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Eric Paslay, Tracy Lawrence Help CMA Songwriters Series Branch Out

New Orleans and Bristol, Virginia, are the latest cities added to the traveling show

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Eric Paslay will perform a CMA Songwriter Series show in New Orleans.

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The CMA Songwriters Series has taken acclaimed country-music tunesmiths to several locations throughout the world since 2005, and will soon host first-time events in two U.S. cities with important ties to the history of American music, with shows next month in New Orleans and Bristol, Virginia.

The Parish at House of Blues in New Orleans will host songwriters Eric Paslay (“Friday Night,” “Rewind”), Victoria Shaw (“The River,” “Two Pink Lines”) and pop writer-artist Wrabel (Phillip Phillips’ “So Easy,” Elle Goulding’s “Devotion”) on September 6th. That show will highlight the CMA Foundation’s efforts to support music education programs in and around the Crescent City. Paslay is set to visit with CMA Foundation beneficiary programs, including the Notes for Notes recording studio and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation in support of the CMA Foundation’s $295,000 music education grants to the New Orleans community. Several local music teachers will attend the event as the CMA-nominated artist’s guests.

On September 8th, country legend Tracy Lawrence along with hit writers Barry Dean (“Pontoon,” “God’s Will”) and Luke Laird (“Last Name,” “Hillbilly Bone”) will perform at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, in Bristol, Virginia. The Songwriters Series show is part of several days of events in Bristol leading up to a highly anticipated college football rivalry game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers.

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum features multiple theater experiences, video and sound, text and artifacts and technology-infused displays, along with educational programs, music programs and community events and explores the cultural significance of the 1927 Bristol Sessions which included the first recordings by the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.

The CMA Songwriters Series is currently in its 12th season with the first show of the year taking place at indigo at the O2 in London during the C2C Festival. This was followed by its debut appearance at SXSW at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, and a stop in Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress. Since 2005, the CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 90 shows in 15 cities including Austin, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Phoenix. Since 2006, the CMA and CMA Foundation have donated more than $13.6 million to support quality, sustainable music education programs across the country, touching the lives of 1 million students.

Tickets for the CMA Songwriters Series in New Orleans are available for presale on August 24th at, with general sales beginning August 26th. Limited tickets for the Bristol show will go on sale August 25th at

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