Tuesday, September 27, 2022

DSA Hall of Fame 2023 set for April 15 at Love and War in Texas

 Inductees for 2023 are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, Sly and Family Stone (Dance to the Music), Roger Miller, Jim Collins (Damn Strait), Selena Gomez and Buddy Magazine's Stoney Burns and Ron McKeown.

Each year DSA invites Rising Stars from local music schools to perform with the highly acclaimed BYO band. Rounding out the program will be DSA members and BYO band members performing songs. Schools of music please contact Bobby Montgomery. DSA Members contact Barbe. BYO band contact Michael B. Here is a suggestion of some of the songs to perform:

Stevie Ray Vaughan
Pride and Joy - #20 1983 (
Stevie Ray Vaughan) - Kadyn Turner
Love Struck Baby - 1983  (
Stevie Ray Vaughan) - Chloee Rae
Tightrope - #14 1989 (
Bramhall, Vaughan) - Vada Rodriquez
Telephone Song - #3 1990 with Jimmie Vaughan (S. R. Vaughan, Bramhall)
Tic Toc - #7 1990 with Jimmie Vaughan (J. Vaughan, Rodgers, Jerry Lynn Williams)

Jimmie Vaughan
Tuff Enough - 1986 
(Kim Wilson)
Six Strings Down - 1994 (
  • Eric Kolb
  • Aaron Neville
  • Charmaine Neville
  • Cyril Neville
  • Kelsey Smith, 
  • Jimmie Vaughan)

  • Boon Bapa Boom - 1994 (Jimmie Vaughan)
    Motorhead Baby (Jimmie Vaughan)
    Telephone Song - #3 1990 with Jimmie Vaughan (S. R. Vaughan, Bramhall)
    Tic Toc - #7 1990 with Jimmie Vaughan (J. Vaughan, Rodgers, Jerry Lynn Williams)

    Sly Stone - all song written by Sly Stone
    Dance to the Music - #8 1967
    I Want To Take You Higher - #34 1969
    Hot Fun In the Summertime - #2 in 1969
    Everyday People - #1 1968 - Taylor Alyne
    It’s a Family Affair - #1 1971

    Roger Miller
    King of the Road - #4 1965 - Rio King
    Dang Me - #7 1964 - Wayne Willingham
    Chug A Lug - #9 1964
    Engine #9 - #7 1965 - Rio King
    England Swings - #3 1965

    Jim Collins
    She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy - 
    (Jim Collins, Paul Overstreet) recorded by Kenny Chesney.#11 hot country 1999 
    I Don’t Feel Like Loving You Today - (Matraca BergJim Collins) recorded by Gretchen Wilson -#22 Hot Country 2005
    The Good Stuff - (Jim Collins and Craig Wiseman) recorded by American country music artist Kenny Chesney #1 2022 Hot Country
    It Just Comes Natural -  (Marv Green, Jim Collins) recorded by George Strait's 41st #1 2008 grammy nomination
    Are You Going to Kiss Me or Not - (David Lee and Jim Collins) - nominated in 2011 for Grammy

    Selena Gomez
    Hands to Myself - 
    (Gomez, Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels) #7 on chart in 2015
    Who Says - (Gomez, Renea, Kariakou) - #1 in 2011 - Junia Rodriguez 
    I Love You Like a Love Song -  (Armata, James) #21 in 2011 - Chloee Rae
    Tell Me Something I Don’t Know - (Armata, Chirchwell, Nielson) her debut single in 2008
    Everything Is Not What It Seems - opening Theme 2007 -2012 for Wizards of Waverly Place


    BUDDY MAGAZINE -  Stoney Burns,  Ron McKeown

    DALLAS INTERNATIONAL GUITAR SHOW - Charley Wirtz, Mark Pollock, Jimmy Wallace

    Dallas International Guitar Festival.Founded in 1978 by guitar shop owner Charley Wirz and his business partners John Brinkmann and Danny Thorpe, the Dallas International Guitar Festival, a three-day event that takes place every spring, bills itself as the world’s oldest and largest guitar convention in the country. The initial event, the Greater Southwest Vintage Guitar Show, provided a modest offering of ten exhibitors. By 2008 dealers, collectors, performers, and fans from all over the world gathered in 140,000 square feet of space to attend performances and workshops and to buy and sell both new and vintage instruments.

