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Ken Burns Explores Country Music in New PBS Documentary Series

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From News, posted 9.12.19 On September 15, master storytellers Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey’s new eight-part documentary, Country Music, will debut on PBS. The much-awaited series chronicles the evolution of country music and explores the question most asked about the genre, especially in today’s world, “What is country music?” The Emmy-winning trio… Read more...


Lolla Indie Spotlight: Ruston Kelly

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From News, posted 7.08.19 This Nashville-based singer/songwriter is known for his delicately sculpted sound that captures chaos, heartbreak and redemption. A South Carolina native, he relocated to Music City at age 17 and landed a publishing deal with BMG Nashville in 2013. Since then, he has written for Tim McGraw and Josh Abbott Band,… Read more...


Tips for Writing Songs About Anything…But Love

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.19.19 At my BMI Nashville Songwriters’ Workshops, I screen and critique songs from each attendee. When I find songs that I believe are competitive with those being written by today’s top hitmakers, I forward them to ten music publishers who have agreed to listen. After the last BMI Workshop, I forwarded… Read more...


Country Music: What’s New—and What’s Next

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From The Weekly, posted 11.06.18 Music in all genres is constantly evolving, and that is certainly evident on today’s country music charts. Hits by artists such as Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, and Thomas Rhett bear little resemblance to those by country music legends who paved the way, such as Willie Nelson, Dolly… Read more...


Does Your Song Need a New Demo?

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.20.17 I have hundreds of songs sitting on shelves collecting dust—instead of royalties. Many of them were written decades ago and they were in sync, lyrically and melodically, to the eras in which they were composed. But as Larry Beaird, top session guitarist and owner of Beaird Music Group, stated, “Times… Read more...


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...


BMI Signs Songwriter Ben Haggard

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From News, posted 9.01.16 Songwriter Ben Haggard, the 23-year-old son of the late icon Merle Haggard, dropped by the BMI Nashville office August 31 to officially sign as a BMI writer. Ben has been on the road with his brother Noel, continuing their father’s legacy and finishing out Merle’s scheduled tour. The pair have… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of BMI Icon Merle Haggard

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From News, posted 4.06.16 BMI is saddened by the news that country legend Merle Haggard passed away today, on his 79th birthday. Haggard influenced generations of artists in all genres of music. He recorded over 70 albums in his six decade career, and was a prolific songwriter writing numerous country classics such as “Workin… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2015 Dove Award Winners

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From News, posted 10.14.15 BMI affiliates had a great night winning many categories of the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards, held last night in Nashville. For those who missed the inspirational ceremony, the awards show will air on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on Sunday, October 18. Here’s the complete list of BMI winners: Songwriter… Read more...


BMI Writers Honored With 2015 Dove Award Nominations

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From News, posted 10.06.15 BMI congratulates its 2015 Dove Award nominees including for KING & COUNTRY, which leads the BMI pack with six nods and Matt Maher and Chris Tomlin each with four nominations. The theme of the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards, which will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Allen… Read more...


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