The CMA Songwriters Series will return to Chicago at Joe’s Bar on Wednesday, July 30 at 8:30 pm to continue its outstanding 10 year legacy. The event will highlight artists Charlie Worsham, Striking Matches, and host Bob DiPiero. Tickets can be found here.
Warner Music Nashville recording artist Worsham released his debut album Rubberband in 2013. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music, Worsham made his Grand Ole Opry debut at just 12 years old. The accomplished musician co-wrote every song on Rubberband including the Top 20 hit “Could It Be” and has also had a cut by Dierks Bentley (“Heart of a Lonely Girl”). The Mississippi native has toured with Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, and Taylor Swift and was recently named a CMA Music Festival “Must-See Act” by RollingStoneCountry.com.
Striking Matches is a duo made up of Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmermann. Paired by a professor at Belmont University to perform for a classroom full of guitar majors, they have been writing and performing together ever since. Their self-titled EP was released in October 2012 and was named among iTunes “Best of 2012.” Featured on NPR and in the Wall Street Journal, the pair have already appeared on the Grand Ole Opry more than 15 times, opened for some of the biggest names in music, and had five songs featured on ABC’s hit television series “Nashville.”
Through the course of ten years, there have been both hit-makers and stars-to-be which have graced its stage and shared their stories behind the songs we love. What follows are only a few of the countless iconic moments that have helped establish the event’s legacy within the music community.
1. Eric Church- November 2, 2010
Eric Church got personal with the Songwriters Series crowd taking the opportunity to be a songwriter, instead of an artist, for the night as he shared the true stories behind the songs. Heartfelt memories turned into fan favorites had Church and fellow songwriters disregard a set-list and elect to play requests. The following year, he was nominated for three new artist awards including the CMA’s New Artist of the Year. Today he sits at the top of the charts with smash hits like “Drink in My Hand” “Springsteen” and “Give Me Back My Hometown.”
2. Kenny Chesney- August 25, 2011
An intimate setting like the Club Royale in Boston my not be a familiar atmosphere for Kenny Chesney anymore, but he seemed relaxed and at home as he sat back in his chair and enjoyed the event just as much as the fans in the audience. The voice behind 22 chart-topping songs said, “I came to town as a songwriter and always consider myself a songwriter first.” They later went on to share the stories behind the hits like “Out Last Night” “Strawberry Wine” and “Live Like You Were Dying.”
3. Carrie Underwood- June 31, 2012
Carrie Underwood hit the Songwriters Series stage for the first time in 2012. Joined by Brett James, who wrote “Jesus Take the Wheel” and “Cowboy Casanova”, Luke Laird, who wrote “So Small” and “Undo It”, Hillary Lindsey, who wrote “Just a Dream” and “Last Name”, and last but not least, Bob DiPiero, who has composed numerous top hits. This was an unforgettable, as the sold out crowd was privileged to see Carrie Underwood in an intimate setting and seen as an equal amongst the other songwriters. Since her debut in 2005, Carrie Underwood has sold more than 14 million albums and has won over 120 awards.
4. Miranda Lambert- June 11, 2013
The Songwriters Series returned to Boston and Miranda Lambert was along side Kip Moore and other featured tune smiths. At the time, Lambert was the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the year and song of the year winner for “Over You”. On this iconic date, Miranda Lambert was able to share her story behind the music in the personal, acoustic setting. Fans all around the world viewed the show via a live stream on CMASongwritersSeries.com.