Don Schlitz

#1 Songs

  • “The Gambler” – Kenny Rogers
    • 1979 Grammy Award for “Country Song of the Year”
    • 1979 CMA Award for “Song of the Year”
  • “When You Say Nothing at All” – Keith Whitley
    • #2 country chart for Alison Krauss and 1995 CMA Award for “Single of the Year”
    • #1 UK chart for Ronan Keating
  • “On The Other Hand” – Randy Travis
    • 1986 CMA Award for “Song of the Year”
    • 1986 ACM Award for “Song of the Year”
    • 1986 NSAI Award for “Song of the Year”
  • “Forever and Ever, Amen” – Randy Travis
    • 1987 CMA Award for “Song of the Year”
    • 1988 Grammy Award for “Country Song of the Year”
  • “Turn It Loose” – The Judds
  • “Strong Enough To Bend” – Tanya Tucker
  • “One Promise Too Late” – Reba McEntire
  • “I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love” – Tanya Tucker w/ Paul Overstreet & Paul Davis
  • “Almost Goodbye” – Mark Chesnutt
  • “Rockin’ With The Rhythm Of The Rain” – The Judds
  • “Daddy’s Come Around” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Deeper Than the Holler” – Randy Travis
  • “40 Hour Week (For A Livin’) – Alabama
  • “You Again” – The Forester Sisters
  • “Give Me Wings” – Michael Johnson
  • “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • “I Know Where I’m Going” – The Judds
  • “Learning to Live Again” by Garth Brooks
  • “I Think About You” – Collin Raye
  • “My Arms Stay Open All Night” – Tanya Tucker
  • “Loved Too Much” – Ty Herndon
  • “I Take My Chances” – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • “Heroes and Friends” by Randy Travis

Top 10 Songs

  •  “Ball & Chain” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Stand A Little Rain” – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • “If You Can Do Anything Else” – George Strait
  • “The Battle Hymn of Love” – Kathy Mattea
  • “Crazy from the Heart” by The Bellamy Brothers
  • “Crying Shame” – Michael Johnson
  • “Good As I Was To You” – Lorrie Morgan
  • “I Love Only You” – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • “Guardian Angels” by The Judds
  • “Houston Solution” – Ronnie Milsap
  • “Old School” – John Conlee
  • “I Could Be Persuaded” by The Bellamy Brothers
  • “I Feel Lucky” – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • “Oh Heart” – Baillie & The Boys
  • “Point Of Light” – Randy Travis
  • “I Think About It All The Time” – John Berry
  • “Midnight Girl/Sunset Town” – Sweethearts of the Rodeo
  • “When It’s Gone” – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • “Sowin’ Love” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Cheatin’” – Sara Evans
  • “Guardian Angels” – The Judds
  • “I Watched It All (On My Radio)” by Lionel Cartwright
  • “You’ll Never Be Sorry” – Bellamy Brothers
  • “True Heart” – The Oak Ridge Boys
  • “Richest Man On Earth” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Satisfy You” by Sweethearts of the Rodeo
  • “The River & The Highway” – Pam Tillis
  • “Long Shot” – Baillie & The Boys
  • “Say What’s In Your Heart” – Restless Heart
  • “True Heart” – The Oak Ridge Boys
  • “She Deserves You” – Baillie & The Boys
  • “Why They Call It Falling” by Lee Ann Womack
  • “Long Shot” by Baillie & the Boys

And MORE!

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Our List of Testimonials is Growing!

Brown and Brown Insurance 3-4-16

“As a meeting planner, I am always looking for the perfect event.  Well, I found it – and it was because of my friends at Songwriter City!  I was so blown away by the performance by Casey, Bob and Chris. They are truly an inspiration to listen to and my clients have not stopped talking about them since.  If you are looking to WOW your clients, this is definitely the way to go!  Thank you Songwriter City for helping me look like a rockstar!” 

Jennifer Muller – Associate Director, McVeigh Associates, New York City, NY

“I have been blessed to be invited to 20 Chairman’s Council dinners. Nashville was THE BEST I have ever been to by about 10,000%. I was literally blown away with the talent, sound, heart and soul The Warren Brothers, Jessi, and Josh. The music was just plain awesome. This was so very different than watching entertainers put on a show. It was more like being with friends who are sharing something deeply personal and transparent. This was a profoundly special evening.”

Malcolm Makin – President, New England Professional Planning Group, Westerly, RI

“Your songwriter show was the perfect ending to our multi-day conference.  The guys blew away our attendees with many long term members commenting it was the greatest event they have EVER attended.”

