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Best of Nashville and LA Songwriters & Recording Artists Celebrate Their Craft In Historic Deadwood



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(Nashville, Tennessee...) - Many of the hottest songwriters from Nashville and Los Angeles converged on historic Deadwood, South Dakota recently for the inaugural Wild West Songwriters Festival, and the event was a resounding success. The four-day festival featured panel discussions, seminars for aspiring songwriters and plenty of music.


The Festival celebrated the tradition of story telling through song in a way that is unique to the culture and history of Deadwood's wild Western ways. Performances were held day and night at some of Historic Deadwood's finest establishments, including The Deadwood Mountain Grand, Saloon #10, The Bullock Hotel, and The Deadwood Loading Dock.


"We had some of the best songwriters in the business not only playing the songs that are engrained in our musical fabric, they and other industry experts also led seminars and song critiques for budding songwriters," said Gil Cunningham, President of Neste Event Marketing who produced the Wild West Songwriters Festival. "The feedback has been fantastic, and the support we received from the Deadwood community was incredible."


The "Writers Rounds," groups of three songwriters taking turns performing songs as they originally wrote them and telling the fascinating stories behind those songs, included the best of the best in the songwriting world. Highlights included Shane McAnally: "Last Call" - Lee Ann Womack, "Neon" - Chris Young; Marc Beeson:  "When She Cries" - Restless Heart, "This Love" - LeAnn Rimes; James T. Slater - "Hi Cost of Living" - Jamey Johnson, "In My Daughter's Eyes" - Martina McBride; Danny Myrick - "She's Country" - Jason Aldean, "International Harvester" - Craig Morgan; Doug Johnson, "Three Wooden Crosses" - Randy Travis, "Love Like Crazy" - Lee Brice; and numerous others.


Plans are already in the works for the 2nd Annual Wild West Songwriters Festival in 2013. Details will be released in the coming months.


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Deadwood Mountain Grand co-owner Marc Oswald (center holding glass) celebrates the Wild West Songwriters Festival with (l. to r.): songwriters Marc Beeson and Doug Johnson, music publisher Mark Brown, songwriters James Slater, Billy Burnette and Danny Myrick.



(l. to r.) Participants from the "Bring Your Own Demo" Panel (l. to r.): Film & TV Producer Chris Lee, ASCAP's Evyn Mustoe, Moderator Kevin Williamson, Artist/Songwriter Clayton Bellamy, PD Kat Country Radio/Rapid City Mark Houston, Artist/Songwriters Jaren Johnston and Morgan Frazier



Artists, songwriters, panelists and organizers of the Wild West Songwriters Festival gather outside the Deadwood Mountain Grand.



Artists, songwriters, panelists and organizers of the Wild West Songwriters Festival gather outside the Deadwood Mountain Grand



About The Deadwood Mountain Grand: Prior to the opening of this Hotel, Event Center, and Casino, the property was home to the mining structure known as the Deadwood Slime Plant. The City's Historic Preservation Commission funded the facade restoration, to ensure the historic mining heritage is honored and preserved. Currently, the Event Center plays host to performances by some of Music's biggest acts. Artists who have set the stage include: Don Williams, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Pat Benatar, Clay Walker, Tracy Lawrence, Ronnie Milsap, The Bellamy Brothers, Randy Travis, Chris Young, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and many more. For more information please visit www.DeadwoodMountainGrand.com.


About Saloon #10: Saloon #10 is the famed location where Wild Bill Hickok played his last game of poker after being killed by the assassin Jack McCall. When Wild Bill was killed he was holding a pair of black aces and a pair of black eights, forever known as the "Dead Man's Hand". Billed as the only museum in the world with a bar, the Saloon #10 is known throughout the world for not only its history but for its range of live music and parties. For more information please visit saloon10.com.


About The Bullock Hotel: This historic property on Deadwood's Main Street was built by Deadwood's first sheriff, Seth Bullock. You can step back in time and through the very same corridors that Bullock still proudly "haunts". According to dozens of reports, Bullock continues to play host at his beloved hotel. Participants will enjoy live music and sessions in "Seth's Cellar" in the basement of the Hotel. For more information please visit historicbullock.com.


About Deadwood Loading Dock: The Deadwood Loading Dock sits in the location where W.E. Adams made his fortune and right next to Deadwood's train depot which brought thousands of people to Deadwood seeking their fortune either from gold or from other "not- so-reputable" ways. Fore more information please visit deadwoodloadingdock.com.






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