Category: Bluegrass Songwriting News

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 […]


Niall Toner does Nashville

| April 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]


MerleFest announces Chris Austin finalists for ’16

| April 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Songwriter’s Back Story – Herb Pedersen

| March 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

This month’s Songwriter’s Back Story features the song Old Train, written by Herb Pedersen and the late, Nikki Pedersen (plus as a bonus, Wait A Minute, also by Herb). It was recorded first by The Seldom Scene in 1973 as the title track on the album Old […]


2016 Hazel Dickens Song Contest Winners Announced

| March 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

The DC Bluegrass Union has announced the winners of their 2016 Hazel Dickens Song Contest. The contest is sponsored to celebrate the memory of Hazel Dickens, a prolific songwriter herself, and a long time DC-area resident. Proceeds from the contest, which generated nearly 200 entries this […]