Sign up for newsletter
 

CMA songwriters head south

Monday, August 12, 2013 – The CMA Songwriters Series makes its debut in Texas on Sept. 11 at Antone's in Austin. Celebrating its ninth year, the CMA Songwriters Series will feature special guests Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Jerrod Niemann and host Bob DiPiero.

Houser, a two-time CMA Awards nominee, has charted two number one songs, the title track from his 2013 release "How Country Feels" and his current single Runnin' Outta Moonlight. Houser has also written songs for Trace Adkins, Justin Moore and Chris Young.

"Lee, Jerrod, and I have been writing together for a long time - way before any of us had hits," said Houser. "So it's really cool to be able to come together and each have a number one to play and share the stories behind a lot of the songs, too."

Niemann, a 2010 CMA New Artist of the Year nominee, has penned songs for Garth Brooks (Good Ride Cowboy and Jamey Johnson (My Saving Grace). Niemann has also recorded the hits Shinin' On Me What Do You Want and his Platinum chart topper Lover, Lover.

"I'm in the process of writing and recording for a new album, so to have the opportunity to play an event as intimate as the CMA Songwriters Series is special," said Niemann. "Randy, Lee and I cut our teeth in this industry together and Bob is one of our heroes, so we're all excited to come together for this night to celebrate the music."

Brice made history when Brooks recorded his song More Than a Memory, which became the first song to debut at number one on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The title track off of his own album, "Love Like Crazy," was named Billboard's most played country song of 2010. He also has gone number one with A Woman Like You, Hard To Love and I Drive Your Truck. Other artists that have recorded his songs include Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton.

CMA Songwriters Series host and member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame DiPiero (Southern Voice, recorded by Tim McGraw, Blue Clear Sky, recorded by George Strait, and Lovin' You Is Fun,recorded by Easton Corbin) will also perform. He has 15 number one hits.

Tickets for the Sept. 11 CMA Songwriters Series at Antone's are on sale tomorrow and are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. VIP tickets are available for $150. To order tickets visit CMASongwritersSeries.com or ticketfly.com.

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: No wonder life is good for Shovels & Rope – Things are go swimmingly - pun intended - for Shovels & Rope, the South Carolina-based duo comprised of husband-and-wife Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent. For starters, their new disc, "Swimmin' Time," debuted at 21 on the Billboard Top 200 in its first week just a few shot weeks ago. On the local front, the band was playing two... »»»
Concert Review: Americana fest moves beyond borders – It's the final night of the 2014 Americana Festival and Conference, and the final event of a spectacular five-day run. Lucinda Williams is about to begin a last minute invitation-only performance at the newly opened City Winery in Nashville, but first, Americana Music Association Executive Director Jed Hilly walks to the microphone.... »»»
Subscribe to Country News Digest Country News Digest      Follow Country Standard Time on twitter CST      Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook CST

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

Douglas dreams on Taking a second look at the two-album deal he had recently signed with the Rounder/Concord group, and then at his busy upcoming touring schedule, Jerry Douglas suddenly realized he didn't have a lot of time to waste. The first album, "Three Bells," a collaboration with fellow resophonic guitar (aka "Dobro") titans Rob Ickes of Blue Highway and the late Mike Auldridge was pretty much ready to go, the sessions having been completed shortly before Auldridge's passing in December 2012 following a lengthy struggle with cancer.... »»»
Trampled by Turtles get wild Trampled By Turtles is an indie folk group, an alt.-country band or a bluegrass act - depending on how you choose to look at them. Perhaps it's best to view the outfit as the ultimate combo platter consisting of just about everything that's good about American music. They play wonderfully, yet they also write intelligent songs that draw everyone from Townes Van Zandt to Nirvana to Ralph Stanley. It's all good, and some (or all) of these influences can be spotted in most of Trampled By Turtles' enjoyable sounds.... »»»
Don't try labeling Parker Millsap If you move in alt.-country/Americana circles, you simply cannot get away from the name Parker Millsap. He's certainly one of the biggest buzz artists of 2014. Better still, his self-titled album lives up to all the hype. He's a smart songwriter and a passionate singer and is essential listening for anybody looking for high quality contemporary music. Millsap also creates music appealing to a wide variety of musical tastes. You can make a case that he's a country guy, but you can also hear a lot of blues and folk. And if you attempt to put a label on him, he'll quickly tear it right off.... »»»
The Way I'm Livin' CD review - The Way I'm Livin'
Six years later, Lee Ann Womack is finally back. Her traditional country sounds were not quite working with Nashville, which was veering increasingly pop. Now, the Texas native returns with a new label, but the same lovely voice. Originally intended for her old label, MCA Nashville, Womack was given the marching orders to make the type of disc she wanted to listen to. »»»