You must be an active NSAI member to participate.
LOCATION: 1710 Roy Acuff Pl. Nashville, TN 37203
TIME: Doors will open at 5:15pm CT / Event will begin at 5:45pm CT
PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY - SPOTS ARE LIMITED AND FILL UP QUICKLY!
If you are unable to attend this workshop in person, please note that it will NOT be streamed or re-distributed for later viewing.
ABOUT MARK IRWIN:
Coming from the Northeast, moving to Nashville in 1987, it took Mark Irwin just four years to land his first cut, which happened to be the Christmas song “Meet Me Under The Mistletoe” recorded by Randy Travis for his “Old Time Christmas” album. (In 2023 young artist Hailey Whitters cut the same song for her Christmas album).
Soon after, Mark co-wrote Alan Jackson’s first number one hit “Here In The Real World”, a two time CMA Song of the Year nominee, ACM Song of the Year nominee and winner of the Music City News Award for Song of the Year 1990.
Mark co-wrote the Tyler Farr number one single “Redneck Crazy” and the Tim McGraw number one hit song “Highway Don’t Care”, featuring Taylor Swift on guest vocals and Keith Urban on guitar…as well as Blake Shelton’s recent number one hit single, “Neon Light”.
Mark also co-wrote the Tim McGraw’s single “Looking For That Girl” and Chris Janson’s “Power of Positive Drinking”.
Along with having songs on Alan Jackson’s “DRIVE” album and Garth Brooks’ “THE LOST SESSIONS”, Mark also co-wrote the singles, “Bama Breeze” for Jimmy Buffet and “That’s How They Do It In Dixie” for Hank Williams Jr.
Mark spent 2 years on and off the road playing guitar for Capitol recording artist Jameson Clark while having 3 other songs recorded by Tim McGraw, 4 by Martina McBride, 2 recorded by Blake Shelton, 2 by Lee Brice and other cuts by George Jones, Faith Hill, Thomas Rhett, Bomshel, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jessie James, Tracey Lawrence, Sammy Kershaw, Chely Wright, Patty Loveless, Highway 101, The Whites, Chris LeDoux, Bucky Covington, Glen Campbell, Neal McCoy, The Amazing Rhythm Aces and The Dirt Drifters, among many others.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow also recorded one of Mark’s songs for her movie “Country Strong”
Mark’s latest cuts have been on Lainey Wilson’s album “Bell Bottom Country” and on the new Tim McGraw album “Standing Room Only…along with songs on newcomers Ben Gallaher, Tucker Beathard, Ian Flanagan and Randall Fowler.
Also, as a former employee (bartender) at Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Mark is featured prominently in the documentary “Bluebird”.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
You must be an NSAI Member to fully participate in pitch / feedback workshops.
Bring an MP3 version of your song that you can easily play from your phone, along with two lyric sheets for the song you chose. (Cassette tapes will not be accepted.)
*Members are more than welcome to attend and simply observe the event even if they do not want to submit a song for feedback!
We will play the first verse and first chorus of each song and the guest will provide comments/suggestions/feedback.
Up to 30 members can participate and will be played in order of arrival - Members traveling greater than 75 miles or 2 hours from Davidson County will be given priority to participate.*
If you arrive earlier than 5:15pm, please join the line on our covered porch on the Roy Acuff side of building. Once doors open you will sign in and submit your lyrics sheets of the song you chose, to the receptionist for the event.
*ATTENTION OUT-OF-TOWN MEMBERS:
Members traveling greater than 75 miles or 2 hours from Davidson County are considered "out-of-town". You must be in the Priority Line prior to the time that doors open at 5:15pm. If you arrive after 5:15pm, you will be asked to join the end of the "Nashville/Local Line". At that point, there is no guarantee that you will be able to participate.
*NSAI does not require you to wear a mask, but we encourage you to do what feels most comfortable.
NSAI non-members are permitted to observe two workshops prior to joining to experience what NSAI is about. If you have attended more than two workshops as a non-member, you will be asked to join NSAI as a member to fully benefit from membership and attend future events.
Limited parking will be available in the NSAI parking lot.
Additional parking is available on the street and in neighboring paid lots.