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Shane McAnally, This Is Your Life


Shane McAnally motions up to the stage where Josh Osborne, one of his writing partners, is sitting. It’s a Saturday afternoon at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville where McAnally is the featured honoree of the museum’s ongoing Poets & Prophets series. They were going to sing “Merry-Go-Round” when McAnally said it must seem odd that Kacey Musgraves, who was sitting in the audience, wasn’t onstage. He hadn’t given her a heads up he’d be calling on her but then asked her to come up and sing harmony. The elegant Musgraves obliged. Just as she sat down, McAnally disappeared to leave Musgraves and Osborne to sing the song together.

“Welcome to what it’s like with Shane,” Osborne said, deadpan.

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CMA Songwriters Series @ IndigO2, London, UK | March 10, 2016 – Review

(l-r) Shane McAnally, Ashley Monroe, Charlie Worsham, Charles Esten, and Lori McKenna perform during the CMA Songwriters Series Thursday at indigo at The O2 in London. Photo Credit: Anthony D'Angio/CMA

(l-r) Shane McAnally, Ashley Monroe, Charlie Worsham, Charles Esten, and Lori McKenna perform during the CMA Songwriters Series Thursday at indigo at The O2 in London.
Photo Credit: Anthony D’Angio/CMA

I have seen every CMA Songwriters event to grace the O2 Arena, and there are always high expectations. I love the camaraderie and collaboration of the artists and songwriters, the sprinkling of hits with little-known gems and brand new material, and how the crowd treats the performers with such reverence. There’s the stories, too; how the songs came to be and little tidbits of the aftermath of their release. This show was no different, and yet it was on a higher level than any songwriters show I had seen yet.

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The Bluebird Cafe Comes To C2C 2016 With Hit Songwriters

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Featuring Nashville-based songwriters including Lori McKenna, Shane McAnally, Barry Dean, Jessi Alexander, Gary Burr and Georgia Middleton, plus Charles Esten, Striking Matches, Maren Morris and Old Dominion

Nashville’s world famous Bluebird Cafe (as featured in the Nashville TV series) is coming to London for the first time with ticketed, early afternoon performances (before the main arena opens) in The O2’s listening room, Club WM, as part of the Country to Country Festival.

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FTCR’s Most Popular Posts of 2015


It’s that time of year when there are lists galore, and here is yet another one for you. Our good friends at Farce The Music recently posted their most popular posts of the year, and I thought I’d steal their idea follow their lead. So, for your reading pleasure, here are the top 25 most popular articles on FTCR in 2015, tabulated on December 4.

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CMA Songwriters Series Line-Up Announced For London, March 2016


Charles Esten, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Ashley Monroe, and Charlie Worsham bring CMA Songwriters Series back to indigo at The O2 in London, Thursday, March 10, 2016

The CMA Songwriters Series will return to the UK for its 10th European show on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at indigo at The O2 in London. Celebrating the craft of storytelling through song and the stories behind Country Music’s greatest hits, this CMA Songwriters Series will feature Charles Esten, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Ashley Monroe and Charlie Worsham.

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The Highway’s CMA Songwriter Special: The Stories Behind ‘American Kids,’ ‘Girl Crush,’ ‘Like a Cowboy,’ ‘Take Your Time” & ‘Like a Wrecking Ball’ (Recap)



It was already a busy day the morning Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose co-wrote a new song called “Girl Crush.”

“We didn’t think anything of it,” Hillary was saying on the eve of the CMA Awards, still remembering being in her pajamas and writing what she calls a “coffee song” around 9:00 a.m. “Really. Honestly.”

Trying to put it all in perspective, Lindsey said: “You can’t pretend to know any of what was going to happen. We’re all trying to write a love song every day that no one has heard before – and that’s just our job.”

The three were gathered onstage at Sirius XM’s CMA Songwriters Special on The Highway. The show brought together seven of the songwriters behind this year’s nominees for Song of The Year.

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Hall of Fangirl – July 2015

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With a new month comes a new Hall of Fangirl (wait a second; how did it get to July already?!), and as usual we’re spotlighting a few songwriters featured on a major country album release recently. Although we’ve featured most of these songwriters before, I thought it was time to talk about those who contributed to Kacey Musgraves’ brilliant sophomore album ‘Pageant Material’, and how they’ve made Kacey’s music what it is.

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SMACKSongs Partners with Josh Osborne

Josh Osborne (left) & Shane McAnally (right) Photo Credit: Jason Krupek

Josh Osborne (left) & Shane McAnally (right)
Photo Credit: Jason Krupek

SMACKSongs President and CEO Shane McAnally, announced the signing of Josh Osborne as a full partner of the music publisher today. “Since the first time working with Josh, we always knew we wanted to someday build a partnership beyond just writing songs together,” said McAnally. “This partnership marks a new beginning for SMACKSongs and we are excited to welcome him to the SMACK family.”

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