“Country Cut” Finalist – Michael Fritz, “Fifty” I WROTE THIS SONG: and performed it for my parents’ fiftieth anniversary. “Fifty” celebrates the virtues of a rewarding long-term relationship. It is a story told from the perspective of a younger couple looking forward to a long future together. Who could sing a song like this with credibility? Someone like Mr. Milsap, married 47 years and counting; or Mr. Strait, 40 years and counting; or plenty of others, younger or older, who are on that path in years or attitude. From a production standpoint, it was a thrill to have Hank Singer grace “Fifty” with his fiddle virtuosity and Greg Foresman anchor the song with his signature lead guitar part. Special thanks to producer Chip Hardy, engineer Tom Pouchot, and the singer Adam Stone (someone should sign him!) for bringing “Fifty” to life.
“Country Cut” Finalist – Nathan Compton, “Lose Or Win” I WROTE THIS SONG: in Austin after I left home and quit my job to be around music. Felt like it ran parallel with askin’ a girl to dance. “You only lose the chances you dont take” approach to living.
Musicians Corner Fall 2012 Winner - The Erin McDermott Band, “Going Home” I WROTE THIS SONG: many years ago in my friends off the grid, hippie house in Walden, Vermont.
“Country Cut” Finalist – Karel Daniels, “So Right” I WROTE THIS SONG: At home while snacking in front of the TV.
“Country Cut” Finalist – Bryan James, “Man Made” I WROTE THIS SONG: with two legendary song writers, Royce Porter and Don Goodman. Both have had many number one hits to include artist George Strait, Blake Shelton, Alabama, Keith Whitley, and the list goes on. Anyway… I was driving to Nashville from my home in Brookeville, MD, relishing in all the beauty of the mountains, streams, trees, skyline, etc. that I was seeing along the way, when I began to realize just how awful some of the manmade structures stood out against such an amazing backdrop. Man has destroyed many things and I started to think and relate this to how sometimes man can destroy a woman’s heart. I thought this would be a nice and fresh idea for a new song and presented it my co-writers. Don thought out the hook line, “Man made the heartbreak in her eyes” (which I thought was brilliant) and we wrote and finished the song in a little under an hour.