Creatively Contributing Small Towns
On today’s show singer/songwriter, writer, and rancher, Jessie Veeder, joins Rebecca on the show to talk about the importance of every person in a small town finding ways to creatively contribute their own unique talents and gifts to further their community.
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Creatively Contributing in Small Towns Episode Summary:
On the show today, Jessie Veeder, musician, rancher, and author of a weekly column in North Dakota’s largest news publication, joins us to talk about her journey back to her rural community in western North Dakota. She shares about growing up in her community, and how she wasn’t encouraged to return due to the belief that there wasn’t a future for her there. Now, after making her way back home, she’s contributing so much to the vibrancy of her community and she encourages us to do the same.
In this episode, we tackle…
Why did it seem that you had no future in your small town?
At the time when Jessie graduated, it didn’t seem that they were many prospects. Now, with great rural internet, she’s living a multi-passionate life that allows her to express all her unique gifts in a way that only she can. This future didn’t really exist for her then and now, it does.
Listen to this episode to hear more about:
- How to create a sense of place in your community and why it matters
- Why quality of life and economic development are no longer separate in small towns
- How to make changes without ruffling feathers
- How reconnecting to what you loved as a child can spark ideas
- Why giving others ownership over projects is so important
About Jessie Veeder
Singer, songwriter, writer and community advocate Jessie Veeder tells the story of Western North Dakota. An Americana musician with heartfelt honest lyrics, Jessie has been singing and talking about the buttes and creeks of her family’s working cattle ranch since releasing her first original album at age 16. Since then she has gone on to tour nationally and record four more albums, the latest, “Northern Lights” recorded in Nashville in 2015. Jessie’s nationally acclaimed song “Boomtown,” a folk ballad about life for people in the Bakken has been featured on area news programs, national and international documentaries and put her on the frontlines of telling the story of community in oil country.
Since 2010 Jessie and her husband, Chad, have worked alongside her father as the fourth generation stewards of the Veeder Ranch where she chronicles life on the land as a weekly columnist for state-wide newspapers and on her popular blog titled “Meanwhile, back at the ranch…Her book “Coming Home,” released in 2017 is a compilation of her favorite photos, poems, stories and recipes.
Jessie is currently working on a new album, “Playin’ Favorites,” due to be released this spring. Jessie is a founding member of McKenzie County’s Long X Arts Foundation where she works as Tourism’s Art and Event director to help create and promote cultural and arts based activities in her hometown, blending her love and connection to the arts with her drive to make her community a better place to work and live.