From l to r: Morris Artists Management Group Executive Vice President and CMA Board member Clint Higham, CMA Board member Connie Bradley, CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore, Bob DiPiero, Matraca Berg, Kenny Chesney, Brett James, Wendell Mobley, and Craig Wiseman. Photo by Natasha Moustache, courtesy of CMA

The CMA features a Songwriters Series where talented songwriters & artists get together on one stage and sing songs they wrote.  It’s an intimate setting and gives listeners a different perspective as well as an appreciation for the man/woman behind the song.

Thanks to the CMA, CountryMusicRocks got the opportunity to catch the CMA Songwriters Series featuring Kenny Chesney in Boston at the Club Royale.  It was an evening that was memorable as soon as we set foot in the door.  On the stage sat six simple chairs and guitar stands awaiting for Bob DiPiero, Matraca Berg, Craig Wiseman, Brett James, Wendell Mobley and Kenny Chesney to take the stage.  The event was streamed live on and for fans to enjoy.  Six talented songwriters/musicians sat on stage, told stories and sang their own songs.  While the event showcased Kenny Chesney’s debut at this series, each songwriter was recognized for their talents as they presented their songs for us all to hear. 

Bo DiPiero served as the host for the evening as he kicked things off with his song “Gone” which popular duo Montgomery Gentry recorded for their album You Do Your Thing released in 2004.  Over the course of two and a half hours, each songwriter took turns behind the mic while the others joined in strumming their guitars and/or singing along.  The evening was not rehearsed and there was no set list.  It was just songwriters, their guitars and a whole lot of talent.  Some of the songs that was heard that evening was “Summertime” & “Young” (penned by Craig Wiseman), Chesney’s current smash hit “You And Tequila” (co-written by Matraca Berg), “Out Last Night” (penned by Brett James) and “There Goes My Life” (written by Wendell Mobley).  Several other songs were also performed, including many by Kenny Chesney one of which was popular song “Old Blue Chair “ & “I Can’t Go There” a song from his No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems that you don’t often – if ever- hear live.  Wiseman’s hit song “Live Like You Were Dying”, recorded by Tim McGraw, closed out the evening with the entire crowd singing.  Chesney, in fact, took his microphone and turned it out to the crowd.  The crowd of course was not ready for the evening to end and fans wanted nothing more than to hear “She’s From Boston” as the request was echoing throughout the venue.  Sure enough, Chesney turned his mic back and satisfied the crowd as he sang a verse from “She’s From Boston” which was very fitting for the evening.

It’s not often you get to see Chesney perform in such a relaxed, intimate setting.  Typically he is in front of tens of thousands of fans running all around the stage trying to reach out to everyone there.  At this event, he sat back and enjoyed the evening just as much as the fans in the audience.  Having so much talent in one room could have quite possibly inspired a new song, anything is possible….

Next up on the CMA Songwriters Series agenda is Billy Currington & Josh Thompson in New York City as part of Joe’s Pub’s Grand Re-Opening celebration in October.  These events are ones not to be missed as you are sure to enjoy the event as much as we did.  Alongside Currington & Thompson will also be songwriters Scotty Emerick (“I Love This Bar,” “Good As I Once Was,” and “I’m Just Talking About Tonight,” all recorded by Toby Keith); David Lee Murphy (“Dust On the Bottle” recorded by Murphy, “Live a Little” recorded by Kenny Chesney, and “Big Green Tractor” recorded by Jason Aldean); and the evening’s host, Bob DiPiero (“Southern Voice” recorded by Tim McGraw, “Blue Clear Sky” recorded by George Strait, and “You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl” recorded by Brooks & Dunn).  Tickets and additional details can be found at

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