When Amy Black boarded a plane for Nashville, Tenn., last fall, she had no idea –Music City was about to become her per­sonal vortex. Fol­lowing the route to song­writing renown blazed by fellow New Eng­lan­ders Lori McKenna and Mary Gau­thier, the Lowell res­i­dent went to the Amer­i­cana Music –Asso­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence to net­work and see whether she was ready to dive head­first into the music business.

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