Wow!! September whizzed by! We had free ticket offers for three shows at the Winspear Opera House and I was fortunate to attend the Mariachi show and T Bone Burnett. It was fun to sit with a sold out audience listening to Texans with Mexican roots sing along to the familiar songs of the mariachi. Also, the Burnett forum had a large crowd. We were able to learn of the rise of a performing songwriter through the journey of producer, film music supervisor, to an Oscar winner. Great story.
Thanks to performers Mark Wayne Glasmire and Karyna Kruz for representing DSA on the East Court stage, and making us look really great. The live sound reinforcement engineer came by our booth and talked about the talent and professionalism of our performers, and how they bragged about us to the event organizers.
Also, thanks to our ambassadors, Brook Malouf, Paul Zander, Roger Russell and DSA Prez, Buck Morgan for presenting the happy face of DSA. Paul garnered attention by playing guitar and singing at the booth. We networked with the other arts orgs and had some solid interest from our visitors in coming out to our meetings and becoming members.
Need a little inspiration? The featured article about new on the charts act Joey and Rory should do it. Former DSA member, Rory Lee Feek attended and showcased at one of our Dallas Songwriters Seminars (three day event) in the early 90's. He made contacts with the Nashville music industry pros flown in for the panel discussions, critiques and showcases. Moved to Nashville, and after having some success as a songwriter with Harlan Howard Music, he is now a touring and charting act. Networking does pay off eventually. Another DSA member at that time, David Banning, has cuts on Joey and Rory's new album. Way to go guys!! See the featured article below in item 8 about the new album release.
Besides our regularly scheduled 4 monthly events, there is the Music Buzz free Mondays at the Allen Public Library. We will also be at the Arlington Guitar show. http://texasguitarshows.com Come visit our booth.
Coming up the first weekend in November is the Texas Independent Music Expo and the FREE Kim Copeland Recording Workshop on Sunday, Nov. 7th at the Frisco Public Library. See our events section below.
QUICK LOOK CALENDAR OF DSA MONTHLY EVENTS - put this in your bookmark.
Nashville songwriter and Houston native, Bill Kenner, has three #1 country songs: “Paradise Tonight,” “Your Love Is A Miracle,” and “Holdin’ Heaven.” He has been a staff writer for Quincy Jones (for 3 years), MCA, Polygram, Tom Collins, Morgan Music and EMI Publishing and his songs have been recorded by Alan Jackson, LeeAnn Womack, Prince, Mark Chesnut, Tracey Byrd, Pat McGlaughlin, Billy Dean. A multi-talented instrumentalist Kenner plays guitar, electric & upright bass, mandolin, steel drums, keyboards, banjo, fiddle, and percussion whose mandolin students include Steve Cropper and Tommy Lee Jones. He has been a recording artist with MCA (pop) and Mercury (country).
Most recently he has served as A&R consultant and talent scout for Sony Music in Nashville discovering Jonathan Singleton, who was signed at Universal South and wrote the #1 for Gary Allen, “Watching Airplanes.” His production company, Topp Shelf Music, is seeking superb acts for development towards a label deal.
Also, time permitted, Program Direstor, Bob Paterno will talk about making song demos. He will focus on his experience with Nashville demo studios and cover common issues every songwriter confronts including: (1) when a song is worth a demo
(2) what kind of demo to do
(3) how much a demo should cost
(4) what the demo studios expect from the songwriter
Some studios are better suited for one-on-one, personalized attention than others. Some studios can make any song sound like 'the real thing'. Don't miss this meeting!"
Free to DSA members, $5 for visitors
Song Critiques will follow - Members Only - $5
Sign in and Networking begins at 6:30
Announcements at 7PM
Program about 7:15 Critiques will follow. Bring your songs
Nov: Randy Brown, columnist for Piney Woods
Dec: Christmas Party
DSA T-SHIRTS $10 at the meeting (you must ask me for the special) or online by mail $15
MONDAY SONG SWAPS for peer critique
Song Swap Workshops
Monthly 7:30-10 PM
Free, Visitors Welcome
Where songwriters perform their songs for peer review. Bring your guitar and a few lyric sheets. This is like an old fashioned guitar pull with comments between songs.
Texas Songwriters in the Round is beginning its 10th year of songwriters series.
We are currently meeting at the Hill Top Cafe on Hwy 87 9 miles north of Fredericksburg, Tx.
The Showcase is every 3rd Wednesday with our Star.
The group also meets every wednesday on the patio for songwriters support, performance and sharing.
TSR will be in Brady "2nd Saturday" if anyone can join us please do.
Hard Eight Cafe 6-9PM All original All the Time.
Other opportunities to showcase:
Mark Long (214-684-4554), the proprietor at Thai Star Restaurant in Addison is looking for performers for his Songwriter Showcase on the following dates:
Next Saturday October 9th; Need one late performer, about 9:30pm Saturday October 23rd, need two performers 815pm and 930pm Saturday November 6th, need three performers @ 6:45pm, 8:00pm, and 9:15pm Saturday November 20th , need three performers; same times Saturday December 4th, need three performers; same times Saturday December 18th, need three performers; same times
Anyone interested in playing at Santa's Village in Richardson, Tx this December email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (if enough people are interested, it would be a songwriters round situation with original Christmas songs with a few covers to fill if needed)
4. LYRIC CONTEST - Next deadline postmarked December 31th or enter online.
WINTER/SPRING 2010 SEMIFINALISTS I Threw It Away by Matt Abell, Stroudsburg, PA
Music Carry Me by Donna Lisa, Westfield, NJ
Katrina by Mark Crisp, Arroyo Grande, CA
Whiskey Wins by Donna Scoggins, Dallas, Tx
WINNERS POSTED ON THE WEBSITE. See the lyrics and who won 1st place.
