Category: Bluegrass Songwriting News

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 […]


IBMA Songwriter Showcase applications now open

| March 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 songwriters (or songwriting teams) […]


Jerry Salley to Banner Music

| March 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

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. He has three tracks […]


Songwriter’s Back Story – Fox On the Run

| February 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 you listen to music, one […]


The Story Behind the Song – Auld Lang Syne

| January 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Auld Lang Syne is a Scottish folk song, most commonly associated with Scottish bard Robert Burns, whose artistic legacy is celebrated on this date in his native country. He described it as ‘a song of olden times’ which appears to have been handed down orally, from singing […]


The Story Behind the Song – Weeds

| January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Weeds (Where the Flowers of Love Once Grew) was written by David Morris and Chris Dockins, two emerging song-writing talents in the bluegrass music fraternity. They wrote the song in in February 2013, during what was their “second or third writing session”, according to Morris. […]


Two Songwriting Contest Deadlines Drawing Near

| January 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Entry deadlines are approaching for two top songwriting contests that are of interest to bluegrassers. The deadline to enter the DC Bluegrass Union’s second annual Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest is Jan. 15. Winners will be announced March 10. The entry fee for each song is […]