Hit Nashville songwriter Max T. Barnes, who together with his late father Max D. Barnes has written 33 #1's and hits selling over 70 million records, heads to Australia next month to present five international songwriting seminars September 7-14. Barnes' songwriting credits range from Ralph Stanley to Montgomery Gentry, Poison to George Jones.
Entitled "Write Better Songs And Get Them Cut!", Barnes will host world-class songwriter seminar events – in Sydney (September 7) together with Australian superstar Gina Jeffreys and veteran producer and songwriter Rod McCormack, Devonport Tasmania (September 10), Hobart Tasmania (September 11) and Melbourne (September 13 and 14). The three friends will speak on the subject of songwriting as well as perform a few of their hit songs. Every session will end with an opportunity for Q&A to include a wealth of information on songwriting, entertaining and the music business.
These will be interactive events with one of Nashville's most successful songwriter/producers, where attendees can learn:
Applied lyric writing
The biz of the music business
The relationship between art and commerce
How to sell your song / yourself as a musician, singer and songwriter
How to handle the slammed door
How to achieve your goals in the music business and so much more
There will be an open Q & A session
Seminar dates to include:
07/09 The Hub / Erina Fair (greater Sydney), Australia **
10/09 Red Hot Music / Devonport Tasmania, Australia †
11/09 Night Owl Bar / Hobart Tasmania, Australia †
13/09 JMC Academy / Melbourne, Australia †
14/09 Burrinja Café / Melbourne, Dandenongs, Australia †
** Includes Gina Jeffreys & Rod McCormack
† Barnes solo
Max T. Barnes wrote his first hit song at the age of 19, Verne Gosdin's “Way Down Deep”. Max T. and his father Max D. ('D'as in 'Dad') have penned familiar hit songs including CMA Song Of The Year nominee "Love Me" by Collin Raye and "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" by George Jones. They have written for Randy Travis, Diamond Rio, Alan Jackson, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty and dozens more. Incredibly, the father and son songwriters were pitted against each other for CMA Song Of The Year in 1992 where the father won with "Look At Us", the hit song he co-wrote with Vince Gill.
“My poor mom didn't know who to root for,” Max T. remembers. “I am proud to have been a part of the only father/son competition in CMA history.” His father had also won in 1989 with “Chiseled In Stone”.
Recently Max T. began a new chapter in his career by taking his show on the road. "I have spent my life writing songs for other folks," laughs Barnes. "Now I want to go sing them for the people without the middle man." Often working with his friend and label mate Craig Curtis, the two have criss-crossed the U.S. and even made headway into Europe. "We sing my hits, my dad's hits and great country classics and just be ourselves."
“I love singing “Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes” ‘cause everybody knows it,” Barnes states. “Chiseled in Stone”, “Joe Knows How to Live”, “This Ain't My First Rodeo”... These are the meat and potatoes of country music,” he says. It's safe to say that when Barnes plays live, he doesn't run out of material. Among his latest hit singles were two Joe Diffie hits, “A Night to Remember” and “Tougher Than Nails” and “Biker Chick” by Jo Dee Messina.
In addition to his songwriting prowess, Barnes has toured with and performed for such artists as Bobby Bare, Shelly West, Linda Davis, Tanya Tucker, The Judds, Reba McEntire and Garth Brooks.
For more details or to buy tickets, please visit maxtbarnes.com. More dates may be announced.
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