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"The CMA Songwriter series is a really cool gig," Dierks says. "Joe's Pub is so intimate and the audience is a huge part of those shows because they're so close. It's like everybody in the room is in on a secret or something. You've got four guys with guitars, telling stories and drinking whiskey ... anything can happen!"
In addition to co-penning "The Woods" with Dierks and Jon Randall, Jaren Johnston is a member of the trio Cadillac Black, which is currently opening for Dierks on his Back to College tour. Jaren also produced his tourmate's upcoming four-song EP, Country & Cold Cans, which is out Aug. 21.
Tickets for this installment of the CMA Songwriters Series -- which includes a 6:30 PM and a 9:00 PM show -- are on sale now. They are available for $40 and $35 here.