Participants of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes welcome!

Rodney Crowell’s Adventures in Song is a song-writing and performance 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.

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 August 5th-9th, 2021 at the historic Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Creative writers, performers, 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.

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.

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.

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

Beth Nielsen Chapman

John Jorgenson

Allison Moorer

Allen Shamblin

Schedule

Rodney Crowell’s Adventures in Song will begin at 3 PM on August 5th and end at 12 PM on August 9th.

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.

Thursday August 05

  • 2PM

    Check-in Scarritt Bennett

  • 4PM

    Welcoming remarks from Rodney and instructors

  • 6PM

    Dinner

  • 8PM

    Instructors concert and story telling

  • 10PM

    Open Mic

Friday August 06

  • 10AM

    5 groups (Alan, John Paul, Allison, Beth, Rodney), plus guitar group with John. Peter, and Shelby float!

  • 12PM

    Lunch

  • 2PM

    Rodney Master Lesson

  • 4PM

    5 groups (Alan, John Paul, Allison, Beth, Rodney), plus guitar group with John. Peter, and Shelby float!

  • 6PM

    5 groups (Alan, John Paul, Allison, Beth, Rodney), plus guitar group with John. Peter, and Shelby float!

  • 8PM

    Open Mic

Saturday August 07

  • 10AM

    5 groups (Alan, John Paul, Allison, Beth, Rodney), plus guitar group with John. Peter, and Shelby float!

  • 12PM

    Lunch

  • 2PM

    Rodney and Peter

  • 4PM

    5 groups (Alan, John Paul, Allison, Beth, Rodney), plus guitar group with John. Peter, and Shelby float!

  • 6PM

    Dinner

  • 8PM

    Open Mic

Sunday August 08

  • 10AM

    Rodney master session

  • 12PM

    Lunch

  • 4PM

    5 groups (Alan, John Paul, Allison, Beth, Rodney), plus guitar group with John. Peter, and Shelby float!

  • 6PM

    Dinner

  • 8PM

    Instructor and camper concert

Monday August 09

  • 12PM

    Checkout

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

When registering you have the choice of paying a 50% deposit with the remaining balance due on June 15, 2021 (no interest fees charged) or paying in full.

Pricing & Registration

  • Registration
    2,150

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

    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. Click here to book a room directly.

    There are also accommodations available at Scarritt Bennett Center for Adventures In Song. If you are interested, you can book there using this link: vacation@urbannashville.com, or call 615-669-1293.

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

     

What's Included

  • All performances, 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
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • 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 state and local taxes, plus service fees.
  • Installment Payment Plans – Upon checkout, you have the option to pay in full or in (non-refundable) 50% installments.
    • When registering you have the choice of paying a 50% deposit with the remaining balance due on June 15, 2021 (no interest fees charged) or paying in full.
    • Any registrations received after June 15, 2021 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.
  • Dreamcatcher Events LLC reserves the right to re-schedule any event if there should be an “Act of God,” natural disaster, breach of contract by the lead artists, pandemic, or any other circumstance which make an event impossible to hold. In this circumstance, Dreamcatcher shall issue full financial credit in the amount paid to all registrants who have paid. These “Credited” funds may be used for the specific event to be rescheduled or to attend any other Dreamcatcher Event of their choosing (subject to availability). The financial credit shall last two years from the dates of postponement. Registration refunds will not be distributed in the event that an event has to be rescheduled due to circumstances beyond Dreamcatcher’s control. This also applies to any registrant who may not be able to attend an event due to Covid and/or Force Measure. In that instance, Dreamcatcher shall provide the registrant a full credit to use at their discretion.
  • Rodney Crowell’s Adventure in Song will be following all protocols and safety measures set by the CDC, the state of Tennessee, and additional regulations set at local and business levels. This will include wearing a face covering and maintaining a minimum of 6 feet in all group settings. Furthermore, Dreamcatcher and Rodney Crowell will be constantly and regularly updating our protocols to keep everyone safe on every level.

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

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

Precautionary measures:

Rodney Crowell's Adventures in Song will be following all protocols and safety measures set by the CDC, the state of Tennessee, and additional regulations set at local and business levels. This will include wearing a face covering, regular use of hand sanitizer and handwashing, as well as social distancing in all group settings. Wherever possible, meetings and gatherings will take place outdoors, and all safety protocols will be strictly enforced. Furthermore, Dreamcatcher and Rodney Crowell will be constantly and regularly updating our protocols to keep everyone safe on every level.

As of January 2021, all attendees will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend this event. If you are unable to get a COVID-19 vaccination before the event, please let us know. We will instead ask for a negative test result from 3-5 days before the event, and will test you again upon your arrival on site.

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