The CMA Songwriters Series will celebrate its 10th anniversary back where it all began. The series returns to Joe’s Pub in New York City with a two-night event February 11 and 12. Kix Brooks, Tim Nichols and Jon Nite will perform along with Bob DiPiero, who will also serve as host. The series launches the 2014 season with performances this week at the Sundance Film Festival and will also visit London, Chicago and Austin, among other places this year.
“Nashville’s songwriters are among the most talented storytellers in the world,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Following this week’s launch at Sundance, we are excited to return to the ‘unofficial’ home of the series at Joe’s Pub. It’s great to see how fans of great songwriting and storytelling have embraced the series since it began in 2005.”
Kix Brooks and Bob DiPiero have a long history with the CMA Songwriters Series. As CMA’s Chairman of the Board in 2005, Kix (along with Bob) was instrumental in the creation and launch of the series and its first shows in New York.
“The CMA Songwriters Series has become an internationally respected event,” Kix said. “Sharing the Nashville songwriter experience with folks all over is something very unique and I have to congratulate my dear friend Bob DiPiero for his tireless efforts in making this happen for all these years. I did this guitar pull the first time at Joe’s Pub in New York and it’s going to be great coming back to celebrate. This audience gets it and it just never gets old performing there.”
As one half of Brooks & Dunn, Kix co-wrote a number of the duo’s hits, including “Red Dirt Road,” “Brand New Man,” “Only In America,” and “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone.” Bob DiPiero has had more than 1,200 songs recorded by other artists, countless hit singles, and 15 No. 1 hits with songs like “Blue Clear Sky” and “Southern Voice.”
Tim Nichols co-wrote Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” which went on to earn a GRAMMY Award. Jon Nite has penned a number of more recent hits such as “Tip It on Back” recorded by Dierks Bentley, “Whatever She’s Got” recorded by David Nail, “Glass” recorded by Thompson Square, and “We Were Us” recorded by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert.