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Expo-ites Earn Grammy Awards!
February 18, 2007

Expo-ites Earn Grammy Awards!

CONGRATULATIONS Expo-ites Hillary Lindsay, Brett James and Dan Wilson!

Expo featured writers Hillary Lindsay, who has attended a number of our events, and Brett James, who was a first time participant of the Expo in Park City last October, were honored in Los Angeles on Feburary 11th with the Grammy Award for Best Country Song. Hillary, Brett, and their co-writer Gordie Sampson won for Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take the Wheel." Carrie also won the Grammy for Best New Artist.

In addition, Dan Wilson of Semisonic won the Song of the Year Grammy for co-writing "Not Ready to Make Nice" with the Dixie Chicks whose Taking the Long Way album won the Grammy for Album of the Year and Best Country Album. "Not Ready to Make Nice" also took Record of the Year. Dan Wilson, who was a featured writer at the 2006 Durango Songwriters Expo Santa Barbara, co-wrote six of the tracks on Taking the Long Way.


Time Running Out to Enter the Write With A Hit-Maker Contest!!

March 15th is right around the corner and that's the deadline to enter our AWESOME "Write With a Hit-Maker" contest. If you haven't entered yet, better hop to it!!

Congratulations ELLE VEN for winning the EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION drawing! Elle won a FREE Registration for the 2007 Santa Barbara Expo, May 31 - June 2, 2007!!

Here's the scoop on the DSE "Write With A Hit-Maker" Songwriting Contest!:

The winner in the Country Category will write a song at the EXPO with hit songwriter Jeremy Stover (Jeremy recently earned his first No. 1 single as writer and producer of Jack Ingram's "Where Ever You Are").

The winner in the Pop/Rock Category will write a song with hit songwriters Ben Marguiles and Tony Scalzo (FastBall).

Each winner will receive a SINGLE SONG PUBLISHING DEAL courtesy of Windswept Music (Country Category) and peermusic (Pop/Rock Category). The publishing deal will include studio time to record a professional guitar or piano/vocal demo of the song written by the winner in each category!


The winner in each category will also receive a free Registration to the 2007 Santa Barbara EXPO (a $250 value), May 31 - June 2, 2007.

(Transportation to the EXPO, meals and lodging, are the responsibility of the participants.)

Here's the Entry Form.
(Contest Final Deadline March 15th, 2007.)

See the 2006 Winners here.

About Santa Barbara Expo Registration

We are in the final stages of rounding up our industry pros and featured writers for the May 31 - June 2 (2007) Wine Country Expo in Santa Barbara. We know a lot of you are anxious to register and have inquired about the Registration Form. We should have it ready to mail and post on our website by the end of February. Watch for it! (We'll send a special Great Connections newsletter when it's available. Thanks for your patience!)

New! 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, and Amanda Williams. Bobby Tomberlin will be playing in January."

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.

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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