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Deadline THIS WEEK for Contest Early Bird Entry!
November 13, 2007

Deadline THIS WEEK for Contest Early Bird Entry!

Hey Gang, Jim Attebery here just checking in with some important updates about the Songwriting Contest and the NEXT EXPO.

First of all, remember that the EARLY BIRD DEADLINE for entering the contest is THIS WEEK (Nov. 15th). Any entries POSTMARKED by Saturday, the 17th, will be considered EARLY and will be placed in the drawing to win a FREE REGISTRATION!

Also, we have finalized the details on the writers and publishers participating in the 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.

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"Winning the Durango Songwriters pop category was an amazing thrill for me...Writing with Tony [Scalzo] was a pleasure...he is really one of the good guys. He has an amazing knowledge of British music and that of course is where I come from so working with him was very easy. I came prepared with a bare bones song and we pretty much nailed the lyrics in our session and moved around some melodic ideas I had and I cannot wait to get this recorded so everyone can hear it. It was a great experience and one I hope to repeat one day..." —2007 Pop Winner Richard Harris

OUR NEXT EXPO is FEBRUARY 28, 29 and MARCH 1st, 2008 in Wine Country (Santa Barbara, CA). Please be sure that you have signed up for our Great Connections Newsletter to get the latest news from DurangoLand!

Check it out: Jeffrey Steele performs "What Hurts the Most" at the Expo.

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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 December 17th.

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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