Meet Joyce Woodson
Congratulations Joyce Woodson
Western Music Association 2014 Songwriter of The Year
Photo courtesy of Jack Hummel (below)

2008 Award Winner
Will Rogers Academy of Western Artists Best Female Performer of the Year

Song of the Year for her new CD's title song "If I Hadn't Seen the West" from the Western Music Association!


Joyce Woodson’s crystal clear voice and solid guitar work are equally adept in the folk music world or wending her way through the west with her powerful songs about the land. She’s welcome on festival stages, at coffee house concerts and among the late-night circles of practicing songwriters. Her strength is in storytelling, bringing characters to life as if they’re hunkered down at the campfire next to you.

Winner of the 22nd Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, she’s played throughout southern California, worked for many years at the legendary McCabe’s Guitar Shop, performed at the Napa Valley Music Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival and is a founding member of the Western Music Association in Tucson, Arizona. She is a regular performer at the Autry National Center Museum of the American West  in Los Angeles, California and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. She enjoys touring the United States from coast-to-coast, played by invitation from the BBC to perform at the Queens Festival in Belfast, Ireland. She’s toured Wales and Great Britain as well. She’s an instructor at the bi-annual music camps SummerSongs and resides in her home town of San Juan Capistrano, California.

Writing about the disappearing California landscape and her love for the land is Woodson’s strength. Her first two albums present her original tunes in the California folk music style (think Kate Wolf). Her recent album If I Hadn’t Seen The West is pure western music. Inspired by the The Sons of the Pioneers (think cowboy) who wrote and made famous the songs, Tumbling Tumbleweeds and Cool Water, she says, “Those harmonizing voices brought the cowboy life and landscape clearly into focus for me - so much so that I felt like I was in the saddle with them and I never wanted the trail or the song to end.”

Joyce grew up on the family farm in the Capistrano Valley, riding the tractor with her Dad. Watching the fields turn from dark loam to green created a strong bond for her with the hills and valleys where she lives and gives her a strong sense of place. She’s a graduate of UC Irvine, with a degree in Education and a teaching credential. After a few months as a school teacher, Joyce knew her true calling was in music. After 12 years playing folk clubs and coffeehouses in LA and New England, she chose to move to Nashville. There she spent almost a decade writing songs, running her own publishing company, and performing her own tunes in clubs such as The Bluebird and Douglas Corner. Returning to California to care for her aging father, Joyce Woodson is now settled back in her childhood neighborhood, where she continues teaching at songwriting workshops, touring the US, and crafting her own brand of songs.

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