9:30am - 11:45am

Masterclasses will take place Saturday morning at the Earl's Lodge Stage Lodge on the lower mountain. Sessions will be led by veteran songwriters who will share insights on the art of storytelling and lyric crafting by sharing various tips and tricks of the trade with an emphasis on rhyme schemes, alliteration, assonance, rhythmic phrasing and much more.

Workshop fees will be charged in Earl's Lodge when you walk in, unless you have a VIP wristband and then classes are included with VIP wristband status.  The first session starts at 9:30am.  The festival gates open at 9am.


REBEKAH POWELL - The Golden Rules of Songwriting (and when to break them!) 

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - Needles Lodge (Upper Mountain)

9:30 - 10:30 am 
This workshop will explore the rules of great songwriting, and how to make them your own.  You will learn how to find your musical voice to write honestly and artfully, the importance of imagery, and what Rebekah calls the "geography" of a song - how alliteration, rhythm, and phrasing create a balanced musical landscape.  Whether you're new to writing or have been turning out tunes for years, you'll walk away with a fresh perspective that will deepen and enrich your songwriting as well as your experience of music.

Rebekah Powell began her music career at the age of sixteen when she became the youngest person to ever perform for Congress to advocate for songwriter rights. Since then, she has spent seven years in music marketing, three years at the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) serving the songwriting community in various roles, and assisted in lead song-centered corporate workshops with Song Sessions.  In 2016, she had two singles and ten songs on the #1 Ward Thomas album Cartwheels, the first country album to ever top the UK charts.  She also co-wrote their current new single "Lie Like Me" from their forthcoming album Restless Minds, on which she wrote seven songs.  Known for her skill in creating expertly-crafted songs with wit and depth, she has written for and with many artists across an array of genres, including Zooey Deschanel (She & Him), Ward Thomas, James Otto, Sarah Darling, Jillian Jacqueline, Cattle & Cane, TyDi, and many others.  She is also an artist in her own right, currently working on her first album. She lives in Los Angeles, and travels to Nashville and London regularly


Songwriting From A to B

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - Needles Lodge (Upper Mountain)

10:45 - 11:45 am 
This master class gives an insider’s, behind the curtain, lens to the tricks, tips, and shortcuts that Gary and Georgia have amassed over their collective forty years of songwriting.  They will teach attendees how to unlearn bad habits and replace them with proven technique, overcome writer's block and raise their game whether they are a novice looking to learn or an established writer looking to revitalize their passion.
Gary and Georgia will be performing at the festival.  Married for six years now, GARY BURR and GEORGIA MIDDLEMAN perform for audiences all over the country. With harmony and humor, they weave an evening to remember featuring their songs as well as the stories behind them. Gary is a Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member and has been an ASCAP, Billboard and NSAI Country Songwriter of the Year. He has written fourteen #1’s and has had songs recorded by Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Carole King, Ringo Starr, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Christina Aguilera and Ricky Martin, Kelly Clarkson and many others.
Georgia is an award-winning songwriter as well who has had songs recorded by Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Joe Nichols, Martina McBride, Sheila E., Radney Foster and Maia Sharp, among many others. Her song “When The Right One Comes Along” was featured on the ABC television show “Nashville.” When not performing solo or as Middleman Burr, Gary and Georgia are also two thirds of the trio, Blue Sky Riders along with Kenny Loggins.


Songwriters who would like a critique of their work can purchase song evaluations by qualified music industry pros who will provide feedback and an evaluation of your song. Sign up online prior to the festival and submit your song here to receive your evaluation on-site at festival registration.  Submissions will be accepted between now and July 28, 2018. Sign up online and reserve your song evaluation here.




After a day of great concert performances, chill out at the Cinnabar Lounge in Earl’s Lodge for late night impromptu acoustic jam sessions and song sharing. Friday and Saturday night of the festival.  You never know who is gonna show up!



Think you are a singer/songwriter who has what it takes to win? Enter the TrouBeliever Fest Singer/Songwriter Competition. Submit your application with a lyric and one live video of you performing your original song (can be documented on an iPhone or similar device).  The submission deadline is July 1, 2018. Your video submission will be evaluated by vetted industry singer/songwriters. The GRAND PRIZE winner will be announced the afternoon of the festival and perform their song on the Mainstage, Saturday, August 4, 2018.  The GRAND PRIZE winner will also receive a complimentary one-year membership to the NSAI ($200 value), a Godin Guitar, and (2) VIP passes to the 2018 TrouBeliever Fest

$25.00 Application Fee