Gary Allen (The Charlie Daniels Band/JJ Cale) World's Best Song (Nov-Feb 2010)

Posted by:  Play It Again Jam


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Gary Allen, drummer from The Charlie Daniels Band, JJ Cale, and Opry Star Stonewall Jackson is seeking original songs to evaluate for use by bands, soundtracks and licensing through his connections as a BMI writer and performer. The contests gives artists great exposure and networking opportunities./n/nGary Allen, drummer from The Charlie Daniels Band (The Devil Went Down To Georgia, The Souths Going To Do It Again!, Long Haired Country Boy), JJ Cale (Cocaine, After Midnight, Call Me The Breeze) and Opry Star Stonewall Jackson (Don't Be Angry, Waterloo) is seeking original songs to evaluate for use by bands, soundtracks and licensing through his connections as a BMI writer and performer. The new contest will be featured in The Examiner, on and in Gary Allen's The Music City Beat newsletter.

Genres currently entering the contest include: Americana, blues, rock, R&B, soul, country, pop, jazz, punk, reggae, acoustic and instrumental. Selected songs will receive a written evaluation by Gary Allen and will be passed on to additional contacts such as managers, A&R, radio, TV, engineers, booking agents, record labels and program directors. The 2008 winner for Song of The Year was Sonicbids artist John Latta from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Winners and runner-ups are posted monthly at, Tennessee's most popular concerts event site and a top rated Google favorite among musicians and bands internationally. Tennessee Concerts has a Sonicbids page just added.

Winners, runner-ups, very honorable mentions, and Gary's Spotlight Sonicbids artists are featured in The Music City Beat newsletter, that goes out to thousands of hand selected recipients monthly. Gary will send the winner an autographed photo of The Charlie Daniels Band and/or give you a quote you can use on MySpace, CD Baby, your website, bio and on your CD.

Gary Allen also has the greatest down home style sponsors that have been with this contest from the start including:

  • Lynchburg Cake & Candy, made with Tennessee Jack Daniels Whiskey - The chocolate whiskey balls are a favorite with winners!

  • Spirit Percusssion is our new sponsor and will send your drummer whatever their cool new product is, such as the Mr BigShot brush/combo

  • Julia's LipTints, will send you a really cool lip tint that holds up under stage lights and through photography sessions

  • Sandy Forest-Hartman, of Mystic Angel Creations, will be sending the winner a gift certificate for some very unusual, handcrafted vintage jewelry

  • Steven Stolk of Steve's Magnificent Products, makes BBQ sauces, dip mixes, salad dressings and marinades with bourbon, coffee, peppers and wildflowers

Now in it's 4th year, Gary's Play It Again Jam, Nashville's longest running musicians rock and roll jam, is Yahoo's third rated musicians jam of 34 million related sites. Winners and runner-up songs will be played during the jam at The Elysian Inn in Nashville, every Sunday, for an audience of music business folks.

About the promoter...

BMI reports Gary is played on the radio every 4 seconds on Epic, Sony, Buddah, Mercury, Polygram, Shelter, MCA, Blue Hat, CBS, K-Tel and Polydor. Fire On The Mountain remains the top selling Charlie Daniels Band CD and he has toured with The Rolling Stones, Joe Walsh, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Yes, Ted Nugent, Kansas, Bruce Springsteen and ZZ Top.

Along with The Beatles catalog, the late Michael Jackson retains ownership over Gary's Charlie Daniels Band material.