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3rd SATURDAY "SONGS IN PROGRESS" WORKSHOP (See all 3rd Saturday "Songs in Progress" Workshop meeting dates for 2017 listed below)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th, 1pm to 4pm

Glendale Public Library

(In the LARGE meeting room)

5959 W. Brown St., Glendale, AZ 85302 (Southwest corner of 59th Avenue & Brown Street, between Olive Avenue and Peoria Avenue).

Hosted by RANDY BROWN JON IGER

   
          The 3rd Saturday each month...


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 Meet with Arizona Songwriters Association members and hosts Jon Iger and Randy Brown, to get constructive feedback on your song, finished or not, BEFORE you go into the studio! Perform it live or bring a CD or work tape. This is a FREE opportunity and a laid back atmosphere. Randy and Jon have taught songwriting classes at the MIM (Musical Instrument Museum), and have had songs placed in many movies and TV shows. Jon has also had major label cuts on MCA and Capitol Records.

If you are bringing a song to be reviewed, please bring extra copies of your lyric sheet (10 to 20). There's a better chance for more feedback when everyone can see the lyrics.
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For more info email Jon at:  Jon@IgerMusic.com

3rd Saturday Workshop dates for 2017

SATURDAY - AUGUST 19th SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 16th SATURDAY - OCTOBER 21st SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 18th SATURDAY - DECEMBER 16th




37th Annual WCS MUSIC CONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 9th - 10th

The 2017 Conference will be on September 9th and 10th at the Holiday Inn and the Wharf, 1300 Columbus Ave., San Francisco. With a special kick-off social event Friday night in the BRISTOL BAR, it’s your chance to meet fellow conference attendees as well as the many and varied industry leaders instructing the full weekend of seminars. WCS MEMBER ONLY RATES: Please Note: Members will need to bring their active membership card for registration. 2-Day VOLUNTEER: $250 Registration Deadline August 1, 2017 Conference Registration $350: Registration Deadline August 1, 2017 after which it will be the walk up rate. WALK UP RATE: $390 "Bring A Buddy" - to attend seminars, performances for $100 for one day and $150 for two days. SPECIAL UNDER 21 PRICE $150 Bring ID to registration to confirm you are under 21. NON-MEMBER PRICES Join WCS Today and save $40 on the conference registration! Conference Registration- $390 Registration Deadline August 1, 2017 after which it will be the walk up rate. WALK UP RATE $450 "Bring A Buddy" - to attend seminars, performances for $100 for one day and $150 for two days. SPECIAL UNDER 21 PRICE $175 Bring ID to registration to confirm you are under 21.

.....IT'S TIME TO SIGN UP..... for the

2018 ARIZONA SONGWRITERS GATHERING,

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27th, 2018



It’s time to start planning the 2018 Arizona Songwriters Gathering. We are once again offering ten minute showcase spots for songwriters to share a few of their songs. If you would like to be scheduled in one of these spots, please reply to Andy by October 1, 2017 (ahurlbut@cox.net).



The Gathering will take place on Saturday, January 27th 2018. It will be held at the Glendale Public Library (5959 W. Brown, Glendale 85302), and there will be workshops, song circles, food on site, and much more. Even if you don’t want to play in the showcases, it is a great opportunity to meet other songwriters, attend a workshop on how to get your songs into film and TV, learn about copyrights, attend a song critique session and much more. Contact Andy at: ahurlbut@cox.net



STEVE SESKIN AT BARBARA'S PLACE 9003 W. LILLIAN LANE, TOLLESON, AZ



Songwriting Workshop & Concert Saturday, December 9 & 10, 2017 SAVE THE DATE!



Steve Seskin is a successful songwriter who has written seven #1 songs, including Grammy-nominated, "Grown Men Don't Cry", recorded by Tim McGraw, and "Don't Laugh at Me", winner of NSAI Song of the Year and Music Row Magazine Song of the Year in 1999 as recorded by Mark Wills. His other #1 hits are "No Doubt About It" and "For a Change", both recorded by Neal McCoy "No Man's Land" and "If You've Got Love", both recorded by John Michael Montgomery, and "Daddy's Money", recorded by Ricochet.

The Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Photos by: Glenda S. Paradee

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KIP MOORE “PULLS NO PUNCHES” AS HE PREMIERES NEW TRACK AND MUSIC VIDEO FOR “BLONDE” EXCLUSIVELY ON NOISEY

Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore continues to heighten anticipation for the upcoming release of his third studio album SLOWHEART, with the exclusive premiere of the track and music video for “Blonde” on Noisey today, who heralds the collection as "the sound of an uncompromising, genre-defying artist firing on all cylinders."      The new album, due out Sept. 8, is Moore’s most unflinching, distinct testimony yet.  The culmination of an ever-evolving talent’s process of self-discovery, the LP is a warm and honest embrace of Moore’s rugged rock roots and a showcase for his innate poetic prowess, proving "music is his real lover, while everything else is just an affair” by Rolling Stone, who also notes Moore “pulls no punches.”    Kip Moore has hit his stride with SLOWHEART (available to pre-order now,) he co-wrote 11 out of 13 tracks, and was the sole producer on seven of the tracks, as well as co-producing five more on the collection.  His current Top 15 single “More Girls Like You,” is the fastest rising single of his career and is receiving praise from critics such as Entertainment Weekly declaring he “has made a name for himself weaving vignettes of Southern, blue-collar life and love into rollicking country anthems.” Moore, who has trail-blazed his own path with his reputation-making live show recently announced his headlining PLEAD THE FIFTH TOUR kicking off on 10/19 as well as headlining dates in U.K this fall. Moore also announced this week that he will be teaming up with international skateboarding champion Tony Hawk, for “MUSIC CITY SKATE JAM PRESENTED BY HARLEY-DAVIDSON,” set to take place at Music City Walk Of Fame Park in Nashville, TN on 9/10.  With a shared outlook running through Moore’s “Kip’s Kids Fund" and Hawk’s "Tony Hawk Foundation” with the goal of benefiting and empowering youth, the family-friendly event will raise funds for both initiatives.  For more information and a full list of tour dates visit kipmoore.net.

WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE SIGNS SWEETY HIGH’S RISING STAR TEGAN MARIE

Following Success On The Media Platform For Gen Z Females,

13-Year-Old Singer-Songwriter Becomes The Youngest Country Artist Signed To Warner Music Nashville

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RASCAL FLATTS CELEBRATES BACK-TO-BACK NO.ONE SINGLES WITH “SMASH” HIT “YOURS IF YOU WANT IT"

Soaring New Single “Back To Us” Lands At Country Radio On Monday 8/21

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HOME FREE ANNOUNCES EVERLASTING NEW ALBUM TIMELESS TO BE RELEASED 9/22

Highly-Anticipated Fifth Studio Album Now Available For Preorder Homecoming Album Release Shows Set For

Minnesota (9/23) And Nashville (9/25)!!!

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John Michael Montgomery, Baillie & the Boys, Tommy Roe and Mark Wills to Appear on "Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville"

Webster PR’s roster of John Michael Montgomery, Baillie & the Boys, Tommy Roe and Mark Wills will appear and perform on upcoming episodes of “Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville.” The nationally-syndicated show is now available on Public Television Stations but it airs on different days and at varying times based on each Public Television Networks schedule. Check local listings for air dates and times.

Hosted by Grammy Award-winning country and comedy music legend Ray Stevens, the half-hour weekly TV show spotlights some of pop and country music’s most well-known singers and songwriters.

