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December 2nd, 2013

The Story Behind “The Most Beautiful Girl”

Last summer, I sat down with Bart Herbison, Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. My interview for “The Story Behind the Song” was published in this past Sunday’s Nashville Tennessean. Thought you’d be interested in reading.

Keep writing. – Rory

The Story Behind the Most Beautiful Girl

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July 5th, 2013

NSAI Songwriters Hall of Fame: A Dream Realized

On May 19, 2013, a decades-long dream of a permanent home for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame became reality. You can find the installation in the incredibly beautiful new Music City Center in downtown Nashville. I was thrilled when asked to sing a couple of songs with Don Schlitz and Tom Schuyler for visitors. My wife Rita and my daughter Leslie were in attendance. The Hall of Fame Foundation, along with the NSAI, worked tirelessly to bring this to fruition. Next time you’re visiting downtown Nashville, stop by and wander through the years of great songwriters. I was inducted in 1989; you’ll find me under the B’s. Here’s a few pics from the festivities.

Keep writing. – Rory


April 30th, 2013

Copyright Recapture With Lewis Anderson: Part 2

This is the second of three videos about recapturing songs. I make up a test song, and Lewis Anderson guides us through the process. Lewis helps unravel the intricate world of copyright.

Keep writing. – Rory

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April 20th, 2013

NSAI Hall of Famers Sing for Mayor & Korean Vets

On Wednesday, April 17th, Mayor Karl Dean cut the ribbon on the brand new Korean Veterans Boulevard. To help celebrate the day, Mayor Dean asked the NSAI Hall of Fame Foundation to provide Hall of Famers to help entertain. Three of us — Richard Leigh, Dickey Lee and I — had a wonderful time playing and singing. Thought you all might enjoy.

Keep writing. – Rory


April 8th, 2013

Copyright Recapture With Lewis Anderson: Part 1

This post is geared toward songwriters signed with a publishing company. A hot industry topic now and into the future, copyright recapture surrounds reclaiming a song given to a publisher. The below video is the first in a series of three. Later videos will cover the differing process for songs written post-1978 and pre-1978.

Lewis Anderson is the go-to person for copyright recapture. I have worked extensively with him on my own catalog and rely on his expertise.

Keep writing. – Rory

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