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Country Music News International Newsletter November 1. 2014

Country Music News International Newsletter

November 1. 2014

Here is your Country Music News of the day from Country Music News International Magazine http://www.CountryMusicNewsInternational.blogspot.com . Your Country Music News is supported by, Courtyard Nashville Downtown http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnadt-courtyard-nashville-downtown , Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau www.visitmusiccity.com , Tennessee Tourism, http://www.Tennessee.de , Coreopsis Publications LLC www.coreopsis.gs , Richard Lynch http://richardlynchband.com , Stephanie Grace http://www.stephanie-grace.com ,Mid South Music www.midsouthmusic.us , Lucy Malheur http://www.lucy-malheur.info

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Hier sind jetzt Eure Country Music News des Tages von Country Music News International Magazin http://www.CountryMusicNewsInternational.blogspot.de . Eure Country Music News werden unterstützt von Courtyard Nashville Downtown http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnadt-courtyard-nashville-downtown , Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau www.visitmusiccity.com , Tennessee Tourism, http://www.Tennessee.de , Coreopsis Publications LLC www.coreopsis.gs , Richard Lynch http://richardlynchband.com , Stephanie Grace http://www.stephanie-grace.com , Mid South Music www.midsouthmusic.us , Lucy Malheur http://www.lucy-malheur.info/ ,

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THE BIRTH OF COUNTRY ROCK


THE BLISSED-OUT BIRTH OF COUNTRY ROCK
Bear Family Records Launch Book & CD Series

After its fabulous series tracing the sounds and changes in country music over a 25 year period (the 25 book/disc set Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music: Country & Western Hit Parade: 1945-1970), alongside similarly critically acclaimed year-by-year anthologies of R&B and Soul, Germany’s Bear Family Records now moves into the realms of country rock with the release of the first two volumes in an innovative seven set collection.

Whereas rockabilly came from the South in the 1950s and was an alternative to country music, so country rock was the West Coast’s variation a decade later, created by musicians who might (in the main) be considered as rock. But both rockabilly and country rock as compiler and originator of this series, Colin Escott points out, “were reactions against the then-prevailing music … every rockabilly single was a finger thrust in the face of smug, perfectly formed 1950s pop. Country rock (or ‘longhair country’ as the trade press called it) was a reaction against the self-absorption of psychedelia.”

This series traces the advent and rise of country rock, not only presenting recordings by “hippie” bands but also with solo individuals, some extending their already successful recording careers. The sequencing of the recordings is roughly in a chronological order so the listener can get a sense of the genre unfolding. The recordings are complimented with a fully coloured booklet in each collection penned by Escott, providing biographical information on the artists together with photograph and recording details.


VARIOUS ARTISTS: Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels (Vol 1: 1966-1968) (BCD 17361 BS)
Disc One:  International Submarine Band: Truck Driving Man • Rick Nelson: You Just Can't Quit • The Lovin' Spoonful: Nashville Cats • Buffalo Springfield: Pay The Price • Gene Clark with The Gosdin Brothers: Tried So Hard • The Youngbloods: Grizzely Bear aka Grizzly Bear • Gene Clark with The Gosdin Brothers: So You Say You Lost Your Baby • The Gosdin Brothers: Tell Me • Lovin' Spoonful: Darlin' Companion • The Everly Brothers: I'm Movin' On • Bobbie Gentry: Ode To Billie Joe • Buffalo Springfield: Child's Claim To Fame • The Everly Brothers: Bowling Green • Bobbie Gentry: Niki Hoeky • International Submarine Band: Luxury Liner • Blue Eyes • The Monkees: What Am I Doing Hangin' Round • The Byrds: Old John Robertson • The Youngbloods: Sugar Babe • Kenny Vernon: Ain't That A Shame • Nashville West: Ode To Billie Joe

