Category: Bluegrass Songwriting News

2016 Songwriters Contest finalists at Podunk

| July 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Songwriter Showcase participants announced for WOB ’16

| July 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Ring The Bell for Chet O’Keefe

| June 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Shawn Camp on Guy Clark

| June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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The Story Behind the Song – The Last Suit You Wear

| May 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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2016 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winners

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Scott Napier songwriting class offered online

| April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Songwriter’s Back Story – Wilma Walker

| April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Niall Toner does Nashville

| April 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The ABC TV series, that is. The current season, episode 15, (415) of the American soap series Nashville, broadcast on Wednesday, April 15, featured two of Irish bluegrass mandolin player Niall Toner’s tunes. The instrumentals, composed about 15 years ago – Drunken Daisy, written Toner […]

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MerleFest announces Chris Austin finalists for ’16

| April 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
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MerleFest has today announced the finalists for the 2016 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. Well over 700 entries were received for the annual competition this year, broken into four board categories. Austin was a native of nearby Boone, NC, an artist and songwriter in bluegrass and […]

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