Monday, February 4, 2019


Hello Songwriter,

I hope this newsletter finds you writing love songs. 

Exciting things are happening this month. We have added two new showcases for our members. On Wednesday, February 13, we begin our 2nd Wednesday monthly showcase at Opening Bell Coffee at South Side on Lamar. See below for performers and times.

On Thursday, February 28, we begin our 4th Thursday monthly showcase at Love and War in Plano. 

In January, we had a full house at the Dunn Brothers open mic in Addison. Come early to sign up and play a couple of songs. Each month we discover new talent at this venue and gather to share our songs with our old friends. If you are a new member and want to play our showcase venues, this is the place to display your talent and get on the list.

Other showcases this spring will be the Deep Ellum and Wildflower Festivals, plus our Hall of Fame.

Our Hall of Fame is April 20th, at Sons of Hermann Hall DSA will be inducting Stephen Stills, Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, Larry Henley and Rod Phelps. Check out the Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame website. We have a casting call for DSA members and students to perform songs by our inductee for the program this year. To be considered for performing on the show, send your video or mp3 links of the song you wish to perform to Harry Hewlett.

Our regular DSA monthly events:
* the Monthly Meeting, 1st Thursday, Guest Speaker, Jon Christopher Davis, and song critiques 
Guitar Pull, 1st Monday, at Half Price Books on NWH in Dallas - Harry Hewlett hosts; and 
* the 3rd Thursday Open Mic at Dunn Brothers Coffee in Addison.
Our Lyric contest will maintain it's quarterly deadlines: March, June, September, December.
Song Contest opens in June.

We still count on you for support with your membership and donations. But most of all we want you to take advantage of the educational opportunities and participate. 
There is still a chance to donate for the new year. Your generosity keeps our organization going. Just go to and click on the donation link. 

Thanks to Paul Zander, Jon Jaggers, Bobby Montgomery, Ginger Stanoia, Kenneth Shoemaker, and Kristi Myers for their recent contributions to our fall fundraiser. Other contributors include Ireland, Jon Jaggers, Bill Kapac, Rio King, Mimi Balkey, Suzi Morse, and Jared LoStrato. Go to this link:

Thanks to Harry Hewlett you can view some of our open mics and guest speakers in a live stream on Facebook? See guest our guest speakers, and past Angela's showcases. Can't make it? Then tune into Facebook/dallassongwriters. Want to be on our facebook streams? Show up and perform.




2019 Contest Opens in June. 

Cash Prizes +



1st, 2nd and 3rd place 

wins recording time at 

Grand Prize winners receive:
($199.95 Value) 
Includes Artist Website, 1 Yr. Hosting
1 Yr. Sonicbids Membership

Category winners get cash prizes
Winners announced at our Awards Banquet on December 8.



Songwriter Jon Christopher Davis is Guest Speaker for Thursday, Feb 7th , at Half Brice Books.
JCD’s songs have been covered by Dolly Parton, Hal Ketchum, Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sherrie Austin, Rodney Atkins, Tammy Cochran and several indie artists. “Little Bird,” recorded by Sherrie Austin, peaked at number 4 on Billboard’s Top Country Singles Sales Chart. His music and raspy voice are often licensed for television.
   JCD’s recorded for Warner Brothers, Sony and MCA Records, supplied background vocals on albums for Arista and Curb Records, and has been featured on/in ABC, CBS, FOX, CMT, the Style Network, Pentagon Network, CW Network, Oxygen Channel, USA Today, Billboard Magazine, Texas Highways and the Washington Post. USA Today called “The Bottom Line” “one of the most intriguing tracks from the past, present and near future.”
   His discography includes work with Vince Gill, Radney Foster, Rodney Crowell, Steve Lukather (Toto), Stan Lynch (The Heartbreakers), Dann Huff (Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban) and David Z (Prince, Jonny Lang).
     JCD’s shared the concert stage with Train, Daughtry, The Roots (Jimmy Fallon’s house band), Lyle Lovett, Jack Ingram, Radney Foster, Rodney Crowell, Hal Ketchum, Michael McDonald, Eddie Money, Poco, Pure Prairie League, Restless Heart, Kansas, REO Speedwagon and performed twice for President George W. Bush.
    In 2004, his song, “Lone Star Attitude,” stayed on the Texas Music Chart for 6 months. In 2006, the album featuring “LSA” was picked up for national distribution by Palo Duro Records. “LSA” has since transitioned into a trademarked brand for the singer/songwriter (Lone Star Attitude® apparel stores at DFW International Airport and LSA Burger Co. in Denton, TX).
    In 2009, JCD released “Demos From the Vault (1999-2009),” a 2-disk collection that includes the moving military tribute with Deryl Dodd, “The Boy I Left Behind,” which became the theme song for The American Fallen Soldiers Project. In 2010, JCD was awarded Song of the Year by the American Cancer Society for Relay For Life. In 2012, he was a featured artist on the critically acclaimed television show, Troubadour TX. In 2014, he put out “Last Night’s Dinner Party.” In 2018, he released the album, New Wind Blowing, featuring the singles, “Vinyl Revival,” “Sisters Do” and “Boom Box.”
Critiques will follow:
As usual, for members we will also have song critiques by industry pros Barbe McMillen and Joe Milton.  Bring your song on a CD or email an MP3 to Harry Hewlett at, and also bring plenty of copies of the lyrics so the members can give comments as well.  You will also be entered in the DSA Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year contest. The cost is $10 per song.

