NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest inspires Wyoming songwriters

WYOMING – For the last four years, thousands of musicians have submitted intimate video performances of original songs to NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest. Wyoming Public Radio’s YouTube playlist Tiny Desk Contest 2018: Wyoming Entries below features the nine entries from the state, the same number from last year. Click the ‘next’ button to scroll through the entries.

The contest’s Grand Prize is an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to perform at NPR’s home office. If you ask most songwriters, though, the reason for submitting is not usually the prize but rather the exercise.

“I’ve entered every year since the beginning,” said Pinedale songwriter Jason Tyler Burton, who submitted his song “The High Road to Harlan.” “I know a middle-aged white guy with an acoustic [guitar] could never win this competition even if they wrote ‘Tangled Up in Blue,’ so I do it as an excuse to share a new song and because Wyoming Public Media does a great job supporting us local musicians on their website.”

The Tiny Desk Contest rules are quite simple. Each member of the group must be an independent (unsigned) musician, a resident of the U.S., and at least twenty-one years old. The song must be original to the group, devoid of samples, under ten minutes, and the video must be made specifically for the contest and have a desk in it.

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