Sunday, 30 August, 2009 8:35 PM
CMA Songwriters Series Hits The
Popular Series will
feature Kellie Pickler in Los Angeles And Lee Ann Womack in Chicago
by Danny Clinch
Music Nashville recording artist Lee Ann Womack will be the
featured artist/songwriter for both Chicago CMA Songwriters
Photo courtesy of Sony
recording artist Kellie Pickler will be the featured artist/songwriter
for the September 15 Los Angeles CMA Songwriters Series
2009 CMA Close Up News Service
The wildly popular CMA Songwriters Series, which has played
to sell- out crowds in New York City for the past five years, will
be hitting the road this Fall with a show in Los Angeles on Tuesday,
Sept. 15 (9:30 PM/PT) at the House of Blues, and two shows in Chicago,
Friday, Oct. 2 (8:30 PM/CT) at Joe's Bar, and Saturday, Oct. 3 (4:00
PM/CT) at the Chicago Country Music Festival.
Each show will be hosted by Bob DiPiero, writer of hits such as
"Take Me As I Am" recorded by Faith Hill, "You Can't
Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl" recorded by Brooks &
Dunn, "Blue Clear Sky" recorded by George Strait, and
"Gone" recorded by Montgomery Gentry, and will feature
some of Nashville's most talented writers as well as artist/songwriters.
BNA recording artist Kellie Pickler will be the featured artist/songwriter
for the September 15 Los Angeles show. Pickler, a two-time CMA Award
nominee, is enjoying a Top 10 hit with "Best Days of Your Life,"
which she wrote with friend and tour mate Taylor Swift. The single
has also been certified Gold. Pickler also co-wrote the Top 15 hits
"Red High Heels" and "I Wonder" from her gold
certified debut album, Small Town Girl.
Joining Pickler will be songwriters Chris Lindsey ("Amazed"
recorded by Lonestar and "Let's Make Love" recorded by
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill), and Aimee Mayo ("This One's For
the Girls" recorded by Martina McBride and "Red High Heels"
recorded by Pickler).
The Los Angeles show is sponsored by Electronic Arts and is conjunction
with The L.A. Office RoadShow, the "must attend" event
for brands, entertainment marketers and agencies. KKGO, Go Country
105 FM, is the radio partner.
"The RoadShow team is excited to be working with CMA to promote
the Songwriters Series," said Mitch Litvak, President of The
L.A. Office. "Music is one area of entertainment that continues
to thrive in the promotional marketplace and the series is a perfect
complement to the RoadShow agenda."
"The songwriter is the beginning of everything that makes Country
Music so great," said Charlie Cook, Senior Manager Country
Programming for Go Country. "Go Country is excited to be part
of this great songwriter showcase at one of Los Angeles' premier
venues. We're sure that our listeners and sponsors will enjoy this
evening and we will all leave with an even greater appreciation
of the music."
Tickets for the Sept. 15 Los Angeles show are $12.50 each and will
go on sale August 7. Tickets will be available at www.ticketmaster.com
or at the House of Blues Sunset Strip office at (323) 848-5100.
Universal Music Nashville recording artist Lee Ann Womack will be
the featured artist/songwriter for both Chicago shows. A six-time
CMA Award winner, Womack has sold over five million albums. Her
hits include "I Hope You Dance," "A Little Past Little
Rock," "The Fool," and "I May Hate Myself in
the Morning." Womack's current release, Call Me Crazy, contains
the top 20 hit "Last Call" as well as her current single,
"Solitary Thinkin'." Womack is also an accomplished songwriter
having penned her own single "Twenty Years and Two Husbands
Ago." She also wrote "Good News, Bad News," her duet
with George Strait that won the CMA Musical Event of the Year Award
Joining Womack in Chicago will be Dean Dillon ("The Chair,"
"Unwound," "Ocean Front Property," and "Marina
Del Rey" recorded by George Strait; and "A Lot of Things
Different" recorded by Kenny Chesney), and Scotty Emerick ,
("I Love This Bar," and "Good As I Once Was"
recorded by Toby Keith and "Beer For My Horses" recorded
by Keith and Willie Nelson).
"Joe's Bar is honored to be hosting the CMA Songwriters Series
here in Chicago," said Edward Warm, co-owner of Joe's Bar.
"Chicago is one of the largest Country Music markets in the
nation, and we are excited to bring the Country fans of Chicago
an intimate show that's going to offer a unique look into how the
hit songs of Country are created."
Tickets to the Oct. 2 event at Joe's Bar are $20.00 each and will
go on sale August 7. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster
or at Joe's (cash only-no service charge). Tickets can also be purchased
at any Ticketmaster outlet or by phone at (312) 559-1212or online
Fans can avoid service fees by purchasing tickets at Joe's any weekday
beginning at 10:30 AM. Tickets at the Joe's box office can only
be purchased with cash. There is a $1 fee added for Chicago's city
tax. All tickets are General Admission, standing room only unless
otherwise noted. You must be 21 or older to attend a show or event
"We are so excited to be hosting some of the most respected
songwriters out of Nashville during the CMA Songwriters Series at
the Chicago Country Music Festival this year," said Erin Bauer,
Festival Manager from the Mayor's Office of Special Events. "Country
Music fans will be able to hear the stories behind some of the biggest
Country Music songs they hear on the radio. It is really a tremendous
addition to our festival lineup."
The Chicago Country Music
Festival takes place October 3 and 4 in Grant Park. The event is
free and open to the public.
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