The road to Montreal.. 



Pictured left to right:  Emily RowlandMegan PalmerWillie CarlisleJesse DeanNick NaceGraham WeberAshtyn Barbaree,
Ordinary ElephantDazz & Brie (not pictured: Ali Holder)


    A Glimpse into a Songwriting Camp...

On Tuesday, February 5th, seven artists arrived in Bentonville, Arkansas for our 2019 Folk Alliance Songwriter's
summit.  Ali Holder and Ordinary Elephant of Austin TX, Willie Carlisle and Ashtyn Barbaree of NWA, and Nick Nace and Megan Palmer of Nashville TN. These songwriters and musicians were hand-picked from across the globe to travel to the Ozarks and share
their gifts of song through performance, collaboration, and fellowship.  This has been our third camp held at our house
in northwest Arkansas, and it was one for the books!   


One major aspect of a Songwriting Camp is collaboration.  Our seven artists spent Wednesday through Friday
writing with each other and local guest writers such as Emily Rowland, Rachel Fields, and Dazz & Brie. These meetups concluded
in the creation of 18 new songs, which were written, performed and recorded in the week of the camp. The biggest prize from a co-write
is the connection and friendship made within a song, and we are so proud of the musical family we built together in the Ozarks. 

Ali Holder

Song Circle in the music room

Dazz & Brie, Megan Palmer

Willi Carlisle


Live Performances

The Artists were given a chance to perform their new material at two of NWA's favorite Venues. Saturday the group
performed to a sold out listening room at Bike Rack Brewing, in Bentonville and Sunday they traveled to the legendary
George's Majestic Lounge in Fayettville.
 The Camp was joined by the guest writers they met during the week which included Rachel Fields, Jesse Dean, Emily Rowland, Dazz & Brie and Jamie Lou

Georges Majestic Lounge, Fayettville, February 10th, 2019

Bike Rack Brewing, Bentonville, February 9th, 2019



Sunday we walked over to Haxton Road Studios to record sixteen of the new songs with producer Jacob Crabb. The songs were
captured in their purest form and were recorded live with minimal production. We completed all sixteen songs in 6 hours thanks to
the incredible professionalism and positive environment of the studio. 

Ashtyn Barbaree

Nick Nace


The Road to Montreal

Our Camp concluded with a trip to Montreal for Folk Alliance International. The House of Songs hosted a private showcase
each night of the festival, which featured our camps artists along with House Alumni like Ramy Essum, Tim Easton, and
Los Texmaniacs. On Saturday night we co-hosted an Official Showcase room with The Texas Music Office with Artists such as
Matt the Electrician, Saul Paul, and Jackie Venson

Los Texmaniacs

In the Expo hall at Folk alliance, Industry professionals, Artists and fans gathered together to meet. The House of Songs ran
a booth in the Expo where we made new friends, re-connected with old ones and furthered our outreach to international Artists.
We look forward to the long lasting effects of this outreach and presence at the festival this year. 

Troy Campbell, Tom Levine, and Ake Lundstrom

The last night ended with a square dance led by Willie Carlisle, hallway sing alongs and a feeling of true accomplishment.
Sunday, The Group parted ways back to their homes in Nashville, Austin and Fayettville, only now with a new musical family
made through The House of Songs. 

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