Huffington Post recently sat down with artists and songwriters that have performed during a CMA Songwriters Series to discuss their thoughts on the event, songwriting, and Country Music. The interview features stories from Bob DiPiero, Billy Currington, Carrie Underwood, Kix Brooks, Easton Borbin, Ronnie Milsap, Chris Young & Little Big Town’s Kimberley Schlapman.
Darius Rucker to Announce Final Nominees for The 48th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, Sept. 3 on Good Morning America Live from New York City
Rucker Featured in 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series Show Sept. 3 at the Best Buy Theater in NYC; Show to be Streamed Live at CMASongwritersSeries.com
Hosted for the Seventh Time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” Airs Live Wednesday, Nov. 5 on the ABC Television Network
NASHVILLE – Sun up to sun down, the announcement of the final nominees for “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will take over New York City on Wednesday, Sept. 3 with host and CMA Award winner Darius Rucker.
“I know what it feels like to be nominated for a CMA Award, and I was happy to accept the invitation to announce the final nominees and have this opportunity to deliver good news to my friends in the industry,” said Rucker. “Set the alarm guys, this is worth waking up for.”
At daybreak, Rucker will perform “Homegrown Honey,” the debut single from his upcoming new album to be released in early 2015. Rucker will also announce the final nominees in five CMA Awards categories live from the “Good Morning America” studios in the heart of Times Square on the ABC Television Network. The announcement will air in the 8:30 AM/ET half-hour segment of the top-rated, morning news program.
Following the announcement, at 10:00 AM/ET, Rucker will be at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories along with the announcement of the CMA Broadcast Awards for Personality and Radio Station of the Year in four categories (small, medium, large, and major market), as well as the finalists for the CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year. There will be an additional presentation by the CMA Foundation’s Keep the Music Playing music education campaign.
Nightfall brings the 10th anniversary celebration of the CMA Songwriters Series at the Best Buy Theater with Rucker, hit tunesmith Rivers Rutherford, and series host Bob DiPiero for an in-the-round presentation of the songs that have touched the lives of millions of music fans. The show will be streamed live via CMASongwritersSeries.com.
The CMA Board of Directors created and launched the CMA Songwriters Series in 2005 at Joe’s Pub in New York City, which has grown to include shows in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Washington D.C. at the Library of Congress, and at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2012, the series expanded to the U.K. and Ireland and last year was included as part of the International Marketing Summit in Paris. The CMA Songwriters Series returned to the U.K. in 2014 as part of the C2C (Country to Country) festival, which is presented at The O2 in Dublin and London in partnership with CMA.
Tickets for the Sept. 3 CMA Songwriters Series at the Best Buy Theater are $55 plus tax and are General Admission. Attendees must be 21 and over unless accompanied by an adult. Tickets are on sale next week at the Best Buy Box Office, AXS.com, or by calling (888) 9-AXS-TIX or (888) 929-7849, for more information please visit CMASongwritersSeries.com.
Rucker won the CMA Award for New Artist of the Year in 2009 and has collected three other CMA Awards nominations including Male Vocalist of the Year (2009), Musical Event of the Year with Lionel Richie for “Stuck on You” (2012), and Single of the Year for “Wagon Wheel” (2013).
The Capitol Nashville recording artist released his third Country album, True Believers on May 21, 2013. The album is his third consecutive album to top the Billboard Country albums chart and features the Platinum-certified, Grammy Award-winning, two-week No. 1 single “Wagon Wheel.” Rucker’s first two Country albums, Learn To Live and Charleston, SC 1966 produced five No. 1 singles including “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long,” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” Rucker achieved a personal goal and childhood dream when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 16, 2012. Rucker is currently headlining his “True Believers Tour.” To learn more, visit dariusrucker.com.
In Nashville, members of CMA will be invited to a breakfast at the Association’s corporate office to learn the nominees with the rest of the country via live stream at CMAawards.com.
