After rising to fame on the American Idol television show, Crawford's Jeneve Rose Mitchell will be performing at Hotchkiss's first annual Farm to Fiddle Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 3 to 6 p.m. The performance will be free to the public. Her appearance is sponsored by Adam Camacho, AXA Advisors in Hotchkiss and Grand Junction.
The 16-year-old performer made it to the finals of the popular American Idol last year with her version of Western music, wowing the huge TV audience as well as the talent show's judges, Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez.
She has also been nominated three times by the Western Music Association as its most promising new artist and she and her father, Tim, won the WMA Harmony Duo of the Year award with her version of "Cool Water" on the cello.
One of Jeneve's accomplishments in small-town Crawford was performing at fundraisers for a local healthcare clinic built by her father and operated by her mother. The Mitchells, who moved to the North Fork Valley almost a decade ago from Las Vegas, Nev., still live in an off-the-grid RV high atop Saddle Mountain.
Her father added a music room to the RV trailer -- built with adobe and straw -- so that Jeneve could store the multitude of instruments she has acquired over her young career. Homeschooled, the artist has devoted part of her time at home to breeding and training both pack and trail horses. She also helps her family grow their own food by gardening, milking goats, feeding ducks and pigs, gathering eggs and irrigating and harvesting the nearby hay fields.
Jeneve is currently working on a new album to be released this fall and plans to tour at the Grand Ole Opry, Dollywood and concert halls in Branson, Mo.
The Farm to Fiddle Festival will take place Aug. 12-13 in conjunction with the Delta County Fair. There will be musical entertainment, arts and crafts booths and farm and food vendors showcasing the valley's organic farms, vineyards and wineries. There will also be an Outdoor Expo hosted by Outdoors Alive and a juried art show at The Creamery Art Center in Hotchkiss.
For more information, check out the Farm-to-Fiddle Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.