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CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES RETURNS FOR A NINTH YEAR


CMA
SONGWRITERS SERIES RETURNS FOR A NINTH YEAR

The Popular Series Kicks Off Stateside at Joe’s Pub in New York
City On March 19 featuring Craig Morgan, Shane Minor, Phil O’Donnell, and Host Bob DiPiero

Ronnie Milsap and Lorrie Morgan to Join DiPiero in Washington, D.C.
at the Library of Congress on March 20

2013 Series
Will Also Play in Boston, Chicago, Austin, and Nashville

NASHVILLE – The
CMA Songwriters Series returns for a ninth consecutive year. The popular series
continues to grow with new cities being added to the itinerary as well as multiple
nights for the New York City shows.

“Nashville’s songwriters are the
best in the world and CMA is excited to showcase them, not only in the States,
but overseas as well,” said
Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive
Officer. “It’s great to see how this series has grown since it began in 2005.
What started at Joe’s Pub in New York has expanded to other cities over the
years. We have even taken the series overseas with shows in the U.K. and Ireland
and we will be hitting Paris next month.”

Country singer, songwriter
and television star
Craig Morgan will kick off the 2013 CMA Songwriters
Series on
Tuesday, March 19 (6:30 and 9:00 PM/ET) at the place
where it all began, New York City’s Joe’s Pub. With a slew of hits under his
belt including “Almost Home,” “Bonfire,” “Look At Us,” and his current
single, “More Trucks Than Cars,” Morgan will share the stories behind the songs with the fans.

“Songwriting
is such a big part of my life. I love telling stories and sharing my world with
people and I’m blessed that I get to do that through song,” said Morgan. “It’s
always great to be a part of the CMA Songwriter Series because we get to take
part of what’s so special about Nashville – the songwriting community –
and share it with other cities like New York.”

Joining Morgan will be
Shane Minor (“Beautiful Mess” recorded by Diamond Rio, “Live
A Little” recorded by Kenny Chesney, and “International Harvester” recorded
by Morgan),
Phil O’Donnell (“Back When I Knew It All” recorded
by Montgomery Gentry, “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” recorded by Clay Walker,
and “Love Remembers” recorded by Morgan), and the evening’s host,
Bob DiPiero (“Southern Voice”
recorded by Tim McGraw, “Blue Clear Sky” recorded by George Strait, and “Lovin’
You Is Fun” recorded by Easton Corbin).

Tickets for the March 19 CMA Songwriters
Series at Joe’s Pub are $40 and $35 each and are on sale now. For information
about Joe’s Pub or to order tickets, visit joespub.com
or call (212) 967-7555 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM/ET. Joe’s Pub
is located at 425 Lafayette St. in New York City.

Country legends Ronnie Milsap and Lorrie Morgan will join host
DiPiero on
Wednesday, March 20 (8:00 PM/EST) in Washington, D.C. at
the Library of Congress’ Coolidge Auditorium.

Milsap  is one of
the most successful and versatile Country crossover singers of his time with hits
like “It Was Almost Like a Song,” “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “(There’s) No Gettin’
Over Me,” “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World,” “Any Day Now,” and “Stranger
In My House,” among others. He is credited with 40 No. 1 Country hits and has
won eight CMA Awards.

“I’m very honored to be a part of the CMA Songwriter
Series,” said Milsap. “I look forward to being in Washington, D.C. with Lorrie
Morgan and Bob DiPiero to perform at the Library of Congress.”

Two-time
CMA Award-winner Morgan has charted more than 25 singles on the
Billboard Country chart.
Her hits include “Five Minutes,” “What Part of No,” “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength,”
and her trademark smash “Something in Red.” This will be Morgan’s second
appearance with the CMA Songwriters Series at the Library of Congress.

“Songwriting
is powerful in so many ways; whether recorded for all the world to hear or just
as a personal journal, it has always been therapy for me and I believe the same
is true for the Country Music listener,” Morgan
said.  “I
am honored to join the roster of elite song crafters at the CMA Songwriters Series
to celebrate a special ‘gift’ that comes from within.”

The CMA Songwriters
Series at the Library of Congress is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets will
be available
Wednesday, Feb. 6, and can be attained at ticketmaster.com
(service fees do apply). There is a limit of two tickets per patron. Patrons who
are unable to obtain tickets are encouraged to try for standby tickets on the
evening of the concert, starting at 6:00 PM. Tickets are often available even
for sold-out events. For more details please visit loc.gov/concerts.

The CMA
Songwriters Series will also play in Boston, Chicago, Austin, and Nashville with
talent to be announced at a later date. For more information on the CMA Songwriters
Series, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.  

ASCAP and
BMI are the official partners of the CMA Songwriters Series.

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