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Songwriters invade NYC

Friday, March 25, 2011 – The CMA Songwriters Series will bring some of Nashville's hit makers to New York City in May to share stories and music.

Bill Anderson, Dean Dillon, Steve Wariner and Craig Wiseman will join host Bob DiPiero at Joe's Pub on Wednesday, May 11. "Songwriting is what lured me into country music in the first place," said Anderson. "So, being able to do a little pickin' in New York with some of my Nashville writer friends is going to be extra cool for this whisperin' hillbilly." Anderson is the first member of the Country Music Hall of Fame to perform at the CMA Songwriters Series.

"I'm so excited to join the CMA Songwriters Series," said Wariner. "They say that you're known by the company you keep, and in this case I'll be in the great company of my friends Bill Anderson, Dean Dillon, Craig Wiseman, and Bob DiPiero. It's not every day that I get to hang out with all these guys together, so I'm looking forward to listening to them and sharing some of my own songs.

Tickets for the May 11 CMA Songwriters Series at Joe's Pub are $30 each and go on sale Wednesday, March 30.

With a career spanning more than 50 years, Anderson charted his first hit in 1959, Anderson wrote and performed City Lights and Once a Day. Anderson has two CMA Song of the Year award winners, Whiskey Lullaby, recorded by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss, and Give It Away, recorded by George Strait as well as writing the The Guitar Song, the title track of Jamey Johnson's latest release. Responsible for penning many Strait classics including The Chair, Unwound and She Let Herself Go, Dillon has been writing for more than 30 years. The Tennessee-born songwriter has also written songs recorded by Kenny Chesney (A Lot of Things Different), Lee Ann Womack (Twenty Years and Two Husbands Ago), and Toby Keith (A Little Too Late).

Beginning his career as a professional musician at the age of 17, Wariner is known as much for his mastery of the guitar as well as for his songwriting expertise. Having written and recorded such hits as Life's Highway, Two Teardrops and the 1998 CMA Single and Song of the Year winner Holes in the Floor of Heaven, Wariner has also penned songs recorded by Garth Brooks (Longneck Bottle) Keith Urban (Where the Blacktop Ends) and Clint Black (Nothin' But the Taillights).

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Whisperin' Bluegrass CD review - Whisperin' Bluegrass
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The Way I Feel CD review - The Way I Feel
Though Whisperin' Bill Anderson had an impressive run of hits in the 1960s, lately he has been best known as a songwriter, penning hits for Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley. Anderson's own version of "Whiskey Lullaby," Paisley's hit duet with Alison Krauss, is included here, though Anderson's delivery isn't quite as haunting without Krauss' accompaniment. Anderson has earned another lease on his creative life mostly through writing with younger artists, and he continues that trend here with, "Cold »»»
A Lot Of Things Different
With his well-deserved induction into Country Music's Hall of Fame, Bill Anderson's profile is on the rise. So this disc, self-released last year, finally gets into stores. Anderson remains a vital songwriter, and two of this album's new songs have already received major covers ("Too Country" by Brad Paisley, and the title track by Kenny Chesney). The opening "Love Is A Fragile Thing" is an even more likely hit. Also on board are a couple of his old songs, including "When Two Worlds Collide," »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Henry comes out the other end a better man – Joe Henry mentioned at the outset that this show was not only the record release celebration, but also the anniversary - to the day - of when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the songs from this fine new album do not address his illness directly, they many times touch upon the big issues of human existence (life, death and the meaning of it all).... »»»
Concert Review: What's in a name? Strings lives up to it – Billy Strings may not be his real name, but the bluegrass performer more than lives up to his adopted moniker. Bluegrass may not be the first style of music when one thinks of William Apostol's (yup, that's Billy's real name) home state of Michigan, but with more miles on the bus and shows like this outstanding, lengthy, lyrical night... »»»
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