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Great Connections - Get Ready for Santa Barbara!
May 06, 2006
Greetings!

Are you ready for the Durango Songwriters Expo - Santa Barbara 2006?

Our NEXT EVENT is right around the corner: June 1-3 in Santa Ynez Wine Country (Santa Barbara). You can print out the Registration Form here. Remember that SPACE IS LIMITED so don't get left out!

If you are still undecided, there's a list below of confirmed music industry people that you will meet and closely INTERACT WITH during the three-day Expo.

STILL UNDECIDED? Take a listen to DurangoSong.com's recent interview with Warren Sellers who came to the Expo for the first time years ago and, as he explains, has moved forward in his career ever since. Professional RELATIONSHIPS are forged at the Expo. Come out...and start forging ahead faster yourself.

Are ya comin?? Good, We'll See You There!!

Jim Attebery, Co-Founder

PS. You can call me directly at 970-259-9747 if you have any last-minute questions.

2006 Durango/Santa Barbara Music Industry Attendees

Marshall Altman, LA: A&R Columbia Records, singer/songwriter.

Al Anderson, Nashville: Formerly N.R.B.Q. Mega-hit songwriter with #1s "The Cowboy In Me," "Trip Around The Sun," "Unbelievable" and many others.

Gary Baker, Mussel Shoals: Hit Songwriter/Producer. With hits including "I Swear," "Already There," and other big crossovers.

Hanna Pantle, LA: BMI Executive Director Media Relations/West Coast.

Tony Ferguson, LA: V.P. of A&R at A&M/Interscope Records.

Michael Laskow, LA: President and founder of TAXI.

Linda Lorence, New York: V.P. Writer-Publisher relations with SESAC.

Steve Markland, Nashville: V.P. Creative Affairs - Windswept Pacific music pub.

Ralph Murphy, Nashville: V.P. ASCAP and hit songwriter.

Jeffrey Steele, Nashville: Grammy-Nominated and BMI Songwriter of the Year with a bevy of hits including "My Town," "These Days," "Help Somebody" and others.

Al Moss, Nashville: Americana Radio Promoter working with major and indie labels.

Dan Kimpel, LA: Acclaimed writer for Music Connection, other music periodicals.

Loretta Munoz, NY: ASCAP - V.P. of memberships and special projects.

Shannon Neece, Nashville: SESAC - Director of Writer/Publisher Relations.

Steve Smith, Chicago: VP of A&R Aware Records. Works with Liz Phair & Glen Phillips.

Jack Hayford, Nashville: Writer, Promoter, Co-founder of DurangoSong.com.

Jimmy Muffin, LA: VP of Creative Development and Staff Writer - Ash Street Music.

Bill Attebery, Ojai: MC, musician, and founder of The Recovery Broadcast Network.

Mark Ferrari, LA: President Master Source Music Library. Placed 2,500 songs.

Steve Garvan, Boulder: Garvan Management. Works with Walt Wilkens among others.

Chris Cole, Dallas: President Main Gate Music Group and Soundbridge PAs.

Kevin Williamson, LA: Senior Exec. Maverick Records, works with Michelle Branch.

Julie Newton, Nashville: Creative Director for Magic Mustang Music.

Barry DeVorzon, Santa Barbara: Publisher, songwriter, president MasterWriter.

Frank Petrone, LA: National Director Creative for peer music, largest indie pub.

Steven Melrose, LA: A&R Virgin Records President leftwing recording/mgmt.

Dan Wilson, Lead singer/writer for Semisonic. Hits include "Closing Time" and "Secret Smile." He's written with Jason Mraz, Dixie Chicks, Glenn Phillips.

Tony Scalzo, Austin: Lead singer/writer for Fastball. Big Hits include "Out of My Head" and "The Way." He is currently working on his solo record.

Stacy Jones, LA: Producer/Writer who formed American Hi Fi and wrote the big hit "Flavor of the Weak." He also played with Veruca Salt and Letters From Cleo.

