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“No one else quite sees lovers and others in all their complexity and in their full, flawed but glorious humanity as she does…a treasured American poet, indeed, a great natural resource.”--David McGee, Engine 145

Louisa penned her first song at age 6, and won her first songwriting composition at age 11, garnering a performance with the Birmingham Symphony on her piece. By age 20 she had written her first 300 songs, and by1973 she had become the first woman in bluegrass to contribute the bulk of a band’s original material to her group, and one of the first women to front a band playing banjo. To date, Louisa has over 175 songs recorded in Americana, bluegrass and country by greats including Claire Lynch, Alison Krauss, John Denver, and Dale Ann Bradley and 11 albums of her own, or mostly her own material. A short list of accolades includes: Atlanta Music Hall of Honor, two IBMA Recorded Event of the Year Awards, Winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (Merlfest), SPBGMA Song of the Year (Steel Rails), Nominations for Songwriter of the Year (IBMA, SPBGMA), numerous chart hits in Bluegrass and< Americana music, and the current IBMA Song of the Year, “Dear Sister,” penned with and performed by Claire Lynch.

Louisa has evolved a paradigm of mentoring songwriters through retreats at her Songwriting Retreat, Woodsong Farm, over the last 25 year. She combines her careers in the study of creativity as a psychologist with her musical career as a mentor, where she has personally mentored over 300 songwriters. Dr. Branscomb owns Porch Song Productions, whose mission it is to promote and educate songwriters while also using songwriting to build community and cross individual differences. Most recently, Louisa produced a successful first year community based songwriter festival in Southport, NC.

In addition to hats as performer, songwriter, mentor, free lance writer, producer and event producer, Louisa owns Millwheel Music Publishing. She accepts select songs from other writers in her catalogue as part of supporting other songwriters in their work, and works with writers toward their success in presentation and pitching as a part of accepting their work.

Termed “the” pioneer in bluegrass songwriting (Lance LeRoy), a “giant” among bluegrass songwriters (Chris Jones), and a trailblazer for women in acoustic music, Louisa prefers the farm life to the fast lane, where she finds bush hogging on her John Deere at sunset a continual source of inspiration.
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Southport Songwriter Festival on Facebook

Professional Achievements and Awards


Winner, Alabama Composition Contest, age 11; performed with B'ham Symphony
Two Grammy selections (Krauss, John Denver)
Numerous Chart Hits with artists including
       Dale Ann Bradley, Claire Lynch, Janet McGarry, Karen Lynn, John Denver, and Louisa's own solo project
11 albums of original or mostly original material
"Dear Sister" spanned bluegrass, Americana and folk charts 2013-2014
Gospel Album of the Year, Bluegrass (BU) Second place, 1977 (with Boot Hill)
2 World of Bluegrass nominations and 2 additional pre-nom's for song of the year
2 World of Bluegrass Awards for Recorded Event of the Year
Lead play on "Dear Sister," nominee for Album of the Year 2013
First place, Chris Austin Songwriter Contest, Merlefest, 2012
Song of the Year, SPBGMA 1992
Nominee Songwriter of the Year SPBGMA – 2011, 2012
Nominee Songwriter of the Year IBMA – 2013
Founder, Chair- Bluegrass Songwriter Committee of IBMA 2006-2012
Chair – Bluegrass at the Bluebird series 2012-2013
4 Selections, World of Bluegrass songwriter showcase
2 Finalists, GA Music Industry Assn. Songwriter Contest
Bluegrass "Classic" (25 years of heavy radio play) "Steel Rails"
Nomination, Dove Awards for Gospel Music (country)


Founder, Woodsong Farm Songwriter Retreat 1982 (N GA)
Founder, companion retreat: Seaside Songwriter Retreat (Coastal NC) 2014
Founder and Coach:"Heart to Art:"
      Professional Development and Life Coaching  
      for Songwriters and Artists of all Disciplines
Founder, Director: Beyond Bones: Soul of the Song Workshops
Founder, KidsWrite Original program for teaching songwriting to elementary kids
Founder, LifeWrite Original Program for teaching songwriting as Life Practice
Co-Founder, "Song to Stage" with Nu-Blu, 2014
Faculty positions in Psychology, Human Development, Gifted, and Education:
      Wake Forest, Peninsula College, GA Highlands, Emory Univ.
Numerous Songwriter Workshops Festivals and Arts Settings, 1980-present


Co-Founder, Bluegrass Songwriting Committee, IBMA 2005
Chair, Bluegrass Songwriting Committee, IBMA 2005-2012
Chair, Bluebird in the Bluegrass Songwriter Rounds, 2012-2013
Author and spearhead, Proposal for Bluegrass Songwriter Award IBMA (passed)
Author and spearhead, Proposal for Bluegrass Songwriter Board Seat
      (postponed but partly incorporated by Board)
Co-Author and Spearhead, Bluegrass Youth Leadership Camp
      (Postponed but re-visioned and partly carried forward by Board)
Department of Family and Children's Services, GA: Pro bono as psychologist:
      Use of songwriting for personal expression for foster children

Songwriter Mentor – IBMA 2006-2013
Presenter – numerous IBMA workshops 1988- present
50% courtesy discount for Kidswrite Programs in Public Schools

Louisa's Current Vita


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Photo Credit: Kiki Cifersky


Photo Credit: Kiki Cifersky


Louisa at Seasong Retreat

Louisa with Jeanette and Johnny Williams
Louisa with Johnny and
Jeanette Williams


Louisa on the beach