Steve Earle Songwriting Workshop


LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Steve Earle will lead a ‘songwriting intensive’ at ‘Camp Copperhead’ in Big Indian, upstate New York from July 7 – 11, 2014.

In 2000, Earle presented a songwriting course at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. In 2012, he presented classes as part of Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch workshop. This summer Earle will present his most refined and in-depth course yet: Camp Copperhead.  Said to be a ‘fully immersive learning experience, the course will take place at the Full Moon Resort, about 30 miles west of Woodstock in the Catskill Forest Preserve.

Discussing his vision for Camp Copperhead, Grammy-nominated Earle 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 songs they’ve written.

“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.”

Earle will be the sole instructor at Camp Copperhead, with about 100 students in attendance. Details of the camp can be found at: 

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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