Disc Two: International Submarine Band: Do You Know How It Feels To Be Lonesome • The Byrds: Wasn't Born To Follow • Bob Dylan: I'll Be Your Baby Tonight • The Band: The Weight • Hearts & Flowers: She Sang Hymns Out Of Tune • The Band: I Shall Be Released; You Ain't Going Nowhere; Hickory Wind • The Beau Brummels: Turn Around; The Loneliest Man In Town • Lovin' Spoonful: Never Goin' Back • The Byrds: One Hundred Years From Now • Dillard & Clark: Train Leaves Here This Morning • The Spencers: Make Up Your Mind • Dillard & Clark: The Radio Song • The Everly Brothers: T. For Texas • The Dillards: Nobody Knows; Listen To The Sound • Dennis Payne: The Conscience Of You • The Everly Brothers: I Wonder If I Care As Much (#2)

The first collection – a double cd – brings together recordings that forged the country rock sound – and if any one person can be credited as its creator of country rock, then that honour should be bestowed upon Gram Parsons. He was first heard in early 1966 leading his short-lived group, the  International Submarine Band and it was their version of the Terry Fell classic Truck Driving Man that  could be chalked up as the first country rock record. (Another of their tracks, Luxury Liner, was to re-emerge a decade later when covered by Parson’s protégé Emmylou Harris).  After the ISB, Parsons joined the ranks of The Byrds, a group that saw such as Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, David Crosby and Gene Clark at, one time or another, in its ranks.  Among their prominent recordings, included here, are I Shall Be Released, You Ain’t Going Nowhere and Hickory Wind.

When the aforementioned Gene Clark left The Byrds, his solo project was to record an album with the Gosden Brothers, Rex and Vern, a collection of tracks that didn’t fit any particular niche, then teamed up with Doug Dillard, heard here with a couple of tracks, while younger brother Rodney Dillard led the Dillards in a group that presented a contemporary bluegrass sound that captured acclaim with recordings like Nobody Knows.

Other pioneering country-rock acts ranged from the famous like The Band, the Beau Brummels and Buffalo Springfield to the perhaps more lesser known Hearts & Flowers, The Youngbloods and The Spencers. There were also The Lovin’ Spoonful and The Monkees, bands that broke into the pop mainstream and scored massive international chart hits.

Arguably the greatest ambassador for country rock was New York’s Bob Dylan who, recording in Nashville in 1967, created I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight as part of his “John Wesley Harding” collection. Rick Nelson had already gained his reputation as a teen pop star but moved in a different direction with the release of the album “Bright Lights & Country Music”, here represented with the Nelson original You Just Can’t Quit. Reportedly the album came about at the suggestion of Nelson’s guitarist James Burton, a musician who played an essential role in the West Coast recording scene.

The Everly Brothers were also well established but, by the mid 1960s, their close, sweet sounding harmonies were long gone and out of favour with radio as their music – represented here – moved from a Hank Snow revival (I’m Movin’ On) to a wild version of Jimmie RodgersT For Texas with Burton’s guitar work prominent throughout.  Far more commercially successful was the strange story song Ode To Billie Joe that put Mississippi born Bobbie Gentry into crossover chart territory and collected three Grammies.

This 41 track, two cd digipac – with an almost two hour playing time – is accompanied by a 96 page booklet.


VARIOUS ARTISTS: Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels (Vol 2: 1969) (BCD 17362 AH)
The Byrds: Drug Store Truck Driving Man • The Flying Burrito Brothers: Christine's Tune • Doug Sahm/Sir Douglas Quintet: Texas Me • Glen Campbell: Galveston • Bob Dylan: Lay, Lady Lay • The Band: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down • The Flying Burrito Brothers: Wheels • The Corvettes: Back Home Girl • Dillard & Clark: Through The Morning, Through The Night • Buck Owens: Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass • Poco: Pickin' Up The Pieces • Doug Sahm/Sir Douglas Quintet: At The Crossroads • The Band: Up On Cripple Creek • The Flying Burrito Brothers: Sin City • The Corvettes: Level with Your Senses • Linda Ronstadt: Silver Threads And Golden Needles • The Flying Burrito Brothers: Hot Burrito #1 • Elvis Presley: I'm Movin' On • Sanland Brothers: Vaccination For The Blues • Poco: Make Me Smile • Linda Ronstadt: We Need A Whole Lot More Jesus (And A Lot Less Rock And Roll) • Townes Van Zandt: Lungs • Kenny Rogers & The First Edition: Ruby (Don't Take Your Love To Town)

