Category: Bluegrass Songwriting News

It’s songwriting contest time!

| October 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 now for their 2017 events. […]


Songwriter’s Back Story – Around the Corner

| August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

This month’s Songwriter’s Back Story features the song, Around The Corner, written by Milan Miller and Thomm Jutz and recorded by banjo great, Terry Baucom and the Dukes of Drive. This is Baucom’s follow-up to the first single, The Rock, from the same project. The […]


2016 Songwriters Contest finalists at Podunk

| July 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 next year’s events, the […]


Songwriter Showcase participants announced for WOB ’16

| July 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the participants in its 2016 World of Bluegrass Songwriter Showcase. Each year the ten best songs from the dozens submitted for consideration are selected, and the writers are invited to perform them during IBMA’s annual convention before an […]


Ring The Bell for Chet O’Keefe

| June 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 van preparing to spend […]


Shawn Camp on Guy Clark

| June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 Cookin’ (George Strait), New Cut […]


The Story Behind the Song – The Last Suit You Wear

| May 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Last Suit You Wear, written by Larry Williams, Larry Shell and Kim Williams, was recorded by Larry Sparks in the Fall of 2006 and released on the album of the same name on the McCoury Music label (MCM 0004), produced by Don Rigsby. The […]


2016 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winners

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

The winners in the 2016 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest have been announced. Finalists competed this afternoon by performing their songs before the judges, and the winners will get the opportunity to sing them again later today on one of the main stages. The results […]


Scott Napier songwriting class offered online

| April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, Kentucky has announced that they will be offering their Songwriting I class (PSM 107) online this summer. HCTC houses the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music, which offers an Associates Degree in Bluegrass and Traditional Music, along with […]


Songwriter’s Back Story – Wilma Walker

| April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

This month’s Songwriter’s Back Story features the song Wilma Walker, written by husband and wife writing and recording duo, Donna Ulisse and Rick Stanley, recorded by the legendary Doyle Lawson and Quick Silver on their 2015 Mountain Home Music Company album, In Session. I caught […]