    When Charley Wirz died in 1985, one of his closest friends and customers, Mark Pollock, took over management of the festival. Pollock initiated several major changes, including moving the event to the Dallas Convention Center in order to accommodate larger crowds and more vendors. Pollock also brought in prominent musicians to participate in an annual Saturday Night Jam. As attendance grew, Pollock invited fellow guitar dealer, Jimmy Wallace, to join as a partner in 1989. By 1996 the two relocated the festival to a larger venue, Dallas’s Fair Park. The following year they expanded the performance component of the event by ushering in Music Fest and adding more stage areas. Both regional and national performers entertain attendees. In 2004 Pollock and Wallace changed venues once again, moving into Market Hall, the largest, privately-owned exhibit hall in the country. In 2015 the thirty-eighth festival was held in the Automobile Building at Fair Park where it was held for a couple of years. In 2018, Wallace moved the show back to Market Hall.

    Sunday, July 3, 2022

    2022 Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame was held on Saturday, April 23 at Love and War.


     DSA Hall of Fame - 

    The 2022 Hall of Fame ceremony was held on Saturday, April 23 at Love and War in Texas, streamed live to Facebook. MCs Barbe McMillen, Alexis Tapp and Harry Hewlett kept the show moving as performers sang songs by our inductees and they presented awards. Inductees David Card and Charles McGarry were on hand to receive the plaque and accept the awards. BYO band, Len Musgrove, Pamela Musgrove, Eric Spomer, Stan Bradshaw, Gregg Ballew, and Sue Schildt, backed our Rising Star performers Jane Aubrey, Jolie Hope, Claire Causey, Vada Burns, and Junia Rodriguez, and sang some of the inductees songs as well. 

    Junia Rodriguez singing "If I Needed You" by Townes Van Zandt , with Pamela Musgrove, backed by the BYO band. 

    There was a full house at Love and War. Thanks go out to all who were involved with the program, Deborah Driscoll, Patty Driver at Kids Who Rock and VP Bobby Montgomery.

    Rising Star performer Jolie Hope with MC Alexis Tapp

    Seven years ago we began to honor famous singer/songwriters with roots in the Dallas/Fort Worth area through an induction into the Dallas Songwriters Association Hall of Fame. This year's honorees are: Willie Nelson, Mickey Raphael, Charlie Pride, Townes Van Zandt, Kelly Clarkson, Leann Rimes, Bill Mack, Charles McGary, and David Card.

    Here is a link to the certificates album: 


    Here is the Facebook live stream.


    In the previous years we have honored legends such as T-Bone Walker, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Freddie King, Trini Lopez, Sam Samudo (Sam the Sham), Cindy Walker, Gus Levine, Al Johnson, Bruce Channel, Jerry Lynn Williams, Gary Nicholson, Delbert McClinton, the Nightcaps, Larry Henley, Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, Stephen Stills, Rod Phelps, England Dan Seals, John Ford Coley, Janie Fricke, Steve Weisberg, John Denver, and Gregg A Smith. 

    The DSA's initiative is to encourage young aspiring musicians to celebrate our legends with their performances of songs made famous by our inductees. We reached out to the local music schools and asked for auditions at each school for the honor to perform. The show is also archived on our Youtube channel.

      For more information about our program and inductees, go to the Hall of Fame website:  https://dallassongwritershalloffame.blogspot.com
     Donate to Hall of Fame


    Past programs can be viewed on our Youtube Channel  - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2QmQKUl70-3Y_SmChiZRqM9rmPfrLWbL

          2020 Community Awards went to Dunn Brothers Coffee and Broadjam, Inc.

    Sunday, April 17, 2022

    Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame 2022 Program April 23 at Love and War

    Did you miss this event?

    You can view it here on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oUFMBTD89o


     The Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame is scheduled for 7PM, April 23, 2022 at Love and War in Texas in Plano, Tx.

    Great songwriters of the past will partner with stars of the future, as DSA Rising Star students from local music schools will cover the songs of the honorees.  The DSA is also teaming up with the BYO Musicians Network to provide an incredible musical experience.  https://dallassongwritershalloffame.blogspot.com

    OUR INDUCTEES THIS YEAR: Wilie Nelson, Towns Van Zandt, Charley Pride, Kelly Clarkson, Mickey Raphael, Bobbie Nelson, Bill Mack, Charles McGarry, David Card and LeeAnn Rimes.

    Songs of our inductees to be performed by our “Rising Stars” from various schools of music as well as performers from the BYO band, backed up by the BYO band and DSA members

    Doors open at 6:00pm. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this program in support of the great Dallas Songwriters Assoc.

    There is NO ADMISSION, so please plan to join us for an evening of great food and entertainment.


    Margaret LeAnn Rimes was six when her family moved to Garland, Tx from Jackson, MI. She was taking voice and dance lessons since 5 and performing in Musical theater in Texas. After appearing on the network television competition show Star Search, where she clearly charmed host Ed McMahon in addition to being a one-week champion, Rimes decided to go into country music. Rimes appeared a number of times on Johnnie High's Country Music Revue in Arlington, Texas, which gained the attention of national talent scouts. By age nine, Rimes was an experienced singer. She toured nationally with her father and also regularly performed a cappella renditions of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the opening of the Dallas Cowboys football games. Wilbur Rimes began recording his daughter under the independent label Nor Va Jak when she turned 11. Her debut studio album was released on the label in 1991 entitled Everybody's Sweetheart. Rimes was then discovered by Dallas disc jockey and record promoter Bill Mack. Mack was impressed by Rimes's vocal ability, and over the following three years, he made various attempts to take Rimes to a mainstream level. The center of Mack's plan to bring her success was his composition, "Blue". In July 1994, Rimes recorded the song on her second studio album, All That. Mack then arranged a recording contract for Rimes with Curb Records. It was during this period that she appeared at a DSA meeting as guest speaker and former DSA president Ron Grimes began to write with her. She signed with Curb Records in 1996.  Since Blue, Rimes has crossed over into pop, contemporary Christian, and other musical genres. Rimes has placed over 40 singles on international charts since 1996. In addition, she has sold over 37 million records worldwide. Included among her hits are How Do I live and I Need You. Rimes has also appeared in several feature and television films.


    Born in Ft Worth, TX, singer, songwriter, actress, author, and television personality, Kelly Clarkson rose to fame for winning the 1st season of American Idol in 2002, which earned her the first of many record deals.

    She stared out singing in church and later choir in Burleson High School where she was in several musicals and the talent show. Even though she was poor, she managed to get some classical training and was offers several college scholarships which she turned down to move the LA and pursue her dream. She worked as a waitress and appeared as an extra in several TV shows. She was turned down by every label in town and forced to return to Texas where she auditioned for the first season of American Idol and won. The rest is history.

    Clarkson scored over 100 number one hits and has sold over 25 million albums and 45 million singles worldwide. She has 11 top-ten singles in the US, and nine top-ten singles in the UK, Canada, and Australia. She became the first artist in history to top each of Billboard's pop, adult contemporary, adult pop, country, and dance charts. Clarkson has served as a coach on The Voice since its fourteenth season, and since 2019, has hosted her own talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show. Among her numerous accolades, Clarkson has received three MTV Video Music Awards, four American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, and three Daytime Emmy Awards. Billboard has hailed Clarkson as "one of pop music's greatest singers",[4] and honored her with the Powerhouse Award for her vocals, while VH1 ranked her nineteenth on their list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music. She is considered one the greatest singers of this century. Clarkson has a long philanthropic list of charities she supports, and dedicates a potion of each episode of the Kelly Clarkson show to humanitarian topics.


    John Townes Van Zandt[1] has been referred to as "a songwriter's songwriter.” Musician Steve Earle, who met him in 1978 and considered Van Zandt a mentor, once called Van Zandt "the best songwriter in the whole world. He wrote numerous songs, such as "Pancho and Lefty", "For the Sake of the Song", "If I Needed You", "Tecumseh Valley", "Rex's Blues", and "To Live Is to Fly", that are widely considered masterpieces of American songwriting. His musical style has often been described as melancholy and features rich, poetic lyrics. During his early years, Van Zandt was respected for his guitar playing and fingerpicking ability.

    In 1983, six years after Emmylou Harris had first popularized it, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard covered Van Zandt's song "Pancho and Lefty", reaching number one on the Billboard country music chart. Van Zandt's influence has been cited by countless artists across multiple genres and his music has been recorded or performed by many.

    Born in Ft Worth, to a wealthy family, his corporate lawyer father relocated his family to Boulder, CO, and Houston. Later Van Zandt also lived in Nashville, and Austin. He suffered from a series of drug addictions and alcoholism, and was given a psychiatric diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

    Van Zandt died on New Year's Day 1997 from cardiac arrythmia caused by health problems stemming from years of substance abuse. A revival of interest in Van Zandt blossomed in the 2000s. During the decade, two books, a documentary film (Be Here to Love Me), and numerous magazine articles were written about him.



