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Nashville songwriters head to Big Apple

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 – Nashville will head to the Big Apple once again for a showcase of Music City's songwriters strting in mid-March.

The CMA Songwriters Series at Joe's Pub started in 2005 and returns for a fifth year with Bob DiPiero hosting. Others performing will be Casey Beathard, Dave Berg, Sarah Buxton and Rivers Rutherford.

"Knowing what a treasure our Nashville songwriters are, we wanted to share their talents with other music lovers," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Tammy Genovese. "So five years ago we took a group to Joe's Pub in New York for the first CMA Songwriters Series. New Yorkers embraced them and it has been an amazing success ever since."

Hosted by DiPiero (Take Me As I Am recorded by Faith Hill, Blue Clear Sky recorded by George Strait and Till You Love Me recorded by Reba McEntire), the 2009 series will begin Thursday, March 19 with 2 shows. Other songwriters performing and sharing the inspiration behind their songs include BMI Songwriter of the Year Casey Beathard (No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem recorded by Kenny Chesney, Do You Want Fries With That recorded by Tim McGraw, and Right Where I Need To Be recorded by Gary Allan), ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Dave Berg (If You're Going Through Hell recorded by Rodney Atkins, Stupid Boy recorded by Keith Urban, and Moments recorded by Emerson Drive), Sarah Buxton (Stupid Boy) and Rivers Rutherford (Ain't Nothin' Bout You recorded by Brooks & Dunn, Real Good Man recorded by McGraw, and If You Ever Stop Loving Me recorded by Montgomery Gentry).

Additional CMA Songwriters Series performances are scheduled for May 21 with others to be announced soon.

"Joe's Pub at the Public Theater is honored to be in continued partnership with CMA for now our fifth season," said Kevin Abbott, Managing Director of Joe's Pub. "The CMA Songwriter's Series has brought a much needed home for Country Music to Joe's Pub, and it has sparked a flood of country music and a huge following of fans to New York City. Our mission at Joe's Pub is to provide an artistic home for all genres of music and entertainment and the gifted songwriters, headed by the great Bob DiPiero, have truly made Joe's Pub the go to spot for country music all year along. We are honored to work with the incredible CMA team and look forward to many years of artistic and creative collaboration."

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