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Patty Loveless to Perform at Library of Congress CMA Songwriters Series Nov. 16

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Patty Loveless/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- The wildly popular CMA Songwriters Series will return to the Library of Congress' Coolidge Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 16 (8:00 PM/ET). "The Library of Congress is home to some of America's greatest treasures," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. "I can think of no better place to showcase some of Nashville's greatest treasures, our incomparable songwriters."

"We are delighted to have the Country Music Association as our long-term partner in bringing so many major country artists to the Library," said Susan H. Vita, chief of the Library's Music Division. "This is the second year of our collaboration in presenting some of the nation's most notable songwriters and performers." Featuring Clint Black, Patty Loveless, Tim Nichols and host Bob DiPiero, the CMA Songwriters Series allows fans an intimate glimpse into the stories behind some of their favorite songs.

Black is a prolific singer-songwriter who has written and recorded more than 100 songs, including his hits "Killin' Time," "No Time to Kill," and "When I Said I Do" (a duet with his wife Lisa Hartman Black). In addition, Black has sold more than 20 million albums and has won four CMA Awards. "When I first started making records, one of my goals as a songwriter was that my writing keep pace with my recording career," said Black. "I managed to accomplish that goal and it's a source of pride for me to be asked by the CMA to appear with such great songwriters as Patty, Bob and Tim. Who wouldn't jump at the opportunity? I'm honored to be included."

Five-time CMA Award winner Loveless has charted more than 40 singles, including five that reached the No. 1 spot. Her hits include "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye," "You Can Feel Bad," and "Blame it On Your Heart." "I'm looking forward to sharing the stage with Clint, Bob and Tim on a day that means so much to me," said Loveless. "November 16 is World COPD Day and I will be dedicating my performance to my sister, who died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at age 48. She is the person who originally inspired my love of music and encouraged me to sing."

A CMA Song of the Year Award winner, Nichols hits include "Live Like You Were Dying" recorded by Tim McGraw, "The Man I Want to Be" recorded by Chris Young, and "I'd Rather Ride Around With You" recorded by Reba.

One of Nashville's most consistent and prolific writers of hits, DiPiero's hits include "Southern Voice" recorded by Tim McGraw, "Blue Clear Sky" recorded by George Strait, and "You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl" recorded by Brooks & Dunn.

The CMA Songwriters Series at the Library of Congress is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets can be attained at www.ticketmaster.com (service fees do apply). Patrons who are unable to obtain tickets are encouraged to try for standby tickets on the evening of the concert, starting at 6:30 PM. Tickets are often available even for sold-out events. For more details please visit www.loc.gov/concerts.

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