Have you ever wondered what goes on inside the mind of a storyteller; especially a storytelling songwriter? What sparks the imagination behind these stories? Ernie Hill is a storytelling Songwriter from Arkansas. He has pondered this mystery to the extent that he wrote a book about it and also created a concept “Story Songs” workshop. Story songs is not a hands-on workshop, but rather, a song presentation and panel discussion in which three or more storytelling songwriters, chosen from the line-up, perform an original song and pick each other’s brains about the process. These sessions have led to some entertaining, fascinating and enlightening discussion allowing the audience to get a glimpse inside the mind of these creative folks as they get into each other’s minds. By the end of the set, the audience will have better idea about their own direction in creativity.
Ernie is super excited to present Story Songs at the Walnut Valley Festival for the second time, with two very special guests- Chris Jones and Gina Furtado (Clowes) from Chris Jones and the Night Drivers! Hailing from Nashville, TN, Chris Jones, the host of Bluegrass Junction on Sirius XM Radio, is the most recognized voice in acoustic music, also being an IBMA award-winning songwriter, producer and broadcast journalist. Gina Furtado (Clowes) is a musician extraordinaire focusing on five string banjo. She is nominated this year for an IBMA award for banjo. Her album, True Colors, is garnering rave reviews and features her songwriting which is also gathering praise across the Roots Music scene. Where do they get it? Grab some coffee and donuts, and join Chris Jones, Gina Furtado (Clowes) and host, Ernie Hill, for Story Songs, Friday morning at 9:15 a.m. at Stage III. Read the complete bios for all three performers and more about story songs and past guests, at Ernie’s website, www.wordsofernest.com. While you’re there, read about Ernie’s book, “The Cosmic Path to Melody and Lyric”, available on site at Walnut Valley Mercantile, along with all Artist Merch.