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CMA hit makers return to New York

Thursday, June 13, 2013 – The CMA Songwriters Series returns to Joe's Pub in New York City for a two-night event in July.

Celebrating nine years, the CMA Songwriters Series features special guests Brett Eldredge, Steve Wariner and songwriter Bob DiPiero, who will also serve as the evening's host on July 23-24.

Tickets are on sale for shows for both nights will be 6:30 and 9 p.m.

Wariner was discovered by Dottie West at age 17 while playing in a club in Indianapolis. She hired him on the spot as her bass player, and he toured with her for three years. Wariner went on to play bass in Bob Luman's band. Through guitarist Paul Yandell, he met his idol, Chet Atkins, who hired Wariner to play bass in his band. Atkins eventually signed Wariner to his first recording contract at RCA in 1977. Wariner has had over a dozen number one hits as an artist including All Roads Lead To You, Where Did I Go Wrong and Small Town Girl. As a songwriter he has had seven chart topping hits including Longneck Bottle recorded by Garth Brooks and Nothin' But The Taillights recorded by Clint Black.

Eldredge (Watch The World End With You, recorded by Trace Adkins and featuring Colbie Caillat, I Think I've Had Enough, recorded by Gary Allan) has his first CD ("Bring You Back") coming out in August on Atlantic. "I always gravitated towards big voices, because as a kid I had this big voice coming out of me," said Eldredge. "I was hooked on the story that somebody would be telling through their voice."

DiPiero (Southern Voice, recorded by Tim McGraw, Blue Clear Sky, recorded by George Strait, and Lovin' You Is Fun, recorded by Easton Corbin) will join Wariner and Eldredge, sharing the entertaining stories behind some of his most popular hit songs as well. DiPiero has had more than 1,200 songs recorded by other artists and 15 number 1 hits.

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