• The Story Behind the Song – Jericho 

    Jericho, a song about PTSD affecting a modern veteran soldier, was written by Evan Murphy the lead singer and guitarist of Boston-based quintet Mile Twelve, with assistance from the mandolin player in the band David Benedict. Musical arrangement was by

  • 2019 Hazel Dickens Song Contest winners announced

    Back on February 15, the DC Bluegrass Union announced the winners of their 2019 Hazel Dickens Song Contest, celebrating the life's work of the noted Capitol area writer. The many submissions received were judged by Becky Buller, Evan Murphy, and Chris Teskey, with prizes

  • IBMA Songwriters Workshop at Joe Val ’19

    Members of the IBMA Songwriters Committee will conduct a workshop next weekend during the 34th annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Framingham, MA. Three members of the committee, Rick Lang, David Morris, and Dawn Kenney, will lead the workshop, which will will

  • Whitey Shafer passes

    Famed Nashville Country music song-writer Sanger D. ‘Whitey’ Shafer passed away this past Saturday, January 12, 2019, following a long illness. He was aged 84 and had struggled with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for a few years.  Born in Whitney, Texas, on

  • Songwriter Profile – Paula Breedlove

    Paula Breedlove is a rarity in the song-writing fraternity in that she doesn’t play a musical instrument.   So, she worked hard at perfecting her lyrics. She studied the works of Nashville’s country music song-writers, and began studying the Country music