What’s with press releases that leave out songwriter credits?

Pet peeve time. Country music partisans have been known to boast about the strength of the genre’s songwriters, and between all the showcasing on ABC’s Nashville and the emergence of mainstream link-ups like the Pulse Recording partnership with Beth & Luke Laird’s Creative Nation, the world outside of Nashville is becoming increasingly dialed into the importance of and depth of talent among country music’s songwriters. So what’s with the recent trend of leaving the songwriters out of press releases for country singles? Press releases announcing Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party”, Lady Antebellum’s “Downtown”, Blake Shelton’s “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart, and Blake Shelton’s “Drink On It,” all fail to mention the songwriters who crafted the tunes. There is an exception: the press release for Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” does name songwriters Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear, further acknowledging that they cowrote her Grammy-winning smash, “Before He Cheats.”

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