Bryan Ragsdale, the Wyoming based singer-songwriter and U.S. Veteran who is redefining “cowboy cool” with his latest indie CD Where Cowpokes Grow, is spending the rest of his winter performing for soldiers and veterans and conducting a newly launched songwriting workshop.
From February 11-13, the “Modern Day Mountain Man”—which is, coincidentally, the name of his album’s first single—will participate in Arts Advocacy Day at the Governor Arts Awards in Cheyenne, WY.
After an all day visit and concert at Cheyenne’s VA Hospital, plus giving every patient a copy of Where Cowpokes Grow, on March 16, Ragsdale will spend St. Patrick’s Day at Wyoming’s FE Warren Air Force Base, where he will teach a Youth Center songwriting class at 4 p.m. and do a public performance at 7 p.m. at the base’s Community Center. The audience will include military personnel from the National Guard, Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force. At this show, the charismatic singer will give away copies of the “military release” of Where Cowpokes Grow, which features the bonus track “What Heroes Do,” a touching tribute to firefighters and troops overseas.
Ragsdale will be giving away a free download of “What Heroes Do” to all military and first responders and their families. Ragsdale’s music video for “What Heroes Do” can be viewed at http://www.bryanragsdale.com/media/.
On March 22, he travels to Fort Collins, Colorado for a school performance at Eyestone Elementary, along with conducting songwriting classes with the students.
During his February travels to Nashville, Ragsdale will be meeting and collaborating with different writers on new material. He is setting himself apart from the most of today’s indie artists via his innovative songwriting workshops.
Teachers can choose a curriculum from the following programs, all of which conclude with an anti-drug segment: Songwriting 101 (An Introduction to Songwriting), “Nashville, NY and LA” (The Ins and Outs of the Music Biz), “The Language of Modern Music,” “The Math of Music,” “Dr. Hendrix and the Science of Music” and “Music, Theoretically Speaking…”