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Houser plays pre-CMA songwriters gig

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 – The CMA Songwriters Series will pave the way to The 43rd Annual CMA Awards with a show featuring Randy Houser, Brett James, Rivers Rutherford and Victoria Shaw at Nashville's Limelight on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

The series, which has played to sell-out shows in New York City for the past five years and recently held performances in Los Angeles and Chicago, comes home to Nashville on the night prior to CMA.

The series allows fans to hear the songs by the people who wrote them. In addition, the writers often share the stories behind those songs.

Houser, the featured artist/songwriter for this CMA Songwriters Series, burst on the scene this year with his Top 20 hit Anything Goes from his debut album of the same name. His subsequent single, Boots On, hit the Top 10. Houser also garnered two CMA Award nominations for New Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for Boots On (directed by Eric Welch). In addition, Houser has written songs that have been recorded by Trace Adkins (Honky Tonk Badonkadonk) and Justin Moore (Back That Thing Up).

James (Jesus Take the Wheel recorded by Carrie Underwood, When the Sun Goes Down recorded by Kenny Chesney and Blessed recorded by Martina McBride) and Rivers Rutherford (Ain't Nothin' Bout You recorded by Brooks & Dunn, Real Good Man recorded by Tim McGraw and If You Ever Stop Loving Me recorded by Montgomery Gentry) and Shaw (The River recorded by Garth Brooks, I Love the Way You Love Me recorded by John Michael Montgomery and Where Your Road Leads recorded by Trisha Yearwood with Brooks) are on the bill. Shaw received her first CMA Award nomination this year in the Single of the Year category for producing the Lady Antebellum hit, I Run to You.

Tickets for the Nov. 10 CMA Songwriters Series are $10 and go on sale today.

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