January 6, 2020

2020 SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

 

The Texas Songwriters Association

Presents

16th Annual
SONGWRITER
SYMPOSIUM

JANUARY 8 – 12, 2020
Holiday Inn Midtown
Austin, Texas

www.austinsongwritersgroup.com
ASG SONGWRITER SYMPOSIUM 2020 SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2020

11:30 AM

Symposium Registration (Magnolia Room)

Drop by Registration to pick up your wrist bands, schedules, and to sign up for your One-On-One Publisher Pitch, and One-On-One appointments with various music industry professionals.-

PITCH TO PUBLISHERS SESSIONS FROM 1:30 – 5:00
BOBBY RYMER – CEDAR ROOM
SCOTT PASCHALL – CYPRESS ROOM

1:30 – 3:00
KIMMIE RHODES – UNCONSCIOUS WRITING – SYCAMORE ROOM
“I think some of the best pieces you write are ones that you don’t know why you’re doing it, and you just start. But you’re trying to work something out personally through doing it, and there’s a message involved; Usually it’s a good message because you’re trying to make a communication.”

Veteran multi talented artist Kimmie Rhodes is all about communications. She paints, she sings, she writes songs, plays, musicals, and books. How many people do you know who did a duet album with Willie besides Merle? Kimmie! Who are your favorite writers of all times? Willie, Merle , Townes, Billy Joe Shaver, Emmy Lou?? What do they all have in common? Kimmie… She’s brilliant. She is a great communicator. Come meet her and see for yourself, and pick up a few writing tools for your toolbox.

3:00 – 4:30 BOB LIVINGSTON – THE SKIN OF A RHINOCEROS – SYCAMORE ROOM
Tips and Techniques from a veteran world class performer to keep the fire burning throughout a long career with lots of ups and downs.

6:00 PM – DINNER BREAK – ON YOUR OWN
SPECIAL $13 DINNER IN THE RED PEPPER CAFÉ 5 – 7PM
SERVING CHEESE ENCHILADAS , SHREDDED CHICKEN , SPANISH RICE, REFRIED BEANS, TORTILLAS, CONDIMENTS : SOUR CREAM, SALSA, PICO DE GALLO, SHREDDED LETTUCE, INCLUDES ICED TEA!!

8:00 TEXAS MUSIC LEGENDS HALL OF FAME AWARD CEREMONY
Doors open at 715 for conference wrist bands, and 7:30 for the general public… you don’t want to miss this!
Going into the Hall of Fame 2020 are: W C Clark, Shawn Colvin, Alvin Crow, Marvin Dykhuis, John Reed, Speedy Sparks, B W Stevenson, and Rusty Weir!!

FOLLOWED BY SONG CIRCLES TILL THE WEE HOURS.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 09, 2020

Registration Opens (Magnolia Ballroom)
Pre-Registered Check In & Walk Up Registration for Conference
Pick Up Schedule and Wrist Bands
Sign Up for the One-On-One with Publisher of Your Choice
Sign Up for the One-On-Ones with the music industry professionals

PITCH TO PUBLISHER 9AM – 5PM
BOBBY RYMER – CEDAR ROOM
STEVE BLOCH – CHERRY ROOM
SCOTT PASCHALL – CYPRESS ROOM

ONE ON ONES ARE AVAILABLE WITH : GABE RHODES AND CASH EDWARDS
CHECK REGISTRATIONS FOR AVAILABLE TIMES. THEY WILL BE IN THE OAK AND PECAN ROOMS

9:00 – 10:30 STEPHEN DOSTER – YOUR SONG FROM A THOUGHT TO A TURN TABLE – SYCAMORE ROOM

Lifelong songwriter, musician, and record producer, Stephen Doster, will discuss the process of taking our songs from an idea to a first draft, from a final draft to a demo, and from pre-production to a mixed and mastered final version of your song.

10:30 – 12:00 MARVIN DYKHUIS – GUITAR FOR SONGWRITERS – SYCAMORE ROOM

In this Class I will give guitar players tools to enhance your songwriting and performance skills.
Topics will include the use of double stops, runs and alternate chord fingering.

10:30 – 12:00 CASH EDWARDS – YOUR BREATH AND SINGING – OAK ROOM

We will discuss your lungs and their movement, breath and it’s movement, and how to look at a song and read the places your would normally inhale.

12:00 LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

$11 HAMBURGER BUFFET AVAILABLE IN THE RED PEPPER CAFÉ BETWEEN 11:30AM – 1:30PM SERVING: OVEN BROILED PATTIES, GRILLED CHICKEN, SWISS AND CHEDDAR CHEESE, LETTUCE, TOMATOE, ONION, PICKLES, MAYO, MUSTARD, CATCHUP, PASTA SALAD, POTATOE CHIPS, ICED TEA!!

1:30 – 3:00 Publishers Panel – SONG CRITIQUES THAT MATTER – LEARNING CENTER
WITH STEVE BLOCH, BOBBY RYMER, SCOTT PASCHALL

What do Publishers look for in a writer?
Is YOUR song really ready for a publisher or producer to hear?
What do you need to know to become a better songplugger for your own songs?

This conversation will unfold through the process of having your song critiqued by highly successful, high-profile veteran Nashville song pluggers.  Together, they have well over 50 years of experience, working in the trenches, pitching to the power players of Music Row.

Everyone is encouraged to bring one country song on a CD (or your phone – something to pair with Bluetooth speakers) with two typed lyrics to the session.  This exercise is optional and promises to be beneficial whether or not you bring a song.  Those who do will leave with the experience of having your song listened to as though it were actually being “pitched” on Music Row, with the added advantage of receiving, not one, but three valuable, professional critiques.

3:00 – 4:30 RON BEER – E pub for the Music Industry  – SYCAMORE ROOM

Think album meets Music Video, Then Photography meets illustrated Book
A new medium for creating and publishing Music .

Ron Beer Author and Recording Artist takes you through his new medium of e – publishing for the Music Industry

3:00 – 4:30 JAY KNOWLES – TEARING DOWN A MASTERPIECE – MAIN BALLROOM

Everyone loves/hates a good song critique session. But in this one, instead of our own songs, we’ll be putting the bright shop light on classics written by Nashville masters like Bob McDill, Don Schlitz and Mike Reid. How will their work hold up under such close scrutiny? Did they follow “the rules” or did they break ‘em with impunity? And how can we apply what we find to our own songs? We shall see.

