Wildflower Festival

Wildflower Festival

MEDITATING ON WILDFLOWERS – HANNAH BETHEL

What exactly is “Appalachian” vocal style?

I am not sure! It’s a comment I received from music industry critic Robert Oermann on my project, “The Freedom EP.” The full quote:

“She has a very cool Appalachian vocal style. The upbeat tune is produced perfectly with plenty of open spaces between the fiddle, dobro and steel line. The accomplished singing is as impressive as the fact that she wrote or co-wrote all of the EP’s fine songs.”

This guy can be brutally honest and I wait with bated breath each time I know he’ll be reviewing my work.

How did you select the songs for the Wildflower contest and are they based on any memories or experiences?

I selected two songs that I am in the process of recording for my next project in Nashville. “Memphis,” which I wrote with Gabe Burdulis and my sister, Wynter Bethel, was written at a point of breakthrough in my creative journey. I go through intense phases of creativity and inspiration and then swing to dry spells where I think I’ll never write a good song again. I think most creative people experience this. I’ve gone through these seasons enough that it doesn’t scare me anymore, but it still can be frustrating. Just as I was coming out of an exceptionally long drought, this song came into the Universe and my wheels have been spinning like crazy ever since.

I wrote “Snakeskin & Rose Oil” with David Myhre during an ice storm in Nashville. I was sitting up in bed with a cup of tea, wrapped in a blanket because I was suffering a cold. David and I were working on another song that was being stubborn, so he started playing this beautiful Jame Taylor-esque guitar riff. He started to sing jokingly, “she’s wrapped up in a blanket, drinking tea…” and I said, “in Vegas!” After that the song came out so quickly. I thought we were writing a song for a man to sing, but it turned it something I really wanted to say and I couldn’t put it down. It has become my song of truly, deeply loving myself the way I want to be loved. After we finished the song we walked to a bar, because the ice storm had left the streets covered in inches of ice and Nashvillians are notoriously terrible drivers, especially in any kind of bad weather. We ate cheeseburgers and drank beer.

You released your first album at 17. Does this mean your parents have always been super cool and supportive of the music career?

My parents have always been incredibly supportive of my musical aspirations. They never told me that this is unrealistic or that maybe I should pursue something with more stability. Looking back, I now know that this is very unusual and I am immeasurably blessed to have parents that have taught me not to operate out of fear and to strive for the greatest happiness. They have always impressed upon me that anything is possible if you’re willing to work your ass off for it and never quit. They raised me with an awesome balance of blue collar work ethic and new age faith.

Hannah Bethel album – You Wanna Be My Man

Do you have any pre-show superstitious habits, calming techniques, or plain old good luck charms?

At some point during every show, I find myself looking out into the crowd or up in the stage lights and I am filled with gratitude. I say a little prayer of thanks for the gifts of music and the opportunity to connect with people in this special way. No matter if I’m playing to a rowdy club, an attentive theater or an empty bar, I am always thankful because this shit sure beats digging ditches!

Where is the best place to experience songwriting utopia?

It can happen anywhere, but it is always refreshing to get out of the hustle of Nashville and go somewhere you can be solely creative. Some of my favorite writing memories are retreats to a cabin across from the Olympic Mountains in the Pacific Northwest. There is nothing sweeter than waking up to pine trees and salty air, brewing up a strong pot of coffee and making new music all day long. It’s the best

Do you have a favorite quote, lyric, or credo that you live by?

This changes often for me, as I am constantly absorbing new words. Lately I’ve been meditating on Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers.” It’s a good reminder.

When did you share a stage with Trisha Yearwood and what’s it like to live in Nashville with so many musicians?

I sang back up vocals for Trisha Yearwood at a Christmas show during my short stint at Belmont University. We sang “Take a Walk Through Bethlehem.” She was beautiful, very humble, and her pitch was perfect.

Obviously Jake is your favorite four-legged friend – he’s adorable and one-of-a-kind. Are there any other serious friends in your life who might be in the audience at the contest?

I’m heading to Wildflower! Festival solo, so I’m hoping to meet some kindred spirits on this adventure! And Jake is seriously the best, best ever. My sweetest, soul companion.

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Website: www.hannahbethel.com

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Hannah Bethel is competing with nine other top finalists on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. on the UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage located inside the Eisemann Center at the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival. Hannah is also performing on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on the CityLine Stage.

Additional information about the Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest, and the full list of Top 10 Finalists, may be found on the website: http://www.wildflowerfestival.com/songwriter-contest-workshop/. #WAMFest2017

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GATES OPEN AT 6:30PM AND WILDFLOWER! STAGES TO ROCK ON SATURDAY

It’s been a wild weekend here at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival! We are so excited to update that the gates are going to open at 6:30 p.m.. The festival has been partially open since this morning and indoor performances inside the Eisemann Center have continued as scheduled throughout the day.

