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Martha’s Vineyard will play host to some of Nashville’s finest songwriters and artists September 11-14, 2014, when New England to Nashville (NETN) presents the 4TH Annual Martha’s Vineyard Songwriters Festival. The Festival will feature a concert on Saturday, September 13, 8:30pm at Flatbread Company in Edgartown. Behind the Curtain with Nashville Hit-Makers” will showcase acclaimed writers Jim McCormick, Jason Blume, Marty Dodson and Clay Mills, who have penned hits for top contemporary country artists like Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker, The Oak Ridge Boys, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum. They will be joined by emerging Nashville artists Lance Carpenter, Sarah Kirkland, Jason Gregory, Allen Shervelle, The Wheeler Sisters, Jesse Terry (a Berklee College Of Music alum) and New England native Casey Derhak. Tickets ($20 each show) are availableHERE.

The festival will also feature a weekend workshop in West Tisbury focusing on both the art and business of commercial songwriting. A full schedule of the weekend workshop can be found HERE. Prior to their visit to Martha’s Vineyard, on Friday, September 12, the hit writers and emerging artists will perform at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston. Jim McCormick, who recently wrote #1 songs for Brantley Gilbert and Jason Aldean, said, “I’m really excited to be a part of this event and to get to play with some of the most talented people I know. I think anyone who loves great music will enjoy these performances. You’ll get a glimpse at the future of Nashville, hear number one hits and the stories behind them, and get a sneak preview of songs that you might hear on the radio a couple of years from now.”

Aspiring songwriters are invited to attend a four day Songwriters Workshop in West Tisbury beginning on Thursday, September 11 and concluding Sunday at 4PM. The workshop will feature instruction by Jason Blume and the other hit writers will be participating in instruction throughout the week.

Jason Blume is one of the few songwriters to ever achieve the distinction of having his songs on Billboard’s Pop, R&B, and Country charts – all at the same time. Blume’s songs are on Grammy-nominated albums and have sold more than 50 million copies! Artists who have recorded Jason’s songs include Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, Jesse McCartney, and country stars including Collin Raye, John Berry, and the Oak Ridge Boys. He received a BMI award for garnering more than one million radio airplays. On television and in films, his songs have been heard on Scrubs, Friday Night Lights, Fame, Dangerous Minds, Disney’s Kim Possible, Emmy Award winners and nominees, The Miss America Pageant, Guiding Light, and more. Jason is also the author of three best-selling songwriting books, all published by Billboard Books. He has presented songwriting workshops and keynote speeches on cruise ships and in countries including Ireland, Norway, Bermuda, Jamaica, Canada and Mexico, as well as in more than 40 U.S. cities.

Workshop attendees are also invited to a casual BBQ/Guitar Pull the night before (Friday, September 12) in West Tisbury where they will have the opportunity to meet and interact with both the established and emerging artists.

A portion of the proceeds from the Martha’s Vineyard Songwriter’s Festival will be donated to two non-profit organizations benefitting children: Alex’s Place ( created through the efforts of The Alexandra Gagnon Foundation to provide safe, enlightening, educational, and entertaining experiences for teens on Martha’s Vineyard; and the Alliance For Children Foundation (AFC) ( a Massachusetts-based international relief organization devoted to improving the physical and emotional well- being of orphaned and at-risk children worldwide. The AFC was founded by West Tisbury Resident Filis Casey.

The 2014 Martha’s Vineyard Songwriters Festival is presented by the recently-founded group, New England to Nashville (NETN). Since it’s conception in 2012, NETN has grown to over 100 songwriters and artists based in or connected to New England whose artistic efforts are focused on the Nashville music scene. NETN welcomes various Nashville songwriters and artists throughout the year for workshops and performances.

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2/13 Karen attends Travel South USA in Little Rock, AR, and Memphis, TN, as travel journalist. Finds the voice of tap dancer “George” at Ernestine and Hazel’s. Blog to follow.  Writes Central BBQ Downtown Review (Memphis, TN).