    Charley Frank Pride’s greatest musical success came in the early to mid-1970s, when he was the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley. During the peak years of his recording career (1966–1987), he had 52 top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 30 of which made it to number one. He won the Entertainer of the Year award at the Country Music Association Awards in 1971. Pride is one of three African-American members of the Grand Ole Opry (the others being DeFord Bailey and Darius Rucker). He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.

       Born in Sledge MS, his mother gave him a guitar at 14. Though he loved music, one of Pride's lifelong dreams was to become a professional baseball player. As a young man he shuffled around in Baseball’s minor leagues. When dropped from his last team, he moved to Montana to work in a smelter and play ball. It was their that his talents as a singer were discovered and his career took off. Charley moved to Dallas to be near an airport. His office was located at web Chapel and Royal. Charley lived in Dallas until his death in on December 12, 2020 from complications related to COVID-19 in Dallas. He was 86 years old. In 2020, the CMA announced that Pride would receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Country Music Association Awards in recognition of his work in the genre.

    At the time of his death, Pride was part of the ownership group that purchased the Texas Rangers in 2010; in the decade that followed, Pride frequently visited the team, including annual stops at the spring training facility. In 2021, the Texas Rangers dedicated their spring training field in Arizona the”Charley Pride Field”.


    Born and raised in Dallas Texas, Mickey Raphael's career as Willie Nelson's Harmonica player since 1973. His intelligent playing style has become a hallmark of Nelson's crossover sound, earning him a large audience worldwide. He also tours with Chris Stapleton when Willie's not on the road.

    Mickey Raphael has made a solo album, and has performed and recorded with countless other bands including Sir Elton John, Paul Simon, Townes Van Zandt, Kris Kristofferson, and more than my allotted word count for this column would allow.

    On the 23rd day of April, 2022, the Dallas Songwriters Association inducts Mickey Raphael into the Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame in appreciation for his influence on and contribution to pop music culture.


    Bobbie Lee Nelson was the elder sister of Willie Nelson, and a member of his band, Willie Nelson and Family. They grew up together playing music. Born in Abbott, Tx, she was raised by her grandparents. When she was five, her grandmother taught her to play keyboards with a pump organ, and after successful appearances at gospel conventions held in Hillsboro, Texas, her grandfather bought her a piano. Nelson married Bud Fletcher when she was sixteen. He established a band called The Texans, which she and her brother joined. Fletcher later died in a car crash. In 1965 Bobbie moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she played in restaurants and different venues until she was called by her brother to play a session in New York in 1973. She then joined Willie Nelson band, The Family, full-time and began touring with her brother.

    Nelson released her solo debut album, Audiobiography, in 2008. Nine years later, she was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2020, Nelson co-authored with her brother and writer David Ritz the autobiography Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band. In the book, Willie said, “Without my sister I’d never be where I am today.” Nelson played her last show with her brother on October 9, 2021 in New Braunfels, Texas. She died in Austin, Texas, on March 10, 2022, at the age of 91.


    Singer Songwriter, musician, actor, and activist Willie Hugh Nelson gained critical success with the album Shotgun Willie (1973). Combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), Nelson became one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

        Born in Abbott, Tx and raised by his grandparents, Nelson wrote his first song at age seven, joined his first band at ten and toured locally during high school, with his band. After Air Force and University at Baylor, he worked as a disc jockey at radio stations in Texas, and the Pacific Northwest, all the while working as a singer and songwriter throughout the late 1950s. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Hello Walls", "Pretty Paper", and "Crazy". In 1960 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, signed a publishing contract and joined   Ray Price's band as a bassist. In 1962, he recorded his first album, ...And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year. After mid-chart hits in the late 60s and early 70s, Nelson grew weary of the corporate Nashville music scene, and in 1972 he moved to Austin, Texas. The ongoing music scene of Austin motivated Nelson to return to performing, appearing frequently at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

        In 1973, after signing with Atlantic Records, Nelson turned to outlaw country, including albums such as Shotgun Willie and Phases and Stages. In 1975, he switched to Columbia Records, where he recorded the critically acclaimed album Red Headed Stranger. The same year, he recorded another outlaw country album, Wanted! The Outlaws, along with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser. During the mid-1980s, while creating hit albums like Honeysuckle Rose and recording hit songs like "On the Road Again", "To All the Girls I've Loved Before", and "Pancho and Lefty", he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen, along with fellow singers Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. In 1985, he helped organize the first Farm Aid concert to benefit American farmers; the concerts have been held annually ever since and Nelson has been a fixture, appearing at every one.

