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CMA songwriters head to Big Apple

Thursday, March 22, 2012 – The CMA Songwriters Series returns to New York City's Joe's Pub on Wednesday, May 9 for two shows featuring Phil Vassar and three other songwriters.

The CMA Songwriters Series allows music fans insight into the stories behind some of their favorite songs. "These Songwriter Series events are not only great for the fans, it's a real blast to get up there with your friends, tell stories and laugh like idiots," Vassar said. "I'm really looking forward to bringing a little country to the city."

Joining Vassar will be Al Anderson (The Cowboy In Me recorded by Tim McGraw, All You Ever Do is Bring Me Down recorded by The Mavericks, and Powerful Thing recorded by Trisha Yearwood), and Craig Wiseman (Hillbilly Bone recorded by Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins, Live Like You Were You Dying" recorded by Tim McGraw, and She's Got It All recorded by Kenny Chesney). Bob DiPiero (Southern Voice recorded by McGraw, Blue Clear Sky recorded by George Strait, and You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl recorded by Brooks & Dunn) will serve as host for the evening.

Tickets for the March 22 CMA Songwriters Series at Joe's Pub are on sale now at $30 and $40.

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