Location: Half Price Books/Northwest Highway in Dallas
6:00 pm: Doors Open/Networking and visiting
7:00 pm: Program followed by song critiques for members only
Pay online for critique. or
Each song is entered into the Song of The Year and Songwriter of the Year Competition which is awarded at our December Awards Banquet. 
Thanks to Harry Hewlett we have a video of the Sept 6th 2018 meeting with Bruce ChannelBruce received an award from BMI for two million radio performances of Hey! Baby. His original record of Hey! Baby is featured in the hit movie, Dirty Dancing, and on the international sound track album, listed in BILLBOARD’s Pop Album for over three months with sales of over twelve + million units.


Winners were announced at the Awards Dinner. 

1. A TIME FOR LOVE  Michael Brandenberger
Michael Brandenberger
2. THAT’S JUST WHAT I’LL DO Craig Langford

See the Best Songs of the Meeting and Songwriter of the Year 
Past Winners here:



1st Monday at Half Price Books - Feb 4th, 6:30PM, hosted by Harry Hewlett 

Songwriters Feedback workshop on February 25th
If you're not familiar with our organization, Art House Dallas works to cultivate creativity for the common good. This work is done through our programs, curated events, community partnerships, and artist care in order to inspire everyone to live more imaginative, meaningful lives. We host events for visual artists, writers, and musicians all through the year. If you'd like to learn more about Art House Dallas and stay connected, sign up for our newsletter.

Songwriters Feedback
Date: Monday, February 25th, 2018
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30 pm
Location: All Saints Dallas
Please RSVP

Maybe it's time! Are you ready to take your songwriting seriously?  A rare retreat weekend Feb 22-24 at beautiful Blue Rock Studio in the Texas Hill Country with songwriting master Peter Mulvey.  Limit 21 participants.
$500   More Info
Peter will perform a concert Thursday night the 21st (rsvp below), then the weekend retreat begins.  Four Sessions, individual feedback, evening song circle.  Register HERE.

FAI is the world's largest gathering of the folk music industry and community. It attracts over 2800 attendees from 35 countries. At FAI artists and touring musicians perform for hundreds of festivals, venue bookers, agents, managers, media, and music industry representatives.
The FAI folk umbrella represents the broadest international iteration of the genre. At FAI, folk encompasses a diverse array of music including Appalachian, Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Francophone, Global Roots, Indigenous, Latin, Old Time, Traditional, Singer-Songwriter, Spoken Word and every imaginable fusion.




2ND WED OPENING BELL SHOWCASE- hosted by Craig Langford
7:00 Craig Langford
7:30 Gigi Gostas
8:00 Allen Larson
8:30 Ian Dickson
9:00 Ricky Gene Wright
9:30 Barbe McMillen

4TH THURS LOVE + WAR SHOWCASE - hosted by Ricky Gene Wright
7:00 Rickey Gene Wright
7:30 Jessica Ewy
8:00 Stephen Valenzuela
8:30 James Pappas?
9:00 Craig Langford
9:30 Buck Morgan


EVERY 1ST MONDAY - 7:00pm to 9:00pm hosted by Harry Hewlett
Open mic has changed to an old fashion guitar pull and group discussion about creation to biz. Bring your guitar of pull one from Harry. Play your recorded songs from your phone. 
If you want peer feedback on a song bring a few lyric sheets

EVERY 3RD THURSDAY - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Hosted by  Harry Hewlett
In November 2018, DSA is celebrated 14 years at Dunn Brothers. Check out our facebook page for performance videos

see review of
11th Anniversary DSA 3rd Thursday Open Mic at Dunn Bros.

Renew your membership online.
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EVENTS - Featuring local and worldwide events of the songwriting community including, seminars, conferences, and showcases.

