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February 08, 2009


WOW! It's a shame that we have to pick just one Grand Prize winner in our "Write With a Hit-Maker" Contest! Our final judging teams in Los Angeles and Nashville really had their work cut out for them this year but finally...

The WINNERS are:

(Note: The videos linked to the winners are not associated with this contest. We are using file footage until after the Expo!)


First Place: Stephanie Smith (UT)
First Runner Up: Scott Krippayne (WA)
Second Runner Up: Kandace Ferrel (CA)
Third Runner Up: Annie Dingwall (TX)
Fourth Runner Up: TIE between Tim Fagan (CA) and Ashley Chambliss (NC)


First Place: Diane Waters (CA)
First Runner Up: Joe Licktieg (CO)
Second Runner Up: Kyler England (CA)
Third Runner Up: Donna Valentine (CO)
Fourth Runner Up: Treva Blomquist (TN)

Very Special Thanks to everyone who entered our contest! There was an amazing number of great songs and fact, the top twenty-five in each category probably could have won...but we always have to pick THE winner!

Thanks to all those who entered through our friends at Sonicbids as well as those who mailed in their entries. (We will be starting a blog/forum about this contest and other contests on our website in a few sure to check it out!)

There are still great airfares out there into LAX and Burbank. This week, for instance, Southwest Airlines had fairs as low as $99. Frontier and USAir have also had some good rates. And, good news for the many that will be driving in from points all over, GAS PRICES ARE DOWN (a little higher in California than elsewhere, FYI).

If there is ANYTHING we can do to help you make the decision to come to the next Expo, or in making your plans, give Jim Attebery a call at 970-259-9747.

Our little meet and greet at SOhO in Santa Barbara Wednesday, February 25th has a time change. We'll be there from about 6-10pm. Chuck Cannon has been added to the bill! Wow! If you are in town on Wednesday, definitely try to come by...our little "pre-Expo" is always a lot of fun.

Next Expo Feb 26-28!

The hotel rooms we have reserved for the EXPO (2/26-28) at the Marriott in Buellton are starting to be released to the public. This is standard policy so we don't hold rooms we don't need. Rooms may still be available at the Marriott (at the Durango Group price) right up until the Expo but there is no guarantee. So book it right away if you want to stay where the action is pretty much 'round the clock when we are there!

Our next Expo will take place Feb 26-28, 2009 in Santa Ynez (Santa Barbara, CA). Click here to view and print out the Brochure/Registration PDF (or JPG).

If you cannot print out the brochure, contact us with your name and mailing address and we will send you the brochure via USPS.

If you've never been to our Santa Barbara Wine Country event, you should definitely try to come to this one! We've just secured the fantastic Jim Lauderdale as a headliner and we'll have the usual enormous contingent of top-notch industry movers and many surprises, as always!

Just click on the links above to see or print out the Registration Form. Or, call Jim Attebery at 970.259.9747 if you have any questions at all!

Nashville Showcase Monday Feb 9th!

Durango Songwriters Nite is Back at The Listening Room!
Monday, Feb 9, 2009

The Listening Room (Cummins Station 10th and Demonbreun)
8-8:30 Scott Lindsey
8:30-9:15 Nightbird (Great Band!)
9:15-10:00 (or end) Ken Johnson and (making a lot of waves....) Kalisa Ewing

FUN FUN FUN $5 cover Good Food Nice Room Great Sound DON'T MISS IT!!! The Listening Room Cafe.

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