As Colin Escott points out in the introduction to this set’s 52 page booklet, 1960s country rock was like 1950s rockabilly, almost an underground until someone came along to channel it commercially. It was Elvis with rockabilly, then the Eagles with country rock. In the meantime the recordings continued ……

Gram Parsons had left The Byrds when the group recorded his co-write (with Roger McGuinn) Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man, a song founded on an ill-fated radio interview with Nashville’s Ralph Emery and featuring prominently steel playing by Lloyd Green. Parsons had moved on to further his Cosmic American Music dream by co-founding the Flying Burrito Brothers with Chris Hillman, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Chris Ethridge and Jon Corneal, in time creating such memorable recordings as Wheels and Sin City.

Other groups contributing to the movement included Doug Sahm, out of Texas and relocated in San Francisco, heading up Sir Douglas Quintet; Poco, created after the breakup of Buffalo Springfield by ex-members Richie Furey and Jim Messina; and The Band’s continuing success was furthered by their recording of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, which enjoyed even greater success when covered by Joan Baez. The Corvettes and the Sanland Brothers were among lesser known country-rockers.

On the solo front, Bob Dylan was now settled amidst Nashville recording surroundings and Lay, Lady Lay added to the success of his new direction. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, much in-demand session picker turned chart artist Glen Campbell could hardly be considered country-rock but the lyrics of Jimmy Webb’s Galveston was a product of the Vietnam era. Another deep rooted country entertainer, Buck Owens, might well have hoped that the sound of his Who’s Gonna Mow Your Grass would interest those who listened to The Byrds and The Burritos, while Elvis Presley was back recording in Memphis, this time in Chip Moman’s studio with his version I’m Movin’ On having little similarity to the Snow original.

Among ex-Stone Poney’s Linda Ronstradt first solo recordings was the country standard Silver Threads And Golden Needles, opening up a pathway that successfully combined music formats and attracted similarly distinctive audiences.

To conclude this collection, Townes Van Zandt and Kenny Rogers, the first heralding the beginning of the singer-songwriter era and the second in the early stages of a iconic career as he led The First Edition to international success with his version of the Mel Tillis original, Ruby (Don’t Take Your Love to Town).

More volumes of Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels are set to follow, with double cd packages for the years 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1975-75.

NO SHAVE NOVEMBER

‘NO SHAVE NOVEMBER’ PARTICIPANTS COME TOGETHER FOR ANNUAL DAY ONE BEARDLESS PHOTO


Supporters Document Fresh Faces for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 


No Shave November Day One Photo

Celebrities and music industry professionals gathered at the CMA office building on Friday, October 31st to capture their freshly shaved faces in support of No Shave November.

Pictured (L-R):  Front Row - Christian Bottorff (CMA), Bill Macky (Black River), Brian Rhoades (Black River), Greg McCarn (Black River), April Johnson (Country Aircheck), Robin Rhodes (Premiere), Josh Easler (RCA)
Middle Row: Sean Patrick McGraw (Artist), Tim McFadden (Tim McFadden Management), Wendy Newcomer (Country Aircheck), Reid Benson (The Primacy Firm), Keithan Melton (Magic Mustang Publishing), Ethan Helms (Cold River), Keith Kaufman (Center Stage Tour Productions)
Back Row: RJ Curtis (All Access), Ben Balch (CMA), George Briner (Valory), Chris Loss (Stoney Creek), Chris Skinner (The Primacy Firm), George Meeker (State Farm), Mike Wilson (Black River)
Photo Credit: Christian Bottorff
Nashville, TN (October 31, 2014) – Participants of the fourth annual No Shave November benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital united at the CMA building in Nashville on Friday, October 31st, to capture their freshly shaved faces before the competition was underway. Music industry and radio station professionals, along with some of today’s hottest country stars have thrown away their razors for the month, and are allowing their facial hair to grow freely.

