• Songwriter’s Backstory Vol. 5 – ‘Tis Sweet

    This month’s Songwriter’s Backstory features the bluegrass and country standard, 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered, by American bluegrass star, Mac Wiseman. Internationally referred to as ‘the voice with a heart’, Wiseman is one of the original architects of the bluegrass

  • Deadlines approach for song contests

    There’s still time for songwriters to enter two major contests that honor bluegrass compositions. January 5 is the entry deadline for the DC Bluegrass Union’s Hazel Dickens Song Contest. The contest, in its third year, is strictly for bluegrass (including bluegrass

  • Arthur ‘Who’ Smith 

    Those who have an interest in classic country music, that of the traditional type of the 1940s and 1950s, will know that Arthur Q Smith is becoming less of a mystery. Known for his excellent and prolific song-writing and a fondness

  • It’s songwriting contest time!

    That's right, folks. If there's a chill in the air, that means it's time to sharpen those pencils and get your submissions ready for the big songwriting contests. The two competitions that hold sway with bluegrass writers are accepting entries

  • 2016 Songwriters Contest finalists at Podunk

    The Podunk Bluegrass Festival has announced the finalists in their 2016 Songwriters Contest. The three selected songwriters will perform their songs at the festival on August 13 on the main stage in Hebron, CT. In addition to cash prizes and tickets to

  • Ring The Bell for Chet O’Keefe

    Another member of our extended bluegrass family has suffered a loss from fire, perhaps the most fearsome and unforgiving predator we can face, Chet O'Keefe from Washington state, who wrote Ring The Bell for The Gibson Brothers, had been loading his trusty road

  • Shawn Camp on Guy Clark

    Recently, the American music industry was rocked by the loss of Guy Clark. The iconic singer-songwriter passed away at age 74. The author of such classic songs as Desperadoes Waiting For A Train (The Highwaymen), The Last Gunfighter Ballad (Johnny Cash), Texas

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