictive agenda, Phil celebrates God as a compassionate, living presence in his life, and so gives us a testament to the power of faith and family and in the end, of love."―Emmylou Harris
The singer songwriter is also known for his multi-instrumental abilities, having played guitar and keyboards on hundreds of records, including hits by Toby Keith, Garth Brooks and other mainstream stars. But his real love is roots music, like the Americana songs he’s written for Alison Krauss, The Wood Brothers, and Keb’ Mo’.
Sunday, May 27 @ 3:15pm (Songwriters In The Round)
You’ll love watching Will play guitar and mandolin with the Red Dirt Boys, but he’s also a prolific songwriter with a gorgeous voice. We are anxious to hear him offer more of his own songs in a stripped-down setting on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday, May 27 @ 3:15pm (Songwriters In The Round)
Nashville transplant, Daniel Daniel has teamed up with nine-time grammy award winner, Mike Piersante (Adele, The Civil Wars, T-Bone Burnett, Elton John, and O Brother Where Art Thou), producer Matt Williams, and a healthy stock of acclaimed musicians consisting of drummer legend Jay Bellerose, bassist Jen Condos, David Piltch, and pedal steel players Eric Heywood and Russ Pahl. Daniel has crafted a beautiful set of songs that showcase his versatile and warm vocals, memorable melodies, and a timeless approach to arrangements. The highly anticipated record is slated to release on May 4th, 2018.
Sunday, May 27 @ 4:30pm
Bring your instrument and join multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, Bradley Meinerding, for an open jam in the open air. Bradley not only plays an array of instruments, he knows hundreds of songs and is a natural when it comes to providing a welcoming, inclusive, light-hearted atmosphere for musicians of any level. And the crowds that gather around are testimony to the fact that real music gets made: it sounds good! A Nowhere Else Festival tradition.
Sunday, May 27 @ 10am
When we first contemplated hosting a music and arts festival on the farm, Michael Wilson was the first person we asked to participate. We knew if Michael agreed, we were probably on to something good, and everything else would fall into place. It’s hard to imagine Nowhere Else Festival without Michael and his photographs.
Once again, Michael will be on the farm with his camera offering more of his work. Michael will also lead a photo ramble through nearby Wilmington, Ohio. Follow along with one of the great photographers of our generation and make pictures of your own in a beautiful old American town, with Sunday morning coming down.
Sunday, May 27, from 9 - 11 am (Photo Ramble (Wilmington, OH) - Meet at The General Denver Hotel)
We have become big fans of Los Angeles-based film director and writer Scott Teems. He’ll be screening his forthcoming film HOLBROOK/TWAIN: An American Odyssey in the big tent Saturday evening after the music fades. If Wendell Berry owned a drive-in…
We’ll write more about this wonderful film in the coming weeks, but suffice it to say that Karin and I cried real tears when we had a chance to see it at a special gathering in Santa Fe. It will deeply move and inspire any artist, writer, or human being that is passionately devoted to a lifelong craft, a lifelong calling, a lifelong fling.
You’ll have to trust us on this one. Not to be missed.
Saturday, May 26 @ 10pm (screening)
Sunday, May 27 @ Noon (Film Conversation with Q&A)
We are honored and thrilled to have Texas-based National Geographic Award winner, Rodney Bursiel, exhibit his breathtaking photographs in the barn at this year’s festival.
John Baskin is the author of some dozen books, most notably New Burlington: The Life and Death of an American Village, which was recently performed as a play at the Chautauqua Theater Company in upstate New York. He has written for publications ranging from The New York Times and the Yale Review to Mother Jones magazine, and is co-founder of Orange Frazer Press in Wilmington, Ohio, where he has been writer, editor, and designer. His latest book, The Superfluous Man: An Improbable Story of the Good War, awaits publication.
Note from Linford: When Karin and I started the barn raising project at Nowhere Else, we were thrilled to discover that we had a real writer living right up the road. John Baskin’s modern classic, New Burlington: The Life and Death of an American Village and his collection of essays, In Praise Of Practical Fertilizer, have become two of my all-time favorites. Both books have traveled overseas with us, and are well-worn and ear-marked. The prose found within those covers is among the best I have found.
John will be leading a nonfiction writing workshop at the festival. Not to be missed.
Saturday, May 26 @ 10am
Suzanne Marie Lambert splits her time between Europe and the US. She lives and works from her 2 studios, one located in Cincinnati Ohio, the other in France. She works with mixed media on canvas, paper and glass. Her work is abstract and contemporary.
In the 1970's she studied ceramics and sculpture, metal crafting and welding. She is self-taught in painting, drawing and photography. Lambert studied classical ballet at Jordan College of Music at Butler University 1974-1978. She attended Indiana University 1981-1984, studying psychology, specializing in sports psychology, and modern dance.
In 2002 she exhibited and taught abstract painting at Miami University as a guest session artist.
In 2003 she worked in the Motion Picture Film Industry on the Jim Amatulli film, ‘Artworks’. Lambert worked on location during the filming of the movie; along with some art consulting, her paintings were used as those of the lead character, Emma, played by Virginia Madsen.
Although her formal education is other than painting and photography, it is in these fields of art where her passion resides. With her love of photography, she built her own dark room when she was 18 years old. She began drawing and painting at the age of 3 and has continued to become a working artist. Lambert exhibits nationally and internationally. Her work is collected privately and corporately. Her photography work includes various musicians and recording artist in recording sessions, live concert shots, and CD covers and inserts. She is available for commission work, both painting and photography and for design consultation.
“My intention is to visually convey, thru color, tone, and composition, the feeling and essence of places I live and visit, the people I experience. Energy of life moves me; I wish to bring this feeling to the viewer, to touch them and, perhaps, to lift the soul. In my work I express the beauty which I see and feel in this adventure we call ‘Life’.
“To move beyond limitation, expressing movement, to find a freedom beyond rational procedure… an execution of genuine activity.” –SML
Local farmer and adventurer, Jon Branstrator, will discuss his adventures in regenerative farming at Nowhere Else during his workshop at the festival. Here’s a chance to discuss gardening and growing and sustainability with a seasoned fellow traveler.
In addition to being a prolific fruit and vegetable grower, Jon is also a photovoltaic designer and installer. He improves soil by utilizing no till farming methods, cover crops and mulch. Jon has farmed in Costa Rica, Arizona, Florida and SW Ohio. Energized soil biology and sunlight power most of Jon's crops.
Saturday, May 26 @ 10am
When we discovered Kent’s nature photography on facebook, we were simply soul-stunned at the beauty of it. This will be Kent’s second year sharing his work in the barn, and he’ll also be leading a nature photo ramble here on the farm and sharing some of this thoughts on connecting with wildlife and learning how not to be intruders in the landscape. He brings a deep reverence and sense of wonder to his work.
We say, Bring the long lens. Can’t wait to see the results!
Saturday, May 26 @ 10am
Cincinnati-based painter, Maureen McDermott, will be bringing paintings to the barn from her beautiful series, Farm Faces.
Denver-based plein air painter, Stephen DeOrio, will be setting up at Nowhere Else during the festival and painting scenes right in front of our eyes. Stop by and observe if you’re so inclined. Feel free to ask questions, strike up a conversation, and watch a seasoned artist at work.
Jon Detweiler will be plein air painting on site as well and bringing his ceramics to display in the barn. Keep an eye peeled for this renaissance man in our midst. He’s a trained journalist and photographer, painter, printmaker, skilled carpenter, raconteur, enjoys a good dark craft beer (preferably a porter) – probably shouldn’t tell all his secrets.