CMA Songwriters Series Returns for a Ninth Year Scott Frans February 1, 2013 The Popular Series Kicks Off Stateside at Joe’s Pub in New York City On March 19 featuring Craig Morgan, Shane Minor, Phil O’Donnell, and Host Bob DiPiero Ronnie Milsap and Lorrie Morgan to Join DiPiero in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress on March 20 2013 Series Will Also Play in Boston, Chicago, Austin, and Nashville NASHVILLE – The CMA Songwriters Series returns for a ninth consecutive year. The popular series continues to grow with new cities being added to the itinerary as well as multiple nights for the New York City shows. “Nashville’s songwriters are the best in the world and CMA is excited to showcase them, not only in the States, but overseas as well,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “It’s great to see how this series has grown since it began in 2005. What started at Joe’s Pub in New York has expanded to other cities over the years. We have even taken the series overseas with shows in the U.K. and Ireland and we will be hitting Paris next month.” Country singer, songwriter and television star Craig Morgan will kick off the 2013 CMA Songwriters Series on Tuesday, March 19 (6:30 and 9:00 PM/ET) at the place where it all began, New York City’s Joe’s Pub. With a slew of hits under his belt including “Almost Home,” “Bonfire,” “Look At Us,” and his current single, “More Trucks Than Cars,” Morgan will share the stories behind the songs with the fans. “Songwriting is such a big part of my life. I love telling stories and sharing my world with people and I’m blessed that I get to do that through song,” said Morgan. “It’s always great to be a part of the CMA Songwriter Series because we get to take part of what’s so special about Nashville – the songwriting community – and share it with other cities like New York.” Joining Morgan will be Shane Minor (“Beautiful Mess” recorded by Diamond Rio, “Live A Little” recorded by Kenny Chesney, and “International Harvester” recorded by Morgan), Phil O’Donnell (“Back When I Knew It All” recorded by Montgomery Gentry, “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” recorded by Clay Walker, and “Love Remembers” recorded by Morgan), and the evening’s host, Bob DiPiero (“Southern Voice” recorded by Tim McGraw, “Blue Clear Sky” recorded by George Strait, and “Lovin’ You Is Fun” recorded by Easton Corbin). Tickets for the March 19 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 or call (212) 967-7555 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM/ET. Joe’s Pub is located at 425 Lafayette St. in New York City. Country legends Ronnie Milsap and Lorrie Morgan will join host DiPiero on Wednesday, March 20 (8:00 PM/EST) in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress’ Coolidge Auditorium. Milsap is one of the most successful and versatile Country crossover singers of his time with hits like “It Was Almost Like a Song,” “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me,” “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World,” “Any Day Now,” and “Stranger In My House,” among others. He is credited with 40 No. 1 Country hits and has won eight CMA Awards. “I’m very honored to be a part of the CMA Songwriter Series,” said Milsap. “I look forward to being in Washington, D.C. with Lorrie Morgan and Bob DiPiero to perform at the Library of Congress.” Two-time CMA Award-winner Morgan has charted more than 25 singles on the Billboard Country chart. Her hits include “Five Minutes,” “What Part of No,” “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength,” and her trademark smash “Something in Red.” This will be Morgan’s second appearance with the CMA Songwriters Series at the Library of Congress. “Songwriting is powerful in so many ways; whether recorded for all the world to hear or just as a personal journal, it has always been therapy for me and I believe the same is true for the Country Music listener,” Morgan said. “I am honored to join the roster of elite song crafters at the CMA Songwriters Series to celebrate a special ‘gift’ that comes from within.” The CMA Songwriters Series at the Library of Congress is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets will be available Wednesday, Feb. 6, and can be attained at ticketmaster.com (service fees do apply). There is a limit of two tickets per patron. Patrons who are unable to obtain tickets are encouraged to try for standby tickets on the evening of the concert, starting at 6:00 PM. Tickets are often available even for sold-out events. For more details please visit loc.gov/concerts. The CMA Songwriters Series will also play in Boston, Chicago, Austin, and Nashville with talent to be announced at a later date. For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com. ASCAP and BMI are the official partners of the CMA Songwriters Series.