AWARD WINNING GUITAR PLAYING SINGING SONGWRITER
Sisters Folk Festival/Dave Carter Memorial Songwriter Contest Winner, Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Winner, Wildflower! Music and Arts Performing Songwriter Winner, Mountain Stage NewSong Winner, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase Finalist (runner up)
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase, Tucson Folk Festival Finalist, Solar Fest Finalist, Telluride Troubadour Finalist
30A Songwriters Festival, Seaside, FL
Anderson Fair, Houston TX.
Burlap and Bean Coffee, Newtown, PA
Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio, Wimberley, TX
Columbus Songwriter Workshop Instructor, Columbus, OH
FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL Official Showcase Artist
FARM- Folk Alliance MidWest Region Official Showcase Artist
NERFA - North East Region Folk Alliance TriCentric Showcase Artist
SERFA - South Eastern Region Folk Alliance Official Showcase Artist
SWRFA - Southwest Region Folk Alliance Official Showcase
Gypsy Sallys, Washington, DC
Kerrville Folk Festival - Kerrville, TX
Me & Thee Coffee House Series, Marblehead, MA
Mountain Stage, NPR Radio, Charleston, WV
Natalies Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music, Columbus, OH
Opening Bell, Dallas, TX
Rocky Mountain Folks Festival/The Song School Elective Instructor, Lyons, CO
Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Artist- Wildflower Pavillion, Lyons, CO
Seven Steps Up, Springlake, MI
Sisters Folk Festival Artist and Americana Song Academy Instructor, Sisters , OR
Sisters Folk Festival Summer Concert Series, Sisters OR
Six String Concerts, Columbus, OH
Songs At The Center, American Public Television, Columbus, OH- (Click to see video)
SPACE, Evanston, IL
The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI
The Bluebird, Nashville, TN
The Laughing Goat, Boulder, CO
The Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA
Uncle Calvin's, Dallas TX
Uncommon Ground, Chicago, IL
Vancouver Island Music Festival Artist, Vancouver Island, BC, CA
Wildflower! Music and Arts Festival Artist, Richardson, TX
++ and many house concerts and venues across the U.S.
AND SO FORTH
Official Shubb Capo Artist
Folk Alliance International - Member
FARM (Folk Alliance Midwest) Board of Directors 2014-2016
Rj plays these amazing guitars
Collings 01ASB Bourgeois OM Vintage SS 1959 Gibson LG-3
What If This is All There Is, 3/2019 / GoosePie Music Produced by Amy Speace,
Something Fine, 2015 / GoosePie Music Produced by Matt Nakoa and Neale Eckstein
A Very Blue Rock Christmas, 2014 / Blue Rock Artists Produced Billy Crockett
In This Light, 2011 / Blue Rock Artists Produced by Billy Crockett
One More Door, 2008 / GoosePie Music Produced by Todd Burge
GEORGIA I'M HERE - Joe Crookston (2014 Miligrato Records)
MAGDALINE- Karyn Oliver
I've been honored to have shared shows with many singer songwriter friends and heroes!
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Aaron Lee Tasjan, Amy Speace, Beth Wood, Betty Soo, Billy Crockett, Christopher Smith, Cliff Eberhardt, Darlingside, Devon Sproule, Don Dixon, Ellis Delaney, Eliis Paul, Fred Eaglesmith, Jaimee Harris, Jaime Michaels, Jarod Mahon, Jesse Winchester, Joe Crookston, Joe Jencks, John Gorka, Louise Mosrie, Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy, Pokey LaFarge, Rebecca Loebe, Robby Hecht, Rose Cousins, Ruthie Foster, Seth Glier, Shari Ulrich, Small Glories, Tim Grimm, The Accidentals, Todd Burge, Tom Paxton, Tom Prasado-Rao, Travis Meadows...
The Nugget Newspaper News and Opinion
Ohio woman wins Sisters songwriting contest
The winner of the 2012 Sisters Folk Festival Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest was singer/songwriter RJ Cowdery of Columbus, Ohio.
"I'm so happy to have won this," said Cowdery. "I've been hearing about the Sisters Folk Festival and the songwriting contest for a few years, I've done some other contests in Texas and Colorado and always wanted to throw my hat into the ring and finally got a chance to do that."
Cowdery grew up in Belpre, Ohio, a small town along the West Virginia border. Absorbing the gospel and country music her family sang, Cowdery gained the inspiration to want to sing and play guitar. Even damaged fingers on her left hand from a mowing accident couldn't slow Cowdery down.
"I decided losing part of my finger wouldn't stop me from playing guitar," Cowdery said. "I just make my own finger out of tape, and it hasn't held me back at all. I have my own style of playing now and I couldn't imagine playing any other way."
With a tender voice and heartfelt lyrics, Cowdery has taken home major songwriting awards at such illustrious places as Kerrville New Folk, Mountain Stage Newsong, Wildflower Arts and Music, while getting the runner-up award at Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, before netting her impressive win here in Sisters.
"This just keeps me going, I can't wait to come back," Cowdery said. "It's going to be something to really look forward to. I tour in Texas quite a bit, northern Colorado and tour the Midwest and the Northeast. I've never played in this part of the country before, so this will really open some doors for this area."
Opening doors is what the contest is all about, according to Sisters Folk Festival Board Chairman Jim Cornelius.
"Songwriting contests are a way for emerging artists in this kind of genre of music to gain name recognition and credibility," he said. "There is no getting a label deal or major label support in this business, it's all how you get your name out there on your own. This is one of the ways people do that, so they're looking for songwriting contests to enter. This contest has a good reputation. It's had winners that have gone on to have solid careers in folk music. Dave Carter was the first, but there have been a bunch who have launched a career or have gotten a career boost from winning this contest."
Carter was an emerging folk singer-songwriter whose songs were noted for their poetic imagery, spirituality and storytelling. He died from a massive heart attack at the age of 49, in 2002.