Austin Songwriter's Group's Annual Merle Haggard Birthday Bash

(Austin, Tex.) Carrying on their long-standing tradition of celebrating Merle Haggard’s birthday, the Austin Songwriters Group will this year be holding their 11th Annual Merle Haggard Birthday Bash on Sunday, April 3, 2016, the weekend before Haggard’s birth date, April 6th. The event will incorporate performances by local favorites, honoring the legendary songwriter, as well as a silent auction raising funds for ASG. The lineup is yet to be announced.

ASG is currently accepting donations from individuals and businesses alike for the auction, and have suggested gift cards as a popular option. If you are looking to donate to the silent auction, please contact ASG Executive Director Lee Duffy at

The Austin Songwriters Group is currently in its 30th year of serving Austin’s unique songwriting scene, and is a non-profit organization created by songwriters for songwriters. In 2003, ASG’s current Executive Director, Lee Duffy, joined the board and ASG moved into a new era of its history with an expanded slate of activities and events. In the last ten years, under Lee’s leadership, ASG has gone from holding songwriter meetings at Threadgill’s and a borrowed law office, to its own standalone location, which also includes The Mockingbird Cafe stage.

Lee founded the renowned ASG Songwriter Symposium, which celebrated its 12th year this past January. In addition to the ASG Symposium, Lee Duffy and ASG President, Rick Busby, have also maintained the annual songwriting contests that have been the legacy of ASG since the beginning, while expanding the overall slate of events and activities to include the weekly Song Doctor Sessions, Friday Night Live at The Mockingbird, and recurring songwriting workshops with platinum songwriters and music publishing professionals.

Those interested in learning more about ASG, the Tuesday night Song Doctor Sessions, the Friday Night Live open mics, the group’s history, and how to get involved should visit the ASG website,, or visit the group on Twitter (@asgsongwriters) and on Facebook (

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