The popular CMA Songwriters Series will return to Chicago on October 8 and 9. The shows put a spotlight on the writers behind some of country music's biggest hits, as well as featuring artists known as much for their songwriting as they are for performing. This year's talent line-up includes The Band Perry, Kix Brooks, David Lee Murphy and host, Bob DiPiero.

The Band Perry are gearing up to release their debut album on Republic Nashville. The sibling trio's self-titled album hits stores on October 12 and contains many tunes they took part in writing. "We are just so excited that it's set in stone and coming out," Kimberly Perry tells The Boot. "We've been out on the road and doing this for 12 years in October. To see how dangerously close we are to having the album in stores is amazing!"

In recent years, David Lee has put his singing career on the back burner to focus on his passion for songwriting. "I really love being in the position that I'm in right now with being able to write songs," he tells The Boot. "Other artists call me up and go, 'Hey man, I need a particular kind of song.' I get to live on my farm, write songs, and just love doing what I'm doing. I get to be creative and still make music." Recent chart toppers penned by the 'Dust on the Bottle' and 'Party Crowd' singer include Jason Aldean's four-week No. 1 hit, 'Big Green Tractor,' Kenny Chesney's 'Living in Fast Forward,' and Josh Thompson's latest single, 'Way out Here.'

The CMA Songwriters Series takes place Friday, October 8 at Joe's Bar, and Saturday, October 9 at the Chicago Country Music Festival.

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