Summer 2017 Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville Guest Lineup: Weekend of Aug 18 - John Michael Montgomery Weekend of Aug 25 - Baillie & the Boys Weekend of Sept 1 - Tommy Roe Weekend of Sept 8 - Mark Wills

ABOUT JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY: Born into a family of musicians in Central Kentucky, John Michael shot to stardom with his 1992 double-platinum hit album Life’s A Dance. The romantic balladeer has won over the hearts of millions with his chart-topping songs “I Swear,” “Be My Baby Tonight," "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)," "I Love The Way You Love Me," “If You’ve Got Love,” and the moving tribute to veterans and the members of the armed forces, "Letters From Home." More than a “tug at the heart stings” hit-maker, through his down-to-earth demeanor and refusal to take himself too seriously, John Michael has created a fan base that has supported him throughout it all — from career highs to trials and tribulations. Over the years, Montgomery has managed to create a storied career, charting 18 Top 10 hits and 15 No. 1s, celebrating two Billboard "Country Songs Of The Year," and achieving over 18 million albums sold. Along the way he has won four ACM awards, two CMA awards, one AMA award and garnered three GRAMMY Award nominations, placing him among the most successful country acts in history. For more information, please visit www.johnmichael.com.

About Tommy Roe: Tommy Roe, one of the most influential and foundational figures in popular music and the “Father of Bubblegum Pop,” has had four Gold Records: “Sheila,” “Dizzy,” “Sweet Pea” and “Jam Up and Jelly Tight.” He has also had 4 Billboard top 100 Albums. He is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, The Iowa Rock and Roll Association Hall of Fame, as well as the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. In his book “From Cabbagetown to Tinseltown,” Roe correlates his journey to Hollywood with the historical events of that time period that were changing and shaping America and, in turn, the music industry. In the spring of 1966 with his release of the smash hit, “Sweet Pea,” spring breakers started to hit the beaches in Florida, and they embraced the new sound that Tommy had created called Bubblegum. However, the media was not as receptive as his fans were to the new genre Roe had created. They began voicing their opinion by malevolently labeling him “The King of Bubblegum.” More recently, Roe scored big with his hits, “Devil’s Soul Pile” and “Memphis Me.” His new music parts ways with his expected style instead showcasing his talent as both a singer and a songwriter. Roe hasn’t let the success of his career stop him from doing what he loves. He continues to write new songs and perform around the globe. For more information and tour dates, or to purchase “From Cabbagetown to Tinseltown,” please visit www.tommyroe.com.

About Mark Wills: Mark Wills' list of accolades is his testament to his career in country music. Known for his smooth tenor voice, he makes each and every song he performs come alive. Wills is a multi-platinum selling country music star with eight top 10 hits to his name including "19 Somethin’,” “Wish You Were Here” and "Don't Laugh at Me," -- which received nominations for Single, Song and Video of the Year by the Country Music Association, for it’s heartfelt message of tolerance and charity. In 1998, he won the Academy of Country Music's award for Top New Male Vocalist. In 2002, his single "19 Somethin’" spent six consecutive weeks at No. 1, was Billboard's top country hit of the year and was the second most-played song of the decade in 2009. Other top 10 smashes include "Places I've Never Been," "I Do (Cherish You)," "She's In Love," and "Back At One." Since 2007, Wills has been a spokesperson for the Children's Miracle Network. When not in the studio or performing on stage, he enjoys spending his time hunting in the great outdoors. He currently resides in Atlanta, Ga. with his two daughters and wife, Kelly. For information on his upcoming tour dates and new music, please visit www.markwills.com.

About Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville:

From the heart of Nashville at the legendary funnyman's Music Row television studio, Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville spotlights some of pop and country music's most well-known singers and songwriters. Of course, the show wouldn't be complete without performances by the show's iconic host, Ray Stevens. The show features the country and comedy music legend, backed by his ace house band, performing many of his classic hit songs including "Gitarzan," "The Streak," "Everything Is Beautiful," "Mississippi Squirrel Revival" and more. There's music, humor and insightful conversation that takes the viewer behind-the-scenes and tells the back stories on the hits as well as the artists and the writers who brought them to us, plus a nostalgic special "Juke Box Video" segment features Stevens' many comedy hits.

JOIN DOLLY PARTON, CHARLIE DANIELS, TG SHEPPARD, RONNIE MCDOWELL, JUSTIN MOORE AND MANY OTHERS FOR A RIDE IN LATEST EPISODE OF “THE PICKUP”

The latest episode of “The Pickup” starts off by taking a look at the newest exhibit of The Country Music Hall of Fame. Loretta Lynn: Blue Kentucky Girl which will run from August 25, 2017 until August 5, 2018 explores Lynn’s life and career.

