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The CMA Songwriters Series has consistently recognized the amazing talents of the Country Music songwriter community from around the globe since 2005. Now in its 12th season, the critically-acclaimed CMA Songwriters Series will diverge into two new markets with separate shows being held in New Orleans and Bristol, Va., coming up in September.

Songwriters Eric Paslay, Victoria Shaw, and Wrabel will perform a special CMA Songwriters Series in the Parish at House of Blues in New Orleans Tuesday, Sept. 6, giving spotlight to the CMA Foundation’s efforts for continuing to support music education programs throughout the city. Changing the lives of millions of students, the CMA and CMA Foundation have donated more than $13.6 million in keeping music education programs across the country alive.

In recognition of the CMA Foundation’s $295,000 music education grants to the New Orleans community, Paslay will visit with CMA Foundation beneficiary programs, including a local Notes for Notes recording studio and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

Some of Paslay’s guests attending the CMA Songwriters Series Tuesday will include several local music teachers from the New Orleans community.

The CMA Award-nominated artist is renowned for his own No. 1 debut “Friday Night,” as well as chart-toppers for artists including Jake Owen (“Barefoot Blue Jean Night”), Eli Young Band (“Even If It Breaks Your Heart”), and Rascal Flatts (“Rewind”).

Award-winning songwriter and producer Victoria Shaw, also a member of the CMA Foundation Board of Directors, has written for artists including Garth Brooks (“The River,” “She’s Every Woman”) and Eric Church (“Two Pink Lines”). She is a CMA Award-winning producer for Lady Antebellum’s “I Run To You.”

Pop singer/songwriter Wrabel will round out the group. Wrabel has written for artists including Phillip Phillips (“So Easy”), Ellie Goulding (“Devotion”), and Adam Lambert.

The CMA Songwriters Series in the Parish at House of Blues will be held Tuesday, Sept. 6 (8:00 PM/CT) at 225 Decatur Street, New Orleans, La., 70130. Presale tickets are on sale Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, Aug. 26 (10:00 AM/CT).

The CMA Songwriters Series will also travel to The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Va., Thursday, Sept. 8 (9:00 PM/ET). The museum has been famous for its history, not to mention its legacy where the First Family of Country Music, the Carter Family, held its first recordings.

“The Birthplace of Country Music Museum honors the shared musical heritage of Country Music songwriting and recording and the roots of the legacy that have led us to the 50th anniversary of the CMA Awards,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “It is fitting that the CMA Songwriters Series visit such a revered museum at the beginning of the kick-off season for this year’s historic CMA Awards.”

The lineup for the event includes Tracy Lawrence along with popular songwriters Barry Dean and Luke Laird.

Tracy Lawrence has been notoriously known for having sold more than 13 million records, including taking home a trophy in 2007 for Musical Event of the Year with one of his 18 No. 1 singles, “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” The three-time CMA Award winner returns to the studio next month to begin work on a new collaborations record.

2013 CMA Song of the Year nominee Barry Dean will be featured in the Series lineup, followed by Luke Laird who has won six CMA Award nominations and received three consecutive nods for singles “Pontoon,” “Give Me Back My Hometown,” and “American Kids.”

CMA Songwriters Series at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will be held Thursday, Sept. 8 (9:00 PM/ET). The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, Va., 24201.

Limited tickets will go on sale Thursday, Aug. 25. The box office can be reached at (423) 573-1927 or visit the events page at to purchase tickets. For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series, visit
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