4:30 DINNER BREAK ON YOUR OWN
$13. ITALIAN BUFFET IN THE RED PEPPER CAFÉ BETWEEN 5-7PM
SERVING: CAESAR SALAD, PARMESAN CHEESE, CROUTONS, CAESAR AND ITALIAN DRESSING, CHICKEN MARSALA, FETTUCCINI ALFREDO, RATATOUILLE, GARLIC BREAD STICKS, AND ICED TEA!!

6:00 OPEN MIC – SIGN UP AT 5:30

6:45 PUBLISHERS PICK – AT THE END OF EACH DAY , EACH PUBLISHER WILL CHOOSE THEIR “PUBLISHERS PICK OF THE DAY” FROM SONGS THEY HAVE HEARD. THEY WILL INTRODUCE THE WRITER AND TELL WHY THEY CHOSE THAT WRITER AND /OR SONG IN PARTICULAR. YOU HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN so SHOW UP FOR THIS!! IT COULD BE YOU!

7:30 PM – SHOWCASES

8:30 PM

The SOCAN Foundation Presents The Canadian Songwriters Showcase

9:00 PM – SHOWCASES

10:00 PM HEADLINER CONCERT – STEPHEN DOSTER AND MARVIN DYKHUIS

FOLLOWED BY SONG CIRCLES

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2020

9:00 AM

Registration Opens (Magnolia Room)
Pre-Registered Check In & Walk Up Registration for Conference
Pick Up Schedule and Wrist Bands
Sign Up for the One-On-One with Publisher of Your Choice
Sign Up for the One-On-Ones with the music industry professionals

PITCH TO PUBLISHERS 9AM TO 5PM
BOBBY RYMER – CEDAR ROOM
STEVE BLOCH – CHERRY ROOM
SCOTT PASCALL – CYPRESS ROOM
TED LOWE – MIMOSA ROOM
LISA JOHNSON – MAPLE ROOM

ONE ON ONES ARE AVAILABLE WITH: DOUG FREEMAN, GABE RHODES, AND CASH EDWARDS
CHECK REGISTRATION ROOMS FOR AVAILABLE TIMES. THESE WILL BE IN THE OAK AND PECAN ROOMS.

9:00 – 10:30
STEVE BLOCH – BEFORE THEY WERE HITS – LEARNING CENTER
Ever wonder how the artists first heard (chose) the songs that helped shape their careers?  Why they chose to invest their futures (financially, as well as, artistically) into these songs out of the thousands they hear to best prepare for each project?

In this class, we’ll play several demos BEFORE THEY WERE HITS and put ourselves in the artist’s heart, mind (and ears).  Together, we’ll analyze what made these songs work, and in doing so, you’ll hone your own skills in becoming part of the next wave of successful hit makers.  (We may even throw in a few songs which I so believed in and invested in at the time, which I can see now was money wasted.  We’ll examine why I say this now.

9:00 – 10:30
AUSTIN CUNNINGHAM – TRUST YOURSELF, DON’T FOOL YOURSELF – MAIN BALLROOM
A look at why we write the way we write and how to be comfortable with our own voice, while still looking to improve.

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10:30 – 12:00 –
BILL AND RUTH CARTER – WRITE A SONG WITH BILL AND RUTH CARTER –
MAIN BALLROOM

10:30 – 12:00
DAVID CARROLL – DO YOU WANT SOME BASS WITH THAT? – SYCAMORE ROOM
Come work with a multi talented musician, songwriter, singer and find out more about how to find a good bass line for your songs.

12:00 – LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
$11. LUNCH BUFFET IN THE RED PEPPER CAFÉ FROM 11:30 – 1:30PM
SERVING: FRESH FIELD GREEN SALAD WITH ASSORTED DRESSINGS, SALISBURY STEAK, FRIED CATFISH WITH TARTAR SAUCE, GREEN BEANS, MASH POTATOES, WARM ROLLS WITH BUTTER, AND ICED TEA!!

1:30 – 3:00
GIULIA MILLANTA – WHAT ARE YOUR ISSUES? LET’S TALK ABOUT IT! – MAIN BALLROOM

This is a time for addressing some of the major challenges like: how to take care of your instrument (mainly the voice, but the guitar as well), how to manage stage fright and anxiety, how to overcome creative blocks and so on…

1:30-3:00
SCOTT PASCHALL – ALL SONGWRITERS ARE ARTISTS – LEARNING CENTER

“I believe that in the new music business, all songwriters must think like artists.”  This class if for all level of songwriters and covers topics and tips that this veteran music industry professional shares with his clients.

3:00PM – 4:30 PM
DOUG JOHNSON – HOW TO STAY SANE IN A CRAZY BUSINESS LEARNING CENTER

Veteran industry music professional shares his thoughts as well as many he has heard from hit writers on writing, pitching, demo’ing, and performing. Followed by Q & A.

3:00 – 4:30
BEN BAZZREA – DE-MYSTIFYING THE NOTES – SYCAMORE ROOM

Why do we use scales?  What are we trying to do when we write a melody?  How do we make intelligent decisions about the chords we’re using? If you want to know the answer to those questions and more then this class is for you!  We’re going to start with the major scale and discuss melody writing, harmony writing and arrangement, and create a framework that will allow us to quickly make intelligent decisions using any scale, in any key, and unlock sophisticated harmonic devices.  Although this class will be covering the nuts and bolts of songwriting through the lens of music theory it’s appropriate for all levels of understanding and is intended to be highly practical and full of very usable information.

4:30 DINNER BREAK ON YOUR OWN
$13 DINNER BUFFET IN THE RED PEPPER CAFÉ FROM 5-7PM
SERVING: FRESH FIELD GREEN SALAD WITH ASSORTED DRESSINGS, CHICKEN CORDON BLUE, RICE PILAF, MELANGE OF MARKET VEGETABLES, WARM ROLLS WITH BUTTER, AND ICED TEA!!

