These are the ten songs and songwriters chosen to come and play in front of our Nashville Songwriters at the 2017 Red Lodge Songwriting Festival, June 24th, 9am at the Roman Theater. Congratulations to Michael Rivers and David Piland, co winners of our inaugural songwriting contest. 

“Songwriting is therapy. It’s fun. It’s creative. I love getting on a big writing binge and staying up a couple days working on song and knowing at the end of those two or three days that I’ve created something that was never in the world before.” Dolly Parton


Michelle Rivers – “Falling For You”


David Piland – “Hurt So Bad”


“It’s just the more you do it the better you get, or at least that’s how I feel in my case. I think it’s a combination of confidence and just having done it this long and just learning. I’m always learning. I’m still honing my craft.” Lucinda Williams


Cody Summer – “way Down the River”


Bonni Murry – “Brother of Mine”


“A good song is a good song, and if I’m lucky enough to write it, well….! I get more kick out of writing than I do singing. I reckon I’ve written a thousand songs and had over 300 published” Hank Williams


David Walburn – “Put A Little Leaf on a Tree”


Emma Clinton – “Blue Dream”


“I just tried to come up with some honest songs. What I was writing about was real plain stuff that I wasn’t sure was going to be interesting to other people. But I guess it was…I’ve never had any discipline whatsoever. I just wait on a song like I was waiting for lightning to strike. And eventually–usually sometime around 3 in the morning–I’ll have a good idea. By the time the sun comes up, hopefully, I’ll have a decent song.” John Prine 


Jessica Lechner – “Living Angel”


Lee Calvin Eichelberger – “Black Bird”


“For a songwriter, you don’t really go to songwriting school; you learn by listening to tunes. And you try to understand them and take them apart and see what they’re made of, and wonder if you can make one, too.” Tom Waits


Emily Lehman – “Sky”


Michael Myers & Cierra Myers – “Mustang”