March is for (Mountain Mamas) Music (Camp)
It’s March and you know what that means... CAMP! Only a few more weeks until we fill the town of Berthoud with our wonderful music, laughter, and fun. I have to admit, I was a bit busy this weekend with our fabulous Courtney Hartman workshop, so I forgot to take down the early bird pricing. Oops! So, since it's almost Tuesday already, I thought why not go ahead and give y‘all just a few more days of discount - early bird pricing will now end on Friday, March 6 (for real this time, I’ve set a reminder and everything!)
Note: If you're coming to camp and want to stay in Berthoud, please make your reservations soon. We recommend the Berthoud Inn, but there are also a couple of lovely Airbnb rentals in town and a brand new TownePlace Suites up the road in Loveland.
New this year! We're not just for guitars anymore - we've expanded our Mountain Mamas family of instructors to cover mandolin, fiddle, banjo, ukelele, and bass, so if you play one or more of these, bring 'em all to camp and get ready to jam! We'll be posting more information about the schedule and the instructors over the next couple of weeks, but I thought I'd get started by introducing you to two of our newest teachers, Courtney Hartman and Saja Butler.
Formerly the guitarist for bluegrass group Della Mae, Courtney Hartman has earned a reputation for her artistry on the guitar both as a backing and lead musician, through three albums with Della Mae, and also as a singer/songwriter on her two solo albums. Courtney is a multi-instrumentalist who has been singing, writing, and playing music since her childhood. After a few years in Boston (Berklee) and Brooklyn, Courtney now makes her home in northern Colorado. We had a great time at the Strings and Songs workshop with Courtney last weekend and I'm looking forward to her sharing some of her guitar—playing secrets at camp, including more sophisticated theory and techniques for our intermediate and advanced players.
Saja Butler will be joining us this year as our banjo and performance instructor. I tried to write an introduction for her but nothing I came up with was better than the description on her own website, so here's a slightly abbreviated version from there:
SAJA BUTLER'S A MUSICAL MUSE CALLING YOU OVER FOR A RIGHTEOUS JAM.
SINCE 2007, SAJA HAS TAUGHT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO PLAY GUITAR, BANJO, UKULELE AND HOW TO SING BEAUTIFULLY.
NO MATTER WHERE YOU'RE AT IN SKILL, SAJA CAN TEACH YOU HOW TO PLAY WELL, WRITE YOUR OWN TUNES, AND PERFORM YOUR FAVORITE SONGS WITH SOUL AND POWER.
WHEN IT COMES TO MUSIC, SAJA LOVES IT ALL.
YOU CAN HEAR HER SOUTHERN ROOTS AS SHE PICKS A BALLAD ON THE BANJO. YOU CAN FEEL THE BEAUTY OF BLUES, POP, R&B AND ROCK WHEN SHE'S HAMMERING ON THE GUITAR.
HER VOICE IS A CALLING TO HEAL YOU THROUGH AND THROUGH. SAJA GIVES FAMILIAR TUNES NEWFOUND SOUL.
SHE'S BEEN JAMMING OUT ON INSTRUMENTS OF EVERY KIND FOR OVER 30 YEARS, AND SHE USES HER MASTERY OF GUITAR, BANJO, AND VOICE TO ENTERTAIN, INSPIRE AND PUT STUDENTS ON CENTER STAGE.
Wow! I think I'm going to start looking for a banjo...
What to Read / Watch
How to use a practice journal (Fiddle School) - Lots of great tips in here. Now I just need to get myself a journal...
Spotify’s Nashville Office Is Now Led by Two Women (Rolling Stone) - Hopefully this will lead to more airplay for female artists.
Bluebird (CMT) - Singers, songwriters, aspiring musicians and the staff of The Bluebird Cafe tell the story of Nashville's revered landmark and its impact on the country music industry.
How to be Perfect by Ron Padgett (poetryfoundation.org)
What to do in March
Mar 5, Cody Sisters @ Swallow Hill Music (Denver) - We love the super-talented Cody Sisters and we'll certainly have several Mountain Mamas in attendance at this show! If you're in Denver, come check them out!
Mar 5, Flying V Sessions: A Female Musicians Showcase @ Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick (Fort Collins) - featuring Saja Butler, Riley Ann, and The Annie Oakley
Mar 7, Cody Sisters @ Avogadro's Number (Fort Collins) - If you can't make it to their show in Denver, come up to Fort Collins!
Mar 13, Songwriters in the Round @ The Old Oak Coffeehouse (Niwot) - featuring Bonnie Sims and Nick Dunbar
Mar 27-29, Mountain Mamas Music Camp (Berthoud)
Stay tuned! I'll have updates about camp each week, including more teacher profiles and information about the schedule. Don't forget, you can always reach Kimberly and me at email@example.com if you have any questions!
Have a great week!