        Nelson is widely recognized as an American icon.He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993, and he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998. In 2011, Nelson was inducted to the National Agricultural Hall of Fame, for his labor in Farm Aid and other fund raisers to benefit farmers. In 2015 Nelson won the Gershwin Prize, the lifetime award of the Library of Congress. In 2018 The Texas Institute of Letters inducted him among its members for his songwriting. He was included by Rolling Stone on its 100 Greatest Singers and 100 Greatest Guitarists lists. In April 2010, Nelson received the "Feed the Peace" award from The Nobelity Project for his extensive work with Farm Aid and overall contributions to world peace. Nelson was honored during the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards as the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was also named after him.


    One time Chief Justice of the Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals at DallasTexas who was appointed by Governor Ann Richards, Charle McGarry has been practicing law for over 40 years, specializing in civil appeals and entertainment law. 

    Named "2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law" by American Lawyer Media, and rated a "Super Lawyer" on multiple occasions by Texas Monthly Magazine, McGarry is also A-V rated by Martindale-Hubbell. McGarry has extensive experience in television/film production and distribution, including several successful releases. Also, McGarry has radio experience, having owned and operated Hunt County Radio, KGVL 1400 AM in Greenville and KIKT 93.5 FM “The Coyote” in Sulphur Springs from 2010 to 2018.  McGarry has been an Advisor to the Dallas Songwriters Association since 1990, when he assisted DSA in gaining it’s non-profit status as a 501-C3 educational organization.

    On the 23rd day of April, 2022, the Dallas Songwriters Association inducts Charles McGarry into the Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame in appreciation for his leadership and service to the songwriting community.


    David Card have been a pioneer on the Dallas music scene for decades. It all began at Bo’s Place on Oak Lawn and grew into the establishment of Poor David’s Pub that started on an underdeveloped McKinney Avenue, then moved to a bustling and vanguard Greenville Avenue and has now has grown deep roots in the bourgeoning Cedars neighborhood at 1313 S. Lamar St.

    Card fell in love with Dallas while attending college at the University of Dallas and found himself tending bar at Bo’s Place where he established a live music format. It was a natural progression for a guy who loved folk music and played a ukulele as part of a folk band called the Nassau Trio specializing in Kingston Trio covers. After a stint in the Marine Corp and IBM, Card eventually bought Bo’s Place. In theory, the premise behind Poor David’s Pub was born. After changing locations and the name, the Poor Davids Pub legacy began. Many great songwriters have toured through PDs, including, Steven Fromholz, Robert Earl Keen, Maren Morris, Delbert McClinton, Lyle Lovett, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Dixie Chicks, Arlo Guthrie, Leon Redbone, John Lee Hooker, Miranda Lambert and Sara Hickman.

    We in the songwriting community are grateful to David Card for  keeping the spirit of the Dallas music scene alive. On the 23rd day of April, 2022, the Dallas Songwriters Association inducts David Card of Poor David’s Pub into the Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame in appreciation for his leadership and service to the songwriting community.


    For many years, Bill Mack was best known as the host of the number one overnight country music show on WBAP in Fort Worth. Mack's show catered primarily to Truck drivers who traveled during the late-night hours. Because of the signal range, Mack's show was heard over most of the continental US. Mack began his show in 1969. In addition, Mack hosted the radio show Country Crossroads,, a similar TV show and the Overdrive Top Ten Countdown. Mack left WBAP to join XM Satellite Radio on it’s Open Road channel until 2011. 

       Mack was also a songwriter. His best-known song is "Blue," one of LeAnn Rimes' biggest hits. The song won Mack the Grammy Award for Best Country Song in ’97. Mack also wrote "Drinking Champagne," which was a hit for Cal Smith in ’68, and for George Strait in ’90. In 2000, Mack won the media category award from the Grand Ole Opry. He was named to the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Country Music DJ and Radio Hall of Fame in 1982.  Bill Mack lived in Fort Worth, Texas.

