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Arrowhead Music Experience: New camp planned for ‘Dylan country’

courtesy Arrowhead Music Experience

Country, folk and bluegrass fans are promised an “immersive music camp” atmosphere this September in “the land of Dylan.” The first two Arrowhead Music Experiences will feature workshops led by renowned singer-songwriters in northern Minnesota near Virginia and Biwabik, an area that influenced Dylan songs like “North Country Blues.”

Minneapolis-based organizers Scott Schuler and Molly Maher say the camp is modeled after other rustic seminars like Full Moon Resort in upstate New York and Fur Peace Ranch, a program in southeast Ohio run by Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna fame.

“Having that condensed time with musical heroes can alter your playing so quickly, while broadening your musical community,” Maher said in a press release.

The first session (Sept. 10-13) emphasizes performance and production, and the second (Sept. 17-20) is a special “songwriter session.” Classes focus on flat picking, slide guitar and finger picking along with workshops on songwriting, recording and producing. Registration is now open online with space limited to 32 students, ages 18 and over.

Instructors include Pat Donahue, the Grammy Award-winning finger picking guitarist who had a 10-year stint in the Guys All-Star Shoe Band on A Prairie Home Companion; Richard Kriehn, the National Mandolin Champion and member of the bluegrass group 1946; and Jon Vezner, the Grammy Award-winning songwriter who has worked with John Mellencamp, Martina McBride and Faith Hill.

Ben Bartenstein is a student at Macalester College.