Wildflower Festival

Wildflower Festival

Eisemann Center

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. Read More

“NATHAN EVANS FOX – FIDDLING LICKS & RATTLIN’ RIFFS

1. What does it mean to be selected as a finalist?

My wife and I are super new to Texas, and neither of us knew too much about the music scene here before we moved to Houston. Being selected as a top ten finalist is a really exciting way to dive into the scene and get to know so many amazing songwriters and performers. Obviously, it’s a huge honor. Read More

MARILYN RUCKER – WICKED WIT OF THE WEST

Who gave you the nickname “Wicked Wit of the West” and what does it mean?

My friend Steve Brooks, who is a wonderful writer and songwriter, gave me that nickname several years back. We’ve written a few songs together, including “Let the Men Buy the Beer” and “Snot-Nosed Rag.” I think he meant it kindly, but essentially it means I’m a smart-alecky tart. Read More

BOHEMIAN GYPSY GARDEN – ART GUITAR AUCTION

This Spring local artist Tammy Cunningham decided to participate in the 2017 Wildflower! Art Guitar Program & Auction, sponsored by Ebby Halliday Realtors. The pink guitar Tammy is donating to the auction is titled “Bohemian Gypsy Garden,” and believe it or not she only used markers to create the intricate designs.

A couple of times a week Tammy selected a fine point or ultra-fine point black Sharpie and as she describes, “used the marker to draw freehand what I envision as a peek into a free-spirited gypsy garden.” Look closely and you’ll notice flowers, curled ribbons, and a dragonfly resting in a peaceful place.

The custom guitar will be on display for the public May 19-21, 2017 at the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival inside the Eisemann Center. Read More

MIKE P. RYAN – EVOCATIVE & SINGING FROM THE HEART

Mike P. Ryan – Top Finalist | 2017 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest

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

My credo is real simple: be kind and be thankful. I do my very best to treat people the way I want to be treated and to show kindness and generosity whenever I can. I suppose the thing I try hardest to do is be thankful for what I have. I’ve seen the worst parts of the world and been to war five times. I know what real suffering looks like and I know how good I have it every day. I try never to forget that.

As a songwriter, I have a simple goal for every song–something I learned when I attended a Songwriting Seminar last summer with the legendary Songwriter Steve Earle. One of the things Steve said was “your goal as a Songwriter should be to make the listener feel the emotion you felt when you wrote the song.” He explained that when a listener shares an emotion with the Songwriter (who is a total stranger) it reminds the listener that they not alone in the world. Making that connection is something I hope to do in every song I write. Read More

JULIE LIVINGSTON – Music Helps Find Faith

Julie Livingston – Top Ten Finalist
2016 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest

Music, for some people, is profoundly more than mere entertainment. It’s therapeutic, healing and helps you find faith when you feel as if there is none left. Julie Livingston found there is more to music than just accompaniment and lyrics. In fact, Julie would rather sit at the piano and play for an hour than get a massage. Music and songwriting is her therapy, and she hopes to help others find their strength with her words and lyrics. Read More

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