    6:00 Networking                PROGRAM           7:00 PM Welcome 


    Featuring The BYO Band

    Special guests DSA Members and Rising Star Students

    LeeAnn Rimes - Barbe McMillen, MC

      One Way Ticket (by Judy Rodman and Keith Hinton) - Claire Causey

      Blue  - Pamela Musgrove

      LeeAnn Rimes Induction

      Bill Mack Induction

    Kelly Clarkson Alexis Tapp, MC          

      Behind These Hazel Eyes - Jane Aubrey 

      Because Of You - Pamela Musgrove

      Kelly Clarkson Induction

    Townes Van Zandt  - Alexis Tapp, MC

      Pancho & Lefty - Vada Barns               

      If I Needed You - Junia Rodriguez 

      Townes Van Zandt Induction

    Charles McGarry Induction

    David Card Induction

    Charley Pride  - Harry Hewlett, MC

       All I Have to Offer You (Is Me) - Stephen Valenzuela                          

       Is Anybody Going To San Antone- Rickey Gene Wright 

      Standing in My Way  - Eric Spomer

      Kiss an Angel Good Morning - Eric Spomer

       Charley Pride Induction

    Willie Nelson  - Harry Hewlett, MC 

      Bobby Nelson Induction - Barbe McMillen, MC

      Crazy - Jolie Hope

      Mickey Raphael Induction - Barbe McMillen, MC

      You've Got the Money Eric Spomer 

      Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground - Wayne Willingham 

      Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain (by Fred Rose) - Eric Spomer 

      Willie Nelson Induction

      Stay A Little Longer - (written by Bob Wills & Tommy Duncan) - Dan  Weber & Lynn McCracken - Everyone join in 


         Barbe McMillen - MC
    Founding President Emeritus, Newsletter Editor, Administration & Song Contest Director
            Barbe founded the DSA in 1987 after running the group for several years as part of the now defunct Texas Music Association. Currently a working Music Therapist, performer, and Associate Professor of Songwriting and Music Business at Collin College, Barbe is caring for the administration duties and editing a newsletter for DSA. She is a member of the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy. She has produced a number of albums for other artists and her own. Her songwriting spans the genres of Rock, Pop, R&B to Americana. Her rock musical, Give Me A Break, has been performed in the metroplex and off Broadway. To get to know more about Barbe or to sign up for an online Songwriting Class, visit her website, http://www.barbaramcmillen.com.

    Harry Hewlett  - MC Harry grew up near Lubbock, Tx, and went to Texas Tech, where he sang and played guitar in a 4-piece band, playing for frat parties and HS dances. He began songwriting years later, while living in NYC, where he joined the Songwriters Guild and Nashville Songwriters Assoc.  He’s been writing and entertaining ever since. Now retired, he lives in Dallas, and has three CDs, World Class Dirty Old Man, Tahoka Daisy, and Garbageman. He is currently serving as A/R Director for DSA, plus, Co-Director of the Song Contest.

    Alexis Tapp - MC  As a performer, poet, artist and award-winning songwriter, she has crossed various, musical genres, carrying her from standard pop to country, to jazz-rock fusion, and more recently, multiple Christian styles. During her 22-year, intermittent relationship with DSA, she has developed relationships and received education that have helped hone her writing skills. She has just completed shape note music for an upcoming catalogue and is working on two, Christian-based musicals. For the past few years, she has served as our Lyric Contest Director.

    Hall of Fame Band




    “BYO Musicians Network is a 501(c)(3) organization that was formed as a Texas nonprofit corporation and is a networking organization comprised of business professionals who are also talented musicians. Their Mission is to build valuable connections, perform music together and use our musical talents to support charitable causes. Their Christmas Rocks event last December collectively raised over $15,000 for a really worth cause, Music Meets Medicine. This is just one example of their many fundraising efforts.

    Or in the words of their President, Len Musgrove, BYO is comprised of a group of musicians with a business problem!”

    Len Musgrove - BYO President, Keyboards

    Originally from Tulsa, OK, he studied law at the University of Oklahoma. Len moved to the DFW area many years ago where he practices law by day.

    Pamela Musgrove  -   Lead Vocals

    Originally from Tulsa, OK, Pam studied vocal performance at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Music. She moved to the California, then to DFW area where she’s performed professionally Broadway/Pop/Rock/Caberet since the 80’s. By day she runs a law office.

    Eric Spomer  - Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar, Band Leader

    Eric studied at the SMU Cox School of Business. His days are spent in the renewable energy sector at EnergySource, LLC.

    Stan Bradshaw -  Lead Guitar

    Originally from Little Rock, AK. Stan studied at the SMU Cox School of Business. His days are spent in the investment word as CEO of US Freedom Capitol. 

