Category: Bluegrass Songwriting News

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 […]


Remembering Miss Dixie Committee established in Nashville

| October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Following her passing early this year, it has been revealed that prolific bluegrass songwriter Dixie Hall had left funds in her will for the establishment of an organization to assist institutions who are working to help young artists pursue bluegrass music. It was her wish that […]


Hazel Dickens Song Contest accepting entries

| October 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Hazel Dickens Song Contest, sponsored by the DC Bluegrass Union, is now accepting entries for their 2nd annual competition. Named to honor the recently-departed bluegrass songwriter, the contest is a fundraiser for DCBU, who promote bluegrass and traditional music in the greater capitol area (Washington, […]


Results from the 2015 Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

On August 22 the winners of the 4th annual Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival Song Competition were announced. The festival was created four years ago after the organizer, Cyndy Montgomery Reeves, attended a similar event in the Florida keys. Her immediate reaction was that the place for a […]


SESAC to acquire Harry Fox

| July 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Performance rights organization SESAC, formerly know as the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers, has announced its intention to purchase the Harry Fox Agency, the largest purveyor of mechanical licensing for music and video. Still the smallest of the large performance rights organizations (PROs), […]