BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS — The I’ll Fly Away Foundation has announced the addition of three noted songwriters — Thom Schuyler, Tony Arata and Fred Knobloch — to their first ever The Power of Music Festival, to be held in Bentonville, Arkansaon April 27 — 29, 2017. It is being presented by The I’ll Fly Away Foundation and Coca-Cola.
The trio joins other respected artists/songwriters like Steve Poltz, Richard Leigh, Roger Cook, Dennis Morgan, Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Glen Phillips and more, as a gathering to celebrate the craft of songwriting. Tickets go on sale in January. For more information visit www.pomfestival.org.
Schuyler and Knobloch (along with Don Schlitz) created the wildly popular In-The-Round format of songwriter shows at the world-famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Their shows continue at the listening room monthly with the addition of Arata.
A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Schuyler is best known for writing hits “16th Avenue,” “A Long Line of Love,” “I Fell In Love Again Last Night,” and “Love Will Turn It Around,” among others.
Knobloch’s songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, Faith Hill, George Strait, Kenny Rogers, Delbert McClinton, Levon Helms, Gregg Allman and Levon Helms, and his hits include “Why Not Me,” “If My Heart Had Wings” and “Meanwhile,” among others.
Also a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Arata may be best known as the writer of Garth Brooks’ “The Dance,” but his hits also include “Here I Am,” “I’m Holding My Own,” and “Man In The Mirror.” His songs have been recorded by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Trio (Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris) and Randy Travis, among others.
“We are elated to have some incredible songwriters already committed to appearing at the festival,” said Betsy Brumley of The I’ll Fly Away Foundation. “These writers are often not as famous as the songs they’ve created so it’s a wonderful opportunity to have them at our maiden festival.”
The Power of Music Festival will include both free and paid concerts at several venues in downtown Bentonville. “The idea is for the songwriters, who are the ones who create the music that we love in the first place, to not only perform their songs, but also tell the stories behind those songs,” said Betsy Brumley of The I’ll Fly Away Foundation.
Hosting the event in Northwest Arkansas makes perfect sense, she continued. Brumley’s grandfather, Albert E. Brumley, was the legendary writer of the most recorded song in history, “I’ll Fly Away.” Mr. Brumley called the region home, writing some 800 songs in the Ozark hills. His impact on American music can be heard in the Americana, Country, Gospel and Folk Music genres that influenced the likes of Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Kanye West, Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss, Mumford & Sons and more.
“The focus is the artistry of music and the very creation of a song,” said Betsy Brumley of The I’ll Fly Away Foundation. “We are also celebrating what this region — the Northwest Corner of Arkansas — has sewn into the musical quilt of America.”
In addition to the performances, the festival will feature Music Industry professionals who will participate in panels to discuss the craft and business of songwriting. “Aspiring songwriters and those interested in the birth of a song can learn so much from the industry leaders who will be on hand,” Brumley said. “It’s a great opportunity for learning as well as just plain old being entertained.”
I’ll Fly Away Foundation, located in nearby Bella Vista, Arkansas, is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2011 by Betsy Brumley and her husband Kevin Bernier with a mission to “Improve lives through music”. The Foundation’s ‘You Can Fly Songwriting Program’ is conducted at the elementary level teaching the fundamentals of songwriting such as rhyme and rhythm, as well as all the aspects of writing, while creating non-traditional approaches to learning. For more information on the I’ll Fly Away Foundation, visit http://illflyawayfoundation.org/. More information can also be found at www.facebook.com/supportIFAF/
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