The Wallowa Valley Music Alliance is bouncing back with the continuation of its 15th season of Tunesmith Night, a showcase of original music. In partnership with the historic OK Theatre in downtown Enterprise, the WVMA will continue presenting this much-loved program as a LIVESTREAM online. 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, on the beautiful stage of the old OK. 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 January 9 edition of Tunesmith Night will feature songwriters Meredith Brann, Travis Ward, and Bart Budwig.
Meredith Brann grew up playing music with her family, in the town of Enterprise Oregon. She released her first album when she was 17, at the OK Theatre, and found her passion for writing through that experience. She is in the process of a second album, but the release date has not been set. She currently lives in Moscow Idaho and is trying to continue her music career through songwriting and gigs when she can find them.
Travis Ward is a bare-knuckled folk singer, a busted down blues man, a DIY archivalist, producer, basketball player, fly fisher, but most importantly, a family man. Travis has toured the US, UK, and Europe. He’s played countless dive bars, festivals, and theaters from near and far created film, soundtrack, and live theater work. He’s been busted, disgusted, and mistrusted, yet he continues to make meaning of the world through his favorite medium, the well-crafted timeless folk song. Travis Ward resides in Boise, ID.
Sometimes when Bart sings, I forget what we’re talking about. I’m sure he knows though. I trust him. He sounds like John Prine, plays like Hoyt Axton, and looks like well…Bart Budwig. He’s a cosmic country lawn gnome. He’s cherubic, cheery, and an old soul. Songs spring from the dreams of his noonday naps and punch the keys of his typewriter above the OK Theater in Enterprise, Oregon. When words won’t take, he calls ’em in with a bugle of his trumpet or a strum of a soothing guitar. – American Standard Time
View the live stream event at https://wvmusicalliance.org/tunesmith-night at 7pm PST, January 9, 2021.