6:00 OPEN MIC – SIGN UP AT 5:30

6:45 – PUBLISHERS PICK

7:30 SHOWCASES

8:30 – ASG SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR WAYNE GATHRIGHT SHOWCASE

9:00 – SHOWCASES

10:00 HEADLINERS CONCERT – WITH DOUG JOHNSON AND JAY KNOWLES

FOLLOWED BY SONG CIRCLES

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020

9:00 AM
Registration Opens (Magnolia Room)

PITCH TO PUBLISHERS 9AM TO 5PM
BOBBY RYMER – CEDAR ROOM
STEVE BLOCH – CHERRY ROOM
SCOTT PASCALL – CYPRESS ROOM
TED LOWE – MIMOSA ROOM
LISA JOHNSON – MAPLE ROOM

ONE ON ONE ARE AVAILBALE WITH: GWEN SEALE, MIKE TOLLESON, DOUG FREEMAN, GABE RHODES, CASH EDWARDS AND TED BRANSON. CHECK REGISTRATION FOR AVAILABLE TIMES. IN THE PECAN, OAK AND SYCAMORE ROOMS.

9:00 – 10:30
BOBBY RYMER – WRITING SONGS VS WRITING SONGS FOR A LIVING – MAIN BALLROOM

There’s a difference between writing songs and writing songs for a living…either full time or part time.
In this workshop we’ll discuss these differences and how you can identify your audience and go to them as opposed on waiting for them to come to you.

9:00 – 10:30
Gwen Seale – Copyright, Digital Distribution, and Monetizing Your Music – LEARNING CENTER

This course will begin with a basic overview of copyright and other important legal issues related to music production. Thereafter, we will shift gears to music distribution, comparing and contrasting the terms and features of the major distribution and publishing administration aggregators, such as  CD Baby, Tunecore, Distrokid and Songtrust. We will end with discussing music monetization on social media, particularly YouTube, and review its current monetization policies.

10:30 – 12:00
BILL AND RUTH CARTER – ORIGINALITY AND FAMILIARITY – MESQUITE ROOM

10:30 – 12:00
ELIZA GILKYSON – IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU – LEARNING CENTER

Bring your songs and your open minds- let’s see how we can make your songs the best they can be. After a brief question and answer session we will work in a circle and go around the room working on your songs, finding the places where the energy gets dropped or stuck. Group participation. Learn to self critique and support your fellow writers. All “levels of expertise“ welcome.

12:00 LUNCH ON US!!! AND SPECIAL PROGRAM INCLUDING :
ROGER ALLEN INTERVIEWING WILL SEXTON, BILL CARTER, AND STEPHEN DOSTER
IN THE BALLROOM

2:00 – 3:30
TED LOWE – THINK SYNCH – LEARNING CENTER
Come learn everything I’ve come to know about what makes a song and recording great for synch licenses in TV, Film, Ads, Video Games, etc. We’ll discuss lyrical themes, feel, arrangements and production techniques that people who license music crave. You will leave this discussion with actionable tips on how to write and produce, not only better songs, but songs and recordings better suited to synch.

2:00 – 3:30
DOUG JOHNSON – HOW TO STAY SANE IN A CRAZY BUSINESS – MESQUITE ROOM

Veteran Music Industry professional shares his thoughts as well as many he has heard from hit writers on writing, pitching, demo’ing, and performing.

3:30 – 5:00
BEN BAZZREA – DE-MYSTIFYING THE NOTES – LEARNING CENTER

Why do we use scales?  What are we trying to do when we write a melody?  How do we make intelligent decisions about the chords we’re using? If you want to know the answer to those questions and more then this class is for you!  We’re going to start with the major scale and discuss melody writing, harmony writing and arrangement, and create a framework that will allow us to quickly make intelligent decisions using any scale, in any key, and unlock sophisticated harmonic devices.  Although this class will be covering the nuts and bolts of songwriting through the lens of music theory it’s appropriate for all levels of understanding and is intended to be highly practical and full of very usable

3:30 – 5:00
JAY KNOWLES – TEARING DOWN A MASTERPIECE – MAIN BALLROOM

Everyone loves/hates a good song critique session. But in this one, instead of our own songs, we’ll be putting the bright shop light on classics written by Nashville masters like Bob McDill, Don Schlitz and Mike Reid. How will their work hold up under such close scrutiny? Did they follow “the rules” or did they break ‘em with impunity? And how can we apply what we find to our own songs? We shall see.

5:00 – 6:00 PM
BROAD CAST VS POD CAST PANEL – ROGER ALLEN, PENNY JO PULLUS, RUSH EVANS, AND LORIS LOWE – LEARNING CENTER

5:00 DINNER BREAK
$13. DINNER IS AVAILABLE AT THE RED PEPPER CAFÉ FROM 5 – 7 PM

SERVING: FRESH FIELD GREEN SALAD WITH ASSORTED DRESSINGS, CHICKEN FRIED CHICKEN, CHICKEN FRIED STEAK, GREEN BEANS, MACARONI AND CHEESE, WARM ROLLS WITH BUTTER, AND ICED TEA!!

6:00 – OPEN MIC – SIGN UP AT 5:30

6:45 – PUBLISHERS PICK OF THE DAY

7:30 SHAWN COLVIN WITH ROGER ALLEN

Join us in this intimate setting for a very special interview and music

9:00 SHOWCASES

10:00 HEADLINER CONCERT – WILL SEXTON, AUSTIN CUNNINGHAM, DAVID LEE
MAIN BALLROOM

FOLLOWED BY SONG CIRCLES

SUNDAY JAN 12, 2020

PITCH TO PUBLISHER 10:30 AM – 12:00PM
BOBBY RYMER – CEDAR ROOM
STEVE BLOCH – CHERRY ROOM
SCOTT PASCHALL – CYPRESS ROOM

9:30 GOSPEL JAM – BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS AND YOUR FAVORITE GOSPEL SONGS – MAIN BALLROOM

10:30
CLOSING CLASS WITH HIT WRITER DAVID LEE
MAIN BALLROOM

This is a favorite of conference goers every year. David shares his writing tools and tips, stories behind his hit songs, and down to earth advise for songwriters. This class is open for Q and A and has something for every level of songwriting.

12:00 – A KODAK MOMENT…

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT !!!!

