Happens this summer in upstate New York. Check the classic “Copperhead Road” video below.
By Blurt Staff
In 2000, Steve Earle presented a songwriting course at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. He fine-tuned that material in 2012, presenting classes as part of Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch workshop. This summer (July 7 – 11, 2014), Earle will be hosting Camp Copperhead, described as “a fully immersive learning experience,” at the Full Moon Resort, about 30 miles west of Woodstock in the Catskill Forest Preserve. Earle will be the sole instructor at Camp Copperhead, with about 100 students in attendance. This once-in-a-lifetime experience offers students uniquely intimate access to a true master craftsman. It’s open to people of all levels of skill and enthusiasm
Discussing his vision for Camp Copperhead, the Grammy-nominated artist says, “It’ll be an intensive, all-day-long songwriting workshop, which I’m going to teach every minute of. I love to teach. I have fun doing it.” Each morning, Earle will present a class on a specific aspect of writing. There’ll be workshops in the afternoons—time when students can pair up to work on their assignments under Earle’s supervision. There’ll be an open-mic every night after dinner, offering students the opportunity to play the brand-new. “I can’t teach anyone to be a songwriter,” he admits. “But I can teach the things that I’ve learned—from doing it—that make you a better songwriter if you already are one. Even if you weren’t put on the planet to be a songwriter, I think you’ll appreciate and understand songwriting better through taking this course.”