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After a successful night this week in Boston with Miranda Lambert and Kip Moore, the Country Music Association’s (CMA) Songwriter Series will be returning back to Chicago! The new edition, which will take over the popular Joe’s Bar in downtown Chicago on August 1st, will feature hit songwriters Matraca Berg, Sugarland‘s Kristian Bush, and Bobby Pinson. Bob DiPiero will once again serve as the evening’s host.
The event features an intimate, acoustic round-table like setting where each songwriter will take turns sharing the stories behind the hit songs they’ve written and will perform the original versions. It’s a special one-of-a-kind chance for country fans to hear some of the biggest songs in country music from before they were hits.
The event is a pretty exciting one for Kristian, who shares:
“The thing I love most about the CMA Songwriters Series is watching the audience discover new things about songs they’ve known for years. I know I’ve learned more about the songwriting process just by sitting next to the amazing writers in this series. As a bonus, I also love Chicago and Joe’s Bar — I remember the first time I played there and I look forward to playing there again in August, it’s going to be another great night.”
Tickets will go on-sale later today for an early bird price of $15 through joesbar.com. The special price will be in effect until tomorrow (Saturday).
Parallel Music Publishing has moved to Music City and, to announce their arrival, they’ve signed their very first songwriter, Blake Chaffin. The folks at PMP know a thing or two about finding talent. Tim Hunze, the brains behind the operation, most recently worked for Stage Three Music where he oversaw the careers of songwriters like Bobby Pinson, the 2009 BMI Songwriter of the Year.
And Hunze sees that same talent in Chaffin saying, “Blake has great ideas, strong melodies and a passion for writing. History has proven that those are the makings of a great songwriter. Parallel is thrilled that we signed him before someone else did.”
PMP, which is one branch of the much larger Parallel Entertainment, a full service talent management and production company, has also recently settled into their new location on Music Row. Look for more from PMP songwriters in the near future.