• 2016 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winners

    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

  • Scott Napier songwriting class offered online

    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

  • Songwriter’s Back Story – Wilma Walker

    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

  • Niall Toner does Nashville

    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

  • 2016 Hazel Dickens Song Contest Winners Announced

    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

  • IBMA Songwriter Showcase applications now open

    The International Bluegrass Music Association is accepting applications through the end of this month for their World of Bluegrass Songwriter Showcase. It is hosted each year during the organization's annual convention, and will be held on Thursday, September 29 in Raleigh, NC. Ten

  • Jerry Salley to Banner Music

    Prominent Nashville publishing house and music production company, Banner Music, has announced that Jerry Salley has signed with their agency. Jerry has written a string of hit songs and album cuts in bluegrass and Gospel music, as well as mainstream country.

  • Songwriter’s Back Story – Fox On the Run

    Greetings bluegrass friends and fellow fans. If you are reading this, I’m betting you are a fan of bluegrass music, probably have an impressive music collection and more than likely enjoy live music at festivals and concerts. No matter how or where

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