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Take Your Songwriting to the Next Level by Adding a Twist

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.14.16 To grab our listeners’ attention we need to separate our songs from the competition, and one way to accomplish this is by including an unexpected twist—an element of surprise. This article examines various ways to incorporate twists into lyrics and melodies. Story Songs With Surprise Endings “Ol’ Red” (written by… 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...


10 Questions With Dean Dillon

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.25.13 Dean Dillon’s life has been the stuff of country songs—hard-living, hard-earned, bootstrapping, boot-wearing. He grew up poor in East Tennessee, and just out of high school in 1973, hitchhiked to Nashville to take his chances as a songwriter. That’s where he met George Strait, presented to Dillon then as a… 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...


Tammy Wynette, Kye Fleming Set to Enter Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

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From News, posted 9.01.09 The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct BMI songwriter Kye Fleming and the late BMI artist/songwriter Tammy Wynette on Sunday, October 18 at the organization’s annual ceremony in Nashville. One of country music’s preeminent female vocalists, Tammy Wynette also made landmark contributions as a songwriter. In addition to co-penning… Read more...


Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift Earn Top Honors at 2009 ACM Awards

From News, posted 4.06.09 Carrie Underwood made history at the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, as she became the seventh female in the organization’s history to take home the coveted entertainer of the year trophy. Underwood joins exclusive ranks featuring Shania Twain, Barbara Mandrell, the Dixie Chicks, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and… Read more...


Roy Clark and Barbara Mandrell Set to Enter Country Music Hall of Fame

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From News, posted 2.06.09 The Country Music Association recently announced that longtime BMI affiliates Roy Clark and Barbara Mandrell will join the Country Music Hall of Fame’s hallowed ranks this year. Clark will enter the hall in the “Career Achieved National Prominence Between World War II and 1975” category, while Mandrell will be the… Read more...