Sign up for newsletter

CMA Songwriters Series heads west

Friday, May 25, 2012 – The CMA Songwriters Series heads west bringing some of Nashville's best tunesmiths to Los Angeles' House of Blues on Tuesday, June 26 and Phoenix's Musical Instrument Museum on Wednesday, June 27. Bill Anderson, Kristian Bush, and Bobby Pinson will join host Bob DiPiero for two nights of music and storytelling.

"Nashville has always known how amazing our songwriters are," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "And now CMA wants to share these treasured tunesmiths with the rest of the country."

The guitar pull concert has been done in New York and Boston.

With a career spanning more than 50 years, Whisperin' Bill Anderson composed his first big hit, City Lights, at 19 and was soon charting with Once A Day, That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome, Tips Of My Fingers, Saginaw, Michigan, When Two Worlds Collide, Mama Sang A Song, Cold Hard Facts Of Life, Still, and countless other huge hits. A Country Music Hall of Famer and member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Anderson has continued writing hits well into the 21st Century including two CMA Song of the Year Award winners, Whiskey Lullaby, recorded by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss, and Give It Away, recorded by George Strait.

"I have not taken my music to the west coast in a long time, and I'm really looking forward to this opportunity," said Anderson. "I lived in southern California briefly in the early '60s and have many friends there from my game show hosting days in the late '70s. It's been awhile since I've performed in Phoenix as well. I'm grateful to the CMA Songwriters Series for giving me the chance to head west again."

As one half of Sugarland, Bush has garnered five CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Awards, exceeded sales of more than 22 million units, and garnered 8 number 1 singles. An accomplished producer and songwriter, Bush is responsible for hits such as Baby Girl, All I Want To Do, and Stuck Like Glue, all recorded by Sugarland. This is Bush's first time participating in the CMA Songwriter Series.

"It all starts with a song," said Bush. "Songwriting has been important to me since I was a kid listening to the radio. I'm always overwhelmed by the joy I feel when I'm writing, and how humbling it is to see people sing my songs back to me when I play. The CMA has always recognized the song as well as the songwriter and the artist, and I am honored and excited to be playing in the CMA Songwriter Series."

Rounding out the line up for both shows is Pinson (She Never Cried in Front of Me recorded by Toby Keith, and All I Want To Do, It Happens, and Want To, all recorded by Sugarland); and a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the host for each evening, DiPiero (Southern Voice recorded by Tim McGraw, Blue Clear Sky recorded by George Strait, and You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl recorded by Brooks & Dunn).

Tickets for the June 26 Los Angeles show are $40 for general admission seating and $25 for general admission; tickets for the June 26 show in Phoenix are $35 and $27. Tickets for both shows will go on sale Friday, June 1.

More news for Country Music Association

Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: There's a lot to be said about The Felice Brothers – The Felice Brothers have soldiered on, occupying the fringes of the musical world with ups and downs. After not knowing whether the group would even continue following the departure of half of the band a few years ago, The Felice Brothers continued with a new rhythm section and a new album, "Undressed," that is heavily political.... »»»
Concert Review: Turner bring it on (to his second) home – Frank Turner opined during the first of four sold-out nights of the Lost Evenings Festival that Boston was his home away from his British home. The likable, accessible singer hit the sweet spot not only with his perspective, but his performance as well demonstrated why. Turner made a major change in this year's festival. For the first time, he... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time  Subscribe to Country News Digest  Follow Country Standard Time on twitter  Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook 

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

Wilson goes her own way After having huge success at the get go with "Redneck Woman," Wilson eventually went her own way and took a break. During her "hiatus," Wilson started her own label and was a "120 percent mom" to her teenage daughter.... »»»
Carll tells it like it is A visit with Hayes Carll finds him taking a rare day off at home to discuss new album "What It Is" co-produced by Brad Jones and Carll's girlfriend, Allison Moorer. "This album works around three themes; our relationship (he and Moorer), the world and myself.... »»»
Watson gets "Lucky" Dale (The Real Deal) Watson has been releasing hard country albums since 1995 and shows no signs of slowing down on his most recent release, "Call Me Lucky." This record marks his third effort recorded in Memphis, at Sam Phillips Recording Studio, with Watson's regular touring band, The Lone Stars.... »»»
Live at the Grey Eagle CD review - Live at the Grey Eagle
Let's just say Amanda Anne Platt and her five-piece band The Honeycutters had home court advantage playing in their hometown of Asheville, N.C. in what is as warm a live album as you'll hear. »»»
American Highway CD review - American Highway
Buckle up for a rollicking, joyful, adventuresome ride as Marty Brown drives flat-out down the straightaways and hugs tight the curves of the "American Highway." It's great to have Brown, who's written hits for Trace Adkins »»»
Front Porch CD review - Front Porch
Joy Williams' "Front Porch" album is a beautiful collection of acoustic, country-folk music. The title cut, for instance, includes sweet fiddling, while the rest of the album takes an appreciated low-key approach to its instrumentation. »»»
Hellbent CD review - Hellbent
Randy Rogers makes a big, bold statement with his title track, but it's the smaller insightful moment expressed through "Wine In A Coffee Cup" that stands out most. Rogers sings it empathetically over a swaying groove... »»»
When You're Ready CD review - When You're Ready
One of the most celebrated acoustic guitarists working within the Americana field, Molly Tuttle is two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Guitarist of the Year, the first female to be so honored. »»»
Stronger Than the Truth CD review - Stronger Than the Truth
The beauty of Reba McEntire's albums flows from her way with a phrase, knowing when to modulate to carry us deeper into sadness or joy and when to pull back when she wants us to listen quietly to the lessons of a tear falling. »»»