[ClickPress, Thu May 03 2007] Nashville songwriters Don King, Brant Miller and Dave Woodward walked away from MerleFest with the Top Country Song in its annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest.

King, Miller and Woodward won this year with the song entitled,“The Road Kill Bill.” The song idea was born when the Tennessee legislature passed a law making it legal to “harvest” road killed game animals without the need of a hunting license. The songwriting trio, which performs under the name 2nd Nature, could not let this legislative nugget escape their pens and guitars.

With clever and earthy lyrics such as “it ain’t like a handout, no it’s more like meals on wheels” and “it’s given brand new meaning to the phrase hot off the grill,” “The Road Kill Bill” captured the imagination of judges and festival goers alike from the first line through the last chorus. In addition to a cash prize and Epiphone guitar, the contest winners were given an evening slot on one of the festival’s main stages to perform their award winning composition in front of an audience of over 20,000.

MerleFest, which was held April 26-29, 2007 in Wilkesboro, NC is named in honor of Merle Watson, late son of legendary guitarist Doc Watson. The contest is conducted to recognize songwriting excellence in the categories of bluegrass, country, gospel, and general. Nearly 1,100 songs were submitted this year with three finalists in each category earning a chance to perform their songs for a panel of judges and audience members during the festival. The competition was chaired by Nashville singer/songwriter extraordinaire, Jim Lauderdale. Former winners include Gillian Welch, Tift Merritt and Adrienne Young.

This year, MerleFest drew over 80,000 participants from around the globe and featured headlining performances from Alison Krauss and Union Station and Elvis Costello, along with a powerful line up of bluegrass, americana and country acts. It has grown to be one of the premiere festivals of its type in the world.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the group 2nd Nature and its members or to order a CD containing “The Road Kill Bill” can do so by logging on to their web site at

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