Category: Bluegrass Songwriting News

The Story Behind the Song – Am I A Fool

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Am I A Fool was written by Keith Tew and then-spouse Danette Gilley and recorded by the Lonesome River Band. The song won the 2000 SPBGMA Song of the Year award. Born in 1966, Tew is a native of Florida who started playing guitar and […]

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Cedar Hill – Miss Dixie, Tom T & Me 

| March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Frank Ray, the leader of Cedar Hill, has contributed many songs to theband’s stage and recorded repertoire. However, about two years ago, Ray lost his son, Scott, and his father, Dallas, and he has experienced a song writer’s block ever since. No amount of effort […]

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Hazel Dickens Song Contest winners announced

| February 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The DC Bluegrass Union has posted the winners of their inaugural Hazel Dickens Song Contest, just ahead of their big DC Bluegrass Festival later this month. They were delighted to receive more than 80 entries in this first year, all of which were judged by John Starling, […]

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Sweet Miss Dixie Deen

| February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Now that Dixie Hall has gone on to her reward, her many friends in and around Nashville feel less constrained about sharing the love and admiration they feel for her. While she was with us, Miss Dixie would have considered it “making a fuss” to hear folks […]

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Artist2Artist: Meaning Beyond The Verse

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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“Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between the production of a market commodity and the practice of an art.” – Ursula Le Guin There are lyrics which transcend the words that are chosen, rising above the ink used and the […]

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Delmore Dedication Vol 3: Blues Stay Away From Me

| December 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Early country stars, the Delmore Brothers were huge influences on not only bluegrass and country music, but blues, folk, rock and roll, and more. The Delmore Brothers received a long overdue Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2014, recognizing their lasting […]

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Delmore Dedication Vol 2: Will You Be Lonesome, Too?

| December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Early country stars, the Delmore Brothers were huge influences on not only bluegrass and country music, but blues, folk, rock and roll, and more. The Delmore Brothers received a long overdue Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2014, recognizing their lasting […]

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Songwriting Escape heading your way

| November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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I didn’t get to chat with Donna Ulisse this year at the World of Bluegrass as I often do, though she has recently shared some news with us about a venture she is launching in 2015. She is calling it Songwriting Escape, her name for a weekend workshop that focuses […]

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Hazel Dickens song contest from DCBU

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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When the DC Bluegrass Union launched their songwriting competition this year, it was a simple decision to name it in honor of Hazel Dickens, a nearly-native daughter who spent much of her life based in the Baltimore/Washington area. Born in West Virginia in 1935, Hazel […]

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Louisa Branscomb and Nu-Blu songwriter workshops

| September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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As popular music keeps getting bigger, brighter, louder and more bombastic, we see more and more people drop off the other end. Looking for an expression of something genuine – something that can touch them using words and music, without laser lights, exploding stage props, or frequent costume […]

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