"With strong 'words of earnest' impeachment and yet so cautiously that he prefers to quote old dead authors..." 
Andrew Steimetz-1848 in History of the Jesuits.
Welcome to Words of Ernest, Friends. I am a multi-faceted writer/author/music journalist, non-mainstream performing singer-songwriter. I also love to cover traditional old time tunes and several songwriters whose work I love. I play guitar, fiddle, keyboards and mountain dulcimer. Call it folk. If it ain't fun, I ain't doin it. Read all about Words of Ernest here.

 

Story Songs returns to the Walnut Valley Festival with special guests, Juni Fisher and Chris Jones!!!

After at wild and terrible year of pandemic, the Walnut Valley Festival is planning to move forward with a live festival, the 49th, September 15th- 19th, Winfield KS. Click here for details. Folks are getting vaccinated and are venturing out. The crew at Walnut Valley and the City of Winfield will do all they can to make sure this can take place with your safety in mind. Anything can happen so keep checking the Walnut Valley Festival website and Facebook pages. In the meantime, click here to read all about Story Songs and my guests, Chris Jones and Juni Fisher!

 

Chris Jones- click the pic for more.

Chris Jones- click the pic for more.

Juni Fisher - click the pic for more.

Juni Fisher - click the pic for more.

Story Songs carries on at the 1st Annual Bushyhead Farm Summer Festival, in Kansas, Oklahoma, June 17-19, with guests Monica Taylor, Rachel Bachman and Bonnie Paine. Three very talented and very different songwriter/performers. I love doing what I do with Story Songs and getting into the heart and soul of these ladies in the same set will not only be a challenge, but also a fun, gift of a set!      Bushyhead Farm is the ongoing sustainability project started by husband and wife, Todd Gunter and Monica Abbot, with their sons, Addison and Jazz. Located 4 miles north of Kansas, Oklahoma, nestled in the Dry Creek Valley, Bushyhead Farm is surrounded by steep hills and bluffs with 20,000 acres of Cherokee Nation Wilderness open to the public. Todd and Monica are building an Earthship home, and practicing a variety of sustainable farming techniques. Read more about this set right here  and click the link above to learn more about this new, earth conscious Red Dirt/Roots music and learning fest featuring all three ladies mentioned above, Randy Crouch and The Red Dirt Rangers, Elephant Graveyard, Shinyribs, Green Corn Rebellion and many more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monica Taylor - click the pic for more.

Monica Taylor - click the pic for more.

Rachel Bachman- click the pic for more.

Rachel Bachman- click the pic for more.


Bonnie Paine- click the pic for more.

Bonnie Paine- click the pic for more.

 "I have had the great pleasure to work with Ernie for more years than he or I probably would want to admit. At our request, Ernie has written opening statements for the 'Walnut Valley Festival Program' close to a dozen times, numerous invitation letters for the “Walnut Valley July Occasional” advertising folder, the over-view story for our festival wrap up “December Occasional” and assorted recording reviews of performing artists, and human interest stories in our daily festival publication “The WVA Voice”. The total number of times we have reproduced Ernie’s stories has surpassed over 450,000 copies and we have been more than pleased by the craft at which Ernie composes each of the stories we have commissioned him to write. 
We would recommend Ernie Hill to assist anyone that has a story to tell and a desire to express it in a creative, down to-earth, professional way. You can expect to find more of Ernie’s work in the future publications of the Walnut Valley Festival. 
Rex Flottman,
Media Director
Walnut Valley Association      
www.wvfest.com

"I have had the great pleasure to work with Ernie for more years than he or I probably would want to admit. At our request, Ernie has written opening statements for the 'Walnut Valley Festival Program' close to a dozen times, numerous invitation letters for the “Walnut Valley July Occasional” advertising folder, the over-view story for our festival wrap up “December Occasional” and assorted recording reviews of performing artists, and human interest stories in our daily festival publication “The WVA Voice”. The total number of times we have reproduced Ernie’s stories has surpassed over 450,000 copies and we have been more than pleased by the craft at which Ernie composes each of the stories we have commissioned him to write. We would recommend Ernie Hill to assist anyone that has a story to tell and a desire to express it in a creative, down to-earth, professional way. You can expect to find more of Ernie’s work in the future publications of the Walnut Valley Festival. Rex Flottman, Media Director Walnut Valley Association
www.wvfest.com

"Ernie Hill is a quintessential fan of music and the history of American music, and as such, he loves the craft, the art, the pure sound, and the people who make it. His writing is loving and honest. He’s a troubadour for roots music and musicians — and the stories they carry within.” -Betse Ellis of Betse and Clarke

"Ernie Hill is a quintessential fan of music and the history of American music, and as such, he loves the craft, the art, the pure sound, and the people who make it. His writing is loving and honest. He’s a troubadour for roots music and musicians — and the stories they carry within.” -Betse Ellis of Betse and Clarke

Mike Flynn-Host of 'The Folk Sampler', NPR
 "Ernie writes very well...getting to the meat of the story with ease.  He writes about things he understands...and loves. That all shows in his stories.” 

Mike Flynn-Host of 'The Folk Sampler', NPR  "Ernie writes very well...getting to the meat of the story with ease.  He writes about things he understands...and loves. That all shows in his stories.”