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Co-write with HIT-MAKERS Sam and Annie Tate or Keith Follese!
October 29, 2007

Co-write with HIT-MAKERS Sam and Annie Tate or Keith Follese!

Hi Everybody, Jim Attebery here again with an important update regarding the DSE 2008 Write with A Hit-Maker Contest.

We're thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce some exciting new hit songwriters to our Expo family, Sam and Annie Tate and Keith Follese, who will be writing with our contest winners at the next Expo coming up Feb 28,29 and March 1st 2008 in the famous Wine Country of Santa Ynez (Santa Barbara, CA).

Sam and Annie Tate, whose hits include "Shut Up and Drive" for Chely Wright, "Somebody" for Reba, "If You're Going Through Hell" for Rodney Atkins, and Emerson Drive's "Moments," will write with the Country winner. (Last year the winner in this category wrote with Jeremy Stover, writer and producer of Jack Ingram's #1 "Where Ever You Are".)

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." (Last year the winner in this category wrote with Ben Marguiles and Tony Scalzo of FastBall).

And don't forget that the winners in each category will also receive a SINGLE SONG PUBLISHING DEAL courtesy of an established, reputable music publisher to be announced. (Last year these publishers were Windswept Music - Country Category - and peermusic - Pop/Rock Category.) The publishing deal includes studio time to record a professional guitar or piano/vocal demo of the song written by the winner in each category!

Please note that there is a SPECIAL DRAWING for those who register BY NOVEMBER 15th. One winner will be drawn and will attend The Expo FREE, a value of $299!

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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!

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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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