Underwood joins CMA Songwriter Series
Monday, June 25, 2012
– Carrie Underwood will appear for the first time in the CMA Songwriters Series in Boston on July 31.
Joining Underwood for the songwriters in the round event will be Brett James, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsay and host Bob DiPiero. In the show, the writers tend to sit on chairs, acoustic guitars in hand, trading stories and songs.
"I'm so excited to be a part of the CMA Songwriter Series with Hillary, Luke, Brett, and Bob! Not only are they some of the most respected songwriters in Nashville, but I'm very lucky to call them my friends. It's going to be a great night, said Underwood.
This marks the second year of a Boston show. Kenny Chesney played the same venue - the Royale - prior to two nights at Gillette Stadium.
"We first brought the CMA Songwriters Series to Boston last year, and it was a huge success," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "We are so excited to have Carrie participating in this event. New England's country music fans are in for an unforgettable night."
Those onstage with Underwood also wrote songs she recorded. James wrote Jesus, Take the Wheel and Cowboy Casanova along with The Truth recorded by Jason Aldean and Out Last Night recorded by Chesney.
Laird wroteSo Small, Last Name, Undo It, Mama's Song and Temporary Home all recorded by Underwood, Baggage Claim recorded by Miranda Lambert, and Drink In My Hand recorded by Eric Church.
Lindsey wrote Just a Dream, So Small, Jesus, Take The Wheel, Wasted and Last Name, all recorded by Underwood, American Honey recorded by Lady Antebellum and A Little Bit Stronger recorded by Sara Evans.
DiPiero penned Southern Voice recorded by Tim McGraw, Blue Clear Sky recorded by George Strait and You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl recorded by Brooks & Dunn.
Tickets to the July 31 show are $50 for VIP seating, $39 for reserved seating and $25 for general admission and will go on sale Friday, June 29 at noon eastern. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Fans can avoid service fees by purchasing tickets at the Royale box office (279 Tremont Street) on Fridays between noon and 6 p.m. eastern. Tickets are non-transferable and will be available at the box office will call only. Purchasers must present a photo ID in order to retrieve their tickets.
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