Crested Butte Songwriters Festival Brings Hit-Makers Together to Beat Breast Cancer

Presented by Texas Roadhouse, Coors, BMI, and Crested Butte Mountain Resort, new festival debuts January 13-14 in the heart of Colorado’s premier ski destination

Posted in News on November 28, 2011
Robert Earl Keen
Robert Earl Keen

The inaugural Crested Butte Songwriters Festival will feature performances by a collection of the best performing songwriters in the world. Slated for January 13-14, 2012 at the elevation-hotel-and-spa Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado, the festival will revolve around two nights of performances staged at local hot spots. Crowds will experience the faces, voices and stories behind hit songs during signature in-the-round acoustic performances and raucous, dance-inducing sets will dominate the schedule.

An event-capping benefit concert will be held on Saturday night, January 14, to raise funds for Tough Enough to Wear Pink and the TJ Martell Foundation. To date, the Tough Enough campaign has raised $9 million for breast cancer charities; the TJ Martell Foundation has helped provide more than $250 million for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.


Performances will feature a diverse collection of the world’s top songwriters. Texas roots country hero Robert Earl Keen; veteran troubadour Dean Dillon, writer of more than 50 classics for George Strait; country icon and hit writer Mac Davis; pop writer/producer Marti Frederiksen; up-and-coming country stars Jake Owen, Kristen Kelly, Nicolle Galyon, Emily Shackelton, and Kristy Lee Cook; modern country hit songwriter Rodney Clawson (“Amarillo Sky” and “Johnny Cash” by Jason Aldean, “Sunshine and Summertime” by Faith Hill); and Crested Butte local favorites Tyler Hansen, Steve Snyder and David Paulik.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Special group rates and packages are available. Group online code: cbsongwritersfest or call 888-443-6715


Friday, January 13
8 p.m. at Kochevar’s, featuring Dave Paulik, Steve Snyder, Kristy Lee Cook, Emily Shackelton, Nicolle Galyon, Rodney Clawson and Robert Earl Keen

Admission: Make any donation to T.J. Martell Foundation

Friday, January 13
10 p.m. at The Eldo, featuring Tyler Hansen, Marti Frederiksen, Kristen Kelly, Jake Owen and Dean Dillon

Admission: Make any donation to T.J. Martell Foundation

Saturday, January 14
7 p.m. - In-the-Round benefit show at Center for the Arts,Featuring Kristy Lee Cook, Rodney Clawson, Nicolle Galyon, Dean Dillon, Robert Earl Keen, and Mac Davis

9:30 p.m. - In-the-Round benefit show at Center for the Arts, featuring Jake Owen, Marti Frederiksen, Kristen Kelly, Dean Dillon, Robert Earl Keen, and Mac Davis

Admission: $50 tickets benefitting Tough Enough to Wear Pink available at Western World in Gunnison / 970-641-6566; Center for the Arts / 970-349-7847; the Toggery in Gunnison / 970-641-0844; and the Adventure Center at Mountaineer Square / 970-349-4554.

All shows hosted by Storme Warren.

Tough Enough to Wear Pink was created by entrepreneur and breast cancer survivor Terry Wheatley to bring the sport of professional rodeo and the western community together to rally against breast cancer.  Since its inception in 2004, TETWP has empowered rodeos and western events in the U.S. and Canada to focus attention on the need for a cure.  To date, the campaign has raised $9 million for breast cancer charities, much of which stays right in the community.  The grassroots movement has inspired other sports communities to mount their own TETWP campaigns, spreading a message of hope and support that reaches beyond the rodeo arena to competitors, families and fans across America.

The T.J. Martell Foundation supports the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. The Frances Williams Preston Laboratories were established in 1993 in honor of Frances Preston, longtime President and CEO of BMI and President of the T.J. Martell Foundation Board of Directors. Over the years, hundreds of volunteers have worked passionately to help provide more than $250 million for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.


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