“We are thrilled that Darius has agreed to bring these important and highly-anticipated announcements to the media capital of the world and still share the news live with our constituents in Nashville and around the globe via our CMAawards.com stream,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. Winners of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible members of CMA. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The eligibility period for the 2014 CMA Awards is July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
The second ballot was emailed to CMA members on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Voting for the second ballot closes Friday, Aug. 22 (5:00 PM/CT). The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members on Thursday, Oct. 9. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 27 (5:00 PM/CT).
“The 47th Annual CMA Awards” on ABC (Nov. 6, 2013) dominated the night in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 (16.8 million and 4.7/13), winning each half-hour and out delivering runner-up CBS by 7.4 million viewers and by 114 percent in Adults 18-49. In fact, with the broad-appealing Awards special the Network swept the evening, finishing No. 1 in Viewers, all key Adult demos (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54) and Teens 12-17, and was the top broadcaster with Kids 2-11.
The 2013 CMA Awards was up by double digits from the previous year’s telecast (Nov. 1, 2012), gaining 23 percent in Total Viewers and 24 percent in Adults 18-49. The CMA Awards drew its biggest audience in four years, representing its second-most-watched broadcast in eight years (since 2009 and 2005, respectively). In addition, the CMA Awards shot up 41 percent year-to-year with Men 18-34 (3.1/11 vs. 2.2/8) to a nine-year high since 2004 (source: The Nielsen Company).
Tickets for “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” go on sale to the public Saturday, Sept. 6 (10:00 AM/CT). Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com; by calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville). CMA Awards information is available at CMAawards.com. Or follow the conversation on Twitter at #CMAawards.
“The 48th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer and Paul Miller is the Director. The CMA Awards will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
About “Good Morning America”: Emmy-award winning “Good Morning America” is a two-hour, live program anchored by Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, and Lara Spencer. Amy Robach is the news anchor and Ginger Zee is the weather anchor. The morning news program airs Monday-Friday (7:00-9:00 AM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
About the CMA Awards: The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021.
NASHVILLE – The CMA Songwriters Series blew into Chicago Wednesday for a night of stories and songs at Joe’s Bar as it continues its 10th anniversary season. Songwriter and CMA Board member Bob DiPiero hosted and performed alongside Monty Powell, Striking Matches, and Charlie Worsham.
It was a night of jokes, red Solo cups and Number One hits when Dierks Bentley sat down with a group of songwriters for an informal concert filmed by PBS for its superlative concert program, Front and Center.
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Bob DiPiero, Striking Matches, and Charlie Worsham Share the Stories Behind Their Hits
NASHVILLE – The CMA Songwriters Series returns to Chicago to launch the second half of its 10th anniversary year at Joe’s Bar on Wednesday, July 30 (8:30 PM/CT, doors at 7:00 PM/CT). Celebrating its decade-long run, the CMA Songwriters Series features songwriter and host Bob DiPiero performing alongside Striking Matches and Charlie Worsham. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 9 (10 AM/CT).
Striking Matches is a duo made up of Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmermann. Paired by a professor at Belmont University to perform for a classroom full of guitar majors, they have been writing and performing together ever since. Their self-titled EP was released in October 2012 and was named among iTunes “Best of 2012.” Featured on NPR and in the Wall Street Journal the pair have already appeared on the Grand Ole Opry more than 15 times, opened for some of the biggest names in music, and had five songs featured on ABC’s hit television series “Nashville.” Earlier this year, the duo participated in the CMA Songwriters Series in London as part of the Second Annual CMA International Marketing Summit to rave reviews from fans.
Warner Music Nashville recording artist Worsham released his debut album Rubberband in 2013. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music, Worsham made his Grand Ole Opry debut at just 12 years old. The accomplished musician co-wrote every song on Rubberband including the Top 20 hit “Could It Be” and has also had a cut by Dierks Bentley (“Heart of a Lonely Girl”). The Mississippi native has toured with Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, and Taylor Swift and was recently named a CMA Music Festival “Must-See Act” by RollingStoneCountry.com.
