BLUEGRASS SONGWRITING 101

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One of East Tennessee’s most noted songwriters and a Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame member, Kim Williams has put together one of the most dynamic packed panels of Hit Bluegrass Writers to talk to you about and teach you the craft of writing Bluegrass songs. This panel will not only discuss the craft of Bluegrass Songwriting but will give advice on how to pitch completed songs to Bluegrass Artists. Question and Answer session included at the end.

Kim Williams has had numerous hits in the Country, Bluegrass, and Gospel genres. Kim is grateful for all the success he has had and happy to be able to “give back” to those songwriters who are  “yearning” to learn a craft that has been a blessing in his life.

Kim’s power packed panel includes:

Headlining our seminar will be Larry Cordle who is a member of the Kentucky Music Hall Of Fame and his list of awards include: IBMA Song of the Year for “Lonesome Standard Time”; SPBGMA, CMA, TNN, & CMT Song of the Year for “Murder On Music Row”. He was also a Grammy nominee for Best Bluegrass Album for “Lonesome Standard Time” in 1993, “Murder On Music Row” in 2001 and Best Country Album “Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’ Songs Of The Louvin Brothers which also won a Grammy. He was the SPBGMA Songwriter of the Year in 2001. With cuts by a host of both country and bluegrass artists he has songs on over 55 million units sold and 20 top 40 country and bluegrass hits including 5 #1 hits. He has had cuts on Ricky Scaggs, Diamond Rio, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Alison Krauss, Kenny Chesney, Del McCoury and many others. Larry Cordle won the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year awards in 2004, 2006, & 2012.

Also joining our Bluegrass Seminar in 2015 will be Tim Stafford who won the IBMA Songwriter of the Year Award in 2014. Tim has a Dove Award. He also won a Grammy Award in 1992 for an album by Alison Krauss. Tim played guitar in the Alison Krauss Band for years. He now plays guitar for Blue Highway, a bluegrass band based in Kingsport, Tennessee. Some of his hits include “Through The Window Of A Train”, “Remind Me Of You”, & “Someday” all recorded by Blue Highway. His song “A Love That Wasn’t B”

The third member of our bluegrass seminar is Larry Shell who was a member of the Country Songwriter Seminar at SMSWF in 2013. He was Larry Cordle’s co-writer on “Murder On Music Row” and won the SPBGMA, CMA, TNN, & CMT Song of the Year Awards for that song. He also had the poignant hit on Diamond Rio “Mama Don’t Forget To Pray For Me” also penned with Larry Cordle. Larry has had cuts on; Ricky Scaggs, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Mountain Heart, Blue Highway, Larry Sparks, Rhonda Vincent, Larry Cordle, The Osborne Brothers, Marty Raybon and many others. When the IBMA moved to Nashville Larry was the keynote speaker at it’s annual awards show. His songs “Seven Sundays In A Row” and “The Last Suit You Wear” were both nominated for IBMA Song of the Year Awards. He is excited about a recent duet of his song “It’s All Got Going To Pot” with Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard a song he wrote with Jamey Johnson and Buddy Cannon.