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BMI Mourns the Loss of Songwriting Legend Curly Putman

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From News, posted 11.03.16 BMI is saddened at the passing of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and multiple BMI award-winner Curly Putman, who died Sunday at the age of 85. Putman’s vast catalog of songs undeniably helped shape country music history and include, among others, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and “Green, Green Grass of Home.” He… Read more...


Current Trends in Country Music: What’s Hot & What’s Not

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.16.15 “That ain’t country!” is a comment I often hear when I play current country hits in my songwriting workshops. It’s true that today’s country hits bear little resemblance to the songs that topped the charts by Elvis, Tammy, Waylon, Willie, and Patsy. Music evolves and the styles that rule the… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of BMI Icon Billy Sherrill

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From News, posted 8.05.15 BMI sadly says goodbye to its 2010 BMI Icon Billy Sherrill, who died yesterday at the age of 78. Sherrill is responsible for writing and/or producing the more contemporary cross-over sound of country music in the 1960s and ‘70s, including such hits as Tammy Wynette’s country #1 “Stand by Your… Read more...


Lauren Alaina, From ‘American Idol’ to ‘Wildflower’

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.10.11 Lauren Alaina isn’t the first precocious teenager to set her sights on Nashville. As the 16-year-old prepares for an October 11 launch of her debut, Wildflower, she walks a path traveled by stars like Taylor Swift, Leann Rimes, Tanya Tucker, and Brenda Lee. But Alaina is the rare teen prodigy… Read more...


Nashville Songwriters Feted During Annual NSAI Dinner

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From News, posted 10.18.10 The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame joined forces to toast a year’s worth of hit-worthy craftsmanship and several lifetimes’ worth of genre-building during the 40th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony, presented by AT&T, on Sunday, October 17, at… Read more...


Steve Cropper, Paul Davis Among 2010 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame & NSAI Honorees

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From News, posted 9.28.10 Musical bridge builders Steve Cropper and Paul Davis will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame next month. The two BMI legends will enter the hallowed Hall in separate categories: Cropper in the Songwriter field, Davis under the Songwriter/Artist category. Peers, business allies and family members will toast… Read more...


Jimmy Dean, Ferlin Husky, and Billy Sherrill Tapped for Country Music Hall of Fame

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From News, posted 2.25.10 The Country Music Association announced the newest additions to the Country Music Hall of Fame yesterday, and three out of the four inductees are BMI legends: Jimmy Dean, Ferlin Husky, and Billy Sherrill. Dates of the Museum’s Medallion Ceremonies, which have served as the official induction rituals of new Hall… Read more...


‘WCRS Live!’ Showcase Lineup Announced for CRS-40

From News, posted 1.20.09 BMI singer-songwriters Bobby Pinson, Paul Overstreet, Josh Turner and Jamey Johnson will perform at the WCRS Live! event during CRS-40. Slated for Thursday, March 5 between 4:10 and 5:30 p.m., the annual showcase is sponsored by BMI and Country Aircheck.“ This group is a perfect picture of BMI’s cream of… Read more...


Green Hills Music Group Signs Rick Giles

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From News, posted 4.17.07 Green Hills Music Group recently signed their first BMI songwriter, veteran Rick Giles. Numerous contemporary country stars including Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Steve Wariner, Terri Clark and Patty Loveless, along with perennial favorites Tanya Tucker, Eddie Rabbitt, Charlie Pride and The Oak Ridge Boys, have all recorded Rick’s compositions. His… Read more...


Jerry Crutchfield

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.28.07 He may be best known as a hit producer and Nashville music publishing and record company titan, but when Jerry Crutchfield started out 50 years ago, he was a songwriter/artist. “I had a pop/doo-wop kind of vocal group that signed with RCA Victor and our first record was released in… Read more...


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