Transforming Wendell Berry’s Writing into Music

It didn’t take long for Utah-based composer, Andrew Maxfield, to fall in love with the poetry of Wendell Berry.

However, it did take 6-years to figure out exactly how he could turn those words into a piece of music.

The journey led to him through the roots of Kentucky music and to a collaboration with both Berry and blues musician Eric Bibb.

I recently caught up with Andrew Maxfield, to hear more of the final composition called, “Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music.”

You can learn more about the project at

Jonathan Bastian

Jonathan Bastian is the midday host for WFPL News.