From the press release: September 28, 2010 (Nashville, TN) -- Writing hit songs for the likes of George Strait and Lee Ann Womack isn't all that Grammy-nominated songwriter Odie Blackmon has been up to lately. He's also been teaching other aspiring musicians how to write their own chart-topping hits -- and make a living doing it. The #1 hit songwriter's critically-acclaimed "The Craft of Writing Hit Songs" DVD recently entered national distribution via Amazon.com, and the songwriter behind it has just begun teaching at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. "I've been very blessed in my career," said Blackmon. "I'm able to do what I love, work with people I admire and, best of all, make money doing it. Not everyone can say that, especially in the music business. Now, I'm on a mission to help others realize similar dreams." Called a "particularly successful" songwriter by the New York Times and "one of the most popular contemporary songwriters in Nashville" by CMT.com, Blackmon has kept busy lately showcasing his skills as a teacher. As American Songwriter magazine put it recently, "Blackmon is not only a great song craftsman and hit writer, but he’s also an accurate, understandable communicator of the songwriting process and its flow." The latest evidence of this talent comes in the form of an instructional DVD. "Working as a professional songwriter in Nashville and traveling to workshops around the U.S., I'd get folks asking me to recommend instructional songwriting DVDs and things like that," Blackmon recalled. "The problem was: There weren't any. There were plenty on 'how to play great guitar' but nothing on 'how to write a hit song.' So we made one." Directed by... Sign In to Keep Reading
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