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CMA Songwriters Series Returns for 11th Season This Month!

Jessi Alexander

The CMA Songwriters Series returns for its 11th season and second decade kickoff with the announcement that the first shows of 2015 will be part of the Sundance ASCAP Music Café at the world famous Sundance Film Festival on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 28th and 29th.

The CMA Songwriters Series has been presenting the very best of Country Music’s songwriters, whose hits are known worldwide, since 2005. CMA Songwriters Series shows are intimate presentations where songwriters can exhibit their craft and share many of the stories behind the songs they have penned. The January performances of the Sundance ASCAP Music Café’s CMA Songwriters Spotlight will feature special guests Jessi Alexander, Kyle Jacobs, Kelley Lovelace, and Neil Thrasher.

“We are honored that the CMA Songwriters Spotlight will return for the second year as a highlight of the Sundance ASCAP Music Café, an official part of the Sundance Film Festival calendar,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Nashville’s songwriters deserve to be showcased at the world’s premier stage for storytellers, Sundance.”

Through CMA’s partnership with ASCAP, some of Country Music’s premier storytelling talent will present two feature performances as part of the official Sundance Festival calendar at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café’s CMA Songwriters Spotlight. The shows will be on Jan. 28 (3:20 PM/MT) and 29 (4:00 PM/MT).

The 17th annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café – running during the daytime Jan. 23-30 – will present a dynamic mix of both emerging and established songwriters and artists, specially curated by ASCAP. The Music Café will be located at Rich Haines Gallery (751 Main Street, Park City, UT) and will be open to all Festival credential holders (21 and older). Performances are scheduled to begin each day at 2:00 PM/MT.
Following the prestigious launch at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café, the CMA Songwriters Series will return to London in March as part of C2C Music Festival in the U.K. Additional shows in 2015 tentatively include Chicago, Nashville, and New York with talent and show dates to be announced at a later time. For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series, visit

Grand Ole Opry’s Oldest Member Is Now Ralph Stanley


The reports of the death of Little Jimmy Dickens noted that he was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry.   So who is  now the oldest member you ask….. The Opry says it’s Ralph Stanley, who will be 88 next month. The longest running member is Jean Shepard, who joined in 1955.   Country music has been mourning since Little Jimmy Dickens passed away on Friday at the age of 94.

Ralph Stanley will release Ralph Stanley & Friends:  Man of Constant Sorrow on Jan 19, exclusively at all Cracker Barrell Old Country Store locations and online at   The album features guest artists Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs, Josh Turner, Lee Ann Womack and more!

Craig Wayne Boyd To Make Grand Ole Opry Debut

The Voice - Season 7

Craig Wayne Boyd, the season seven winner of NBC’s Emmy Award winning The Voice, will help the Opry bring in the new year with his debut Opry performance on Sat., Jan. 3. Dot Records recording artist Boyd was coached by Opry member Blake Shelton on the show and was crowned champion earlier this week.

Additional performers during the month of January as the Opry continues its Ryman Auditorium run include Opry members Del McCoury, Vince Gill, Craig Morgan, Ronnie Milsap, and Marty Stuart along with special guests Kristian Bush, Deana Carter, Pure Prairie League, The Swon Brothers, Chris Young, and Mickey Guyton making her Opry debut on Jan.10.

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood to Headline Big Barrel Country Music Festival


Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood will headline the inaugural Big Barrel Country Music Festival at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway June 26-28 in Dover, DE. See the complete lineup here.

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