The Wallowa Valley Music Alliance is pleased to announce the 16th season of Tunesmith Night, a showcase of original music. Due to our recent rise in COVID-19 cases and our commitment to keeping our community safe and healthy, we have decided to start this season as a livestream only event, with plans to open up to in-person audience by January. The unique appeal of presenting three songwriters, sharing their original work in an intimate a round-robin format will remain core to the program, as the musicians will be performing live, safely distanced, in the historic Enterprise Odd Fellows Hall. The show will be streamed live to YouTube and the Music Alliance website, also shared on other social media. Since there will be no in-person audience permitted at this time, viewers will be encouraged to show their support for the program via online donations.
The season opens Saturday, November 13 with Brian Hunt, Scott Knickerbocker, and Elwood, broadcast live at 7pm PST at wvmusicalliance.org.
Brian Hunt's songs come grounded with fundamental guitar riffs and his distinct, expressive vocal style. As a solo artist and within various music-making projects, Brian's songs tell emotional stories about rivers, roads, birds and longing. Brian lives in Walla Walla, where he performs solo and with the Bowling League. He's currently recording original songs with Draw is Good for 2022 release.
Scott Knickerbocker writes original songs and plays old-time mountain music, traditional country and blues on banjo, fiddle, and resonator guitar. His old-time string band Hokum Hi-Flyers is based in Boise, Idaho, where they put on regular square dances. His solo album of original and traditional music is entitled "Backcountry Blues." Scott is also Professor of English and Environmental Studies at The College of Idaho. His book Ecopoetics: The Language of Nature, the Nature of Language was published in 2012 by the University of Massachusetts Press. (Visit https://www.facebook.com/HokumHiFlyers for more)
What is it that moves your soul? For Elwood it has always been the ever awe inspiring serenity and sheer power of Mother Nature and you can feel it in his music. The trickle of a small stream, the roar of a thunder cloud, the pure silence of meadow lit by the coming of the sun--these things sit at the very core of Elwood’s music. Elwood has had the honor of sharing the stage with bands such as Simon Tucker, Tim Snider, Michael Kirkpatrick, Kory Quinn, Left Coast Country, David Henry, and many more. (Visit https://www.elwood-music.com/ for more)