Song To Stage Workshops

by | 13 Sep, 2014

Louisa Branscomb

Louisa BranscombThe Song To Stage collaborative announces the launch of a new songwriter development program, guided by Grammy winning songwriter Louisa Branscomb, along with the award-winning bluegrass-Americana group Nu-Blu. Song To Stage is a first of its kind, an innovative songwriter-artist-production workshop designed to advance the personal and professional needs of the songwriter from all angles of the creative and business process.

We are extremely excited about the curriculum we have created for songwriters of all levels, the unusual and special setting of the Outer Banks, and most of all, to be working with Louisa – who is often called “The” bluegrass songwriter. Her work goes way beyond bluegrass though – and she is an inspired writer and teacher. We love working with Louisa, and I’ve learned why some people say Louisa IS songwriting –Daniel Routh of Nu-Blu.

After 35 years of teaching and mentoring songwriters, I am very excited about this new venture in combining forces with Nu-Blu to expand the usual curriculum of my workshops. Our retreat-styled workshops, set in the beautiful Outer Banks of NC, preserve the inspirational setting and emphasis on personal creativity that are a hallmark of my Mastercraft series at the Woodsong Writer Retreat. At the same time, the skills that the members of Nu-Blu bring allow us to adding tracks that expose the participant to all aspects of songwriter development from inspiration to craft, and pitching to recording, promoting, and performance. Having songwriters and artists together – with the amazing breadth of skills that Nu-Blu brings – gives this workshop wonderful new possibilities to strengthen the areas that each participant wishes to work on – Louisa Branscomb.

The first workshop in the series will be held from October 30th to November 2nd, 2014, with accommodations on the stunningly beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina. The workshop fee is much less than most workshops, and even includes lodging in the beautiful vacation destination of Manteo, NC. Song To Stage will be held at the old courthouse in the downtown area and include a special performance by Nu-Blu and Louisa. The “Branscomb – Blu” team will also be signing up various festivals throughout the US to host workshops in the series that are tailored for each event or festival.

Louisa continues “Being a professional or serious songwriter has a much wider challenge than “Just” writing songs. Most writers have strengths in some areas, such as inspiration and creating a basically good song, but relative weaknesses in other areas, such as editing to full completion, recording an effective demo,artist relations, pitching, or even how to effectively sing their song in songwriter settings. This workshop is designed to provide a full curriculum responsive to individual needs, and as a basis for building skills in subsequent workshops. We keep our classes small so that we can be flexible and attuned to individual needs and goals, while also building community and mutual support that songwriters need for their work ”

Reservations are now open for Song To Stage 1:

  • Retreat dates : October 30 – November 2, 2014.
  • Fee : $525 per person INCLUDES 3 nights lodging in or around Manteo, NC.
  • Registration deadline(full tuition required): Oct 4, 2014
  • Acceptance: You will receive email confirmation of your place in the workshop from Daniel Routh of Nu-Blu.
  • For more info or to reserve your space visit

About Louisa:
Louisa is a performing musician and recorded songwriter (180 recorded songs), with numerous chart hits by artists including Claire Lynch, Dale Ann Bradley, John Denver, Alison Krauss, Janet McGarry, Daughters of Bluegrass, and hits from her own solo recordings. She is Founder and Director of Woodsong Farm Writers Retreat, where for 25 years she has evolved her unique program of experiential retreats, Branscomb Mastercraft. Her approach combines the inspiration of the rural mountain setting with her innovative, personalized approach to facilitate songwriters in personal and professional development. Her current series, Beyond Bones: The Soul of the Song, focuses on supporting the unique voice of the songwriter and facilitating the process of deep, authentic writing. With careers in psychology, music, and education, Louisa is interested in cultivating the elements that make for powerful, effective songs. Pioneering new ways of facilitating songwriting is just Louisa’s latest frontier. She was the first woman to front a band playing banjo, while also providing the original repertoire for the band. Louisa has served as a role model, mentor and pioneer for songwriters throughout her 45 year professional career. Her current hit, “Dear Sister,” (co-written with Claire Lynch) is nominated for the IBMA 2014 Song of the Year.


About Nu-Blu:
Nu-Blu, based in central North Carolina, has been dubbed as one of the most energetic, friendly, and professionally successful new bands in Bluegrass/ Americana. Nu-Blu is comprised of Carolyn, who handles bass and vocals; Levi Austin on vocals and banjo; Austin Koerner, who plays mandolin; and Daniel, who is the band’s Renaissance Man – guitarist, singer, manager, recording engineer, tour coordinator, among many other roles. The group brings its lively and entertaining version of Americana-bluegrass music to audiences across the nation year-round. Their sound acknowledges the traditional institutions that have shaped it, yet is innovative and daring enough to bring a fresh sparkle to contemporary acoustic music that lands them squarely in the forefront of bands blazing the trail in Americana entertainment. Influences range from the sounds of original bluegrass pioneers like Jimmy Martin and Flatt and Scruggs to rock bands of the 1980’s, and modern contemporary sounds such as Alison Krauss and Union Station. Nu-Blu’s full, welcoming sounds provide a home for listeners and encourage them to explore new sounds, create personal roots, and imagine music free from labels. Each member of Nu-Blu brings an advanced skill set in one or more areas of professional development and music performance and production to the Song to Stage Curriculum.