Symposium 2020 Faculty

Roger Allen
Ben Bazzrea
Ron Beer
Steve Bloch
Ted Branson
Rick Busby
David Carroll
Bill Carter
Ruth Ellsworth Carter
Shawn Colvin
Austin Cunningham
Steven Doster
Lee Duffy
Marvin Dykhuis
Cash Edwards
Rush Evans
Doug Freeman
Eliza Gilkyson
Doug Johnson
Lisa Johnson
Jay Knowles
David Lee
Bob Livingston
Loris Lowe
Ted Lowe
Giulia Millanta
Scott Paschall
Penny Jo Pullus
Gabriel Rhodes
Kimmie Rhodes
Bobby Rymer
Gwen Seale
Will Sexton
Mike Tolleson

Instructor & Panelist Bios

ROGER ALLEN

Roger began his award-winning radio broadcasting career in 1968, 50 years ago, at a small town radio station in Oklahoma.  Since moving to Austin in 1974, he has worked in a number of different music formats, served as music director, production and promotions director, radio host and voice talent.  Most recently he was the host of stress-free afternoons at Sun Radio. He was drawn to Austin because of the music that was coming from here in the mid 70s.  He has produced records, hosted live shows, road managed, worked as a booking agent, and as a publicist and was the music coordinator for the Texas Book Festival for 20 years and a Grammy voting member since 1991. He and his wife, Cash Edwards are long-time supporters of the Austin Songwriters Group, and together, they still love the Austin music scene.

BEN BAZZREA

Hey gang!  I’m Ben Bazzrea, a space crusader  with a lifelong passion of writing songs.  Over the last few years of my galactic adventure I have written over four hundred songs, lead a twenty person creative team, and had outlets like Earth’s NPR name a song I cowrote as their song of the summer, beating out artists like Beyonce, Drake, and Zedd.  As a big believer in cowriting, in 2020 I aim to do over 200 cowriting sessions across three territories.  If I’m not writing songs then I’m studying music in all of it’s various forms.  Consider this your only warning: if we talk for a long enough period of time then we’ll probably end up writing a song together whether you like it or not.

RON BEER

Singer-Songwriter, Instructor & Renaissance Man Accomplished musician, singer, songwriter, recording artist and mentor to amateur songwriters, not to mention multiple black belt martial arts instructor and published author, Ron Beer is a Canadian Renaissance man. He is also multi-instrumentalist on guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, melodica, Celtic flute, and ukelele. He is the organizer and host for Songwriters Music Festival in Whitby, which showcases teen and adult songwriters from throughout Canada. Despite his busy schedule, Ron continues to perform and is working on his third full-length CD released in 2015.
Author of 2 graphic novels series he will take you through the new medium of e-publishing.

STEVE BLOCH

Publisher, Songplugger, Consultant
Veteran music industry professional Steve Bloch is the sole proprietor of Southern Cow Music and co-founder of Writer Zone Music. He also listens for Doug Johnson, creative head of Black River Entertainment, whose artists include Kellie Pickler, Craig Morgan, and Sarah Darling, among others. Additionally, Steve consults Demolition Music Publishing, as well as offering private songwriting consultations. He is a frequent guest of the West Coast Songwriters Association, Durango Songwriters Expo, Arizona Songwriters Association, and ASG Texas Songwriters Symposium, TAXI, and various SGA and NSAI events.

As Steve always says, “ You never know where you’ll find the magic.”

TED BRANSON

KOOP Radio, Austin FM 91.7
Ted Branson has been in Austin Texas since 1974 and has been involved in volunteer radio 11 years. He programs and hosts three music radio programs every week on KOOP 91.7 FM Community non-profit radio here in Austin. KOOP Radio has been on the airways and Internet for 18 years. Ted has been an avid record collector all his life and a part time, non-professional musician. Using his vast record collection and his musical experience, Ted programs and hosts the KOOP programs “A Blues Groove,” “Under the X in Texas” and “Strictly Bluegrass,” which keeps him busy programming music and booking in studio guests. Ted recently received a 2013 Texas Music Award nomination for “Radio DJ of the Year” and KOOP received a nomination as “Broadcast Radio Station of the Year.” The awards will be announced in March. KOOP Radio Website: www.koop.org

RICK BUSBY

Singer-Songwriter, Recording Artist & ASG Director
In 1998, after spending the first half of his professional career on the business side of the entertainment business, Rick Busby returned to his first loves of songwriting and performing. In 2003, he released his debut CD, Soul Diving, which went on to garner two nominations in the Academy of Texas Music’s 2004 Texas Music Awards, including a Song of the Year nod for the song “Pray.” He has served on the ASG Board of Directors since 2004, and as ASG President since 2007. During that time, he also served on NSAI’s Legislative Committee and made two trips to Washington, D.C. to lobby for songwriter’s rights. He regularly serves ASG members as the “Song Doctor” and teaches songwriting classes throughout the year in Texas. In late 2012, he released his second full-length record, Strawberry Moon, which was produced by Stephen Doster. The new record includes a cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Carefree Highway,” which received a nomination at the 2013 Texas Music Awards. In 2014, he co-founded Atticus Records with Austin recording artist & producer, Stephen Doster, which will release his third album, The Soul Of Everything, in March 2019.

DAVID CARROLL

Well respected Austin musician David Carroll has played bass with top billed acts like Jim Lauderdale, Raul Malo, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, David Grissom, Bill Kirchen, Chris Gage, Marcia Ball, Christine Albert and many more. David has a background in piano, trumpet, and tuba as well as electric and stand up bass, his preferred instrument. You can hear it on the many albums he has played on for a variety of artists including the late great Doug Sahm.

