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CASC Announces 2010 Winners!

CASC Announces 2010 Winners!

The 18th annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, held during MerleFest 2010 presented by Lowe's, is proud to announce this year's winners. The following four writers have now joined an elite group of previous winners which also includes Gillian Welch, Tift Merritt, Michael Reno Harrell, Adrienne Young, Martha Scanlan, David Via and Johnny Williams:

Bluegrass Category

"Carolina Dust" written by Brink Brinkman; Pickerington, OH

Gospel Category 

"On the Winning Side” written by David Tew; Turkey, NC

Country Category

"You Opened My Eyes" written by Mark Wayne Glasmire; Arlington, TX

General Category

"Rush" written by Liz Longley; Downingtown, PA

These first place winners were interviewed by American Songwriter Magazine immediately following the competition and performed their winning songs on the Cabin Stage at MerleFest on Friday, April 30.

Songs were judged by a volunteer panel of songwriters, publishers and other music industry professionals including singer/songwriter and former CASC winner Laurelyn Dossett, Wyatt Durrette, and Rory Feet under the direction of this year's volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy®-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. Judging was based on a song's originality, lyrics, melody and overall commercial potential.

Net proceeds from the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest support the Wilkes Community College Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship. Since its inception the scholarship has awarded over $27,300 to 70 deserving students. The 2009-2010 recipients are Ian Tucker Francis and Dustin Rubio-Serrano. Tucker, a sophomore enrolled in the WCC college transfer program, plays the guitar, mandolin and bass. Dustin, a freshman at WCC, plays the piano, guitar and drums. Tucker and Dustin plan to attend Liberty University in the fall of 2010 and major in music.


MerleFest would like to thank the following sponsors of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest: American Songwriter/American Songspace, D'Addario Strings, Acoustic Guitar, and Taylor Guitars. The Austin Stage is sponsored by ASCAP and Sugar Hill Records.

About Chris Austin:
Chris Austin, from Boone, North Carolina, worked as a sideman for Ricky Skaggs for three years, singing and playing guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle. During that time he was discovered by executives at Warner Bros. Nashville, who offered him a recording contract. While releasing singles including "Blues Stay Away From Me," "I Know There's a Heart in There Somewhere" and "Out of Step," Austin also developed his songwriting skills, as evidenced in "Same Ol' Love," recorded by Skaggs in 1991. On March 16, 1991, Austin's life was cut tragically short when the private plane carrying him and six other members of Reba McEntire's band, as well as her tour manager, crashed in the mountains near San Diego. Pete Fisher, then of Warnersongs and currently general manager of the Grand Ole Opry, and Kari Estrin, then MerleFest consultant and Pickin' for Merle video associate producer, initiated the songwriting contest to honor Austin's memory.

     

CASC Announces 2010 Winners!

The 18th annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, held during MerleFest 2010 presented by Lowe's, is proud to announce this year's winners. The following XXX writers have now joined an elite group of previous winners which also includes Gillian Welch, Tift Merritt, Michael Reno Harrell, Adrienne Young, Martha Scanlan, David Via and Johnny Williams:

Bluegrass Category

Gospel Category 

Country Category

General Category


These first place winners were interviewed by American Songwriter Magazine immediately following the competition and performed their winning songs on the Cabin Stage at MerleFest on Friday, April 30.

Songs were judged by a volunteer panel of songwriters, publishers and other music industry professionals including singer/songwriter and former CASC winner Laurelyn Dossett, Wyatt Durrette, and Rory Feet under the direction of this year's volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy®-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. Judging was based on a song's originality, lyrics, melody and overall commercial potential.

Net proceeds from the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest support the Wilkes Community College Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship. Since its inception the scholarship has awarded over $27,300 to 70 deserving students. The 2009-2010 recipients are Ian Tucker Francis and Dustin Rubio-Serrano. Tucker, a sophomore enrolled in the WCC college transfer program, plays the guitar, mandolin and bass. Dustin, a freshman at WCC, plays the piano, guitar and drums. Tucker and Dustin plan to attend Liberty University in the fall of 2010 and major in music.


MerleFest would like to thank the following sponsors of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest: American Songwriter/American Songspace, D'Addario Strings, Acoustic Guitar, and Taylor Guitars. The Austin Stage is sponsored by ASCAP and Sugar Hill Records.

About Chris Austin:
Chris Austin, from Boone, North Carolina, worked as a sideman for Ricky Skaggs for three years, singing and playing guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle. During that time he was discovered by executives at Warner Bros. Nashville, who offered him a recording contract. While releasing singles including "Blues Stay Away From Me," "I Know There's a Heart in There Somewhere" and "Out of Step," Austin also developed his songwriting skills, as evidenced in "Same Ol' Love," recorded by Skaggs in 1991. On March 16, 1991, Austin's life was cut tragically short when the private plane carrying him and six other members of Reba McEntire's band, as well as her tour manager, crashed in the mountains near San Diego. Pete Fisher, then of Warnersongs and currently general manager of the Grand Ole Opry, and Kari Estrin, then MerleFest consultant and Pickin' for Merle video associate producer, initiated the songwriting contest to honor Austin's memory.