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Hondo’s Songwriter Roundup to Feature Nashville Names

Plans are underway for the first-ever Songwriter Roundup in Hondo. The vision is for professional and semi-professional songwriters to come together to create an outstanding one-day event. The Roundup wants to highlight the history and future of country songwriting.

Organizers are extremely excited to announce the three headliners that kick off this new and exciting concept for South Texas. Brice Long, Monte Holmes, and Phillip White are three of country music’s finest songwriters, each with their own long list of accomplishments in the industry. Not only have these three written great songs, they also have fantastic voices to interpret the emotion and inflection of the songs they have penned. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and hear such highly accomplished singer/songwriters is often reserved for those who can make a trip to Nashville and hear them at the world-famous Bluebird Café. For more information on the headliners, visit hondochamber.com.

For unpublished songwriters, there are opportunities to present and hone their current skills. Starting at 4pm, the stage will be opened to regional songwriters, allowing them to display their art. Space is extremely limited. To be considered, songwriters must provide a digital copy of the original songs (and copy of lyrics) you want to perform. Submissions can be made to the Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce, maximum of three songs per songwriter. There will also be a low-cost Songwriters Workshop, led by our three headliners and other industry professionals at a separate location Saturday night. With the song submission, songwriters will automatically receive information to this exclusive event.

As a first-year event, the Songwriter Roundup will be a part of the Cowboy Country Roundup Saturday, Feb. 25, from 1 -5 p.m. The four-hour show will be held at Hondo City Park, one mile north of Hondo on FM 462, next to the Medina County Fairgrounds. Much as the larger event celebrates the cowboy heritage of Texas, the Songwriter Roundup will celebrate country singer-songwriters and those interested in the country music industry. The focus will be on both emerging and established talent connecting with each other, benefiting the songwriting community through live, original music performances and networking opportunities.

Keith Lutz, organizer of the event and local artist, is excited about this year’s event. He wants Hondo to become a place for songwriters to display their craft, benefiting novices and professionals alike and encouraging them to pursue yet undiscovered songs within them.

“A lot of times you don’t know the stories that drive the songwriting process,” Lutz says. “Most people might think the songs they hear are written by the artists who sing them, but that’s not always the case. Finding out what inspired the songs and what circumstances helped shape them will permanently change the way you think about music. This event will help make that possible for everyone.”

The Songwriter Roundup is an opportunity for the unsung heroes of the music industry to express themselves, and a way to introduce crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs. For more information about the event, contact the Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce at 830-426-3037 or email .

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The Texas Hill Country, sun splashed hills rolling into the distance, is home to historic towns bursting with character, personalities, and great things to do.
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