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Happy New Year!
December 29, 2007

Have a GREAT 2008!

Hey Everybody, Jim Attebery here, wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year on behalf of all of us in DurangoLand!

Good news: We've just put out the Registration Form/Brochure for our next Expo coming up in Santa Barbara Wine Country Feb. 28th - Mar. 1st. It will be in the mail next week to everyone on our list. It is also available online (see below). If you can't get it printed out for some reason, contact us with your mailing address and we will mail you one.

Register Now for the Next Expo (Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2008):
Click here to view and print out the Brochure/Registration Form
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And don't forget to enter our ongoing "Write With A Hitmaker" contest.

Once again I want to stress to each of you how remarkable this songwriting contest opportunity is. Previous winners have had their careers take off recently in part due to their participation in the Expo and the contest. (They are also supremely talented artists!)

Alissa Moreno won the pop contest two years ago and wrote with Tony Scalzo from Fastball. Subsequently she wrote with Jeffrey Steele at The Expo, and the song they wrote, "Every Day," is slated to be a single on the new Rascal Flatts record, Still Feels Good, which has already sold close to a million small feat these days! Alissa is enjoying the rare music industry "courtship" process that some are fortunate enough to garner. Alissa is headed for the BIGS! :)

Richard Harris, who won the pop contest last year, has signed a publishing deal with peer Music in L.A.

The cost of entering this event is small and the potential reward is career's really something every serious writer should consider. We put our reputation squarely on the line every time we do this and we certainly want people to take advantage of it, and we're not talking 5,000 entries here, this is purposely a small contest. We want quality, not quantity.

And, this year in addition to the grand prize, we will also be offering a 50% discount to attend The Expo for the four runner-up finalists in each category! What are you waiting for? :)

Once again, Happy New Year...and THANKS for being a part of our songwriting community! YOU make us great!

About Our 2008 Contest

The winning songwriter in the Country Category will write a song at the EXPO with the hit songwriting team of Sam and Annie Tate whose hits include, "Shut Up and Drive" for Chely Wright, "Somebody" for Reba, and "If You're Going Through Hell" for Rodney Atkins. Emerson Drive's "Moments" just became their third #1 song.

The winner in the Pop/Rock Category will write a song with hit songwriter and industry powerhouse Keith Follese. Keith grew up in the music rich scene of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has spent most of his music career dividing time between Los Angeles and Nashville. Keith's relentless drive and songwriting talent has rewarded him with many top songwriting honors. Keith has been named both ASCAP and BILLBOARD magazine's SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR. Keith is currently the CEO of Midas Music and is the lead writer for the production team THE CENTER. He continues to write with top producers and artists all over the world. Keith's hits include Faith Hill's smash, "The Way You love Me" and Lonestar's "Smile."

Each winner will also receive a SINGLE SONG PUBLISHING DEAL! The Pop/Rock category winner will have the opportunity to publish with LA-based Leftwinger/peer music. The Country winner will have the opportunity to publish with Nashville-based Midas Music.

Get the Registration Form

Special Thanks to Our Friend Diane Bowker!

The Durango Songwriters Expo, as it is known today, was the outgrowth of a similar event held in Durango for many years, The Durango Songwriters Rendezvous, founded and organized by Diane Bowker and other Durango-area songwriters. Diane attended the last Expo at Rio Rico and was awarded a commemorative plaque by Jim Attebery. See Diane's story here. THANKS DIANE!

Add YOUR BIO to our website! Click here.

Showcase at OC's Gypsy Lounge!

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. 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!

The Amanda Williams Monday Writers Night, which is host to our Durango Songwriters the THIRD MONDAY of each month, is held at the Blue Bar on Broadway, starting at 9pm. Next DSE night is January 21st.

Rack Room/Blue Bar
1911 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

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

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.

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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