Unfortunately, Blue Oyster Cult had to cancel its appearance at the Festival due to its flight into DFW International Airport being cancelled because of the severe weather. All acts prior to 6:30 p.m. set to perform on outdoor stages have been removed from the schedule.

Want the good news? The Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage, Plaza Stage, and Bud Light Stage are ready to rock (after a lot of hard work by the festival folks).

Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage
8:15 p.m. The Guess Who
10:00 p.m. Grand Funk Railroad

The Guess Who

Plaza Stage
8:45 p.m. Judah & The Lion
10:30 p.m. Fitz and the Tantrums

Bud Light Stage
6:45 p.m. Devil’s Sooty Brother
8:15 p.m. Joshua Ray Walker
9:45 p.m. Big City Outlaws

Aeromyth

Hill Hall
9:00 p.m. Aeromyth

UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage
6:00 p.m. Jason Castro
7:45 p.m. Darrell Scott
9:15 p.m. Crystal Bowersox

The Plaza Stage viewing grounds consist of solid concrete but you’ll want to bring a lawn chair for the Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage area, or wear comfy boots to navigate the soggy grass. The wet conditions have created high humidity of 94% and cool temperatures in the 60’s.

Due to schedule changes caused by today’s severe weather, all Saturday general admission tickets to the festival will be honored for use, either today or tomorrow. We scan it once and you can decide whether that will be for Saturday or Sunday. Ticket prices for Saturday have been dropped to $30 at the gate. On Sunday, children 12 and under will be allowed free admission.

Street performers scheduled to appear on Performance Row have been cancelled for today. Due to wind damage, the WF! Kids area is closed for the rest of the weekend.

The schedule for all acts is updated and posted on the website. www.wildflowerfestival.com

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival Announces Revised Saturday Schedule Due To Severe Weather Impacts

All gates to open at 6:30 p.m. with most national acts set to perform

The Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will open all gates at 6:30 p.m. The Festival has been partially open since 11 a.m. this morning, with indoor music performances taking place as scheduled on Eisemann Center stages.

Weather Impacts On Performances
With the exception of Blue Oyster Cult and Quiet Company, all performances set for this evening on outdoor stages at Wildflower! will perform as scheduled. Blue Oyster Cult had to cancel its appearance at the Festival this weekend due to its flight into DFW International Airport being cancelled because of severe weather. Tonight’s 7:15 p.m. performance by Quiet Company on the Plaza Stage has also been cancelled along with all other acts scheduled to perform on outdoor stages prior to 6:30 p.m.

Weather Impacts From Today’s Storm
At approximately 1 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, severe weather passing through North Texas impacted the festival grounds causing limited wind damage. Festival staff are in the process of cleaning the grounds and all six gates at the festival will reopen at 6:30 p.m.

Patrons Asked To Prepare For Wet Conditions
People planning to attend the festival this evening to enjoy the outdoor stages will want to prepare accordingly for wet conditions. Bring water resistant clothing and lawn chairs are recommended.

Saturday Passes To Be Honored Today Or Tomorrow
Due to schedule changes caused by today’s severe weather, all Saturday passes to the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will be honored for use either today or tomorrow.

Saturday Pass Dropped To $30 For Saturday Performances / Children Get In Free Sunday
Ticket prices for Saturday have been dropped to $30 at the gate. On Sunday, children 12 and under will be allowed through the gates free of charge.

Other Updates
Street performers scheduled to appear on Performance Row have also been cancelled for today and, due to wind damage, the Children’s Area on the festival grounds is closed for the rest of the weekend. Information on the performance schedule for all acts is available at www.wildflowerfestival.com.

WILDFLOWER! FESTIVAL TO PARTIALLY OPEN DUE TO THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER

Festival grounds expected to fully open at 5 p.m., or once area storms pass; performances on Eisemann Center stages continue as scheduled

(Richardson, TX) – Richardson’s Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will partially open at 11 a.m. due to the threat of severe weather in the area. Gate F, located on the north side of the event, is open for patrons to directly enter the Eisemann Center to enjoy performances on the Singer Songwriter and Hill Performance Hall stages. The closest parking area to Gate F is the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas parking garage. View the Festival Map for locations.

All six gates on the festival grounds are expected to reopen at 5 p.m., or once the threat of severe weather has passed. People planning to attend the festival to enjoy the outdoor stages this evening are asked to prepare accordingly for wet conditions. Bring water resistant clothing, umbrellas and lawn chairs. All afternoon performances scheduled to take place on outdoor stages prior to 5 p.m. have been cancelled.

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival has historically had bouts with rain over the past 27 years of its history in Richardson, but the event has always been held rain or shine. Richardson’s Emergency Management team consistently monitors the weather, and public safety personnel have plans in place to shelter people if necessary.

Tickets available online or at the gate.

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