Category: Bluegrass Songwriting News

Songwriter Profile – Milan Miller

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Milan Miller started learning guitar around the age of five. Guitar is his primary instrument, but he also plays the mandolin, bass, piano, and “just enough banjo and Dobro to get myself into trouble.” Miller’s song catalog includes such Balsam Range staples as Calloway County […]

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The Story Behind the Song – Cloud of Dust

| June 27, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Cloud of Dust was written John Cloyd Miller, the vocalist, mandolin and guitar player for Red June, a trio hailing from Asheville, North Carolina. Miller is a versatile singer/songwriter, the winner, with Cloud of Dust, of the 2013 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest staged at MerleFest. […]

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Songwriter Profile - Dave Carroll

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Dave Carroll was born August 7, 1964, in Ashland, Kentucky. Although Carroll was always fascinated with music, he didn’t learn to play guitar until he was 17 years old. Carroll was motivated to learn to play bluegrass guitar when he attended a bluegrass concert in […]

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Songwriters get some love, Money not likely to follow

| May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Tennessee’s two U.S. senators and a third who has cashed some songwriting royalty checks said Monday that songwriters deserve a raise. But they’re not likely to get one any time soon. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) made the pitch […]

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2014 Chris Austin Songwriting winners

| April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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At this past weekend’s MerleFest, winners were chosen in the 22nd Annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. The invitational competition is held each year during the festival, with finalists chosen in advance. Congratulations to these 2014 winners: Bluegrass 1st Place – Paul Harrigill (Murfreesboro, TN) and […]

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The Story Behind the Song – Singing As We Rise

| April 22, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Joe Newberry was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and grew up in Boone County, Missouri. His songwriting has the same clean, elegant style that characterises his banjo playing. Musicians in the folk and bluegrass world often record his songs. The Gibson Brothers included two of […]

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Chris Austin Songwriting Contest finalists announced

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Finalists have been announced for the 2014 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, held annually as a part of MerleFest. As is usually the case, a number of young bluegrass artists show up on the list. Paul Harrigill, banjo player with Flatt Lonesome, is nominated along with […]

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On This Day #22 – Springhill Disaster

| November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments
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On this Day …….. On November 7, 1958, Bill Clifton recorded Springhill Disaster, a song that he adapted from a poem written by a survivor, Maurice Ruddick. The Springhill disaster took place on Thursday, October 23, 1958. Actually there were three disasters in the different […]

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Gibson Brothers share songwriting tips at Plattsburgh Bluegrass Festival

| September 20, 2013 | 1 Comment
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Between sets on the Plattsburgh Bluegrass Festival’s big stage Saturday, September 14, Eric and Leigh Gibson stepped into a garage-like stall of Building 16 at the Clinton County Fairgrounds to give a songwriting workshop. The Gibsons — both graduates of SUNY Plattsburgh and natives of […]

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The Story Behind The Song – Doc Watson Morning, D-18 Guitar Picking Kind of Day

| August 29, 2013 | 4 Comments
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Doc Watson Morning, D-18 Guitar Picking Kind of Day was written by Peter Rowan and Jerry Faires who, beginning the day after Doc Watson had passed away, collaborated on this sincere tribute to the great guitar player and singer. The song has seen significant radio […]

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