Donations raised through November will help St. Jude continue to find cures and save children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Supporters who were unable to attend the group photo are encouraged to post a date-stamped Day 1 photo to www.facebook.com/nsnforstjude. Capping off the campaign, awards will be given for best beard, the worst beard and many more during the celebrated “Beard Bash” in Music City on December 1st. 

No Shave November is using all platforms to encourage the music industry to recruit as many men (and dedicated women) as possible to join the team, and to donate at least $30 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This year, Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood, has been appointed as 2014 Chairman of the Beard. In 2013, NSN raised an impressive $220,000 for the organization, with $396,000 raised over the past three years to support St. Jude. 

Hicks reach the Music Row Country Breakout Charts

Swedish country singer/songwriter, Hicks has become the first artist from Sweden to reach the Music Row Country Breakout Chart's published Top 80 chart. His single, "Hayride" is #80 this week.
October 31, 2014 - NASHVILLE, TN. -- MTS Management Group would like to congratulate Hicks on becoming the first Swedish country artist to reach the Music Row Country Breakout Chart's Top 80 published chart.  Hick's single, "Hayride" (MTS Records) climbs 6 spots this week, coming in at #80. The track, co-written by Hicks and Lasse Andersson, comes in ahead of releases by Jana Kramer, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Ricky Skaggs with Sharon White. Released in July, "Hayride" is Hicks' debut US single. 
 
"We are so proud of Hicks and 'Hayride," said Michael Stover of MTS.  "We knew we had a great release from the first time we heard this track.  While Hicks has received alot of accolades and attention overseas, as a British CMA Award Winner, he was a relatively unknown commodity here in the US.  So, we would like to thank radio for taking a chance on a Scandinavian artist, with international appeal. Breaking down a barrier is always gratifying, and I'm so happy that we are a part of it.  I hope that Hicks opens a floodgate for talented artists from overseas to hit the mainstream country radio charts.  Thanks also, to our wonderful promotions team, for believing in this track, and doing what it takes to make it a successful release.  And, of course, thank you to the fans for supporting our artists, by requesting the song on radio.  We can't do it without you!"

Hicks (Miqael Persson) is an accomplished songwriter from the south of Sweden, with multiple Gold and Platinum records to his credit. His rock-edged songs have been recorded by artists like Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Giant (Dann Huff), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Little River Band, W.E.T. (Featuring Jeff Scott Soto), Grammy nominated Toby Hitchcock and Grammy winner, Barbados. He has also written with Nashville heavy-hitters like Anthony Smith, Dallas Rogers, Dennis Morgan and Sharon Vaughn. He was named the 2013 British CMA Award Winner for Best European Country Act, and is nominated for the 2014 BCMA Awards, too.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Country Music News International Newsletter October 31. 2014

Country Music News International Newsletter

October 31. 2014

Here is your Country Music News of the day from Country Music News International Magazine http://www.CountryMusicNewsInternational.blogspot.com . Your Country Music News is supported by, Courtyard Nashville Downtown http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnadt-courtyard-nashville-downtown , Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau www.visitmusiccity.com , Tennessee Tourism, http://www.Tennessee.de , Coreopsis Publications LLC www.coreopsis.gs , Richard Lynch http://richardlynchband.com , Stephanie Grace http://www.stephanie-grace.com ,Mid South Music www.midsouthmusic.us , Lucy Malheur http://www.lucy-malheur.info

You can publish the Newsletter to your websites or forward to your friends. If you want to publish some of the interviews, please contact me.

