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March is for (Mountain Mamas) Music (Camp)



Hey Mamas!


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!)


Camp Updates

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.


Courtney Hartman

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


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


What to do in March

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 info@mountainmamasmusic.com if you have any questions!


Have a great week!


J. J.

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