Fall Jam

November 8 - 10, 2024  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Plymouth MN

Songwriting Workshop

3 Days!    November 9-11, 2023    9am-3pm Daily


Cost: $250.00 —Includes full admission to Fall Jam events & concerts


Tim Stafford

 About the workshop:

Spend three days writing with Tim in a small group setting, right here in Minneapolis.  What we have discovered in each of the years we have held this workshop is that the inspiration drawn from each of the instructors we have hosted at our workshop is vitally important but it’s only half the story. The other part is spending three days totally immersed in songwriting with 20 or so other like minded folks. Friendships are formed that last well beyond the three days and collaborations bring forth songs that never would have happened otherwise. It is a GREAT experience and that’s why many of our attendees return, year after year!   

About the instructor:

Tim Stafford had taught at several colleges and universities until he formed Blue Highway in 1994 with Wayne Taylor, Shawn Lane, Rob Ickes and Jason Burleson. The band is one of the most decorated and influential in bluegrass history, having been nominated for 3 Grammys, winning a Dove Award, and nearly 30 IBMA Awards.  In March 2016, Blue Highway was named the most popular bluegrass artist in history in an online poll by 
Bluegrass Today

Tim is a prolific songwriter, with over 250 songs recorded.  He co-wrote IBMA's 2008 Song of the Year, "Through the Window of a Train," and was named IBMA's Songwriter of the Year in 2014 and 2017.  In addition, he is a sought-after studio musician, having recorded with over 75 artists in addition to Blue Highway, including Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Jorma Kaukonen, Jesse McReynolds, Benny Sims, Marty Raybon, Joe Isaacs, Ronnie Bowman, Charles Sawtelle, Tony Trischka, Larry Sparks, Jim Mills and many others. Tim was named SPBGMA Guitar Performer of the Year in 2001 and 2015. He has produced many award-winning records for various artists, including Kenny Chesney, The Infamous Stringdusters (IBMA 2007 co-album of the Year) , and Knee Deep in Bluegrass, the Acutab Sessions (IBMA 2001 Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year). Tim performed many times with Hazel Dickens, including the Lincoln Center in New York (2006), Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT (2005), Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, San Francisco, CA (2010), and Wintergrass, Tacoma WA (2003). He has taught at nearly all the bluegrass-oriented camps, including Rockygrass Academy, Camp Bluegrass (South Plains College, TX), Augusta Heritage, Wintergrass Academy, Sore Fingers (UK), Bluegrass at the Beach, Nashcamp, Kaufman's Flatpicking Camp, California Bluegrass Association Camp at Grass Valley, St. Louis Flatpick, Resosummit, Summergrass Academy, Grand Targhee, Great Lakes Music Camp, Bluegrass Masters Weekend, Ashokan Bluegrass Camp and Nashville Flatpick and Songwriting Camp.

  Note registration is not complete until payment is received.

Limited scholarships may be available. Please contact Tom Peschges for details.


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