Chris Blake, SB: Partner, Blake and Bradford Mgmt. Worked with Toad the Wet Sprocket, Marcy Playground, the Old 97's, among others.

Jeff Rabhan, LA: Works in management at the LA/Nashville based co., The Firm. He manages and discovered Michelle Branch.

Ben Marguiles, SB: Santa Barbara based Hit Songwriter/Producer whose had huge hits with Mariah Carey, including the Grammy winning "Vision of Love."

Rick Barker, Solvang: Works as the West Coast A&R Rep for Toby Keith's Big Machine Records and manages BrittonJack.

Rich Goldman, LA: President Riptide Music. He places songs in film/TV/video.

Frank Myers, Acclaimed Hit Songwriter with many big Country Hits including "I Swear" and "Already There."

Sara Kapuchinski, Chrysalis Music LA, works with new artists/staff writers.

Beka Callaway, NY: A&R with Columbia Records New York, formerly with BMI and several Nashville Publishing Companies.

Melanie Howard, Nashville: Started Harlan Howard Songs in 1989. Works with Mary Gauthier, Lori McKenna and the Harlan Howard catalogue.

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New For SB '06 -- The Expo Goes to Town!

Virtually every year we try to do something a little different, something to further expose our event and our community of songwriters to more people, and to integrate more and more into the communities that open their doors to us.

This year at Santa Barbara, the Expo and DurangoSong.com are hosting a get-together IN Santa Barbara (for you new folks, our "Santa Barbara" Expo is actually in Buellton/Santa Ynez, about 30 miles north of Santa Barbara). There will be more specifics provided in the next Newsletter which will arrive in about two weeks. But, the gist of this new event is that it will be a showcase, happy-hour meet-and-greet at Soho Restaurant and Music Club, 5ish-8ish PM on Wednesday, May 31st (the day before the Expo). SoHo is located at 1221 State St., Suite 205, Santa Barbara CA, 93101 (805-962-7776). This is a just-added event. We will give you more low-down on this and all matters pertaining to SB/'06, around May 15th.

Congratulations (Once Again) Alissa Moreno and Felice Keller!

This year's winner in the Pop/Rock Category of our "Write with a Hit-Maker" Contest, Alissa Moreno, will write a song at the Expo with hit songwriters Ben Marguiles and Stacy Jones (American Hi-Fi).

The winner in the Country Category, Felice Keller, will write a song with hit songwriters Gary Baker and Frank Myers.

We'll keep you posted on the co-written songs!

Going Strong: Durango Writers Night in Nashville!

As part of our ongoing efforts to promote our Members, DS.com's co-founder Jack Hayford co-hosts a monthly Writers Night in Nashville. Whether you're a Nashville resident or are coming in for a visit, if you are an EXPO alumni, or a DurangoSong.com Member (or both), you are invited to showcase your original (only) music.

The THIRD MONDAY of each month, the lovely and talented (and multiple EXPO veteran) Amanda Williams, co-hosts the special Durango Songwriters Night at Nashville's Blue Bar and Rack Room. The Blue Bar (it's a pink building!) is located just off Music Row at 1911 Broadway, Nashville. Telephone: 615.327.8001.

If you would like to showcase at the Blue Bar, please email jack@durangosong.com.

What is DurangoSong.com?

Not everyone can join us in Durango each year to be educated and inspired by our panelists and hit songwriters. But every songwriter can now have access to the next-best thing- DurangoSong.com- and benefit from many of the same resources provided each year at the Durango Songwriter's Expo.

DS.com offers Members a chance to hear writers, publishers, producers, managers and executives who decide what songs and artists make it to the big leagues.

Annually, we record the EXPO Panel Discussions and make them available in our subscription-based DurangoSong.com Backstage. If you can't make it to the EXPO in person, you can still get the same information from our ever-growing library of recorded discussions, as well as songwriter interviews and other special features.

Check us out!

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