The House of Songs Ozarks Songwriter Showcase
Saturday, December 1 7:30 pm at Bike Rack Brewing (Bentonville)
The House of Songs Ozarks is set to present an evening of original music from some of Northwest Arkansas’ brightest talents this Saturday in Bentonville. The Songwriters Showcase is set to kick off at 7:30 pm at Bike Rack Brewing and features music by host, Candy Lee (Melody Pond), with additional sets by Will Gunselman, Jeff Kearney (1 Oz Jig, Flipoff Pirates), and John Henry Holthus (The Squarshers, John Henry & Friends).
The House of Songs invites songwriters from around the world to share the universal language of music in collaborations designed to bridge cultures, build friendships and cultivate peace.
Candy Lee is an award winning singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist hailing from the Ozark Mountains. She’s a multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic writing style that draws from her love of Americana, 1940s Jazz, Bluegrass, Blues and Funk.
Candy Lee was the 2011 Northwest Arkansas Music Award Winner for Best Female Singer/Songwriter and Best Female Vocalist in a Band. She was a finalist for the Song of Arkansas Contest in 2014, and a Grassy Hill New Folk Finalists at the 2015 Kerrville Folk Festival. Cand Lee was this year’s winner of the Ozark Regional Songwriter Showcase. Her duo, Melody Pond has also been nominated for the upcoming 2018 Arkansas Country Music Awards for Best Acoustic Act. Candy Lee has opened for Elephant Revival, The Lost Gonzo Band, and Amy Lavere.
Will Gunselman, is a singer-songwriter who has been playing and telling his truth for 15 years. His lyrics and musical style are Americana at its core with unexpected twists. Lyrics embody his love for nature, Arkansas, and his family. His passion for storytelling runs deep. Artists like John Craigie inspired him to want to create connections with the audience and he has dedicated himself to making those interactions memorable. Gunselman has opened for various artists throughout his years, such as Eli Young Band, Langhorne Slim, Corey Smith, and Tracey Lawrence.
As guitarist for The Squarshers and leader of his own band of local heroes (John Henry and Friends), John Henry Holthus brings timeless melodies and raw Ozark folk to this weekends showcase. His smokey vocals lend an honest character to his story driven songs.
From the his days playing with the legendary Flipoff Pirates to his regional success with the 1 Oz Jig, Jeff Kearney has long been a cornerstone in the Northwest Arkansas music scene.
The House of Songs was inspired by a collaboration between award-winning singer-songwriter Troy Campbell and Danish star Poul Krebs, which led to another collaboration at a writers retreat on the wind-powered Danish island of Samsø, aka Song Island. In 2009, they started a one-year project to bring Danish artists to Austin. Recognizing music provides a conduit for connecting diverse cultures together, Campbell developed a plan to spread the concept to other parts of the world. The House of Songs has since sponsored collaborations in 13 countries and now operates out of Austin, Texas and Bentonville, Arkansas, where the second permanent location, The House of Songs Ozarks, opened in September of 2017.