CMA Songwriters Series host and a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, DiPiero (“Southern Voice” recorded by Tim McGraw, “Blue Clear Sky” recorded by George Strait, and “Lovin’ You Is Fun” recorded by Easton Corbin) will also return to the stage, sharing the entertaining stories behind some of his most popular hit songs. DiPiero has had more than 1,200 songs recorded by other artists, countless hit singles, and an astounding 15 No. 1 hits.
The CMA Songwriters Series kicked off its 10th Anniversary season with standing-room-only shows at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and has performed shows in Nashville, New York City, and London already in 2014. Other planned performance locations this year include: Paradise Island, Bahamas, on August 30 as part of the Atlantis Live Paradise Music Festival Presented by HGTV with Kristian Bush, Brett James, Bobby Pinson, and Caitlyn Smith; as well as shows in Austin, Nashville, and New York.
Also in 2014, CMA has partnered with Public Television’s critically-acclaimed concert series “Front and Center” to present two separate hour-long concert specials for the 2014 fall season. The shows will feature the music of CMA Award winners Lady Antebellum as they are joined by special songwriter guests, and a special 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series celebration with CMA Award winner Dierks Bentley. Bentley will be joined by top songwriters Jim Beavers, Ross Copperman, James, and Jon Randall. The episodes, which taped earlier this year in Nashville, are scheduled to air this fall leading up to “The 48th Annual CMA Awards.”
For nearly a decade, the CMA Songwriters Series has been exposing fans across the country and the globe to the artisans who, through their craft, pen hits that touch the lives of millions of music fans. Since it began at Joes’ Pub in New York City in 2005, the CMA Songwriter Series has presented more than 75 shows in 13 cities, including Austin, Boston, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress.
The series has featured 127 of music’s most gifted storytellers who collectively have 61 CMA Song of the Year nominations.
Some of the artists that have been part of the series include Clint Black, Kix Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Randy Houser, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Kip Moore, David Lee Murphy, Gretchen Peters, Kellie Pickler, The Band Perry, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, Phil Vassar, and Chris Young.
Tickets for the July 30 CMA Songwriters Series at Joe’s Bar are on sale tomorrow. To order tickets, visit CMASongwritersSeries.com, joesbar.com, or call (312) 337-3486 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM/CT. Joe’s Bar is located at 940 W. Weed St. in Chicago. JOE’S IS A 21 AND OLDER VENUE. You must be 21+ to attend all shows and events.
For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series, including the Atlantis Live Paradise Music Festival Presented by HGTV, please visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.
ASCAP, BMI and SESAC are official partners of the CMA Songwriters Series.
“Nashville’s all about great songs. We’re just the vessels.”
That’s superstar Dierks Bentley addressing four of Nashville’s finest songwriters before the cameras began to roll for the taping of the 10th anniversary of the CMA Songwriter Series at Marathon Music Works. Part of public television’s “Front and Center” series, the evening sought to bring the Bluebird Café to the small screen, giving those at home the chance to experience the uniquely Nashville phenomenon that is the “writers’ round.”
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The First CMA Television Events of Their Kind will Feature the Music of Lady Antebellum and a Special 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series Celebration with Dierks Bentley and Nashville’s Top Songwriters
NASHVILLE — CMA will partner with Public Television’s critically-acclaimed concert series “Front and Center” to present two separate hour-long concert specials for the 2014 Fall season. The shows will feature the music of CMA Award winners Lady Antebellum as they are joined by special guests, and a special 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series celebration with CMA Award winner Dierks Bentley joined by top songwriters Jim Beavers, Ross Copperman, Brett James, and Jon Randall. The episodes, which tape later this month in Nashville, are scheduled to air this fall leading up to “The 48th Annual CMA Awards.”
“What began as a discussion to highlight the 10th anniversary of the CMA Songwriters Series is evolving into what we believe can be a long-term partnership that not only highlights the Songwriters Series and our songwriter community on an ongoing basis, but also provides a platform to reach a wider audience through PBS,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
“CMA resides at the epicenter of Country Music’s past, present, and future. It is an honor and a privilege to be partnering not only with such a prestigious organization, but with an organization that truly understands the bedrock upon which the genre is built – the songwriters and its performers,” said Don Maggi, Executive Producer, “Front and Center.” “Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley are two of Country Music’s best and the shows that have been created for their fans will be shows that nobody will want to miss.”
