CMA Songwriters Series Announces September Shows in Bristol, VA and New Orleans, LA Scott Frans August 23, 2016 Eric Paslay, Victoria Shaw, and Wrabel to Perform Special CMA Songwriters Series in Support of CMA Foundation Initiatives Sept. 6 at House of Blues in New Orleans, La.; CMA Award Winner Tracy Lawrence will be Joined by Hit Songwriters Barry Dean and Luke Laird at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum Sept. 8 in Bristol, Va. NASHVILLE – Since 2005, the CMA Songwriters Series has spotlighted the amazing talents of the Country Music songwriter community in the United States and abroad. In September, the critically-acclaimed Series expands into two new markets with shows in New Orleans on Sept. 6 and in Bristol, Va., on Sept. 8. Details below. NEW ORLEANS Songwriters Eric Paslay, Victoria Shaw, and Wrabel will perform a special CMA Songwriters Series in the Parish at House of Blues in New Orleans Tuesday, Sept. 6, highlighting the CMA Foundation’s efforts to support music education programs in and around the city. Paslay will visit with CMA Foundation beneficiary programs, including a local Notes for Notes recording studio and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, all in support of the CMA Foundation’s $295,000 music education grants to the New Orleans community. Several local music teachers will attend the CMA Songwriters Series Tuesday as Paslay’s guests. The CMA Award-nominated artist penned his own No. 1 “Friday Night,” as well as chart-toppers for artists including Jake Owen (“Barefoot Blue Jean Night”), Eli Young Band (“Even If It Breaks Your Heart”), and Rascal Flatts (“Rewind”). Shaw, who is also a member of the CMA Foundation Board of Directors, is an award-winning songwriter and producer who has written for artists including Garth Brooks (“The River,” “She’s Every Woman”) and Eric Church (“Two Pink Lines”). She is a CMA Award-winning producer for Lady Antebellum’s “I Run To You.” Pop singer/songwriter Wrabel will round out the group. Wrabel has written for artists including Phillip Phillips (“So Easy”), Ellie Goulding (“Devotion”), and Adam Lambert. The CMA Songwriters Series in the Parish at House of Blues will be held Tuesday, Sept. 6 (8:00 PM/CT) at 225 Decatur Street, New Orleans, La., 70130. Presale tickets are on sale Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, Aug. 26 (10:00 AM/CT). Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $13.6 million to support quality, sustainable music education programs across the country, touching the lives of 1 million students. For more information, please visit CMAfoundation.org. BRISTOL, VA. The CMA Songwriters Series will travel to The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, in Bristol, Va., Thursday, Sept. 8 (9:00 PM/ET). The lineup includes Tracy Lawrence along with hit songwriters Barry Dean and Luke Laird. “The Birthplace of Country Music Museum honors the shared musical heritage of Country Music songwriting and recording and the roots of the legacy that have led us to the 50th anniversary of the CMA Awards,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “It is fitting that the CMA Songwriters Series visit such a revered museum at the beginning of the kick-off season for this year’s historic CMA Awards.” The Songwriters Series show is part of several days of events in Bristol leading up to a highly anticipated college football rivalry game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers. Lawrence has sold more than 13 million records, earned 18 No. 1 singles, and has been nominated for three CMA Awards, taking home a trophy in 2007 for Musical Event of the Year with “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” He returns to the studio next month to begin work on a new collaborations record. Dean was nominated in 2013 for CMA Song of the Year for “Pontoon.” Laird has six CMA Award nominations including three consecutive nods for Song of the Year for penning “Pontoon,” “Give Me Back My Hometown,” and “American Kids.” The Birthplace of Country Music Museum explores the history, impact and legacy the 1927 Bristol Sessions which included the first recordings by The Carter Family (the First Family of Country Music) and Jimmie Rodgers (the Father of Country Music). Through multiple theater experiences, video and sound, text and artifacts, technology-infused displays—along with a variety of educational programs, music programs, and community events—the exciting story of this music and its far-reaching influence comes alive. CMA Songwriters Series at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will be held Thursday, Sept. 8 (9:00 PM/ET). The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, Va., 24201. Limited tickets will go on sale Thursday, Aug. 25. The box office can be reached at (423) 573-1927 or visit the events page at BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org to purchase tickets. For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com. The CMA Songwriters Series is in its 12th season kicking off the first show of this year at indigo at The O2 in London during the C2C Festival followed by its debut appearance at SXSW at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, and a stop in Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress. Since 2005, the CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 90 shows in 15 cities including Austin, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Phoenix.