News from Louisa

"Dear Sister" earns position as candidate for nomination: IBMA Song of the Year

Louisa garners 2 selections for 2014 World of Bluegrass Songwriter Showcase: "Riding Double on my Old John Deere," and "Money Can't Buy Grace" (w/ Teresa Neal and CC Couch)

REGISTRATION FULL: Woodsong Retreat Fall Workshop

Oct 17-19, 2014, this weekend retreat workshop featuring Guest Faculty Claire Lynch and Bryan McDowell (Instrumental Track) has quickly filled up. To join a waiting list for cancellations, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Dear Sister - STILL charting!

For voting members of the IBMA, please consider Dear Sister for the 2014 IBMA Awards!

  • 9 months National Bluegrass Survey (single)
  • 8 weeks #1 Roots Music Bluegrass Report, 10 months on RMR
  • 2 weeks in top 10 Billboard Bluegrass Chart 2013-2014
  • two weeks in Top 50 U.S. Albums (all genre's) Roots Music American Music Chart


2014 News Flashes

  • 2013-2014 has seen Dear Sister reach #1 on Roots Bluegrass charts and top charts in the National Bluegrass survey for over 8 months!
  • Richard Cifersky has released Louisa's song: "Hope Sings," based on a poem by Emily Dickenson, in the Slovak Republic, where he has toured his new CD extensively through Eastern and Western Europe.
  • Karen Lynne released "Will I Be Good Enough" in Australia this past winter, where it is now in the top 10 Country Songs in Australia! (June, 2014). Congratulations Karen!
  • Dear Sister is proving to cross boundaries, having topped charts in Roots, Bluegrass, and Folk music for an entire year since its release.
  • Louisa has completed her 2013 series "Beyond Bones: The Soul of the Song" and conducted her first 2 workshops for 2014. Many returning writers are now establishing and evolving their own professional careers as songwriters. It's been a great year at Woodsong Farm!!
  • --Nu-Blu has just recorded Louisa's song, Forgiveless! "I didn't think anybody would be brave enough to do this really dark, existential song!!! But Nu-Blu has completely captured it and it's stunning!"

Upcoming Performance

June 8, 2014 - Carrboro, NC
The Arts Center, 8:00PM

"Noone captures the full spectrum of human emotion and human relationships, in all their flawed glory, like Louisa Branscomb."
--David McGee


Online Ordering!

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I'll Take Love - CD


"Bluegrass songwriting diva Louisa Branscomb has a smokin' pen that has fired off more than 90 recorded bluegrass and acoustic songs. Indeed, Branscomb's unique gift is once again on full display with her 9th project "I'll Take Love," which showcases the world's best bluegrass singers and musicians taking on Branscomb's powerful songs.

"I'll Take Love" proves that the "Steel Rails" songwriter is in top form." (

"A treasured American poet, a great natural resource" (David McGee, Bluegrass Special)
"When I die, this is the song I want to listen to in Heaven" -- fan ordering CD

Dear Sister - CD and Book

Award-winning vocalist Claire Lynch and Louisa co-wrote the chart-topping title track, "Dear Sister", currently a candidate for nomination for IBMA song of the year!  The song is based on letters written by Louisa's ancestors who fought in the Civil War, and wrote numerous letters home to their sister.  Read more about the song here

Dear Sister - Civil War Letters to a Sister in Alabama

dear-sister-civil-war-lettersThis is the book that inspired the song.  Read the story here.