4 - DSA Guitar Pull and Discussion at Half Price Books
7 - DSA Monthly Meeting and Song Critiques
13 - DSA Showcase at Opening Bell
13-17 Folk Alliance in Montreal
21 -  DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
22-24 Songwriting Retreat in Hill Country
29 - DSA Showcase at Love & War


4 - DSA Guitar Pull and Discussion at Half Price Books
7 - DSA Monthly Meeting and Song Critiques
8 - 17 SXSW
13 - DSA Showcase at Opening Bell
21 -  DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
29 - DSA Showcase at Love & War


1 - DSA Guitar Pull and Discussion at Half Price Books
4 - DSA Monthly Meeting and Song Critiques
10 - DSA Showcase at Opening Bell
18 -  DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
25 -  DSA Showcase at Love & War

See Texas Music Office events calendar
Moses Avalon's List of Top Ranked Music Conferences.
See house concerts and coffee houses here:

Local Blues events:

Local Jazz events:

DSA LYRIC CONTEST - Next deadline postmarked March 31st

Enter online
or by mail
Dallas Songwriters Lyric Contest, 
Sammons Center For The Arts
3630 Harry Hines Blvd #20 Dallas, Tx 75219

Thanks to Lyric Contest Co- Director, Gene Schilaci

Come Rain Come Shine by Martin Robley,  Ballajura Western Australia

A Seat At The Table by Ross Miller, Newton. MA
Come Rain Come Shine by Martin Robley,  Ballajura Western Australia
Fireworks Don't Last Very Long by Bill Kapac, West Wildwood, NJ
Let Yourself Fly by Ross Miller, Newton. MA
Restored(The Jimmy Song) by Patrick Shade
Rottin’ Reindeer by Melissa Standifird, Dallas Tx
Rockin’ Reindeer by Melissa Standifird, Dallas Tx
Till We All Drove It by TY Nelson, Billings, MT

THE 2018 SUMMER WINNER IS .........

2018 Spring Winners:

2018 Winter Comments are posted here:


Next Lyric Contest Deadline is June 30th for Spring Lyric Contest
Entry fee is $10
Please see lyric contest webpage for details.


Wanna get involved? Become a committee member. It's fun! Be apart of the inner workings of the DSA. We have committee positions open. Let us know if you'd like to be on the board. Just show up a our membership meeting.

2019 Directors elected at our Nov 1st 2018 Annual Membership Meeting were:
Michael BrandenbergerBobby Montgomery, Phillip CasteelBarbe McMillenJoe Milton, Marcus Belmore, Steve Sullivan, Ken Duren, James Pappas, Jessica Ewy, Rod Phelps,Gene Schillaci,  Harry Hewlett, Craig Langford, Buck Morgan Ricky Gene Wright. New 2019 officers were elected at the planning meeting on Jan 5th. 

 Officers 2018
Michael Brandenberger -  Prez
Bobby Montgomery - VP Programs
Phil Casteel - Treasurer
Jessica Ewy - Secretary
Alexis Tapp - VP Membership, Lyric Contest Director
Barbe McMillen - Administration, Newsletter
Harry Hewlett - A/
Gene Schillaci - Lyric Contest Director, C0- Web Tech
Rickey Gene Wright - Showcase Co-Director, Co- Web Tech
Craig Langford - Showcase Co-Director
Buck Morgan - PR Communications
Steve Sullivan, James Pappas, Joe Milton, Ken Duren - At Large

If you are not a DSA Member, you missed these tips sent out through our yahoo group:
* Publisher looking for songs
* Artists/Producers looking for original material for recording artists
* Major Brand X (To be disclosed at a later time) Seeks Independent artist for music campaign.
* Where to get your cd reviewed
* Music related job listing
* Film Licensing Co. seeking instrumental music
* Cheap and free tickets - Free tickets to selected Winspear Opera House events.

Lyricists are invited to co-write with music writers by submitting your lyric through the member yahoo group.
NEW MEMBERS: Have you joined our member only yahoo group where you can talk with the group and get special offers and last minute updates on events? subscribe:

Patron Sponsor L3: Michael Brandenberger, Bill Honker, John Stone
Patron Sponsor L1: Cliff MonroeSuzi Morse Rio KingGinger Stanoio
Patron Sponsor: Mimi BalkeyKristi Myers

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Steven Lowden, Ted Vahovius, David Lewis, Anna XiongJane Fallon, Caera Thornton, Robert LongMichael Richards, Teresa Ann Turner, Katie Dundas, Donette Murphy, Alejandro Dominguez, Jack Simmons, Steve Brown, Terry JenningsTodd Catham, Jack Allday, Josh Goode, Ryan Mahoney, Steve Ledford, Lance French, Melissa Standifird, Douglas Lloyd, Mitch Horner, Kerry Maddox, Brandon Elliott, 

