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When Clever is Too Clever in Songwriting

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.15.17 Before addressing what might constitute being “too clever” in lyrics, I’ll begin by defining what I mean by “clever” lyrics. For the purposes of this article I’m referring to songs with lyrics that are witty, tongue-in-cheek, humorous, or amusing. These are in contrast to those that fall into the category… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its Americana Music Award Winners and Honorees

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From News, posted 9.18.17 BMI is proud to congratulate its writers who took home the majority of trophies and honors at the Americana Music Honors and Awards ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on September 13. Congratulations to all. Here’s the list: Album of the Year A Sailor’s Guide… Read more...


BMI Brings Music to Hubbard Radio Meetings

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From News, posted 9.11.17 BMI was asked to provide the musical entertainment at Hubbard Radio’s Annual Managers Meeting held recently (9/6) in Austin in conjunction with the 2017 Radio Show. BMI singer-songwriter Robert Ellis entertained the audience of market managers and corporate staff with his unique Americana sound and impressive guitar work. The Texas… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2017 Americana Music Awards Nominees

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From News, posted 9.08.17 BMI writers are taking center stage this year with multiple nominations for Americana Music Awards. BMI songwriter Sturgill Simpson leads the pack with three nods, while Lori McKenna and Drive-By Truckers each earned two nominations. The ceremony, which takes place annually at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and is this… Read more...


BMI Presents John Doe, Todd Snider and Jesse Malin in In-Depth Discussion on Songwriting at SXSW

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From News, posted 3.13.12 BMI will present an in-depth conversation on the art and craft of songwriting, featuring John Doe, Todd Snider and Jesse Malin, moderated by Jody Williams, BMI VP of Writer/Publisher Relations. The “How to Track and Capture Wild Roots Songs of North America” panel will be held on Thursday, March 15… Read more...


BMI Brings Panel on ‘Music for Change’ to 2010 Woodstock Film Festival

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From News, posted 9.14.10 BMI will present “Music for Change,” a panel showcasing both prominent and emerging musicians and filmmakers who use music as a tool for social change, during the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival in Woodstock, New York. Slated for October 2 at 4 p.m. in Utopia Studios, the conversation will be moderated… Read more...


BMI Greats Dominate American Songwriter Top 50 List, Icon Merle Haggard Featured

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From News, posted 6.09.10 Nashville music writer and singer/songwriter Peter Cooper recently compiled “50 Country Songs Every Songwriter Should Know,” and the majority of ranking honky-tonk prototypes are BMI classics. Featured in the current issue of American Songwriter, the list kicks off with “Lost Highway,” penned by BMI songwriter Leon Payne and inimitably recorded… Read more...


Miranda Lambert’s Revolution

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From MusicWorld, posted 12.27.09 “I have no idea what makes a song a hit single,” says Miranda Lambert. “There’s no rulebook for that. I just cut songs I love, and then hope that radio will play them.” Rulebook or not, Lambert has struck a deep chord with fans and critics alike. Each of her… Read more...


BMI Stage Performers Announced for 2009 Lollapalooza

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From News, posted 7.17.09 BMI boasts a line-up of eclectic, must-see, hear-it-first performers on its 2009 Lollapalooza stage. Running August 7-9 at Grant Park’s Hutchinson Field in Chicago, IL, BMI’s stage will kick off performances at 11:15 a.m. each day, setting the pace at the mammoth music festival. Presenting acts from stateside and abroad,… Read more...


Todd Snider Delivers ‘The Excitement Plan’

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.16.09 Singer-songwriter Todd Snider is the consummate outsider, a rough cut auteur who, over the course of eleven albums, has distinguished himself as one of American music’s most offbeat, arresting voices. Blunt, bluesy and languid, Snider’s nakedly personal observations mix sardonic ironies with wistful self-analysis but never sacrifice a consistently high… Read more...


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