Riggs hosts songwriter workshop on Saturday

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Singers and songwriters dreaming of country music glory will get the chance to pick the brains of an expert on Saturday.
John Riggs, who’s written songs for Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride and more, will teach a songwriting workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at the Disabled American Veterans center at Veterans and Eason boulevards in Tupelo.
“So many people don’t understand the business,” Riggs said during a call from his Nashville home. “Mainly, we try to inform people about what to do with their songs.”
The workshop will be followed by a talent showcase from 1 to 5 p.m. Participants will need to bring a CD or DVD, as well as biographical information.
“We’re going to explain the best way to go about getting heard,” Riggs said.
The workshop and the talent showcase are $20 each, or you may attend both for $35. A portion of the proceeds will benefit DAV.
Riggs has had more than 80 songs recorded. Pride recorded “Let My Love In,” and Twitty and Lynn teamed up on “How High Can You Build a Fire.”
He wrote and performed the song, “I Still Love George Jones.”
“That was when he was having all of his troubles,” Riggs said. “I got up on a stage and they had me sing that song before George Jones came up to sing. He was one of the first to hear that song in public.”
In addition to the workshop and showcase, Riggs will perform a concert at 7 p.m. at the DAV, and the cost is $5.

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.