THANK YOU FOR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP: Don Wall, David Clearr, Phil Casteel, Ryan Galloway, Rick Babb, K
en Golden, Scott Mendenhall, Stephen Houpt, John Mason, Trevor Dahlen, Ginger Stanoui, Gigi Gostas, Alexis Tapp, Suzi Morse, Ricky Gene Wright, Cat McGee, Aaron Shook, Ken Duren, Raquel Linderman, Phillip Wildman, Greg Waits, Randy Wallace, Ryan Galloway, Phillip Casteel, Joseph Lopez, Don Wall, David Claerr, Stephen Valenzuela, Gene Schillachi, Ricky Gene Wright, Aaron Shook, Jacquelyn Schwartz

TIME TO RENEW: The following members owe dues:

EXPIRED IN FEB: Bianca Rodrequez
EXPIRED IN MARCH: Al Lumbreras, Charles Barrale, Jeff Stachowesky, Victoria Bouton, Julia Pauletti, David Byboth
EXPIRED IN APRIL: Aubrey and Audie Teeter, Claude Webb
EXPIRED IN MAY: Rob Case, Dan Roark, Dickey Johnson, Kevin Brennan, Matt Brent, Stephanie Sammons, Charles Leftwich, John Nelson.
EXPIRED IN JUNE: Brad Banning, Davis Banning, Bill Honker, Robert Tomberlin, Malini Shaw, Marcus Belmore.
EXPIRED IN JULY: JR Rosenberger, Bob Sullivan, Mike Mullins, Bill Cox, Bill Sibley
EXPIRED IN AUG: Robert Graham, Lanny Sherwin, Wayne Willingham, Minnie Murray
EXPIRED IN SEPT::Serges Himbaza, Doc Parker, Lezleigh Kleibrink
EXPIRED IN OCT: Christine Winburn
EXPIRED IN NOV: Martha Myer, Greg Waits, Randy Wallace
EXPIRED IN JAN: Jeff Moxcey, Joseph Lopez, Mitch Horner, Shanna Stallworth, Ross Miller, Jane Fallon, Yulia Petrova, Deb Weedekind, Natinee Paris, Lucia Commes, Bernard Groll, Stephen Valenzuela
TIME TO RENEW: Melanie Stever, Michael Frances, Tim Sharp, Jacquelyn Swartz

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Featured Articles:

(Rolling Stone)
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By Shaun Letang (Music Industry How To)

By SoStereo (Magnetic Magazine)
Making the investment in vinyl, CDs or cassettes can be a big jump for an artist, but worth it if done right. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Dan Kopf (Quartz)
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If you are serious about wanting to succeed in the entertainment business, watching this could be the best 25 minutes you will ever spend.
(C Barker Productions)
Music mixer Casey Barker explains the consistent qualities and attributes he's seen from those who have attained success in the entertainment business from songwriters, musicians, film makers, producers, engineers and executives in the 11 years that he's been running his freelance business in Nashville. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif
Thanks to Etan Rosenbloom for the link.

(Copyright Alliance)
Here is a compilation of our blog series, the Secret History of Copyright. The series will unlock some of the mysteries of the copyright world – including little-known laws, influencers, cases and much more!  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Dan Reifsnyder (Sonicbids)

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By Dre DiMura (Flypaper)
Thanks to Etan Rosenbloom for the link.

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By Jason Cerf (Flypaper)
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By Hunter Farris (Flypaper)
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Thanks to Etan Rosenbloom for the link.

Rob Mayzes (Sonicbids)
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STEVE MILLER  Greatest Hits


BOZ SCAGGS - Greatest Hits

LARRY HENLEY -   Bread & Butter - The Newbeats


Barbe McMillen's blog, The Craft of Songwriting

Online Thesaurus and Rhyming Dictionary

Great web tool for lyric writing
 Song and Talent Contests

 DSA Quarterly Lyric Contest
Next deadline - March 30

Best Songs of the Meeting - for DSA Members only - next chance to submit in January.


FAI's Regional and International Events and Deadlines

FARM | Folk Alliance Region Midwest
Official Showcase applications due June 10
October 24 - 27, 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan
*Look for FAI staff at this event!

NERFA | Northeast Regional Folk Alliance
Semi-Formal Showcase applications due July 9
November 8-11, 2018
Stamford, Connecticut
*Look for FAI staff at this event!

SWRFA | Southwest Regional Folk Alliance
Official Showcase application due July 15
September 26 - 30, 2018
Austin, Texas
*Look for FAI staff at this event!

Official Showcase application due August 15
February 13 - 17, 2019
Montréal, Québec, Canada

FAR-West | Folk Alliance Region West
Summer Registration Rate ends August 31
October 10 - 13, 2019
Woodland Hills, California
*Look for FAI staff at this event!

SERFA | Southeast Regional Folk Alliance
More Info Here
May 15 - 19, 2019
Chattanooga, Tennessee
*Look for FAI staff at this event!

A comprehensive list of Song Contests compliments of