March Meeting Recap and 2017 CD Project info

Hey songwriters,

A full house turned out for the March meeting, which marked the launch of Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle’s 12th annual compilation album.

Diverse interpretations of the waltz theme were showcased, and newish member Caiden Droscha ( introduced herself to the group with a terrific set of sharply witted, professionally performed songs influenced by folk and contemporary rock sensibilities..

Kim McInnis ( will play the featured set following the April 5 meeting, where the suggested songwriting assignment is “cake.”

Album project producer Mike Hickman ( of Electric Eye Recorders offered tips on preparing songs for the studio and answered questions about the process and his studio. Click the links below to download and open the attachments for an overview of the group’s 2017 album project and Mike’s recording tips.

Studio Prep

2017 Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle CD

Deadline for confirmation of participation and $100 duping fee is April 29. If money is tight but you want to be on the project, start saving up now.

Gig opportunity

Courtesy of Brian Junker (

Art All Night is seeking singer/songwriters to perform at its

Coffeehouse Stage Saturday April 23.  This is essentially an open-mic

event, with advance sign-ups only.  We hope to have 14 or 15 half-hour

slots, at 4:00pm. 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm and so forth until 11:00pm.

If there is lots of interest, we may make shorter slots to accommodate

more artists.

There will be a sound system with four xlr lines guaranteed (we will

supply mics and up to 2 DI’s, or you can bring your own), and simple

stage monitors.

Write with the subject line “Art All Night

Coffeehouse” if you are interested in performing, and include the

following information.

1. Name of group and/or performer(s).

2. Contact info (email and phone).

3. Three time slots (starting on the hour or half-hour, from 4:00pm to

  11:00pm) in which you WOULD LIKE to play

4. Any time slots in which you CANNOT play

5. Audio or video link, if you have it (not required, but helpful!).

We will let you know by April 15, if not sooner, if you have a slot.


See you soon,
– John