Sunday, 29 April, 2007 11:04 AM
'CMA Songwriters Series' Finds
Home in NYC For Third Consecutive Year
BY KIM WILLIAMS / CMA
artist and songwriter Jeffrey Steele
2007 CMA Close Up News Service
Some of Nashville's most
prominent songwriters will descend upon New York City in the coming
months to participate in the third consecutive CMA Songwriters Series.
Returning to Joe's Pub for four nights of shows over the next nine
months, the singer/songwriters participating in the series will
take turns performing their hits and telling the stories behind
"CMA is extremely
pleased with the success of the Songwriters Series in New York City,"
said CMA Chief Operating Officer Tammy Genovese. "This series
has generated enormous interest in the last two years because of
the authenticity and uniqueness of our talented songwriters and
The CMA Songwriters Series
will take place over four nights in 2007 at Joe's Pub with the first
two shows on March 29 at 6:30 and 9:30 PM/ET. New this year, each
night of the CMA Songwriters Series will feature a unique theme:
March 29 - "CMA Songwriters Series Salutes the Men of Country
May 31 - "CMA Songwriters Series Celebrates the 25th Anniversary
of the Bluebird Café"
Oct. 4 - "CMA Songwriters Series Salutes the Women of Country
Nov. 29 - "CMA Songwriters Series Salutes the Groups and Duos
of Country Music"
The audience at the "CMA
Songwriters Series Salutes the Men of Country Music," on March
29 will hear songs and their stories recorded by Brooks & Dunn,
Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and more performed by these
KEITH ANDERSON ("Pickin'
Wildflowers" and "Every Time I Hear Your Name" recorded
by Anderson; "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)"
recorded by Garth Brooks and George Jones)
BOB DIPIERO ("Blue
Clear Sky" recorded by George Strait; "You Can't Take
the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl" recorded by Brooks & Dunn)
TONY MULLINS ("Me
and My Gang" recorded by Rascal Flatts; "How Forever Feels"
recorded by Kenny Chesney)
JEFFREY STEELE ("What
Hurts the Most" recorded by Rascal Flatts; "My Town"
recorded by Montgomery Gentry);
CRAIG WISEMAN ("Believe"
recorded by Brooks & Dunn; "Live Like You Were Dying"
recorded by Tim McGraw; "The Good Stuff" recorded by Kenny
Songwriter and CMA Board
of Directors member DiPiero assisted CMA in identifying and securing
songwriters for the series since it's start in 2005 and he returns
"The key to the
Songwriters Series at Joe's Pub in NYC has been the performances
themselves," DiPiero said. "Each show is unrehearsed and
strictly one of a kind. Stories are shared, musical interplay is
of the highest quality and the songs shine like diamonds. The Joe's
Pub audience is getting to see the best songwriters Nashville has
to offer, who also happen to be great entertainers, performing at
"I'm honored to
be a part of this great event that continues to build on what CMA
has done over the last two years in bringing a welcome dose of Country
Music to New York," Anderson said. "I think it's great
that Joe's Pub has shared in this vision also. I love performing
live with my full band, but none of that would be possible without
the songs. This setting gives us the chance to tell the stories
behind the songs that people have heard, and it helps the songs
take on a whole new meaning for the listeners. It's going to be
especially fine to be performing with Jeffrey, Bob, Craig and Tony.
These guys are not only great friends and co-writers of mine, but
they're some of the biggest songwriting legends in Nashville today."
The lineup for the May
31 show includes Tony Arata, Jelly Roll Johnson, Fred Knobloch,
Thom Schuyler and more. Songwriters for additional shows will be
announced in the coming months.
Tickets for the shows
cost $20 each. For more information about Joe's Pub or to order
tickets, visit www.joespub.com
or call (212) 967-7555.
Joe's Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street in New York City. CMA
Songwriters Series official sponsors include American Airlines,
ASCAP, BMI and Country Weekly Magazine. American Airlines is the
official airline of the CMA Songwriters Series.
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