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Wednesday, September 25 • 10:00am - 10:50am
Songwriter Mentor 'One-On-Ones'

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This session offers a rare opportunity for up- and- coming writers to learn from some of the most accomplished songwriters in Bluegrass face-to-face.  


Participating Mentors:
Becky Buller
Donna Ulisse
Mark "Brink" Brinkman
Joe Newberry
Louisa Branscomb
John & Julie Pennell
Laurie Lewis
Troy Engle
 Dawn Kenney

David Morris
Lisa Aschmann
Johnny & Jeanette Williams

Each mentor appointment will be for 20 minutes, and appointments will be filled and assigned by Tony Rackley, IBMA Songwriter Mentor Program Manager.
Slots will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Joe Newberry

Showcase Artist, Compton & Newberry
Joe Newberry is an IBMA Award-winning songwriter and musician.  A frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, he was a featured singer on the 2016 Transatlantic Sessions, and at the Transatlantic Session's debut at Merlefest in 2017. The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song “Singing... Read More →
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Louisa Branscomb

Louisa is a lifelong visionary in songwriting, performing, and teaching, as affirmed by the 2017 IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award. Accolades include: Grammy cuts (Alison Krauss and John Denver), 2 Song of the Year Awards (Steel Rails (SPBGMA), Dear Sister (IBMA) (w/Lynch), 2 Recorded... Read More →
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David Morris

David Morris is an award-winning songwriter and winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest. He has co-written two number ones and four top 10 songs. His weekly radio show, Songwriter Showcase, appears weekly on bluegrasscountry.org. Dave also reviews CDs, compiles... Read More →
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Donna Ulisse

Donna Ulisse is a key figure in the Bluegrass, folk and acoustic music scene as a singer and songwriter, being awarded 2016 IBMA Songwriter Of The Year and 2017 Song Of The Year with “I Am A Drifter”. Her 10th album “Breakin’ Easy” was released September of 2017 on Mountain... Read More →
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Laurie Lewis

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band. Laurie has performed/recorded since 1986 with mandolinist... Read More →
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Becky Buller

Becky Buller Band
St. James, MN, native multi-instrumentalist singer Becky Buller performs bluegrass to underwrite her songwriting. Travelin’ McCourys, Infamous Stringdusters, and more have recorded her compositions.She’s a two-time Grammy award-winning songwriter, recipient of 8 IBMA awards, and... Read More →
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Mark Brinkman

“Brink” Brinkman writes songs for the Bluegrass/Americana/Gospel and Country genres. Brink is one of the most sought-after songwriters with over 300 “cuts” and 15 #1 songs. He has won the “Spirit Award”, “Gospel Song of the Year”, “The Governor’s Award” from... Read More →
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Dawn Kenney

Dawn Kenney is an award-winning singer and songwriter. Her songs have been recorded by artists in the bluegrass and folk genres with multiple top ten charting songs in the past few years. Dawn leads songwriting workshops at festivals and various venues throughout the year.
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Troy Engle

Troy Engle and Southern Skies
Troy Engle's sideman resume reads like a who's who of Bluegrass and Country Music. He's played everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to Bluegrass Festivals with artists like: Patty Loveless, Larry Sparks, and The Isaacs. He's written award winning bluegrass hits with Dixie and Tom T... Read More →
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Lisa Aschmann

Lisa Aschmann is a prolific songwriter withy much writing and co-writing experience in Bluegrass as well as many other styles of music. Ricky Skaggs, Hit & Run Bluegrass, The Jaybirds, Diamond Rio, Barry & Holly Tashian, Fragment, Wayfaring Strangers, Becky Buller and Valerie Smith... Read More →
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Johnny and Jeanette Williams

Sixteen SPBGMA nominations, three wins for Female Vocalist, two IBMA awards (2009 Recorded Event of the Year, Daughters Of Bluegrass), winner of (2007 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, 2008 IAMA Songwriting Contest)Twice named PICABO Songwriter of the Year. He won Chris Austin Songwriting... Read More →

Wednesday September 25, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Raleigh Convention Center Room 305AB 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601