The Music of Lady Antebellum will include an intimate evening of the trio’s signature hits and a first taste of new music from their upcoming fifth studio album. The group will share personal stories from the road, the writing room, and the events that inspired their music along with special guest songwriters with whom they have worked throughout the course of their career.
Bentley will be joined on stage by songwriters for a special 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series celebration. The “Front and Center” taping will capture a CMA Songwriters Series style round featuring Bentley joined by Beavers (“5-1-5-0” written with and recorded by Bentley, “Red Solo Cup” recorded by Toby Keith); Copperman (“Tip It On Back” recorded by Bentley, “Beat of the Music” recorded by Brett Eldredge); James (“I Hold On” written with and recorded by Bentley, “Jesus Take the Wheel” recorded by Carrie Underwood); and Randall (“Draw Me A Map” written with and recorded by Bentley, “Whiskey Lullaby” recorded by Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley).
“The CMA Songwriters Series is always a really cool gig,” said Bentley. “It’s like everybody in the room is in on a secret or something. You’ve got a couple guys with guitars, telling stories and drinking whiskey — anything can happen!”
The CMA Songwriters Series kicked off the 10th Anniversary season with standing-room-only shows at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and has performed shows in New York and London already in 2014. Other planned performance locations this year include Austin, Chicago, Nashville, New York, and Paradise Island, Bahamas, as part of the Paradise Music Festival Presented by CMA partner HGTV.
For a decade, the CMA Songwriters Series has been exposing fans across the country and the globe to the artisans who, through their craft, pen hits that touch the lives of millions of music fans. Since it began at Joes’ Pub in New York City in 2005, the CMA Songwriter Series has presented more than 75 shows in 13 cities, including Boston, Belfast, Dublin, Los Angeles, Paris, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress.
The series has featured 127 of music’s most gifted storytellers who collectively have 61 CMA Song of the Year nominations. CMA Triple Play Award winner, CMA Board member, and member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Bob DiPiero has championed and hosted the series since its launch.
“The super fans of Nashville’s elite songwriting community are the artists who record their work,” said DiPiero. “The CMA Songwriters Series showcases that creative interaction between artist and songwriter like no other event in the world.”
Some of the artists that have been part of the series include Bentley, Clint Black, Kix Brooks, Kristian Bush, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Kip Moore, David Lee Murphy, Gretchen Peters, Kellie Pickler, The Band Perry, Josh Turner, Underwood, Phil Vassar, and Chris Young.
NASHVILLE – CMA will present a special songwriters showcase featuring Bill Anderson, Jim Beavers, and Bobby Pinson as part of Nashville Songwriters Association International’s 22nd Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival on Thursday, March 27 at the Listening Room Café in Nashville.
Produced by NSAI, Tin Pan South is the world’s largest all-songwriter festival. Last year nearly 350 talented songwriters performed more than 90 shows at 10 of Nashville’s top music venues. Thousands of music fans attend the event annually to hear songwriters tell stories behind hits they have written and perform the songs as they were originally composed.
“Nashville’s songwriters are among the most talented storytellers in the world,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “CMA and NSAI’s Tin Pan South both have traditions of promoting and honoring songwriters, so we are proud to partner with them again this year.”
Recognizing excellence is central to CMA’s mission and the Association recognizes songwriters throughout the year with the CMA Award for Song of the Year, which is presented on the annual broadcast to the winning songwriters, the annual Triple Play Awards, and the creation of a rotating category for songwriters in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame.
In addition, the CMA Board of Directors created and launched the CMA Songwriters Series in 2005 at Joe’s Pub in New York City, which has grown to include shows in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Washington D.C. at the Library of Congress, and at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2012, the series expanded to the U.K. and Ireland and last year was included as part of the International Marketing Summit in Paris. The CMA Songwriters Series returned to the U.K. in 2014 as part of the C2C (Country to Country) festival, which is presented at The O2 in Dublin and London in partnership with CMA.
