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The Heartland Songwriter's Association of KY is one of the few songwriter's groups in the Commonwealth of Ky, and have been in existance for over 8 years. The primary goal of the HSAOK is to support area songwriters and to promote original music. Our membership is open not only to songwriters, but to performers, and to people who are interested in supporting original music as well.

The HSAOK meets the first Tuesday of each month at Bourbon Barrel Tavern in Elizabethtown KY, and on the third Thursday of each month at Denny's in Elizabethtown. Both meetings start at 7:00 p.m. Our meetings are open, free to the public. The business meeting lasts about an hour and is followed by a "guitar pull" in which members and guests are welcome to play their original material.

Do you play live?
The HSAOK also hosts Songwriter's Showcases in which members perform their original material. Three to six members share the stage in a "Songwriter's In The Round" format. In the past, most of our shows have been performed at Backstage Cafe' KY in Elizabethtown, KY. But lately we have been expanding out and performing showcases at festivals throughout the Central Kentucky area. Our biggest moment so far came when we were booked to perform a showcase at the Heartland Festival in Elizabethtown.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
It makes it a whole lot easier for unsigned artists and songwriters to have their music heard. Many radio stations refuse to play independent music because it isn't "popular" music. The internet offers a more level playing field. In fact since many popular artists shun the internet either by choice or because of a contract with their labels, it actually works out to the advantage of the indies.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
That varies from member to member... but we all pretty much agree that if even one member of the group makes it to the "big time" whether as a songwriter or a performer, it will benefit us all.
Band History:
It started in 1997 when a group of area songwriters started getting together at Picasso's. They would jam and critique each other's songs.. and have workshops to help expand their horizons. The Heartland Songwriter's Association of KY released their first album of original songs in 1999. The album was simply titled "Heartland Songwriter's Sampler" and the proceeds from it went to support the John Lovins Memorial Scholarship Fund. After a few years it was decided to release a second album with the hope of boosting interest in the area. The group also decided they would release one compilation album per year. The second album originally titled "Write Out Loud" which contained twelve tracks and was mastered by Jackie Dixon at Jack's Tracks, was released in December 2004. The title was later changed to "Songwriter's Compilation CD Volume 2", due to the fact there was an existing trademark on "Write Out Loud". While for the most part Volume 2 was better than the first CD it didn't sell quite as well. In 2005 the HSAOK began performing quartly songwriter's showcases at Backstage Cafe'KY (their headquarters at the time) and began planning their third compilation album, this time the album would have a Christmas theme. "A Heartland Christmas" was released in December 2005. It was a collection of eight Christmas tunes, written and for the most part performed by the members and mastered by Gary Fights at FmM. While the December release date may have cost the club some Holiday sales, this third compilation sold more copies than the second and due to it's holiday theme is selling this season as well. Even though the volumes 2 and 3 of their compilation cds were selling, the club itself wasn't faring so well into mid-2006 membership was down, and they had stopped performing the showcases at Backstage Cafe'. There were also suggestions that it might be a good idea to stop producing the compilation CDs. The club voted to go ahead and continue producing CDs and appointed an Executive Events Coordinator to get the HSAOK into the public eye. In August 2006 the current president who was serving her third term, stepped down due to outside conflicts and was replaced by then Vice-President Nate Fowler. Fowler's energy and drive affected the club from the start... They began performing in area festivals and setting up information booths in order to gain exposure and new members. In the next three months the membership doubled. The HSAOK also moved from it's long time home at Backstage Cafe' into a new venue, The Mulberry. In November 2006 they released their best CD yet "Songwriter's Compilation CD Volume 4". To go along with this the HSAOK now has this page on SoundClick and a page on MySpace both featuring their music. The early sales of the fourth CD look promising. In addition to the move to a new venue and the new CD. The HSAOK has also branched out... Performing at a number of area festivals, and looking to expand into other markets. We have since released two more CDs "Songs Of Kentucky" and "Songwriter's Compilation CD Volume 6" and our membership continues to grow and in the process becomes more diverse. Since then the membership continues to evolve and there have been a total of eleven compilation CDs
Your influences?
Our influences vary with each member. Our members write a wide range of music including, Rock, Blues, Country, Contemporary Christian, Bluegrass, Folk, and Alternative.
Equipment used:
That depends on the individual... We have some members who just perform with an acoustic guitar, and others who go all out with effects, full bands etc... Our mains focus is on the songs we write and not the equipment we use. But for our live performances we do use a 500watt Berengher PA System and Shure SM 58 Mics
Anything else...?
Current Board
Jonnie Bonnett - President
Jim Corbit - Vice President
Gary Fights - Secretary
Libby Brangers - Treasurer
Reggie Twyman - Sgt. At Arms

There are also two additional board members and a board alternate.
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