2/13 Karen is invited as journalist to The Adirondack Coast Wine, Cider and Food Festival.

2/13 “Love Don’t Know” lands in the Semi-Finals of International Song Competition!!

2/13 Amelie’s French Bakery goes gaga over my blog piece about their amazing business and sweet people! Reposting, facebook posts, and twitter spin The WordShop Blog stats into the stratosphere! Highest traffic # to date! Thanks, Amelie’s!

1/13 Collaborations in progress for a new BNT logo! Thanks, Michael J. Keesee. You’re a magnificent graphic designer and even nicer guy.

1/16/13 Blog and Pony Show (Karen’s Travel Blog) receives invitation to Adirondacks Wine & Food Festival in Plattsburg, NY. (10/4-6/13).

1/13 The WordShop Blog & Blog and Pony Show (home to Karen’s travel only pieces) receive journalist invitation to Travel South USA! Getting up close and personal with Little Rock, AR, and Memphis, TN in late February!

1/13 Karen represents BNT at the ABA Convention in Charlotte, NC.  Stumbles upon “Amelie’s French Bakery & Cafe” :)

12/4/12 “The Pub Deal” Top 25 Songwriter Finalist. Thanks American Songwriter Magazine, Martin Guitar, and Here’s hoping for Top 5! Thank you, co-writers. I am nothing but a few gnarled words, out of place, out of time, without you!

Fall 2012 – The WordShop Blog (a.k.a. Karen Chronister) is busy writing her master’s thesis!


1/10/13 The WordShop (and Blog and Pony receives invitation to attend Travel South USA as a travel journalist.  Little Rock, AR to Memphis, TN.  (2/17 – 22/13)



1/9-10/13 The WordShop attends ABA Conference in Charlotte, NC. Great show representing BNT client and Lancaster, PA, as a travel destination.  Discovers Amelie’s Coffee Shop and French Bakery. Blog soon!

9/15/12 Karen travels to Philadelphia with BNT with writing buddy Anna Urquhart to see the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit and the Camden Aquarium. Go read about it on the BNT Travel Blog or A Road Taken!

8/12 The WordShop welcomes new marketing client, BNT (Bob Neff Tours)! We are excited to work with this wonderful, two generation, family-owned company!

5/26/12 York Daily Record community blog site invites The WordShop Blog to the community as a featured blog. I love the Susquehanna Valley and helping to build the York, PA, community of bloggers! Thank you for the shout-out! Check out what we’re thinking about in York: 

Karen and Anna Urquhart, writing and travel friend, launch a new blog, A Road Taken, to wax witty about taking your friend on a run toward the horizon!  Or, “A Blog for Travel Warriors.”

4/29/12 Blog Re-post on Travel Bloggers Unite!  “An Underground Coffee House” is a featured post!  Follow this link:

Orchestral Arrangement “Love Don’t Kno

4/28/12 Karen visits New York City with Anna Urquhart and BNT (Bob Neff Tours) to see the Terracotta Warrior exhibit and eat sushi in Times Square. Go read “The Art of Standing Still” on their blog, A Road Taken, about getting lost at leisure and finding small treasures!


4/12 Songwriting News: “Love Don’t Know” (co-written with Jason Cox and Brent Baxter) at Belmont University! Performed with orchestra by  Southbound at the President’s Concert. Follow Karen on The WordShop facebook page and click on “Band” to listen.

4/12 Blog News: Bucket List Publications, with its 17,000 followers and 12,000 daily readers, publishes “Limoncello: A Remedy for Italian Nostalgia” on April 8, 2012!

Tito’s Handmade Vodka facebook page loves their shout-out in “Limoncello: A Remedy for Italian Nostalgia.”

4/12 Songwriting News: Congratulations to Ragdoll, scheduled to open for Little Big Town on April 21, 2012!

Ragdoll, country duo Jason and Lena Cox, cut four songs on their “Love is the Road” album! Karen co-writing credits are: Love Don’t Know, Politics and Religion, Comeback, and My Goodbye.

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