“I am so looking forward to Camp Copperhead 2015. Songwriting, like any form of art is a living process and this year’s camp will combine my long time beliefs about songwriting as well as what I’ve learned in my own continuing education about the work I love the most. “

Camping

With Steve Earle

Learning the Craft in the Woods with the Legendary Troubadour

Written by Rob LeDonne | Photos by Michael Bloom

 

In the middle of upstate New York’s Catskill Mountains, not far from the site of the original Woodstock Music and Art Fair, legendary troubadour Steve Earle is holding court in front of a group of anxious learners. “Who here knows what a haiku is?” asks Earle through his distinctive beard as a variety of hands shoot up. “Good,” he replies. “I once did an exercise where I wrote a haiku a day for a year. Actually, a year and a day. For those who don’t know, you have to mention the season in them. My first one, I flat-out said it was winter,” he chuckles. “After that, they usually force you to get creative.”

Earle, sitting at the head of an expansive building that resembles an alpine ski lodge, is at the Full Moon Resort in the rural town of Big Indian, talking to around a hundred aspiring singer-songwriters, Earle admirers, and regular people looking for a vacation, all gathered for the inaugural Camp Copperhead. The camp, an immersive week-long retreat dubbed a ‘music master camp,’ features an equal share of shows, lectures, and workshops devoted to the art of songwriting, and its centerpiece is Earle himself… read more