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CMA Honors Country Music Legends at the Library

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Country music is at home in the Coolidge Auditorium on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 (8:00 p.m.). Bob DiPiero returns to host the latest installment of the Country Music Association Songwriters Series, which features country music legends Ronnie Milsap, Loretta Lynn “Lorrie” Morgan and Jim Beavers. These award-winning artists bring their talent and musical innovation together for an intimate evening that explores the uniquely American country music idiom, as part of our season-long Songs of America celebration.

Ronnie Milsap
Ronnie Milsap

Bob DiPiero is a prolific songwriter of over 1,200 songs. Since his first #1 song in 1983, he has had a total of fifteen chart-topping hits that have been featured in TV shows, commercials and movies. The 2011 hit song “Coming Home” from the Country Strong film soundtrack was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture. DiPiero has been inducted into the Nashville Walk of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Ronnie Milsap has had a remarkable career as a top country soul singer. While overcoming visual impairment, he has sold a staggering thirty-five million albums, has forty #1 hits, six Grammy Awards, eight Country Music Association (CMA) Awards and four Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. His top hits include “It Was Almost Like a Song,” “Smoky Mountain Rain,” and “Stranger in My House.”

Lorrie Morgan
Lorrie Morgan

The youngest singer to make his or her debut at the Grand Ole Opry, Lorrie Morgan has sold over six million records, had fourteen top ten hits and received four Female Vocalist of the Year Awards from the TNN Music City News Awards. Her songs “Five Minutes,” “Something in Red,” “Watch Me” and “What Part of No,” earned her a permanent seat as a leading female figure in Country Music. Morgan has collaborated with Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams and The Beach Boys.

Songwriter Jim Beavers, a native of Texas, has co-written seven #1 songs, including “5-1-5-0,” “Am I the Only One,” and “Watching Airplanes.” His songs have been recorded by the likes of Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Josh Turner, Trace Adkins and Faith Hill. His career has included tenures as Director of Marketing for Capitol Records and Virgin Records, as a touring musician with Lee Ann Womack and as a professor at Middle Tennessee State University.

Event Program

Event Listing
Country Music Association Songwriters Series
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
8:00 p.m. – Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress

Featuring Bob DiPiero, Ronnie Milsap, Lorrie Morgan and Jim Beavers

Free, tickets required. Visit for more information.

If the event is sold out in advance, space-available passes will be distributed beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Coolidge Lobby. Unclaimed reserved seats will be allocated to space-available pass holders sequentially beginning at 7:45 p.m.


  1. The interesting thing about songwriting is that you can only have two things going for you to be a good song writter either you have the experience of heartache and have been writting your personal feelings on paper. You dont have contacts or cant seem to find any. Or you are a musician who steals songs…or a performer who is told they can sing the song and have copyrights.

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