Category: Bluegrass Songwriting News

The Story Behind the Song – Three Days in July

| July 1, 2013 | 2 Comments
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On the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg – July 1st, 2nd and 3rd 1863 – it is timely to look at the story behind Three Days in July, written by Mark Simos and Jon Weisberger. The song was recorded by the Infamous Stringdusters […]

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Co-writing webinar for songwriters from IBMA

| June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments
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As part of their ongoing mission of professional development, the International Bluegrass Music Association has scheduled a songwriters webinar for July 11 entitled “How to Co-Write Songs (and still remain friends).” Even songwriters with many years of writing behind them can be a bit apprehensive […]

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The Story Behind The Song – Daddy Killed the Calf

| June 13, 2013 | 2 Comments
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Daddy Killed the Calf was written by Shannon Slaughter (with a little bit of help from Mike Bentley and Dale Felts). A recording of this song can be found on the latest self-released CD from Shannon and Heather Slaughter & County Clare One More Road. […]

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Grammy announces Best American Roots Song category

| June 8, 2013 | 1 Comment
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Among the items included in their recent Trustees Report, the Recording Academy announced the designation of a new Grammy award category that will be of interest to bluegrass songwriters. Quoting from the report… Best American Roots Song has been added to the American Roots Music Field. […]

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Story Behind the Song – Crossing the Bar

| May 20, 2013 | 1 Comment
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Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote Crossing the Bar in 1889, three years before he died. The poem describes his placid and accepting attitude toward death. Although he followed this work with subsequent poems, he requested that Crossing the Bar appear as the final poem in all […]

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Special Lady, Special Song

| April 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Right after she found out she was dying, Carol Simpson found a way to live forever. She decided to record a bluegrass song. That song, A Part of Me, grew into an album of the same time, recorded with the Canadian band, Hard Ryde, that […]

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Chris Austin Songwriting winners announced

| April 26, 2013 | 0 Comments
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MerleFest has announced the winners in its prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. All winners receive cash and merchandise prizes, and a chance to perform on tonight’s stage show. Bluegrass 1st – John Cloyd Miller (Asheville, NC) for Cloud of Dust 2nd – Todd Grebe (Nashville, […]

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Chris Austin Songwriting Contest finalists announced

| April 16, 2013 | 0 Comments
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MerleFest has announced the finalists in their annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, which will occur later this month during the mega-fest in Wilkesboro, NC. A number of familiar bluegrass names pop up in the list. Lorraine Jordan of Carolina Road will compete in the Gospel category […]

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The Story behind the Song – Barabbas

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
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The Gospel song Barabbas was written by Eldred Hill, the mandolin player with West Virginia-based group Patent Pending. He relates …… “My father had heard a sermon on the crucifixion delivered by his minister Steve Smallman. The theme was that Barabbas was ‘our’ representative, that […]

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The Story Behind The Song – Jacob’s Dream

| March 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Jacob’s Dream is based on a true story about two boys, Joseph, aged five, and George Cox , aged six, who were lost in the in the dense forest of Spruce Hollow, in the Allegheny Mountain region of Pennsylvania. Two little boys lost in the […]

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