BILL CARTER

Singer-Songwriter, Musician & Recording Artist
Austin-based singer-songwriter Bill Carter’s list of bona fides is so long, it’s hard to decide which credits to note first. We could start with his first big songwriting score, “Why Get Up?,” heard on the Fabulous Thunderbirds’ breakout album, Tuff Enuff. There’s a breakfast cereal commercial that earned the about-to-be-evicted Carter and his co- writer wife, Ruth Ellsworth, a then-huge $25,000 payday. Then there’s “Crossfire,” the No. 1 hit they wrote with Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon and Reese Wynans, a.k.a. Double Trouble, the band who backed T-Bird Jimmie Vaughan’s little brother, Stevie Ray. Or there’s “Anything Made of Paper,” penned for the West Memphis 3’s Damien Echols, which Carter recorded with pal Johnny Depp and performed on the Late Show With David Letterman. Featured in the West of Memphis documentary and on the accompanying soundtrack, it’s also an award-winning animated video. Carter’s songs have been covered by scores of major
artists, from John Mayall and Ruth Brown to Robert Palmer and Waylon Jennings; among his accolades is a BMI Million Air award for more than three million “Crossfire” spins. Carter has also released several albums of his own, including Innocent Victims and Evil Companions, which was released in 2016 on Forty Below Records.

RUTH ELLSWORTH CARTER

Songwriter, Lyricist, Poet, Creative Teacher
Besides being Bill Carter’s life partner for more than 40 years, Ruth Ellsworth Carter is an established songwriter and collaborator in her own right with a special knack for lyrics. As a steady lyrical companion and collaborator to Bill, they has had more than 200 songs recorded by dozens of other artists, including The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Brian Setzer, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Nicholson, Counting Crows, Trace Adkins, Waylon Jennings, Robert Palmer, John Mayall, The Stray Cats, P (with Johnny Depp), John Anderson, McBride & The Ride, Don Williams, The Derailers, Omar and the Howlers, Ruth Brown, Tony Price, Will Sexton, Vanessa Paradis, and many more. They have been recognized with BMI’s “Million Airs” award for writing “Crossfire,” Stevie Ray Vaughan’s only #1 hit,
which also won the “Song of the Decade” at the Austin Chronicle Awards. Their movie and
television songwriting credits, include Once Upon A Time in Mexico, 8 Seconds, Run, King of the Hill, Leaving Normal, Life of David Gale, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Photographer, Denise Calls Up, Beverly Hills 90210, along with everything from daytime dramas to the baseball playoffs. Besides her lyrical talents, Ruth is also a poet, writer, and an outstanding teacher of creativity.

SHAWN COLVIN

Shawn Colvin began her career playing gigs while in college at Southern Illinois University and expanded her base throughout Illinois. She lived and worked in the folk circuit in and around Berkley Calif and then relocated to New York City participating in the Fast Folk Cooperative of Greenwich Village and in off Broadway shows such as Pump Boys and Dinnettes. She now resides in Ausitn Texas.

In 1989 she signed a recording contract with Columbia records and released her debut album Steady On. She has continued producing quality music with different labels ever since. From 1991 to 2016 she has won 3 Grammy awards and been nominated 7 other times. She has also been nominated for: Billboard Music Award, Billboard Music Video Award, APRA Music Award, and Video Premiere Award. She won 1988 MVPA Award, 1999 ASCAP Pop Music Award, and 2016 “American Trailblazer Award” from American Music Honors and Awards. In 2015 she was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame.

AUSTIN CUNNINGHAM

Early on in his career, Garland native Texan Austin Cunningham carved out a place for himself as a songwriter. He has had songs recorded by artists such as: Hank Williams Jr., Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Wynonna, Chris Knight, Del McCoury, and the list goes on. Austin has songs on feature film soundtracks including Ashley Judd’s Where The Heart Is, and the Richard Gere/Winona Ryder film, Autumn In New York.

Although writing is Austin’s first passion, he is no slouch at performing, blazing a trail with live shows across the USA including the Sundance Film Festival for the Bluebird Café On the Road Series, and he is a favorite on the Texas Music Scene.

STEVEN DOSTER

In 2016 Stephen Doster was inducted into the Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame. He is a lifelong singer, guitarist, record producer and songwriter. His song “Baby There’s No One Like You” was recorded by Dr. John, Willie Nelson, and Double Trouble. Other artists who have recorded Doster’s songs include Maren Morris, Storyville, and Tommy Elskes. His last two records Arizona and New Black Suit on Atticus Records were critically acclaimed by music writers nationwide. Music journalist Peter Blackstock of the Austin American Statesman called Arizona an “exquisitely crafted classic” and named the record among his “Top Ten Of 2014.” The Austin Chronicle’s Jim Caligiuri echoed the praise, placing Arizona at the top of his 2014 poll, lauding it as a “masterpiece” with “one charmed melody after another.” Stephen has produced over sixty records for other artists including the 2019 release of Home by George Ensle, Uncle Lucius, and Carolyn Wonderland.

Over the course of his career, he has shared stages and recorded with a long and eclectic line of musical luminaries including Joe Cocker, Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, Gatemouth Brown, Little Feat, Mark O’Connor, Ricky Nelson, Squeeze, Marshall Crenshaw, Ani DiFranco and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, among many others.

LEE DUFFY

Singer/Songwriter, ASG Executive Director
A singer-songwriter herself, Lee has performed on some of the most popular stages in Texas from the legendary Armadillo World Headquarters and Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July picnics. She has shared the stage with Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kimmie Rhodes, Austin Cunningham, Gabe Rhodes, Will Sexton, Joe Manuel, Floyd Domino, Stephen Doster, Bill Carter, and many more. She sang and performed in two plays written by singer/songwriter Kimmie Rhodes and actor/playwright Joe Sears. These productions, “Small Town Girl” and “Hillbilly Heaven,” had impressive casts of local and national talent including Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Alvin Crow, Mary Ann Price and many others. She co-wrote the song “Can’t Touch Her Anymore” with Steven Doster and sang back up vocals with Will Sexton for the song, which was chosen to be included on the “Texas Guitar Slingers” CD, a fundraiser for The Texas Council on Family Violence. As executive director of the Austin Songwriters Group, Lee founded the ASG Songwriter Symposium in 2003, produces the Annual Merle Haggard Birthday Bash and organized countless workshops for songwriters from around the world.

MARVIN DYKHUIS

Singer Songwriter, Musician, Producer
Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, in 1986 he relocated to Austin, Texas and soon became a part of the rich music scene. In 1988 he began working with Singer/Songwriter Tish Hinojosa and has been her right hand man, playing on all of her recordings as well as producing and writing with her.

