Participants Of All Ages, Levels, Interests, And Tastes Welcome!

Rodney Crowell’s Adventures in Song is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

Some of the many topics covered by Rodney at this year’s Adventures in Song will include:

  • Songwriters intentionality: What is your motivation and where does it lead.
  • Rhyme: soft rhymes & hard rhymes or no rhymes at all.
  • Narrative flow: a broad and narrow stroke look at the architecture of word selection and its relation to your melodic sensibilities. How to make words and music fit together seamlessly.
  • Composing on your chosen instrument.
  • How to write from the heart while using the brain as an editing tool.
  • The beauty of revision when needed.
  • Enjoying the adventure.

An Invitation From Rodney Crowell

My fellow songwriters,

I’d like to invite you to join me at Rodney Crowell’s Adventures in Song: Nashville Edition, happening July 23-27, 2020 at the historic Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Creative writers and musicians of all skill levels, ages, and interests are welcome for what I hope will be an educational and deeply inspirational four days of classes, workshops, musical performances, and community.

Rodney Crowell’s Adventures in Song: Nashville Edition is all about facilitating insight into the art and craft of songwriting. All kinds of people came to my first camp – folkies, pop singers, country singers, people who didn’t play an instrument but wanted to write lyrics. It was across the board, people came from Europe, from Brazil, all around the world. We had some fully developed songwriters show up and some who were basically in their infancy with it.

Though we certainly have a lot of fun, it’s definitely like school during the day. I lecture and break down really well written songs. It’s very informational. The attendees get a lot of hands on critiquing from me in the classes, which is very useful. People say “I want to be a professional songwriter”. But, they may not understand the amount of work that goes into it, the dedication and the focus that actually goes into producing good work. It’s my job to make you aware of that.

Of course, I also try to gauge what the attendees are looking for. I ask everyone, what is your ultimate goal? Do you want to write some songs and perform them for your family or do you want to be a professional songwriter? If someone wants to just learn a little for pleasure, I’ll go easy on them. But if you want to be a professional songwriter, I will be more serious. I’ll get more into the art and craft of songwriting, what it actually takes to produce good work.

The best songwriting is not necessarily technical, as far as I’m concerned. But there are techniques, if that’s something that you’re looking for. We’ll facilitate how to explore expressing yourself from more of a technical point of view. Although, I’ll gently be encouraging you to look broader afield, at poetry, literature and all other forms of writing that inform the inspired songwriter.

With that in mind, I’ve put together a really diverse and talented faculty including Beth Nielsen Chapman, Allison Moorer, John Paul White, Allen Shamblin, and John Jorgenson. Each of the instructors that I’ve handpicked has their own methodology of how they go about facilitating the learning curve that’s there to be had. In my case, I’m really big on revision and editing and narrative flow, all of the fine points that lead to really clean songwriting. I’m a stickler about that and that’s the experience that I have to offer.

I’ll also have a couple of really special guests in Peter Asher and Rosanne Cash. I’ll instigate conversations with them, pulling out their pathway into their careers as songwriter and artist. We’ll talk about their craft, the actual nuts and bolts of how they approach it. We’ll talk about their dedication to the work, how they deal with inspiration. I’ll open it up to questions from the attendees and then, later on that evening, they’ll give us a private performance.

Performance is such an important part of the overall creation of a song so we’ll provide more time and space for attendees to get on stage. Based on what we learned from the first one we did, I think we’ll be more efficient and more streamlined, more experienced in how to provide what the attendees need. For example, I could tell the attendees needed more time on the stage. They want a chance to perform their songs and a platform to express themselves. So this time, myself and the instructors and special guests will still perform in the evenings but we’ll be creating even more time for the attendees to be the ones who are actually on stage, playing their songs.

“Rodney Crowell’s Adventures in Song: Nashville Edition is all about facilitating insight into the art and craft of songwriting.”

I’m already looking forward to Rodney Crowell’s Adventures in Song: Nashville Edition. I get so much satisfaction out of seeing someone joyously discover another level of what he or she can do and where they take it. I love when someone comes through my class and I start nailing them on soft rhymes or something like that, I can see their eyes getting wider, thinking about things that they never considered before. There’s something really satisfying about that for me.

