ABC Music Lounge

The ABC Music Lounge has posted a terrific video showcasing the song “Tough All Over” from the hit ABC series Nashville. The video features interview clips with both Odie and Jim Lauderdale (the co-writer) of the song as well as a performance from Odie and Jim. Additionally, there’s commentary from Callie Khouri (the show’s creator) and cast members.

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The New York Times

This coming Tuesday, after a week of hype and concerts and (one can only imagine) cultural misunderstandings, the 2005 Country Music Association Awards will finally arrive at Madison Square Garden. Most of the genre’s top acts will be there, competing for awards in 12 categories.

Tuesday’s awards show might also be a big night for some guy you’ve probably never heard of. His name is Odie Blackmon, and although the country music industry relies on people like him, most fans couldn’t pick him out of a lineup. He’s not likely to be mistaken for a pop star anytime soon, even if he’s called upon to deliver an acceptance speech on Tuesday night. Mr. Blackmon, 36, is a particularly successful member of a singular subculture: he’s a country songwriter.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Odie Blackmon, of Nashville, Tenn., a country music songwriter, performs a song he and students at Garfield Elementary School wrote as part of a joint program through The ASCAP Foundation and America SCORES. America SCORES is a soccer organization that uses soccer, writing, creative expression and service-learning to empower students in urban communities.

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American Songwriter

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. Songwriters who are aspiring to be professionals in some capacity are in need of a visual, interactive tool like this DVD, and it hits the mark on many levels.

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The Boot

Have you ever wanted to know how to write a song? Hit songwriter Odie Blackmon has put together an instructional DVD, ‘The Craft of Writing Hit Songs,’ for those aspiring tunesmiths who are interested in putting thoughts and ideas to music … the right way. He certainly knows what he’s talking about — Odie has penned chart-topping tunes such as Lee Ann Womack’s ‘I May Hate Myself in the Morning,’ George Strait’s ‘She’ll Leave You With a Smile’ and several Gary Allan songs, including ‘Nothing On But the Radio.’

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The Tennessean

There are books — Tom T. Hall wrote a well-known one — about how to write country music songs. And there are a slew of instructional videos and DVDs in which master musicians demonstrate their fretboard fingerings, or their guitar tunings, or their playing styles.

But the notion of a “how to write country songs” DVD was a relatively foreign one, until much-lauded Nashville songsmith Odie Blackmon decided to put together The Craft of Writing Hit Songs.

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