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Last Call for Wine Country!
May 30, 2007

Last Call for Wine Country!

Hi Everybody...Jack Hayford with here. We are on final approach for Santa Barbara Wine Country '07. Jim Attebery is already in Santa Ynez. Tomorrow, the 30th, Jim and Brother Bill, myself, Jennifer, Susan, and all of our volunteers and key operatives will be in SB. We'll look for you tomorrow night at DARGANS IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT around 6pm for our little kick-off party!

If you have last minute problems, questions or issues, call Jim on his cell at 970-946-9521.

Everyone in our camp is EXCITED. We hope you are too!

By now you've probably made plans to attend or not. We know that sometimes you just can't make it no matter how much you want to.

So, in the spirit of the Expo, I'm publishing below the recently uploaded Songwriting Workshop conducted by the great Bob DiPiero and Brett James (with a stellar intro by our good pal Steve Markland at Windswept/Nashville).

Listen to this great workshop, even if you were there when it was recorded. I think it will teach you a lot about the music biz, a lot about songwriting, and a lot about what the Durango Songwriters Expo is all about. Very enlightening and entertaining stuff!

Enjoy! We'll be putting it in the Members Only Backstage after we get back from Santa Barbara.

Hope to see you there!!

Bob DiPiero and Brett James Songwriting Workshop 2007 - Part 1 [59:56]

Part 2 [28:59]

FYI, here is the contact info for the Marriott, where the Expo is held:
555 McMurray Road
Buellton, California 93427 USA
Phone: 805.688.1000
Fax: 805.688.0380
Toll-free: 800.638.8882

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

Welcome Aboard Bill Champlin!

"[Bill Champlin] is known the world over as the soulful singer/keyboardist of the iconic jazz-pop band Chicago. His featured spots on the hits 'Look Away' and 'Hard Habit to Break' are among his mainstream highlights. But Bill Champlin’s defining work with the Sons of Champlin and as a songwriter put him on the musical map long before he arrived in Chicago. Bill and the Sons were blowing the doors off venues back in the ’70s — and they returned to doing the same in the late ’90s and into the present." —Greg Rule, Keyboard Magazine

Bill has worked with such luminaries as Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Elton John, Boz Scaggs, Donna Summer, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Jimmy Smith, Amy Grant, Neil Diamond and Kenny Rogers. In 1978 he released SINGLE, his first solo album. In 1979 he won his first Grammy award for co-writing "After the Love is Gone," which was a made a hit by Earth, Wind & Fire.

Visit Bill's official website.

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 (again)!

The Amanda Williams Monday Writers Night, which is host to our Durango Songwriters the THIRD MONDAY of each month, has MOVED BACK to the Blue Bar on Broadway, starting at 9pm. Next DSE night is June 18th.

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.

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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