FAR-West Community: Durango Songwriters Expo

FAR-West Spotlights: Community
A series of virtually hosted events celebrating
the rich cultural musical diversity of FAR-West.

Monday, May 24th at 7-9 PM PDT
Watch the archived stream at

FAR-West Community: Durango Songwriters Expo
hosted by Caitlin Cannon
Featuring Tim Fagan, Rachel Pearl, Brendan McKinney,
Caitlin Cannon and Alice Wallace

The Durango Songwriters Expo is one of the nation’s premier songwriter events, giving artists and songwriters an unmatched opportunity to network with music supervisors, labels, publishers, managers, and fellow artists. Over the more than 20 years, the relationships created at Durango have yielded many publishing deals and hundreds of film/tv placements for attendees. Our events offer the opportunity to get your music critiqued in listening sessions, sit in on industry panels & perform your music during the evening showcases.

Featured Artists:

Tim Fagan – While touring the world as guitarist and music director for Colbie Caillat, Tim Fagan co-wrote a duet with her and Jason Mraz, titled “Lucky” – which became a radio hit, winning a Grammy in 2009. Fagan signed with Sony/ATV in Los Angeles, writing and producing dozens of songs that have appeared in films, TV shows and national ad campaigns (for 2 years he was the “voice” of Quaker Oats). www.timfagan.com

Rachel Pearl – Rachel Pearl is a reputable pop singer, songwriter, actor, and artist who’s been creating and collaborating for 20 years. After penning and performing 2 hit songs with French DJ, Celestal she continues to grow and work creatively in this business. www.RachelPearl.com

Brendan McKinney – Brendan McKinney has performed regularly at popular original song venues such as the Bluebird, the Rutledge, 12th and Porter, the Exit Inn and many more. McKinney is published through Harlan Howard Songs in Nashville, and is signed with Riptide Music Group. His songs have been placed in many shows including Trust Me, United States of Tara, Justified, Army Wives, Drop Dead Diva, and Shameless to name just a few.

Caitlin Cannon – According to Saving Country Music, Caitlin Cannon is “generally writing most current artists under the table.” With and affinity for sucker-punch lyrics, her songs are fun to listen to in spite of the difficult themes they explore. Glide Magazine says “she shows that not only is she a good singer and songwriter, but also a good storyteller.” Cannon has penned songs that have been featured on The Hills, Selling Sunset and Siesta Key and her latest release, The TrashCannon Album was given a 9.5 out of 10 by Saving Country Music.

Alice Wallace – After spending 12 years based in Southern California, songwriter Alice Wallace became a Nashville resident a year ago – bringing her West Coast-infused Americana to Music City. Named the 2017 Female Vocalist of the Year at the California Country Awards, Alice draws influence from iconic voices ranging from Linda Ronstadt to Patsy Cline.

FAR-West Community Programming – Born from a union of connection and diversity. Just as a large city has many neighborhoods with distinct flavors, full of unique people drawn together, FAR-West has dozens, maybe hundreds of groups of people with common bonds spread throughout our region.

Commonalities can include cities, rural or suburan locations, many styles of music, or dance, or spoken word arts. It can be a product of age, or appreciation of nature, or of bookstores and the variety of listeners, players and presenters they attract and so much more.

In our Community programming, we will be reaching out all over the West (and possibly even beyond) to present a platform where we can all learn and appreciate more about our region. What are they up to? How do they do it? What can I learn from them? What do I have to offer them to help them with their needs?

Our diversity makes us richer. Knowing about each other makes us stronger. We learn from and inspire each other. Tune into FAR-West Community programming. It’s  musical and cultural vitamins for your artistic life.


Press Release: Community
Date: May 11th, 2021
By: Jeanette Lundgren,
FAR-West Board Secretary
& Communications Director

Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West) – www.far-west.org
Julie Zipperer – farwestpublicity@gmail.com

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