“The Pickup” was on hand to deliver several interviews during CMA Fest. Country music fans relived all the excitement as the ABC television special “CMA Fest” hosted by Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini aired August 16.

Last year country superstar Justin Moore gave voice to “The Ballad of Claus Jorstad (Devil Stool)” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The wickedly humorous spoof has landed the show an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category.

The latest Pickup and Coming artist, Kali Rose, stopped by “The Pickup” headquarters to talk about her single and 2016 Inspirational Country Song of the Year, “Jesus on the Jukebox.”

WhileGlen Campbell may have passed on his music is still alive and well. Several stars including Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels and the Oak Ridge Boys sat down with “The Pickup” to pay tribute to the late artist.

T.G. Sheppard and Ronnie McDowell celebrate Elvis Presley 40 years after his death at Nashville’s Sun Diner, and “The Pickup” was on hand to talk with them about Presley, Sam Phillips and Sun Records.

About THE PICKUP: Launched in early 2015, The Pickup, a syndicated country video news series produced by The Hot Seat, highlights today’s stars and classic country artists making the news today. New episodes are posted are the 1st and 15th of each month. The Pickup, hosted and produced by Adam Wurtzel can be seen on the websites of over 200 broadcasters across the country (Nash Icon, Midwest Communications, Zimmer Communications, etc.), online media blogs, the U.K.’s SKY Television and Heartland Network.

PLATINUM-SELLING ARTIST BRETT YOUNG LAUNCHESDEBUT HEADLINING CALIVILLE TOUR, BRINGING “CATCHY”(PEOPLE) HITS ACROSS U.S.

Featuring Breakthrough Female Vocalist Carly Pearce,

Tickets On Sale August 25!!!

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FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE WELCOMES CMT HOT 20 COUNTDOWN TO THEIR SOLD-OUT WRIGLEY FIELD HOME RUN

Co-Hosts Cody Alan And Katie Cook Surprise Top-Shelf Entertainers With Plaques Commemorating Historic Show Feat!!!

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The Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts presents   Wixen Music Authentic Voices Festival

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 4-8:15 p.m. Sunday, September 24, 2017, 4-8:15 p.m. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA!!!

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School of Rock celebrates five years in the valley

Local Music Students to Transform into Rock Stars at 3 valley locations: Scottsdale, Gilbert & Ahwatukee!!!

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The Celebration Starts Early with Polo Star Ashley Busch Who Makes Her Scottsdale Debut At The Polo Preview Party at Dominick’s Steakhouse on Thursday, October 5th

Mix and mingle with Ashley Busch – Plus a Special Performance by the Phoenix Opera !!!

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FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE BRINGS “SMOOTH” COUNTRY SWAGGER TO LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS

Premieres Brand New Single In Dual TV Appearances Chats With Late-Night Host About THE SMOOTH TOUR 2017 And Baby Advice While Sipping On Old Camp Whiskey!!!

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GLOBAL SUPERSTAR SHANIA TWAIN ANNOUNCES 2018 NOW TOUR

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 25   NEW SINGLE “SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED” IMPACTS RADIO SEPT. 18!!!

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BILLY BURNETTE --CLASSIC AMERCAN ARTIST AND HIT SONGWRITER-- TO RELEASE NEW SOLO ALBUM 'CRAZY LIKE ME' OCTOBER 20

NEW MEMOIR CRAZY LIKE ME: FROM MEMPHIS AND THE ROCK 'N ROLL TRIO TO FLEETWOOD MAC AVAILABLE NOW   ALBUM AND BOOK RELEASE TO BE CELEBRATED WITH SHOW SEPTEMBER 3 IN NASHVILLE AT 3RD AND LINDSLEY

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MIDLAND REVEAL THE OFFICIAL TRACK LIST FOR DEBUT ALBUM ON THE ROCKS, AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 22

Country "Revivalist" Trio's First Single "Drinkin' Problem" Officially Certified GOLD!!!