Hier sind jetzt Eure Country Music News des Tages von Country Music News International Magazin http://www.CountryMusicNewsInternational.blogspot.de . Eure Country Music News werden unterstützt von Courtyard Nashville Downtown http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnadt-courtyard-nashville-downtown , Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau www.visitmusiccity.com , Tennessee Tourism, http://www.Tennessee.de , Coreopsis Publications LLC www.coreopsis.gs , Richard Lynch http://richardlynchband.com , Stephanie Grace http://www.stephanie-grace.com , Mid South Music www.midsouthmusic.us , Lucy Malheur http://www.lucy-malheur.info/ ,

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Stevie Nicks Tribute Artist Julie C Myers Gears Up to Release Solo Album http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2014/10/stevie-nicks-tribute-artist-julie-c.html




Sonia Leigh Partners With Tennessee-based Prichard's Distillery http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2014/10/sonia-leigh-partners-with-tennessee.html



TAYLOR SWIFT „1989“ http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2014/10/taylor-swift-1989.html
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Stevie Nicks Tribute Artist Julie C Myers Gears Up to Release Solo Album

World Famous Stevie Nicks Tribute Artist Julie C Myers Gears Up to Release Solo Album

After a long 16 years, legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac is back together and touring with their original lineup. With this current tour reviving many fans’ love for Stevie Nicks, tribute artist Julie C Myers’ career is hotter than ever. 
For the last decade, fans all over the country have been quenching their thirst for classic rock at Fleetwood Mac shows or by attending Julie’s world famous “Nearly Nicks” tribute shows. Today Myers, along with many other mainstream artists and fans young and old, are witnessing Stevie’s musical influence more so than ever before.
Just over the course of the past 12 months, Stevie Nicks has served as an advisor for Adam Levine on the hit NBC reality show The Voice, made a cameo on the TV series American Horror Story and been featured on a CMT Crossroads collaboration with chart-topping country group Lady Antebellum.
Myers, who performs as Stevie in the show “Dreams… A Classic Rock Fantasy,” is more than just Stevie’s physical doppelganger. A trained gymnast, professional dancer, former Vegas performer and vocal powerhouse, Julie is a natural born entertainer that has been captivating audiences of all ages with her Stevie Nicks impersonations for years.

“'Nearly Nicks’ is a stunning musical and visual recreation of Stevie Nicks, capturing her precise look and sound.” Examiner.com
“Julie C Myers is the world’s top Stevie Nicks tribute artist.” –ThePlatformMagazine.com Myers has a distinct and powerful voice, luscious blonde hair, vivacious energy and the ability to sell out all types of venues, from casinos to symphony centers. Now, inspired by her success as a tribute artist and the fans that return to her shows night after night, the Memphis-native is taking to the studio to record an album of her own blues and rock-infused country music with industry veteran and producer Dan Hodges. “I’m a bit more country than Stevie is,” says Julie. “Being a southern girl, I know I walk the line between country, rock and blues.”
In Myers’ album, which is set to release later this year, are traces of artists who influence her like Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton, Gretchen Wilson and of course, Stevie Nicks. “Stevie’s influence without her even knowing it has pushed me beyond the Tribute World and into becoming a recording artist of my own,” explains Julie. “I hope to make her proud some day!” With unparalleled talent, inspiring determination and over 20,000 Facebook fans supporting the raspy rocker, it is clear that Julie C Myers’ multifaceted performances and forthcoming album are going to keep fans coming for years to come.

Free Live Music All the Time in Music City

Free Live Music All the Time in Music City
Follow the music and discover for yourself why music calls us home

NASHVILLE – October 30, 2014 – Music City hosts live music 24/7/365. The best part, you don’t have to pay a pretty penny to listen to Nashville’s live music scene. Take a stroll and open the ears to all the FREE music playing around every nook and cranny in Music City including on Honky Tonk Highway, Lower Broadway, 2nd Avenue, SoBro, The Gulch, Midtown, Music Row/Demonbreun, and more. Songwriters’ nights also offer a uniquely Nashville experience, where you can hear music in its rawest form and from the source. Make sure to check out all the big music events and festivals that are completely free with musical lineups you won’t want to miss.

