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One Week Left For 2017 Hazel Dickens Song Contest Entries

Hazel DickensThe 2017 Hazel Dickens Song Contest is open for entries, top prize $500! Celebrating the life and music of groundbreaking bluegrass songwriter and musician Hazel Dickens, the third annual contest seeks to bring attention to the finest in original bluegrass songwriting. Top prize $500 and a performance at the 2017 DC Bluegrass Festival, 2nd prize $250, 3rd prize $100. Entries must be received by January 5, 2017.

Entries for the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition Open

Chris Austin Songwriting ContestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World, has begun accepting entries for the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest this month and will continue until February 2017. The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest is one of the most acclaimed songwriting contests in roots and Americana music and has a reputation for launching careers and discovering important new talent.

Donna Ulisse Named 2016 Songwriter of the Year

Donna UlisseDonna Ulisse left Raleigh last week named the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association's Songwriter of the Year. It is an award she had been nominated for the past four years in a row with 2016 making it her fifth nomination. Having never won, it caused her to often joke that she was the IBMA's Susan Lucci, in reference to Lucci going nineteen years before winning an Emmy for best Daytime Soap Actress. When former winner Becky Buller announced the award, she smiled at Ulisse's table and said, "You are no longer the Susan Lucci of this award."

IBMA Songwriting Committee Announces Podunk Workshops

Rick LangRick Lang is pleased to announce that he will be conducting a two-part songwriting workshop at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival in Hebron, Connecticut, this summer. Each workshop will be approximately 1-1/2 hours long. During both, I will address and answer any questions you may have, play examples of songs that tie into the workshop topics and offer a handout of songwriting tips I've accumulated over the years.

Tim Stafford to Perform at Prestigious Songwriters Festival

Tim StaffordAbingdon, VA -- Blue Highway's Tim Stafford will perform at the 4th Annual Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival this Saturday, May 28, at 6:00 pm at Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) in Abingdon.

I Wrote a Song Once But, I'm Not a Songwriter

SongwritingI view songwriters as those special gifted people who just have a wonderful way with expressing abstract concepts into concrete words. There are those who just excel at it while others struggle. Songwriting is that magical world where a few stand in the clouds, way above us mortals who enjoy and savor their works.

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Finalists Announced

Chris Austin Songwriting ContestWilkesboro, NC -- The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest, announces finalists for the 2016 contest. MerleFest 2016, presented by Window World, takes place from April 28-May 1, on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C. Now in its 24th year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of music industry professionals, under the direction of volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. The first place winners will receive $600 cash from MerleFest and a performance slot on the Cabin Stage on Friday night.

World of Bluegrass Songwriter Showcase Applications Now Open

IBMA Songwriter ShowcaseNashville, TN -- The IBMA World of Bluegrass Songwriter Showcase is a coveted opportunity. Ten selected songwriters (or songwriting teams) are given the rare and valuable opportunity to perform one original bluegrass song to the best bluegrass artists and producers in the industry. While the standards will always remain central to the genre, its growth and development is ensured by the creative output of great songwriters! This year’s Songwriter Showcase will take place on Thursday, September 29 during World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Donna Ulisse sets Songwriting Escape 2016 Schedule

Songwriting EscapeFour time IBMA Songwriter of the Year nominee Donna Ulisse has set the initial 2016 schedule and locations for her Songwriting Escape instrument and songwriting workshops. She and her team will return to all three locations they taught in last year. The 2016 schedule is further down in this article.

Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival to Feature Big Names

Wire and Wood Songwriters FestivalAlpharetta, GA -- Over 25 nationally recognized singer-songwriters will gather together for three days of concerts on three stages to perform their original songs. The Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival will take place on Friday, October 16 from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, October 17 from 3-10 p.m. in Alpharetta, Georgia. A free kickoff performance featuring Nashville-based award-winning singer songwriter Liz Longley and bluegrass-country-punk band The Whiskey Gentry will take place at Avalon on Thursday, October 15 from 6-8 p.m. Liz is touring in support of her debut self-titled Sugar Hill Records release.

Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Winners Announced

Chris Austin Songwriting ContestMerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is a celebration of "traditional plus" music. The festival presents a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles.

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Entries Begin October 1st

Chris Austin Songwriting ContestWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and host of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, will begin accepting entries for the songwriting contest beginning October 1. Aspiring songwriters may submit entries to the contest using the online entry form or by mailing entries to: MerleFest/CASC, PO Box 120, Wilkesboro, NC 28697. Early birds take note: during the month of October and November, all entries for the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (CASC) will receive an early entry discount price of $25 per entry. Submissions received in December and January will require a $30 fee per entry. The deadline to enter the CASC will be February 1, 2016.

Songwriters Festival Back in City of Gatlinburg for 4th Year

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival 2015Gatlinburg, TN -- The sounds of some of the biggest hits in country, gospel and bluegrass music will resonate through the streets of Gatlinburg when Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival comes to town August 19 through August 23. The festival will feature over 130 acts of songwriters and musicians who have shaped the top Billboard charts for generations as well as those just getting started in the music industry.

What's the Bluegrass Music Lyrics Grade Level Score?

Bluegrass Lyric Grade LevelIn the recent couple of weeks there have been postings around the internet relating to the education level of pop lyrics, pop country lyrics and other music. One such article (http://bit.ly/1d2NfiG) indicates that Pop Country is in the 3rd Grade elementary school realm. I know it wasn't all this way but then, country music has changed a lot over the past couple of decades.

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Announces 2015 finalists

Chris AustinWilkesboro, NC -- Finalists have been selected for the annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest 2015. Now in its 23rd year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. MerleFest 2015, presented by Window World, takes place from April 23-26 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C.

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