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Important Announcements!
April 05, 2007

Important Announcements!

Hi Everybody, this is Jim Attebery, co-founder of the Durango Songwriters EXPO. We've just announced the winners and honorable mentions in our 2007 Write with a Hit-Maker Songwriting Contest. WHEW! It gets harder every year to judge! But thanks to everyone who entered and we think it's one of the coolest contests of its kind to be found anywhere. (Write a song with a hit songwriter? that's a career-enhancing prize!)

The 2007 Write with a Hit-Maker Songwriting Contest Winners are:

Kelly Garrett (Country) and Richard Harris (Pop)

Congratulations Kelly and Richard!

Honorable Mentions:
Truly this was an incredibly tough contest to judge and although there always has to be a definitive "winner" in each category, the quality of songs our judges had to choose from was so high that at least five in each category might have won. It was that close!

Here are the TOP FIVE songwriters in each category:

Country -- Kelly Garrett (winner), Scott Miller, Leilah Hayman, Chris Volpe, Ryan Shea Smith

Pop -- Richard Harris (winner), Amy Raasch, Randi Soyland, Steve Giles, and fifth-place was a tie between Donna Galbraith and The Lovers (Jared and Noni)

Thanks to ALL who participated and we look foward to seeing all of you at our next EXPO!

Now, don't forget the EARLY BIRD registration deadline for the Santa Barbara Expo May 31 - June 2, 2007 is coming right up April 16th. You'll save $25 if you mail your registration by that date!

CLICK HERE to download and print out the Registration Form PDF file now.

Alternately you may view, print out and/or save the 2007 Santa Barbara Brochure JPG file:
2007 SB Brochure Page 1
2007 SB Brochure Page 2

We look forward to seeing all our old friends and lots of new ones in the Santa Barbara Wine Country next June!!

Best wishes to our old friend Tony Furguson at Interscope Records who is recovering (nicely we hear!) from unexpected surgery. Hope to see you back at the Expo soon, Tony.

Important News at

Hey Everybody, Jack Hayford here. After a three year experiment with making our Expo recordings available to Members via online subscription (Audio-on-Demand delivered by Live365 and Instant Audio) we've decided to make a few fundamental changes.

1. The good news is that we are reducing the annual subscription fee by over 50%. The new annual subscription rate is $12.97 instead of $29.97. This has already been implemented. For CURRENT MEMBERS who have already paid $29.97 for this year, we are offering a $25 credit towards the Santa Barbara Expo (May 31-June 2) OR we will extend your subscription to the Backstage Membership area by TWO EXTRA YEARS. You need to take no action if you aren't planning to attend the Santa Barbara Expo. Your subscription will be extended by our system. But if you want to take the $25 credit on the Expo Registration, please email

(Note: You may still see some references to the old price of $29.97 on a few pages that have yet to be updated, but you will see that $12.97 is actually the price on the Order Form.)

2. The reason we are making this change is that we are doing away with using Live365 Radio and all of our audios will be played using Instant Audio. We will no longer offer a Live365 radio station and play the music of our Members. We are streamlining the operation based on what we see as the needs of our Members and potential new members. Instant Audio gives more options to the listener without any player issues that sometime are a problem using Live365. Instant Audio is also less expensive for us...thus a reduction in price to listen to these great programs.

If you don't know what I'm talking about click on the link below and see Walt Aldridge's "Say Just What You Feel and Make it Rhyme. The little blue player is Instant Audio. All our programs will use this player soon.

We regret any inconvenience or disappointment this change may cause but all new businesses face adjustments as they evolve. We think this is a smart move and will allow us to provide even more programs for less money, resulting in a better deal for songwriters.

We've just added the Steve Dorff - Bobby Tomberlin Songwriting Workshop in the "Workshop" section in the Backstage. It's 57 minutes long and it's really good. Steve and Bobby definitely offered up some pearls at this workshop conducted at Santa Barbara in 2006.

More programs are coming soon, of course.

Thanks to ALL who support the Expo and I'm looking forward to seeing you all in Wine Country!

Looking to Showcase in Greater L.A.?

Thanks to our friend and Expo veteran, Frank Giampaolo from Laguna, CA, we can hook you up!

Says Frank, "I have been attending your Durango Songwriters Expos in the Santa Barabara Wine Country. I look forward to 2007's! If you have any songwriters that would like to play my Songwriters Live showcase in South Orange County, please have them contact me at:

"It is held on the fourth Thursday of each month. Some of the past performing songwriters include Steve Dorff, Ray Herndon, Jimbeau Hinson, Kevin Fisher, Pete Sellis, Amanda Williams and Bobby Tomberlin."

So there you go! Contact Frank and get yourself added to a Songwriters Live bill!

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Durango Writers Night in Nashville!

IMPORTANT! Our Showcase Venue has Changed!

Beginning Monday, February 19th, the Amanda Williams Monday Writers Night, which is host to our Durango Songwriters the THIRD MONDAY of each month has MOVED from the Blue Bar on Broadway to the Bar Car on 10th Ave. S.

The next Durango Night is April 16th!

Here are the complete details:
Music City Monday
> 8pm every Monday @ Bar Car in Cummins Station
> 209 10th Ave S.
> 2 for 1 drinks before 10pm!
> 615.259.4875
> Free Parking
> GREAT Music
> Expo Alum will play between 10 and 11 pm
> See You There!

Email if you would like to be added to the line-up. Thanks to all who come out to play, listen and support us!

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What is

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 -- -- and benefit from many of the same resources provided each year at the Durango Songwriters Expo. 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 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.

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Got a Website? Special Request from the EXPO—

If you've been marketing yourself and your music through a website, no doubt you already know the importance of "back-links" (how many websites, and their popularity, link to YOU) in gaining high search engine rankings and growing your traffic.

Let's help each other by exchanging links! (Our website is now in the top 10% of all sites on the web, ranked under 500,000 -- out of over 50 million. It will help increase your traffic and ranking to have a link to you from us!)

If you are interested in exchanging links, please link to:
The Durango Songwriters Expo

Then send us an email with YOUR link either by using the Contact Us Form, or sending an email to


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