CMA also offers its songwriter members access to affordable health insurance. CMA Instrumental Healthcare offers exceptional benefits with more options to better fit the needs of its membership.
“Whisperin’” Bill Anderson composed his first classic hit in 1958 at age 19 with “City Lights” and he continues to compose more than 50 years later as evidenced by his CMA Song of the Year Awards for 2007’s “Give It Away” recorded by George Strait and 2005’s “Whiskey Lullaby” recorded by Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley. His songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dean Martin, Ray Price, Debbie Reynolds, Porter Wagoner, Lawrence Welk, Faron Young, and many others.
Beavers’ résumé includes jobs at Capitol Records and Virgin Records, as well as being a touring musician for Lee Ann Womack. He has composed eight No. 1 songs including “Drink a Beer” recorded by Luke Bryan, “Red Solo Cup” recorded by Toby Keith, “Watching Airplanes” recorded by Gary Allan, and “Felt Good on My Lips” recorded by Tim McGraw.
Pinson has penned five No. 1 hits. His compositions include “Want To” and “All I Wanna Do” recorded by Sugarland, “She Never Cried in Front of Me” recorded by Keith, and “Won’t Be Lonely Long” recorded by LeAnn Rimes. In 2009, he was awarded the BMI Sonwriter of the Year Award
CMA Presents at Tin Pan South will be held Thursday, March 27 (6:00 PM/CT). Admission is $15 at the door or with a Tin Pan Fast Access Pass. The Listening Room Café is located at 217 Second Avenue South and can be reached at (615)259-3600.
NASHVILLE – Country Music was king in the U.K. and Dublin this past weekend as CMA hosted the Second Annual International Marketing Summit as well as a diverse lineup of special events ranging from songwriters’ showcases to industry panels, to star-packed sold out arena concerts.
The Daily Mirror noted that “Thousands of fans traveled hundreds of miles from every corner of the U.K.,” and “you got a real sense that America’s mainstream Country superstars are on the verge of something big in the U.K.”
Events for the weekend included the Second Annual CMA International Marketing Summit; an evening with the storytellers behind the hits with CMA Songwriters Series, marking the third time the Series has played in the region; a special BBC “Brad Paisley and Friends” songwriters show taping at the iconic BBC Radio Theatre; and two crowning sold out C2C (Country To Country) concerts, two nights each, at The O2 in both Dublin and London in association with The 02 and SJM Concerts that featured Dierks Bentley, Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride (London only), Paisley, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Chris Young, and Zac Brown Band.
“Seeing firsthand the enthusiastic response from the fans, the interest from our constituents, the overwhelmingly positive media coverage, and the potential for business growth was rewarding and created the foundation for future international initiatives,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
CMA partnered with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp for a Town Square booth, where they conducted market research about Country Music consumption. CMA also presented two public panels at the British Music Experience on songwriting and music publishing that featured experts including duo Striking Matches. The duo’s pop up stage performances at C2C and CMA Songwriters Series performance were hailed as some of the weekend’s highlights. CMA also teamed with BBC to host a joint BBC/CMA reception at the BBC Media Café with 250 invited guests who were treated to an acoustic performance by The Shires.
Fifteen CMA Board Members made the trip to London to lend their expertise to a weekend that was jam packed with something for both fans and industry alike.
The weekend of CMA events put Country Music front and center on an international stage. According to The Daily Telegraph, “This was as close to Nashville as London had ever been. In this internet era, Country Music is, for the first time, readily accessible to U.K. fans.”
U.K. music trade publication Music Week announced, “With a long weekend of activity…including London and Dublin festivals, the Country Music genre is experiencing the biggest push that it’s had in the U.K. in years.”
Country Music continues to grow in popularity and strength around the world as evidenced by the overwhelming success of this weekend’s events. Part of that success is due, according to the London Evening Standard, to the idea that “Country has lived long and prospered because it has never been afraid to evolve.”
CMA continues to act on its mission to heighten the awareness of Country Music and support its ongoing growth. In addition to CMA’s international events, such as those in London and Dublin over the weekend, throughout the year CMA honors individuals of the international community with awards including the International Country Broadcaster Award, International Artist Achievement Award, Global Country Music Artist Award, Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award, and the prestigious Jo Walker-Meador International Award, which is named for the original executive director of CMA.