LYRICISTS GAIN RECOGNITION THROUGH COMPETITION
Next Lyric Contest Deadline is March 30th, 2010 for Spring Lyric Contest
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Mina Shamsa, Robert Montgomery,Tracy Merchant, Jan Osborne, Tim Schramm, Kevin Mountcastle, Brent Benton, Pru Gilmore,Timberly Padden won a fee membership in the guitar show drawing.. Tim Phillips, Pru Potter, Joanna Endley, Robert Tenorio, and song contest winners Ward Parker, EricChristensen, Chris Trentham, ScottTonkinson, Lisa Torres, Noel Cohen, David Spence, Edward Turton, Lauren Smith, Lanny Sherwin, John Watilo Louie Cate, Claire Ulanoff, Karyna Cruz, Peter Bacsalmasi, Bernadette Conant, Roger Kaye, Matt Dahan, Dom Stasi, Sinem Varoglu, John Visconti, Jaime Leopold,
THANK YOU FOR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP: Ken Golden, Brook Malouf, Bill Honker,Scott Fant,Ed Willians, Tom Thomas, Trevor Dahen, Butch Schindel, Bob Paterno, Ian Dickson, Jackie Doss, Mary Guthrie, CB Luce
TIME TO RENEW: The following members owe dues:
YOU HAVE A TWO MONTH GRACE PERIOD TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR YOU WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE MEMBER GROUP
MARCH: Kathy Nichols, Bobby Jo Chandler, Lisa Warner, Matt Pitcher
There isn’t an artist out there who hasn’t worried their second album would not be as well received as their first. On “Album Number Two,” the title track of their new LP, Joey+Rory poke fun at the all-too-common tendency for artists and music industry executives to go to great lengths in an effort to avoid such predictions. With Album Number Two, the husband/wife duo didn’t hesitate to make a follow up album full of the great traditional country music that fans would expect from them. Judging from rave reviews and fan response, they knew exactly what they were doing.
“The duo tap into a heartfelt, heartland style that addresses family, faith and honest work with earnest flair.”
Michael McCall/Associated Press
“Joey+Rory are pure country heaven…”
Robbie Woliver/National Examiner
“They’re country music’s it-couple – a charming husband and wife team who are creating some of the freshest new music around.”
CBS Early Show
“The duo knows the power of sticking true to its musical roots...”
Jessica Phillips/Country Weekly
“Album Number Two is a 12-song manifesto of traditional country music.”
David Linquist/Indianapolis Star Tribune
Joey+Rory’s current single, “This Song’s For You” is gaining ground at country radio. The video is in rotation at CMT and peaked at the #3 most viewed video at CMT.com.
They are currently featured in this week’s Country Weekly (issue Sept. 27) in an article entitled “Our Love Story” and online with US Magazine for exclusive look at their album release party: http://www.usmagazine.com/moviestvmusic/news/inside-joey--rorys-album-release-party-2010209
Recently wrapping up a national arena tour with Zac Brown Band, undeniably one of the hottest new acts in country music, Joey+Rory have the privilege of touring with one of country music’s legends – Don Williams. Joey+Rory will join Williams for a month of theatre shows beginning September 30th.
Joey+Rory will perform at the Opry on Oct. 15 for the 2nd Annual “Opry Goes Pink,” event along with Country Music's legendary duo, The Judds, among others. "Opry Goes Pink" benefits Women Rock For The CureÒ and the Greater Nashville affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
Music Apps Put Tunes in Your Hand on the Spot
By Jefferson Graham -- New apps from online music subscription services turn smartphones and other mobile devices into "celestial jukeboxes." They can play millions of songs, on demand, anywhere, for a monthly fee of $10. You don't own the music, but because everything is available to you anywhere, "The days of the need to own music are rapidly coming to an end," says Ted Cohen, a former record company executive who runs the Los Angeles-based Tag Strategic consulting firm.
'So You're A Musician? Sweet Gig!'
By Sarah Scanlon -- "So, what do you do for a living?" While this has to be one of the world's most awkward and unimaginative icebreakers, it poses a particularly daunting task for professional musicians. You can see the wheels in our heads spinning as we summon the energy and diplomatic skill needed to explain our complex and unorthodox career to someone who is most likely unfamiliar with this tiny niche of the workforce. ... I think it's one of the most important issues professional musicians face today: educating the general public to the services musicians provide and overcoming misconceptions about the nature of who we are; what we do; and exactly how much effort goes into our craft/art.
To view past winners go to the Best Songs blog. http://bestsongsofthemeeting.blogspot.com/
To hear the winners go to our myspace page.
Did you know that A and R reps from labels and music publishers are listening to our Myspace page each month?