CMA Songwriters Series: Now in its fifth year, the popular CMA Songwriters Series will revisit New York City. Joe’s Pub will host another night spotlighting several of Nashville’s finest songwriters on Thursday, July 30 (6:30 and 9:30 PM/ET). Hosted by Bob DiPiero (“Take Me As I Am” recorded by Faith Hill, “You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl” recorded by Brooks & Dunn, “Blue Clear Sky” recorded by George Strait, and “Gone” recorded by Montgomery Gentry), other participating songwriters include platinum-selling Mercury Nashville recording artist Billy Currington (“I Got a Feeling,” “Why, Why, Why,” and “Walk A Little Straighter,” all recorded by Currington), Keith Follese (“Something Like That” recorded by Tim McGraw, “The Way You Love Me” recorded by Faith Hill, “Before You Kill Us All” recorded by Randy Travis, and “I Love You” recorded by Martina McBride), and Jason Sellers (“Strange” recorded by Reba McEntire, “Some People Change” recorded by Montgomery Gentry, and “I Still Miss You” recorded by Keith Anderson).
New Series Planned For Nashville: A free concert series will take place in downtown Nashville on the Public Square this fall. Mayor Karl Dean and Lester Turner, Owner of Lightning 100, will announce details tomorrow (7/7) afternoon at a press conference, including some of the artists scheduled to perform.
GMA To Host Training Camp: The Gospel Music Association will host Immerse, a training experience and talent competition offering participants access to artists and songwriters who will perform, teach, mentor and create with registrants. It will take place in Nashville July 29- August 2. Registration levels are poised to outpace past GMA music training events, and more than 20 artists are confirmed including Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant, Kirk Franklin and Phil Stacey. The deadline to register for the talent and songwriting competitions is tomorrow (7/7). Details at www.experienceimmerse.com.
World of Bluegrass: Early bird registration rates for the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass end tomorrow (7/7), giving a $100 discount off the gate price. The event, which includes a conference and the IBMA Awards, runs Sept. 28-Oct. 4. www.ibma.org.