Husband’s checking the air on the pickup tires and I just changed my guitar strings. Tomorrow morning bright and early we’re loading up our boots and guitars (and coolers) and heading west to the Red Ants Pants Music Festival in White Sulphur Springs, Montana.
Or, more accurately, a cow pasture near White Sulphur Springs, Montana.
I’m pretty excited. Because look down here, look close under Charley Pride and Brandi Carlile, Ian Tyson, Corb Lund and Holly Williams.
See it there, my name? Jessie Veeder. I made the poster.
Which means I also made the big stage and I can’t wait to play on it out under that big Montana Sky with some of my favorite musicians standing next to me, and more on the roster to take the stage throughout the weekend.
This festival is near and dear to my heart for so many reasons, the brain child of Sarah Calhoun, founder and inventor of Red Ants Pants, tough work pants that for women, this festival proves that real music about real people playing real instruments still pulls at audiences from all walks of life creating a kind of crowd a girl like me dreams of playing for night after night.
Sarah is one of those kick-ass women who is sweet and tough and smart and just ballsy enough to not only start her own business in a small town in rural Montana, but to bring big musical acts to that same small town in the name of doing some good here.
Sarah’s non-profit, the Red Ants Pants Foundation, was founded in support of women’s leadership, working family farms and ranches, and rural communities. The proceeds of this festival benefit the non-profit’s grants and help run timber-skils and women’s leadership programs.
If I could have Sarah over for drinks on Saturday nights I think the two of us could get into some trouble.
Today there was a little story on me in Missoula, Montana’s paper, The Missoulian, in preparation for my trip to Red Ants. Read it here:
Bakken-area singer/songwriter moves to Red Ants main stage
by Megan Marolf
So many times in my life I have been asked why not Nashville? Why not L.A. or New York? Why don’t you try to make it somewhere
Some days I have wondered these things myself.
And then I ask, Why not here? Why not home?
I think that’s what Sarah was thinking when she dared to make a big ass plan for a small town.
And I have to say, me and the couple thousand people making the trek to the middle of Montana this weekend, we just love her for it.
See ya there!