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Loyola University Music Business Program to Host Special Nashville Songwriters Association International workshop featuring songwriters for Steve Earl, Kathy Mettea and the Oak Ridge Boys

Loyola press release - October 26, 2000

(New Orleans)—Loyola University Music Business Program and the newly formed chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) announce a special songwriters' workshop to be held Thursday, November 2 at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium located on the third floor of the Monroe Science Complex at the corner of Calhoun and Marquette streets. The workshop will feature Jimbeau Hinson, Ray Herndon, and Marc-Alan Barnette.

Jimbeau Hinson's first break came at the age of fourteen when he met Loretta Lynn. She introduced him to her manager and publishers the Wilburn Brothers, who signed Jimbeau on the spot. The Wilburns added him to their show and he toured with such acts as Hank Williams, Jr., Kitty Wells, Charley Pride, and Faron Young. Later, he was the manager of Oak Ridge Boys' publishing company and was instrumental in their switch from the gospel to the country field. From their phenomenal success, a leading independent publishing company arose, Silverline/Goldline Music.

Some of Hinson's hits include, "I'm Settin' Fancy Free" by The Oak Ridge Boys, "Hillbilly Hwy." by and with Steve Earle, "Train Of Memories" by Kathy Mattea, "Broken Trust" by Brenda Lee, "Harmony" by John Conlee, and "Party Crowd" by David Lee Murphy.

Ray Herndon is a former member of McBride and the Ride and has appeared as guitarist and background vocalist on numerous records by a variety of performing artists over the years, including: Mitchell John's Dreamin' Home; Michael Johnson Then & Now; Lyle Lovett's Lyle Lovett, Pontiac, Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, Joshua Judges Ruth, and Live in Texas; McBride & The Ride's Burnin' up the Road, and Sacred Ground; Bo Riddle's Bo Riddle & A Song to Boot; Marty Stuart's Tempted; and Aaron Tippin's Tool Box.

Marc-Alan Barnette scored his first cut on his first night in Nashville. A song he had written with his father, "That's Where It Hurts," was recorded by Nashville Legend Billy Sherril on country diva, Shelby Lynne's debut release which led to "Rescued Me,"co-written with David Vincent Williams, recorded by country star John Berry, on his Lyric Street album, "Wildest Dreams." Truly a singer's songwriter, gathering experience over 20 years' in the music business, Barnette's songs have been referred to by Grammy award winning producer/writer Larry Butler as "standards waiting to happen."

These three songwriters are donating their time and considerable talent to this workshop through the "Adopt-a-Shop" program recently initiated by NSAI, which matches Nashville Pro writers with regional workshops to provide the members of that region better access to the Nashville music scene.

The workshop will address songwriting as a profession, the music business in Nashville, making demos, and other topics. The setting will be informal and will allow for interaction and questions and answers. The workshop should be of value to anyone interested in songwriting or the music business.

For more information, contact Jim McCormick at (504) 488-7453 or via email at jimmccormick613@yahoo.com. The NSAI web site is www.nashvillesongwriters.com.

For more information on the Loyola Music Business Program, contact Dr. Scott Fredrickson at (504) 865-3984, or via email at musicbiz@loyno.edu. The Music business Program web site is www.loyno.edu/musicbiz.