Through the presentation of awards and events like the International Marketing Summit and CMA Songwriters Series, CMA seeks to recognize and empower its international membership and Country Music fans globally.
To view some of the highlights of C2C (Country To Country) please visit, http://www.c2c-countrytocountry.com/relive
Bob DiPiero, Kix Brooks, Tim Nichols, and Jon Nite Share the Stories Behind Their Hits
NASHVILLE – The CMA Songwriters Series returns in its tenth year to the venue where it all began, Joe’s Pub in New York City, with a two-night event on Feb. 11 and 12. Celebrating its decade-long run, the CMA Songwriters Series features songwriter and host Bob DiPiero performing alongside Kix Brooks, Tim Nichols, and Jon Nite. Tickets are on sale now and show times for both nights are 7:00 and 9:30 PM/ET.
The CMA Songwriters Series has been exposing fans across the country and the globe to the artisans who, through their craft, pen hits that touch the lives of millions of music fans. It launches the 2014 season with performances this week at the world famous Sundance Film Festival and will visit London, Chicago, and Austin among other iconic locations this year.
“Nashville’s songwriters are among the most talented storytellers in the world,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Following this week’s launch at Sundance, we are excited to return to the ‘unofficial’ home of the series at Joe’s Pub. It’s great to see how fans of great songwriting and storytelling have embraced the series since it began in 2005.”
In its 10-year history, the CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 75 shows in 13 cities, including Austin, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress.
Brooks and DiPiero have a long history with the CMA Songwriters Series. As CMA’s Chairman of the Board in 2005, Brooks was a key player alongside DiPiero in the creation and launch of the series and its first shows in New York ten years ago as a way to spotlight and champion songwriters. A 19-time CMA Award winner and one half of superstar Country duo Brooks & Dunn, Brooks penned many hits for the group including “Red Dirt Road,” “Brand New Man,” “Only In America,” and “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone.” Brooks was also named CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year in 2009, 2011, and 2013 as the host of “American Country Countdown.”
“The CMA Songwriters Series has become an internationally respected event,” Brooks stated. “Sharing the Nashville songwriter experience with folks all over is something very unique and I have to congratulate my dear friend Bob DiPiero for his tireless effort in making this happen for all these years. I did this guitar pull the first time at Joes Pub in NY and it’s going to be great coming back to celebrate. This audience gets it and it just never gets old performing there.”
Nichols won the CMA Song of The Year Award in 2004 for “Live Like You Were Dying” recorded by Tim McGraw. That song also garnered a Grammy Award for Best Country Song as well as a BMI Country Award, ASCAP Country Award, and awards from Billboard and Nashville Songwriters Association International. Additionally, he has penned songs recorded by Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, Joe Nichols, Kenny Rogers, Phil Vassar, and Keith Whitley.
Texas native Nite has penned hits such as “Tip It on Back” recorded by Dierks Bentley, “Whatever She’s Got” recorded by David Nail, “Glass” recorded by Thompson Square, and “We Were Us” recorded by Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban.
CMA Songwriters Series host and a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, DiPiero (“Southern Voice” recorded by McGraw, “Blue Clear Sky” recorded by George Strait, and “Lovin’ You Is Fun” recorded by Easton Corbin) will also return to the stage, sharing the entertaining stories behind some of his most popular hit songs. DiPiero has had more than 1,200 songs recorded by other artists, countless hit singles, and an astounding 15 No. 1 hits.
Tickets for the Feb. 11 and 12 CMA Songwriters Series at Joe’s Pub are $40 and $35 each and are on sale now. For information about Joe’s Pub or to order tickets, visit joespub.com. Joe’s Pub is located at 425 Lafayette St. in New York City.
The CMA Songwriters Series will also play in Chicago, Austin, Nashville and London with more shows and talent to be announced at a later date. For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.
ASCAP and BMI are official partners of the CMA Songwriters Series.