Singer/songwriter workshop at the Wild Eye Pub

NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. November 8, 2023 – It takes somebody special to write songs that move you and that you want to hear or sing again and again.

Two of Nevada County’s best-loved singer/songwriters, Bob Woods and Juliet Gobert, will teach a professional clinic for aspiring singer/songwriters from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19, at the Wild Eye Pub in Grass Valley.

This is not an entertainment event. It’s a real workshop designed for young, diverse and emerging musicians (of any age). Bring your instrument and a notebook, because there will be time to work on writing a song and receive one-on-one coaching from Woods or Gobert.

This educational songwriting clinic is hosted by the Sierra Roots/No Place to Go Project (SR/NPTGP), which is funded by a grant from the Upstate California Creative Corps.

This workshop is free, but reservations are required, and space is limited. All participants will receive an SR/NPTGP T-shirt.

Meet the teachers

From blues to country, Americana to rock, Woods and Gobert each have their own bands, playing their own originals. For the last 10 years, they have also collaborated both as a duo and as the Bob Woods Trio featuring Juliet Gobert.

Gobert is the founder and leader of the all-woman band the Heifer Belles. She also wrote “No Place to Go,” the haunting theme song of the Sierra Roots/No Place to Go Project.

The Bob Woods Trio (which often features guest star performers) founded the highly popular Geezer Gig at the Crazy Horse Saloon in Nevada City more than 15 years ago. Woods also plays with the Earles of Newtown big band and steps in as the go-to lead guitar for several dance bands.

At the Nov. 19 workshop, Gobert and Woods will each break down the process they used to create some of their favorite songs.

Sign up, sing out

If you wish to apply to attend this workshop or have questions, please write to with the following information:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Instrument
  • Level of experience
  • T-shirt size
  • Brief statement of why you want to experience this workshop.

If there are more applicants than space available, priority will be given to applicants who answer all the questions, write compelling statements of interest and show the most potential to benefit from free this clinic designed to foster new creative talent in Northern California.

This workshop will mark the beginning of the Sierra Roots/No Place to Go Singer/Songwriter Contest for high-impact songs that speak to the current homeless/housing crisis. The contest will be open to everyone, but workshop attendees will receive special training on this topic.

Details about the songwriting contest will be announced Nov. 19.

The Sierra Roots/No Place to Go Project is a campaign to raise public awareness and initiate civic action for innovative solutions to homelessness and the lack of affordable housing. It is funded by a grant from the Upstate California Creative Corps, which is a new program of the California Arts Council.

Tom Durkin is editor of SR/NPTGP Media and creative director of the Sierra Roots/No Place to Go Project, which is funded by a grant from the Upstate California Creative Corps. Durkin may be contacted at or

When free enterprise and government can’t, don’t or won’t provide enough housing for all the people in our communities, the people have the right to find their own alternative housing. And if they are living responsibly, they must not be punished, penalized, or forced to relocate when there is no place to go. Likewise, people who rent alternative housing to people must not be punished or penalized if they are providing or hosting dwellings that meet emergency, code-equivalent, health & safety standards.

Funded by a grant from the Upstate California Creative Corps, the Sierra Roots/No Place to Go Project will do the following:

  • Make a documentary on people who live in homeless camps, vehicles, and “desperation” (illegal) housing.

  • Write news stories and op-eds for local, regional, state and national news and advocacy media.

  • Stage live performances of original music about homelessness and life in desperation housing.

  • Train T-shirt volunteers to be “walking talking billboards” for the SR/NPTGP philosophy of “Housing for the people by the people.

  • Conduct a community survey on public attitudes about homeless/housing solutions.

  • Present a town hall with key government, nonprofit and citizen stakeholders.

  • Speak to groups about the SR/NPTG Project

  • As an advocate, work with a consortium of governments to redefine what housing is and suspend zoning regs in favor code-equivalent, no-fee/no-fine compliance enforcement rather than forced relocation.

If you are interested in supporting or volunteering for the Sierra Roots/No Place to Go Project, please sign up here.

If you have questions and concerns, please contact or 530-559-3199

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