Marvin spent 8 years playing Wednesday night’s “Sitting and Singing for Supper” with the Threadgill Troubadours (Co-fronting the band) along side the late Champ Hood. He has been around the Globe with Ms. Hinojosa and other Texas based groups playing guitars, mandolins, banjos, etc.
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Marvin has produced and played and sang on many records for Texas Singer/songwriters and groups offering a unique sound to their music. His chomeleanesque approach is always welcome in the studio doing movie soundtracks or performing live. From Blues to Bluegrass He’s there with an interesting twist.

CASH EDWARDS

Music Publicist & Consultant
Cash Edwards is a publicist, writer and career consultant. She has been working internationally with independent American music artists since 1984, including the legendary Hot Tuna, and a long list of Texas-based artists. Cash has the knowledge, experience and contacts to help artists focus their immediate message and promote it. Through her company Cash Edwards Music Services, she creates opportunities for artists, making and sustaining a visible presence through positive marketing.

RUSH EVANS

Rush Evans hosts a radio show on KOOP in Austin called The Singer and the Song, on which he welcomes a live performer (most of whom are Texans) each week for an hour. He is also a contributing music journalist to the national record collectors’ magazine, Goldmine. His other show on KOOP is all about the Beatles, called Off the Beatle Path. He has written liner notes for CDs and LPs by many Texas musicians, including Bob Wills, Doug Sahm, and Uncle Walt‘s Band. Above all else though, he is just a Texas music fan and enthusiast.

DOUG FREEMAN

Music Journalist, Austin Chronicle
Doug Freeman is a music critic for the Austin Chronicle, regularly contributing reviews and feature articles to Austin’s alternately weekly newspaper. In 2006, Doug founded Austin Sound, the first website dedicated to specifically covering the Austin music scene. The site was inspired from his DJing on KVRX and writing for the Daily Texan while a graduate student at the University of Texas. He is also co-editor of the Austin Chronicle Music Anthology, published by University of Texas Press in 2011. The book collects the Austin Chronicle’s best music writing and photography over its 30 year history, much of which is unavailable except in archived print form. As an Assistant Instructor at
UT, Doug taught courses in literature, digital literacy and rhetoric and composition. He also served as a developer in the University’s Digital Writing and Research Lab. He earned his Master’s in English in 2006, studying rhetoric and technology, with a specific focus on theories of noise, static and silence within musical and rhetorical theory.

ELIZA GILKYSON

Eliza Gilkyson is a twice Grammy-nominated (2006/2015) singer songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV.  A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, and a recent inductee into the Austin Songwriter Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014’s Songwriter of the Year.Eliza’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy
On stage, Eliza presents a vibrant spontaneous mix of storytelling with self-effacing humor and tenderness, within a wide-ranging spectrum of human experience, from intimate love songs to political diatribe, accompanied by some of the best support players in the world.

DOUG JOHNSON

Songwriter, Performer, Producer, Engineer, and head of Black River Entertainment
Doug has written numerous songs including “Three Wooden Crosses” by Randy Travis, which won the 2003 Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Song of the Year Awards, Clay Walker’s “She Won’t Be Lonely Long”, Lee Brice’s breakthrough record “Love Like Crazy”, which was named 2010 Billboard Song of the Year, certified gold download and remained on the Country Singles chart for an unprecedented 56 weeks.

Throughout his 30-plus year career as a songwriter, Johnson has had over 100 cuts, including 7 Number One Hits and 10 Top 10’s by everyone from Bertie Higgins and Alicia Bridges to George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Wynonna and Kenny Rogers, among others and has produced songs for Lee Brice, Hank Williams, Jr Clay Walker, Michael Montgomery and more. In addition to those songs, he’s had songs recorded by artists such as Don Williams, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood, Patty Loveless, Rascal Flatts, Buddy Jewell, Trent Wilmon, Shelly Fairchild, Kenny Rogers, Collin Raye and many others. He wrote “Til The Last Shot Is Fired” which was sung by
Trace Adkins on the Academy of Country Music Awards Show and performed on the steps of the White House in Washington, D.C. several times.

“By far my greatest love is the song. Everything else is an attempt to powerfully capture and express the song in its truest sense to get it to the listener. I’ve  been fortunate to be involved in several different aspects of the music business but if I could only do one, it would definitely be songwriting,” says Johnson, “Every other job I’ve had means absolutely nothing without a great song”, said Johnson.

LISA JOHNSON

Lisa Johnson is one of Nashville’s most experienced publishers. In the music business twenty-two years and counting, her influence can be heard daily on Country radio. As VP Creative, she established the Nashville division of Razor & Tie Music Publishing, and in a few short years the company has found three of their songs at the top of the Country charts. She is the founder of Sweet Renegade Music Nashville.

JAY KNOWLES

Jay was born in Texas, raised in Tennessee and educated in Connecticut. Over the last 20 years, his songs have been recorded by classic singers like George Strait, Alan Jackson, and Harry Connick Jr. as well as today’s hottest country stars like Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, and David Nail.

Jay’s professional honors include Number One songs on multiple charts, a BMI Million Air Award, and a Grammy nomination for Country Song of the Year.

DAVID LEE

Singer-Songwriter, Recording Artist
In an ever changing music world fraught with people trying to be something they’re not, David Lee is nothing but himself, a Wichita Falls born Texas native and a third generation musician. The Grammy-nominated, multiple award-winning songwriter cut his teeth in the Texas honky tonks, playing a mix of blues and country music which ultimately formed the foundation of his own songwriting. In 1993, David moved to Nashville and began to seriously pursue songwriting as a career. In 1996, after three years of working part-time jobs to make ends meet, he signed an exclusive publishing deal, and began life as a staff writer, ultimately landing his first cuts with
Terri Clark and John Michael Montgomery. His first Top 10 cut came with Leann Womack’s 1999 hit, “Now You See Me, Now You Don’t” which was followed three years later by Brad Martin’s “Before I Knew Better” in 2002. In 2003 David moved with BMG Music Publishing and co-wrote his first #1 song “19 Somethin” for Mark Wills, “Letters From Home” for John Michael Montgomery and received a “Song of the Year” Grammy nomination for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s riveting love song “I Need You.” That success was soon followed by his second #1 hit, “Lucky Man,” performed by Montgomery Gentry. After the sale of BMG, David found a new home at Universal Music Publishing and wrote for six years having a string of chart successes with Easton Corbin’s “Roll With It”, Alan Jackson’s “You Go Your Way”, Lady Antebellum’s “Hello World”, two Trace Adkins releases “I Wanna Feel Something” and “This Ain’t No Love Song,” while continuing to score cuts by major country artist such as George Strait, Kix Brooks, Clay Davidson, Billy Currington and others. In 2012, David signed with Ten-Ten Music Group (Barry Coburn), and a few years later found #1 hits at the top of the Texas Music Charts with Cody Johnson’s take on his songs, “Me and My Kind” and “Cowboy Like Me”. In October 2015, the legendary band, Alabama cut two of his songs, “Come Find Me” and “I Wasn’t Through Lovin’ You Yet,” the latter of which became their first radio single in over 14 years. Most recently, he relocated to Texas in 2015, and finally got around to recording his own album, “The Wichita Kid,” which came out in 2016.