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INDIE ARTIST AND GLOBAL TOURING MUSICIAN TRAVIS MARVIN CELEBRATES SOPHOMORE SINGLE RELEASE “NEVER HAD A FIRST TIME”

IMPACTING COUNTRY RADIO TODAY! • Celebrates Release At First-time Ryman Auditorium Appearance • Offers iDitty Laminate As Special “Thank You” Souvenir •!!!

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KENNY ROGERS TO BE HONORED BY THE INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM AS THE RECIPIENT OF THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum announced its 2017 class of Photography Hall of Fame inductees, and first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Kenny Rogers - singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, photographer, and author - will receive the 2017 IPHF Lifetime Achievement Award, the first of its kind awarded by the IPHF. In addition, Nine photographers or photography industry visionaries who demonstrate the artistry, passion, and revolution of the past and present craft of photography were selected for induction to the Hall of Fame, including: Ernest H. Brooks II, black-and-white underwater photographer; Harry Benson, iconic portrait photographer; Edward Curtis, photographer of the American West and the North American Indian; William Eggleston, pioneer of color photography; Anne Geddes, portrait and infant photographer; Ryszard Horowitz, pre-digital special effects photographer; James Nachtwey, photojournalist and war photographer; Cindy Sherman, conceptual portrait photographer; and Jerry Uelsmann, photomontage photographer.

The IPHF annually awards and inducts notable photographers or photography industry visionaries for their artistry, innovation, and significant contributions to the art and science of photography.

The 2017 Awards and Induction Event will take place on November, 17, in St. Louis, MO, home of the IPHF in the Arts District, Grand Center.

A nominating committee of IPHF representatives and notable leaders with a passion for preserving and honoring the art of photography selected the inductees. To be eligible for induction, nominees were considered based on the noteworthy contributions they made to the art or science of photography that had a significant impact on the photography industry and/or history of photography. The inductees, though widely differing in style and practice, are individually seen as significant innovators in their respective fields. They are all risk takers who introduced the world to new means of artistic representation and expression.

“This year, the IPHF is honored to recognize ten creators who have uniquely revolutionized the modern photography industry,” said Patty Wente, Executive Director of the IPHF. “Our 2017 awardees are innovators who broke the norm of tradition and conceived their own ways of creatively communicating with the world around them.”

In addition to honoring the 2017 class of Photography Hall of Fame inductees and Lifetime Achievement award winner, the IPHF will be honoring the late Ken Whitmire, former IPHF board member, for his many contributions to the Museum and for his passion and commitment to photography.

For more than 50 years, the IPHF has been and remains the only organization worldwide that recognizes and honors significant contributors to the artistic craft and science of photography. The 2017 cohort of awardees and inductees join 79 other artists and innovators, including: Steve Jobs, Annie Leibovitz, Dorothea Lange, and Ansel Adams. The 2017 Induction Ceremony will be held on Nov. 17, 2017 in St. Louis. For details, contact Patty Wente at 314-479-2698 or patty.wente@iphf.org.

In addition to their commitment to the Photography Hall of Fame, the IPHF strives to educate the public about photographic history and to collect, exhibit, and preserve historical items and images. IPHF’s impressive permanent collection contains works from more than 500 artists, nearly 5,000 historical cameras, and more than 30,000 photographs. More information on the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum can be found at www.iphf.org.

About the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum:

The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum is a non-profit organization with the purpose of celebrating the achievements of the inventors, pioneers, and pivotal artists throughout the history of photography. The IPHF has preserved the art of photography and its contribution to modern civilization since 1965, and is the proud home to over 6,000 historical cameras and 30,000 images. The IPHF is located in the Grand Center Arts District at 3415 Olive Street St. Louis, Missouri, 63103. For more information, please visit www.iphf.org.

CRAIG CAMPBELL JOINS LUKE BRYAN'S HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ AND LOVIN’ EVERY DAY TOUR

“Outskirts of Heaven” Hitmaker Closes Out The Summer With Huge Shows!!!

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