A Man Called Bruce Receives Songwriter Award

Wednesday, August 01, 2012
A Man Called Bruce was chosen as Chattanooga Songwriter Association Writer of the Month for July.  Thom Cavin, executive director of the CSA confirmed that Cleveland based songwriter A Man Called Bruce has performed many times at the organization's Writer's Nights, including a performance at the first (and only, thus far) CSA Songwriter's Festival last November.


At the festival, Bruce performed on the same night as Steve Bogard, who is also the president of the Nashville Songwriter's Association International and the author of a slew of hit songs including George Strait's "Carried Away” and “Carrying Your Love With Me," Rascal Flatts' career-breaking "Prayin' For Daylight," as well as songs recorded by Marty Robbins, Jack Ingram, Dierks Bentley, Clay Walker, BlackHawk, Tanya Tucker, Steve Wariner, Patty Loveless, Eddy Raven, Reba McEntire, Lee Greenwood, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Restless Heart, Lonestar, Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys and Diamond Rio. The night also included accomplished songwriter Roger Alan Wade who penned songs for country legends such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, George Jones and Hank Williams Jr.

Writer's Night is now a twice weekly event sponsored by the CSA since September 2011.

Writer's Night is a showcase where local and regional songwriters perform only their original songs. This is much different than an Open Mic night where amateurs go to play other people's songs. Amateurs may apply to perform at a CSA's Writer's Night, but they should be prepared to play only their own songs and have the confidence to appear on the stage with seasoned songwriters such as Robby Hopkins, Summer Hullender, Bernie Faulkner, Kevin Lane, Troy Underwood, Anthony Quails, Charley Yates, Martha Ann Brooks, Jennifer Brumlow, and Pat Babb (all of which have already won the CSA's monthly award).

Mr. Cavin said of July's winner, "We look at A Man Called Bruce as a cut above. His dedication to his music and his prolific writing have brought forth from his mind more than 30 songs since he joined CSA last September." He went on to say, "In the past 11 months we've heard more than 1,100 songs performed by over 400 songwriters. It was definitely Bruce's turn to win."

CSO Youth Orchestras Present Their Fall Concert

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras open their 2014-2015 season on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Ringgold High School with a concert performed by the Symphony Orchestra with Gary Wilkes conducting.  Also featured in the program is the 2nd place winner of the 2014 Concerto Competition, Nacor Lantigua.  The final selections on the program are the last two movements ... (click for more)

North Georgia Author And TV Star Randall Franks Chronicles Folk Legend's 10 Decades In New Book

Author Randall Franks debuted his new book in Nashville, signing it for fans at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “Whittlin’ and Fiddlin’ My Own Way: The Violet Hensley Story” reflects nearly a century of experiences through the eyes of Silver Dollar City personality Violet Hensley. Mr. Franks co-authored the book with Ms. Hensley, who just turned 98. “It was ... (click for more)

Additions And Improvements At Camp Jordan Arena Coming Soon

Additions and improvements are coming to Camp Jordan Arena in the near future. At the Thursday night meeting of the East Ridge city council, approval was given for buying new playground equipment. It will come from Gametime, a locally-based company. The VP of Marketing lives in East Ridge and made a proposal to set up the playground at Camp Jordan so his company could use it for ... (click for more)

Tribute Service For Luther Masingill Held At Historic Engel Stadium

It took a place as big as historic Engel Stadium for Chattanooga to say goodbye to their beloved Luther. Hundreds came Thursday afternoon to pay tribute to Luther Masingill who died early Monday morning after a radio career that spanned an amazing 74 years. It was clear from all who spoke that he was considered not only a radio personality, but also a role model. One after ... (click for more)

Not Everything Has Been Done To Save Hutcheson

I am a resident of Walker County and I have a personal belief that a hospital ranks equal to other basic services a community should offer (like police, fire, emergency services, school systems, government, etc.). I am not privy to all the management and financial conundrums concerning the feasibility of maintaining and growing Hutcheson, and as a private citizen I don’t believe ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Veterinarian’s Horse Sense

I suspect you’ve heard by now that a doctor in New York City, who volunteers with “Doctors Without Borders,” just got back from the African nation of Guinea on October 17 – last Friday – and on Thursday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus. Luckily, he came in actual contact with only a few people but he reportedly rode a subway, took a taxi, went on a three-mile run and ... (click for more)