Bill Anderson, Jim Beavers,
and Bobby Pinson Share the Stories Behind Their Hits

NASHVILLE – CMA will present
a special songwriters showcase featuring Bill Anderson, Jim
, and Bobby Pinson as part of Nashville Songwriters
Association International’s 22nd Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters
Festival on Thursday, March 27
at the Listening Room Café in Nashville.

Produced by NSAI, Tin Pan South is the world’s largest
all-songwriter festival. Last year nearly 350 talented songwriters performed more
than 90 shows at 10 of Nashville’s top music venues. Thousands of music fans attend
the event annually to hear songwriters tell stories behind hits they have written
and perform the songs as they were originally composed.

“Nashville’s songwriters are among
the most talented storytellers in the world,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
“CMA and NSAI’s Tin Pan South both have traditions of promoting and honoring
songwriters, so we are proud to partner with them again this year.”

Recognizing excellence
is central to CMA’s mission and the Association recognizes songwriters throughout
the year with the CMA Award for Song of the Year, which is presented on the annual
broadcast to the winning songwriters, the annual Triple Play Awards, and the creation
of a rotating category for songwriters in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame.

In addition, the CMA Board
of Directors created and launched the CMA Songwriters Series in 2005 at Joe’s
Pub in New York City, which has grown to include shows in Austin, Boston, Chicago,
Los Angeles, Phoenix, Washington D.C. at the Library of Congress, and at the Sundance
Film Festival. In 2012, the series expanded to the U.K. and Ireland and last year
was included as part of the International Marketing Summit in Paris. The CMA Songwriters
Series returned to the U.K. in 2014 as part of the C2C (Country to Country) festival,
which is presented at The O2 in Dublin and London in partnership with CMA.

CMA also offers its songwriter
members access to affordable health insurance. CMA Instrumental Healthcare offers
exceptional benefits with more options to better fit the needs of its membership.

“Whisperin’” Bill Anderson composed his first classic
hit in 1958 at age 19 with “City Lights” and he continues to compose more
than 50 years later as evidenced by his CMA Song of the Year Awards for 2007’s
“Give It Away” recorded by George Strait and 2005’s “Whiskey Lullaby”
recorded by Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley. His songs have been recorded by artists
as diverse as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dean Martin,
Ray Price, Debbie Reynolds, Porter Wagoner, Lawrence Welk, Faron Young, and many others.

Beavers’ résumé includes
jobs at Capitol Records and Virgin Records, as well as being a touring musician
for Lee Ann Womack. He has composed eight No. 1 songs including “Drink a Beer”
recorded by Luke Bryan, “Red Solo Cup” recorded by Toby Keith, “Watching
Airplanes” recorded by Gary Allan, and “Felt Good on My Lips” recorded by Tim McGraw.

Pinson has penned five
No. 1 hits.  His compositions include “Want To” and “All I Wanna Do”
recorded by Sugarland, “She Never Cried in Front of Me” recorded by Keith,
and “Won’t Be Lonely Long” recorded by LeAnn Rimes. In 2009, he was awarded
the BMI Sonwriter of the Year Award

CMA Presents at Tin Pan South will be held Thursday, March 27 (6:00 PM/CT). Admission is $15 at the
door or with a Tin Pan Fast Access Pass. The Listening Room Café is located at
217 Second Avenue South and can be reached at (615)259-3600.

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