Nashville’s Hit Songwriters Showcase Their Craft in NYC for CMA Week

Posted in News on November 8, 2005

To celebrate the 2005 CMA Awards in New York City, some of Nashville's finest BMI songwriters will be performing at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street) during "Country Takes NYC," a week of activities leading up to the 39th Annual CMA Awards. The showcases will take place on November 12 and 13.

Bob DiPieroJeffrey SteeleAimee Mayo

Each night features a lineup of successful songwriters from Nashville performing "in-the-round," the style of the Bluebird Café - Nashville's famous songwriters' mecca. The tunesmiths will line up on stage with guitars in-hand and take turns telling the stories behind their hits and then perform their songs. BMI songwriter Bob DiPiero will act as the host each night.

Matraca BergTim Nichols

"Nashville has a uniquely tight-knit and collaborative music community where the song starts the creative cycle, with it all building from there," says BMI President and CEO Del Bryant. "We're looking forward to putting the spotlight on some of Nashville's best song architects." Bryant is originally from Nashville and is a son of one of the most successful songwriting teams in American music. His parents Boudleaux and Felice Bryant penned classics such as "Love Hurts," "All I Have to Do Is Dream," "Rocky Top," "Wake Up Little Susie," "Bye, Bye Love," to name just a few.

Saturday, November 12 - 6:30-8:30pm

Matraca Berg: "Wrong Side of Memphis" (Trisha Yearwood), "Strawberry Wine" and "We Danced Anyway" (Deana Carter), "Wild Angels" (Martina McBride)

Chris Lindsey: "Smile" and "Amazed" (Lonestar), "Let's Make Love" (Faith Hill with Tim McGraw), "Your Everything" (Keith Urban)

Aimee Mayo: "Amazed" (Lonestar), "Let's Make Love" (Faith Hill with Tim McGraw), "This One's For The Girls" (Martina McBride), "My Best Friend" (Tim McGraw)

Jessi Alexander: "Honeysuckle Sweet" (Jessi Alexander), "I Want to Believe" (Patty Loveless), "What's On My Mind" (Blake Shelton), "Make Me Stay or Make Me Go" (Jessi Alexander)

Brett James: "When the Sun Goes Down" (Kenny Chesney), "Who I Am" (Sara Evans), "Blessed" (Martina McBride), "With Me" (Lonestar)

Sunday, November 13 - 6:30-8:30pm

Bob DiPiero: "Blue Clear Sky" (George Strait), "Take Me As I Am" (Faith Hill), "Cleopatra Queen of Denial" and "Cryin' Over Spilled Perfume" (Pam Tillis)

Jeffrey Steele: "These Days" (Rascal Flatts), "Big Deal" (Leann Rimes), "Cowboy In Me" (Tim McGraw), "Speed" (Montgomery Gentry)

Tim Nichols: "Live Like You Were Dying" (Tim McGraw), "Girls Lie Too" (Terri Clark), "That'd Be All Right" (Alan Jackson), "Heads Carolina Tails California" (Jo Dee Messina)

Craig Wiseman: "Live Like You Were Dying" (Tim McGraw), "The Good Stuff" (Kenny Chesney), "Hell Yeah" (Montgomery Gentry), "Another Day In Paradise" (Phil Vassar)

For information about Joe's Pub, visit or call (212) 539-8778. Getting there: 425 Lafayette Street between East 4th and Astor Place in New York's East Village.

The 39th Annual CMA Awards take place Tuesday, November 15 (8:00-11:00 PM /ET) live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on the CBS Television Network. The CMA Awards are hosted by Brooks & Dunn.


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