Here’s the thing about songwriting. You can just start throwing paint on a canvas, musically speaking, and it’s really good fun. But if you want to take it to another level you’ve got to start understanding how to put brick on brick to build the foundation that makes your song a real solid piece of work. Rodney Crowell’s Adventures in Song: Nashville Edition will be a great place to learn some of those skills and become part of the songwriting community. I hope you’ll join us there.

See you next summer,
Rodney Crowell

Featured Artists

Rodney Crowell

Peter Asher

Rosanne Cash

Beth Nielsen Chapman

John Jorgenson

Allison Moorer

Allen Shamblin

John Paul White

Sample Schedule

A real itinerary for Rodney Crowell’s Adventures in Song will be announced later this year, but here is how a typical day will run (all times are approximate):

Thursday July 23

  • 10AM

    Rodney Crowell Master Class

  • 11:30AM

    Breakout classes with Beth Nielsen Chapman, John Jorgenson, Allison Moorer, Allen Shamblin, and John Paul White

  • 1PM

    Lunch

  • 2:30PM

    Rodney Crowell Master Class

  • 4PM

    Breakout classes with Beth Nielsen Chapman, John Jorgenson, Allison Moorer, Allen Shamblin, and John Paul White

  • 6PM

    Special presentation by Rodney Crowell and Guests

  • 7PM

    Dinner

  • 8:30PM

    Concert featuring a combination of our great instructors!

Plus, here are a list of some activities and topics to be covered by Rodney at the Adventure in Song:

  • Songwriters intentionality: What is your motivation and where does it lead.
  • Rhyme: soft rhymes & hard rhymes or no rhymes at all.
  • Narrative flow: a broad and narrow stroke look at the architecture of word selection and its relation to your melodic sensibilities. How to make words and music fit together seamlessly.
  • Composing on your chosen instrument.
  • How to write from the heart while using the brain as an editing tool.
  • The beauty of revision when needed.
  • Enjoying the adventure.

If you have any questions, please call our customer service number (+1) 800-852-9277, or send us an email at info@dreamcatcher-events.com

Scarritt Bennett Center

What is now Scarritt Bennett Center began in 1892 in Kansas City, MO, as Scarritt College for Christian Workers. A school established to train young women missionaries, Scarritt College trained women for global leadership in the church during a time when women were prohibited from other forms of leadership across most denominations.

Scarritt Bennett Center is located in the historic midtown area, right off Music Row and next to Vanderbilt University. The campus, which is listed on the National Historic Registry, is within walking distance to dozens of restaurants, music venues, and famous Nashville attractions. Campus is also a 5-minute walk to a bus stop, easily accessible via a cab/Lyft/Uber, a 5-minute drive from downtown Nashville, and a 15-minute drive from the Nashville International Airport.

Pricing and Accommodations

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Pricing & Registration

  • Registration
    1,899

    Your registration will include all workshops, concerts, musical activities, goody bags, lunches, and dinners at Scarritt Bennett. It does not, however, include accommodations.

    You will be able to get preferred rates at Scarritt Bennett if you book direct. Rooms are dorm-style, with no tv or room service. All rooms have a single bed and share a bathroom, and they cost $89/night. If you have questions about reserving a room, please call Scarritt Bennett center at (615) 340-7500, Prompt #2 (Guest Services).

    For those who would like a more upscale accommodation, we have procured a preferred rate at the Loews on West End Ave. It is normally $350/night, but we are getting those rooms for $219/night. It is a 10-minute walk from Loews to Scarritt Bennett. Our special discount rate is available through online booking only, and can only be accessed through our website. If you are interested in staying at the Loews Hotel, click here to book a room directly.

    If you are bringing a guest with you, there will be an additional meal plan and entertainment option available when you check out. This option will allow your loved one to attend evening concerts and entertainment, as well as enjoy lunches and dinners with the group. Pricing for this option is $350, plus a 9.9% service fee.

    Of course, you are welcome to stay wherever you like in Nashville as well!

What's Included

  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Parking – (First come, first serve)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Lunches and dinners

What's Not Included

  • Breakfast
  • Transportation
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sightseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear – please bring your own instruments

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
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    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 9.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes, plus service fees.
  • Installment Payment Plans
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    • 100% of the remaining balance due on installment sales is automatically charged to the credit card on file on March 1, 2020.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

If you have any questions, please call our customer service number (+1) 800-852-9277, or send us an email at info@dreamcatcher-events.com

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