BOB LIVINGSTON

Singer-Songwriter
Bob Livingston was a founding member of the Lost Gonzo Band, a group initially created to record and tour with Jerry Jeff Walker in the early 1970s as Walker fashioned his new “Texas Sound” in the wake of the stunning success of “Mr. Bojangles.” After a series of albums with Walker—Jerry Jeff Walker, ¡Viva Terlingua!, Walker’s Collectibles, and Ridin’ High—Livingston, along with fellow musicians Gary P. Nunn and John Inmon, launched the successful solo career of the Lost Gonzo Band. Livingston was also a founding member of Michael Martin Murphey’s Cosmic Cowboy Orchestra, the group responsible for the innovative musical accompaniment for Murphey’s first two breakthrough Austin albums—Geronimo’s Cadillac and Cosmic Cowboy Souvenir. Livingston has traveled professionally for over 40 years. He has toured the world since the mid-1980s as a Music Ambassador for the United States Department of State presenting Texas music as far afield as India, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

LORIS LOWE

Music Director Austin City Limits Radio
Loris Lowe has been on the air in Austin, Texas for three decades, as an on air personality at KLBJ-FM, KGSR, and Austin City Limits Radio. Her favorite thing is hosting two weekly shows that feature Austin and Texas artists exclusive; Local Licks on KLBJ-FM, and Lone Star State Of Mind on Austin City Limits Radio. She is an avid fan of live music, and plans her life around going to concerts from National acts as well as local artists.

TED LOWE

CHOICE TRACKS
Ted Lowe began his business career at the age of 18, securing a summer internship in Warner Bros. Records A&R Department after his first year at Berklee College of Music. After proving that he could identify a hit song (landing cuts on albums for Chaka Khan, Ray Charles, and others), Ted was awarded a second internship, and after graduating Berklee with a B.A. in Professional Music in 1991, landed a full-time job in the A&R department under legendary music business figure Benny Medina. During his tenure at Warner Bros., Ted worked on projects for artists such as Prince, Ray Charles, Take 6, Tevin Campbell, Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Queen Latifah and, Roger Troutman.
In 1995, Ted Lowe left Warner Bros. to accept an A&R position at Sony Music’s Epic Records Group, where he worked with Babyface on his double-platinum/4x Grammy-nominated album “The Day” which contained “This Is For The Lover In You” and “Every Time I Close My Eyes,” both of which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Jon B. on his Top 10 pop hit and Grammy-nominated duet “Someone To Love” (featuring Babyface) as well as Jon’s double-platinum sophomore release “Cool Relax”, which generated two Top 10 urban singles, including “Are You Still Down,” a duet featuring Tupac Shakur. Additionally, Ted worked on albums with Stanley Clarke, MC Eiht, remixes for Michael Jackson’s HIStory album, as well as numerous Compilations and Soundtrack Recordings including “The Great White Hype” and “Money Train.”
While at Epic, Ted discovered his passion for matching a scene with the perfect song. After leaving Epic in 1998, Ted began supervising music in indie films, and quickly discovered that music budgets were very low compared to what he was used to while working at the majors. Never one to run from a challenge, Ted pooled together a bunch of great indie artists and licensed their music in to his films, and then offered the music to other film and TV supervisors.
In 2000, Ted formally opened the doors of Choicetracks, Inc., a music publisher and indie label focused on Film and TV licensing. Songs from the Choicetracks catalog have been featured in numerous ad campaigns for brands such as AFLAC, T-Mobile, Pantene, XBOX 360, Dannon Yogurt and Days Inn, Movie Trailers such as “The Other Woman,” “The Internship,” “Ice Age 3, “Happy Feet 2,” and “Up,” and thousands of Television placements, most recently: “America’s Got Talent,” “American Idol,” “Bones,” “Vice,” “Jane The Virgin,” “Top Gear” and “Gypsy Sisters.” For nearly a decade, Choicetracks has partnered with synch licensing powerhouse Position Music, and Kobalt Music (ex. U.S.) for exploitation and administration of its Catalogs.
A life-long Los Angeles native, Ted recently relocated to Austin with his wife Rebekah, daughter Ellery, and dog Tortilla. In his short time here, he’s discovered that Tacos DO make an awesome breakfast, Queso is good with anything, and it’s not unheard of to go grocery shopping while being serenaded by a live cover-band.

GIULIA MILLANTA

Singer-songwriter, Giulia (Julia) Millanta, is a native-born Italian from Florence who now calls Austin, Texas home. A creative and prolific artist, she has released six albums touring regionally, nationally throughout the USA and internationally. An accomplished guitarist, Giulia also plays ukulele and sings in four languages. She has been called smart, pensive and cool and credited with psychedelic grooveability whilst “baring her clairvoyant soul” to “deliver musical mojo.”
Deciding to expand her musical borders in 2012 she moved to Austin where she was soon embraced by the music community and its fans as a writer, collaborator and performer in the scene’s most prestigious singer-songwriter venues. Giulia, by way of her unique bi-lingual ability and intrepid nature, has honed a style that transcends cultural boundaries and speaks strongly yet gently of universal life through her autobiographical musings.  One only has to follow the yellow brick road of her discography to know who and where she is now.

