Snapshots: CMA Songwriters Series, Nashville In Napa, Sandestin Music Festival

Billy Currington and Josh Thompson will be featured artist/songwriters at upcoming CMA Songwriters Series shows October 6 and 7.

New York City’s Joe’s Pub will celebrate its grand re-opening with two nights of Nashville songwriters for the popular “CMA Songwriters Series” October 6 and 7.

Mercury Nashville artist Billy Currington, whose songwriting credits include “That’s How Country Boys Roll” and “Walk A Little Straighter” will be the featured artist/songwriter Thursday, October 6. Columbia Nashville’s Josh Thompson, who has hit singles “Way Out Here” and “Beer On The Table” in addition to songs for Jason Aldean and more, will be featured on October 7.

Performing both nights will be Scotty Emerick (“I Love This Bar,” “Good As I Once Was”) and David Lee Murphy (“Dust On The Bottle,” “Big Green Tractor”), and Bob DiPiero, who will serve as host in addition to performing his songs.

The event is part of Joe’s Pub’s grand re-opening, following its first renovation in 13 years. As part of the make-over, Joe’s has made renovations to seating, restrooms, artist dressing rooms, and moved the entrance from Lafayette Street inside The Public Theater lobby. Patrons can now also reserve seating online. Reserved tickets are $30, and VIP tickets for the October 6 show are $40.

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ASCAP recently sponsored Nashville In Napa August 6 at Baldacci Family Vineyards in Napa, California. The fundraiser supports music education through a unique event combining music, wine and food. This year’s performers were Jessi Alexander, Radney Foster, Brett James, Jon Randall, Chris Stapleton, Morgane Hayes and Craig Wiseman.

(On ground, L-R): Craig Wiseman, Morgane Hayes, Nashville In Napa organizer/Baldacci Family Vineyards GM & winemaker Debi Cali, Jessi Alexander, Brett James, ASCAP’s Mike Sistad; (On Baldacci sign, L-R): Chris Stapleton, Jon Randall, Radney Foster; Photo: Julie Meirick

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BMI was a co-sponsor of the 2nd Annual Sandestin Music Festival in Destin, FL August 12-13. The packed lineup featured top notch hitmakers Jeffrey Steele and James Slater; Broadway star Lari White; and up-and-comers Kree Harrison, Thomas Rhett, Joanna Cotten, Jon Pardi, and the Pernikoff Brothers.

(Back row, L-R): BMI’s Mary Loving, Trustcore’s Darryl Edmonds, and BMI’s Mark Mason; (Front row, L-R): Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s Shawna Meisner, BMI’s Jody Williams, Thomas Rhett, Jeffrey Steele, James Slater, and Lari White. Photo: Steve Lowry


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