Want to be in the know with Music City? Then download Nashville’s FREE Live Music Guide App. Also, make sure to stop by the Music City Marketplace, playing FREE live music every Wednesday. While the band plays the tunes, you have the opportunity to browse some of the best Music City souvenirs and apparel perfect for family, friends, or yourself.

For a complete list of music venues throughout Nashville, feel FREE to browse here: visitmusiccity.com/musicvenues.



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contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination.

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The Promise of Nashville, where the music is inspired, created, recorded and performed, is to provide the ultimate musical entertainment experience, celebrated throughout our diverse cultural and entertainment offerings, and presented in an authentic, unique, friendly and unpretentious atmosphere.

SARA EVANS AND BRETT JAMES IN NASHVILLE TUESDAY, NOV. 4

SARA EVANS AND BRETT JAMES ADDED TO CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES IN NASHVILLE TUESDAY, NOV. 4, DURING CMA AWARDS FESTIVITIES

NASHVILLE - As part of the events and activities leading up to “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” on Wednesday, Nov. 5, the CMA Songwriters Series will return to Nashville on Tuesday, Nov. 4 (9:00 PM/CT) at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 5th Ave. South. The CMA Songwriters Series has added Country Music star Sara Evans and songwriter Brett James to the lineup, which includes previously announced performer and 2014 CMA Awards nominee, Brandy Clark.
Multi-Platinum-selling recording artist and CMA Award winner Evans, who recently released her second single “Put My Heart Down” from her critically acclaimed seventh studio album Slow Me Down, has sold nearly 6 million records and charted five No. 1 Country singles, including “Suds In The Bucket, “A Real Fine Place To Start,” and “A Little Bit Stronger.” Evans will release a 10-track holiday album At Christmas on Nov. 17, featuring some of the most well-known and celebrated holiday songs including “Silent Night,” “Oh Holy Night,” and “Winter Wonderland,” as well as a very special rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” with vocals from two of her daughters Olivia (12) and Audrey (10). Evans will also be a part of the two-hour holiday special “CMA Country Christmas,” which tapes Friday, Nov. 7 at the Bridgestone Arena and airs Monday, Dec. 1 (8:00-10:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
An esteemed member of the CMA Board of Directors, James has had numerous chart successes including "When the Sun Goes Down" recorded by Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker, and "Jesus Take the Wheel" recorded by Carrie Underwood, which also won a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song. "It's America" recorded by Rodney Atkins, "Out Last Night" recorded by Chesney, and "Cowboy Casanova” recorded by Underwood, all co-written by James, also topped the Country charts as well as "The Truth" recorded by Jason Aldean and "The Man I Want to Be” recorded by Chris Young. ASCAP named James their Country Music Songwriter of the Year in 2006 and again in 2010. Other artists who have recorded his works include Kelly Clarkson, Backstreet Boys, Bon Jovi, and Paulina Rubio.
Tickets for the Nov. 4 CMA Songwriters Series at the CMA Theater located in the Country Music Hall of Fame are on sale today and are $30 for floor and mezzanine seating and $20 for first and second tier seating. To order tickets, visit CMASongwritersSeries.com
The CMA Songwriters Series kicked off its 10th Anniversary season with standing-room-only shows at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and has performed shows in Paradise Island, Bahamas as part of the Atlantis Live Paradise Music Festival Presented by HGTV, Austin, Chicago, New York, and London in 2014.
Also in 2014, CMA partnered with public television’s critically-acclaimed concert series “Front and Center” to present two separate hour-long concert specials, which began airing in October. The shows feature the music of CMA Award winner and 2014 CMA Awards nominee Lady Antebellum with songwriter guests, and a 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series celebration with CMA Award winner and 2014 CMA Award nominee Dierks Bentley, joined by top songwriters Jim Beavers, Ross Copperman, James, and Jon Randall.
For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series visit CMASongwritersSeries.com.  
ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC are the official partners of the CMA Songwriters Series.

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