2018 was also a great year for awards for Giulia, since she won the Premio Ciampi for “Not You”, her version of Piero Ciampi’s song “Tu no”, and was awarded with the Doc’s Blues Awards 2018 as BluesWoman of the year by Severn Fm Radio.

SCOTT PASCHALL

Scott Paschall is a thirty year veteran of the music industry.  He first worked as PA to Producer Garth Fundis (Don Williams, Keith Whitley, Trisha Yearwood) and served as an independent A&R rep for RCA records (now Sony/BMG) and Almo Sounds.  Later he became partner and VP/GM of the world famous Sound Emporium Recording Studio in Nashville, hosting the Oh Brother, Where Are Thou, Cold Mountain and Walk The Line soundtracks, and albums by Trisha Yearwood, Taylor Swift, Sugarland, The Chieftains, Don Williams, Alison Kraus, and Yo Yo Ma, among many others.  He founded Paschall Music Publishing in 2008 and this year launched Sonic Timber Records releasing Australian producer/songwriter/musician Rod McCormack’s debut, Fingerprints.

PENNY JO PULLUS

Penny Jo began her career in upstate New York with the alt country band Penny Jo’s Trailer Trash winning two “Sammy Awards” – Best New Artist of 1994 and Best Roots Rock Group of 1995. She lived briefly in Nashville before ending up in Austin and has been honing her songwriting craft over the last two decades. Penny has charted admirably on the Americana Music Charts, Progressive Country Charts, and various European Charts.

Penny Jo founded TeXchromosone, a womans series and radio show. For over two decades TeXchromosone Radio has been showcasing and promoting original music from women during the SXSW Music Festival in Austin Texas. In 2018 TeXchromosone unveiled it’s International Radio Show and new non-profit status. There goal is to create a 24/7 all female programming radio station.

GABRIEL RHODES

As a producer and supporting musician, Gabe Rhodes is one of Austin’s best kept musical secrets. He is a noted guitarist, but is also an adept multi-instrumentalist versed in piano, bass, dobro, percussion, and uniquely, the theremin. The Austin Chronicle noted his contributions to Willie Nelson’s, The Rainbow Connection, by calling him the “ Most Valuable Prodigy”. In addition to Nelson, he has produced and recorded projects for Billy Joe Shaver, Kimmie Rhodes, Waylon Jennings, Ray Price, Emmylou Harris, James Burton, Jimmy LaFave, Calvin Russell, and many others, contributing to more than 20 nationally – distributed albums, including Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster, which won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album 2005.

KIMMIE RHODES

Kimmie is an American singer-songwriter. She has recorded and released a total of sixteen solo CDs,[2] written and produced three musicals and published a novella/cookbook, served as an associate producer for a documentary, They Called Us Outlaw spresented by the Country Music Hall of Fame and produced radio documentary/music programming for her show Radio Dreams, which focused on the history of American roots music and artists. She has also appeared in multiple films and a theatre production, Is There Life After Lubbock? [3]Her songs have appeared on multiple television and film soundtracks. She has established and released her own records on her label, Sunbird Music for over 25 years. Kimmie’s promotional tours created a solid fan base in the U.K., Ireland and Europe. She has headlined with her band at festivals throughout the world and has appeared on many European and American TV and radio broadcasts and at Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid concerts and July 4 Picnics. Together with Willie Nelson she recorded two of her originals for his album Just One Love, and a duet CD, “Picture in a Frame”. She lives and records in Austin and tours internationally with her son and producer/multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Rhodes.

BOBBY RYMER

The Writer’s Den, Music Publishers
Bobby Rymer of The Writer’s Den, is a hands on publisher with an incredible ear and vast knowledge of music from all genres. The Writer’s Den strategy inspires long-term relationships by integrating support in all facets of the music business, while encouraging creativity in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. The philosophy of Writer’s Den Music Group stands clear: a commitment to focusing on every single song, which creates a unique hands-on style experience for both the writers and publisher. Over the past two years, Writer’s Den Music Group has earned prominence with cuts featured in movies and hit TV shows, including the current television sensation Nashville. Bobby has been an ASG supporter for over five years, making 2-3 trips to Austin each year, including the annual Symposium, to work with ASG songwriters. Over the years, many ASG members have developed relationships with Bobby that afford them a professional publishing contact to pitch their songs to, while giving Bobby access to potential hit songs outside the traditional Music Row channels.

GWEN SEALE

Gwendolyn Seale is a 2016 graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law and practices entertainment law at Mike Tolleson and Associates in Austin, Texas. While at SMU, she interned at two music venues in the Dallas Deep Ellum district, Trees and The Bomb Factory, with responsibilities that included assisting with social media accounts, merchandise sales and reviewing performance contracts. During her final year of law school, she also managed a band based in Austin. Currently, at Mike Tolleson and Associates, she drafts and negotiates contracts related to music, film and sports entertainment, and assists clients with their copyright and trademark registration needs.

In addition to her practice, Gwen publishes articles and presents Continuing Legal Education Courses relating to entertainment, copyright and social media law.

WILL SEXTON

Will is a respected artist, songwriter and producer with a list of acclaimed solo albums to his name. Keeping his old ties deep in the heart of Texas, Will now calls Memphis home with his wife, singer-songwriter Amy LaVere. Will and Amy have been touring and playing together for a couple of years and have a full schedule playing in the U.S. and Europe in the coming months.

Will is an alumni of the Texas Songwriters Association’s Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame.

MIKE TOLLESON

Mike Tolleson & Associates
Mike Tolleson has been involved in much of the development of the music and film industries in Texas since 1969 as an entertainment attorney, producer, consultant, and founder of various organizations and businesses. He is a co-founder and past chair of the State Bar of Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Section and has been the founder and director of the Entertainment Law Institute since 1990. He was a co-founder of the Armadillo World Headquarters in 1970, Co-Producer of the 1st Annual Willie Nelson Picnic, Consultant on the Pilot and 1st series of Austin City Limits, Co-Founder of Austin’s Publicist Access Television Channel, ACTV, President of the Texas Music Association, Commissioner on the Texas Music Commission, and a former Governor of the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy. His clients have included many well known musicians, songwriters and authors, as well as record companies, music publishers, talent managers, performance venues and producers of all forms of entertainment, including film, records, concerts, video games and theatre.

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