 Wade Koehler – CAE, Owner 520 Management (FCSI), Springfield, IL

“One of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve ever had. Hearing the stories behind the songs and then hearing the actual creator sing it added to the experience. Outstanding night!”

Bryan Sweet – Raymond James Financial, Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN

“Over the years, I’ve attended the Bluebird Café sessions – which have been outstanding.  I never believed that the songwriter sessions at the Bluebird Café could ever be topped!  The Songwriter City show Tuesday night was one of the best shows I’ve had the opportunity to attend not only in Nashville – but in the U.S.!  Absolutely breathtaking & outstanding!   Thank you for the experience!”

Van Pearcy – Raymond James Financial, Midland, TX

“Each of the songwriters was a terrific performer. Learning about the songwriting process and how each song was written was fascinating. Whenever I hear those hits from Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton or Carrie Underwood, I think of the songwriters that performed — and the story behind each song. Thanks for a great show Songwriter City!”

Amy Peterson – Raymond James Financial

Thank you for the exceptional job you did producing the event for the Raymond James Chairman’s Council event.  This crowd of the top advisors in the country have travelled the world and have seen some great entertainment, so the bar was set very high.  However, Songwriter City put together an incredible team of extremely talented songwriters and performers.  This group was blown away by the experience and commented that it was the best event that they have ever been exposed to in the past 20 years.  I heard from the conference organizers how professional and easy you were to work with and how grateful they were to utilize your services.  Thanks again for the wonderful experience!”

Jeff Dobyns – President, Southwestern Investment Group, Nashville, TN

“We hear the songs on the radio but rarely hear the stories. Having the writers perform their hits makes the songs more meaningful. I highly recommend this intimate experience.”

Jon Wax – CFP® President & CEO, Waller & Wax Advisors, Inc., Tampa, FL

“I am not much of a country music fan (until now). The songwriter’s stories were as fascinating and compelling as the music was incredible. I was truly overwhelmed by it. Jessi Alexander has an incredible voice; it’s amazing she is not a household name. The same with Josh Kear. The Warren Brothers feel like someone I’ve known for years. I enjoyed every song.”

Paul Tully – Eagle Wealth Financial, Philadelphia, PA

“I am not a country music fan. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed my evening. The singer-songwriters were talented and the format was a lot of fun. I liked the music and the pace of the event. Several of us said it was the best Chairman’s Council dinner we have ever had.”

Carl Stuart – President, Carl Stuart Investment Advisor, Inc., Austin, TX

Nashville Is Songwriter City

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I’ve been in the music industry for over 25 years and have seen every type of show and performance. From my time working at record labels traveling around the country, I’ve witnessed the biggest artists in music, the newest emerging acts, and everything in between. There are so many incredible performances that come to mind and each stand out for different reasons, but on a whole, there is nothing that compares to the experience of a well-executed songwriter round.

If you’ve been to songwriter rounds, occasionally called “guitar pulls,” you are likely nodding your head in agreement. For those of you unfamiliar with these special songwriter events, they are typically a group of 2 to 5 songwriters who gather together to swap stories, tell jokes, describe how their songs came to life, and then perform those songs acoustically. It’s an intimate look behind the music.

It’s common to think that singles heard on the radio from top artists were written by them personally, and while some recording artists are also songwriters, many do not solely write their own material (and some not at all). They seek out songs from the amazing pool of songwriting talent that makes up Music City, which is not only the home of many genres of music but is essentially the songwriting capital of the world. This fact has been nicely portrayed on ABC’s television series Nashville, as well as in many articles, features, and videos over the years.

You would be hard-pressed to find a more engaging and honest form of entertainment than songwriter rounds. It’s true not every songwriter is wired for the stage, but when you combine extraordinarily talented writers who love telling stories and entertaining a crowd, the environment is nothing short of magical. You’ll laugh, you may cry, and you’ll be thoroughly entertained by Nashville’s brightest behind the music stars. You hear it so many times, but it all really does start with the song and songwriters are the core creative force behind everything you hear.

If you’re ever planning a visit to Nashville and looking for the best places to locate a songwriter night, start at the Bluebird Cafe and also see what’s happening at The Listening Room, 3rd & Lindsley, Puckett’s, The Commodore Lounge, and Douglas Corner. If you happen to be searching for the best songwriter entertainment for a corporate, seminar, convention, or other private event, you should check out something I’m involved with – Songwriter City. We partner with the very best songwriters and customize round-type shows to meet specific needs and budgets. It’s the ultimate authentic music experience from Music City’s biggest hit makers.

No matter where you are, make it a point to support and encourage your local songwriters. They are the heartbeat of musical life, not only in Nashville but around the world.