Hey songwriters,

Interesting meeting July 2, when old friends and new members discussed writing in another performer’s voice, whether for personal inspiration or as a way to get your song on a chart-topping monster. Members showcased songs written in the voices of Jimmy Buffet, Paul Simon, Guy Clark, Norah Jones and others, and talked about why they chose to reflect the work of those artists. 

Several songs were rich in character development, which inspired the suggested August songwriting assignment: Write a character-driven song. Hear some great examples on the Monthly Assignments page at

Our next meeting runs 7-9 p.m. Aug. 6 at Hambone’s (4207 Butler St., Pittsburgh [Lawrenceville], 412-681-4318).

CD project

No complaints from our producer and no one has backed out of the project. Please keep track of who played and sang on your recording and start collecting their correct name spellings. I’ll be asking for your song credits by the the Aug. 23 deadline for album jacket text.

Country songs

Our friends at Western PA Songwriters Network/Nashville Songwriters Association International – Pittsburgh will hold their next meeting 6:30-9 p.m. July 14 at Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church in Allison Park. Details David Michael King ( 412-498-6360, Kim Maverick  724-732-7255.


July 11 7 p.m. Pump House. Promise and Protest: Music in Song with Smokehouse Lightning ( and Mike Stout.

July 12-13 Deutschtown Music Festival, venues across the North Side. A bunch of Circle members performing. Details at

July 14 5 p.m. Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. A benefit for local flood victims with Sun King Warriors and Dennis McCurdy and Lonesome No More (,

July 15 around 8:15 p.m.  AcoustiCafe at Mr. Small’s Funhouse, Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle featured set with tender bastard (  

Aug. 24 7 p.m. Club Cafe. Circle member Mark Browning (, CD release.

See you soon,

– John