    Gregg Ballew  -  Bass  

    Originally from Gainesville, TX, he studied business at the Texas McCombs School of Business and Baylor. He currently works at UT Dallas, where he leads the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance and is a Professor of Practice in the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

    Sue Schildt  - Drums 

    Originally from New Hope MN, Sue studied at the SMU Cox School of Business and TCU. Her days are spent at Creative Planning as a wealth manager. 

    Thanks to the BYO band for their outstanding performances and backing up our Rising Stars.    

    Rising Star Performers

     Jane Aubrey

    Our returning Rising Star, Jane Aubrey is 15 years old, attends JJ Pearce High School and comes to us from the Deborah Driscoll School of Music. She can be found playing public gigs, private parties and open mics at any of a half dozen different venues in North Dallas, jamming on guitar, piano and singing from her growing list of more than 100 original songs as well as countless covers..When Jane isn’t taking the stage to play her music, she continues to take on starring and supporting roles in various musical theater productions with the North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) theater group. Most recently she has been cast in: “The Lightning Thief,” “Guys and Dolls,” “We Will Rock You,” “Descendants,” “Frozen Jr.,” “Annie,” “Cinderella,” “Little Mermaid,” and “Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.”

    Jolie Hope

    Joli Hope is an 18-year-old singer/songwriter. She has studied at the Interlochen Center for the Arts along with the School of the Creative and Performing Arts in New York and Los Angeles College of Music. As an incoming freshman Fall 2022, she is excited to continue her studies in the songwriting program at Belmont University. She has performed over 50 live shows at venues such as House of Blues, Gilley’s South Side Music Hall, Dallas Love Field Texas Music Project, Plano Balloon Festival, Love & War in Texas, Six Flags Over Texas, Gas Monkey, Gaylord Texan, RBC Challenger, Operation Kindness' Gala, and Texas Wildflower Festival. She also wrote a song for The Cope Foundation which she performed at their virtual benefit concert. Additionally, she has volunteered at the Veterans Hospital and sang door to door for patients. https://jolihopemusic.com

    Claire Causey

    Rising Star vocalist Clair Causey is 9 years old and studies voice and songwriting at the Kids Who Rock music school.   

    Vada Burns

    Rising Star vocalist Vada Burns is the 13 year old sister of Junia Rodriguez. She studies voice and songwriting at Kids Who Rock. Her mother, Regan Rodriguez is a piano teacher.

    Junia Rodriguez

    Rising Star vocalist Junia Rodriguez is the 8 year old sister of Vada Barns. She studies voice and songwriting at Kids Who Rock... Her mother, Regan Rodriguez is a piano teacher..



    Kids Who Rock – Dallas  http://www.kidswhorock.net

    With more than 20 years of training, performing and working with kids, Patty Driver has created Kids Who Rock Camps to provide an amazing setting for cool kids who love music, art & fun. Our team of instructors are motivated by their love of music as well as the passion to transfer their knowledge and skills to the kids. Dallas Songwriters Association is delighted to be working with Patty and Kids Who Rock Dallas, Claire Causey, Vada Burns, and Junia Rodriguez

    Deborah Driscoll - Voice - Guitar - Piano - Lessons

    Dallas Songwriters Association is pleased to be working with Rising Star Jane Aubrey. 

    Deborah Driscoll has recently retired. She taught for 33 years over 200 students and helped mange the Deep Ellum Arts Festival for years.

    DSA is Celebrating 35 Years         

    The songwriter group originated within the Texas Music Association in the early 1980’s. This group of writers met together the first Monday of every month to critique one another’s writing, share information and promote the craft of songwriting. In 1987, the Dallas Songwriters Association was formally established, and in 1990, the Association became a separate entity from the Texas Music Association as a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to providing learning opportunities about the craft and business of songwriting.

    Published or unpublished, with cuts or without, no matter what style of music, our membership includes writers of all ages. We strive to learn from one another and encourage each other to stretch our musical and creative boundaries. We also encourage each other to achieve our goals as songwriters, while creating community awareness. We also seek to mentor the young budding talent in the songwriting community.

    Join * Learn * Collaborate * Grow

    DSA Hall of Fame 2023 set for April 15 at Love and War in Texas

     Inductees for 2023 are  Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, Sly and Family Stone (Dance to the Music), Roger Miller, Jim Collins (Damn Stra...