For those of you who have an interest in songs, songwriters, and the profession of songwriting, there are a couple of events coming up this year that you might want to mark on your calendar.
First, and this one is just around the corner, will be the grand opening Sunday May 19th of the physical location housing the long-homeless Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. This amazing educational, historical, and interactive facility will be housed inside the mammouth new Music City Center, which appears at first glance to have been whisked in from outer space and dropped smack-dab in the middle of downtown Nashville.
Actually, it’s our incredible new convention center, which will hopefully be packed with conventioneers, vacationers, tourists, and homefolks up to 365-days a year. The city has graciously offered the Nashville Songwriters Foundation ground floor space inside this imposing structure to house the memorabilia and artifacts belonging and relating to the 188 songwriters who have so far been elected to membership in the Songwriters Hall.
There has been a Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame ever since 1970, but it has never had a nailed-down, open-to-the-public permanent location until now. It’s an exciting time for all of us in the songwriting community.
The official opening of our new home will be at 2:30 on the afternoon Sunday May 19th, and I’ve been asked to perform a couple of my songs and say a few words. I hope if your plans bring you to or near Nashville that weekend that you’ll put this very special Grand Opening on your list of cool things to do.
And then, for those of you interested in learning more about the actual art and craft of writing songs yourself, you might want to check out the first annual Hank Williams Songwriting Workshop which will be held this fall….November 7th through the 10th…. in Hank’s hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, under the auspices of the folks at the Hank Williams Museum.
Many of the details are still being hammered out, but I will be there along with a couple of my good Alabama writing buddies, Bobby Tomberlin (“One More Day” for Diamond Rio; “Good Day To Run” for Daryl Worley) and Bradley Gaskin (wrote and recorded “Mr. Bartender” for Columbia Records in 2011, and is co-writer on new chart hit by Tate Stevens, “Power Of A Love Song”). We will be hosting songwriting seminars, one-on-one critiques, jam sessions, continental breakfasts, and a Thursday night buffet dinner. There will be opportunities to discuss virtually anything related to the world of songwriting. For information regarding registration contact Beth Petty at 334-262-3600 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve never been involved in anything quite like this, and I’m looking forward to it.
Who knows….maybe one of our talented attendees will write another “Peel Me A ‘Nanner” and end up in the Songwriters Hall of Fame!