Chris Stapleton: The Natural


This article appears in our September/October 2015 issue, now available on newsstands. It’s a weeknight in January 2015 and Chris Stapleton is making his way across the crowded floor at RCA Studio A. The place is absolutely packed, filled with journalists, songwriters, label execs and friends who’ve shown up for a sneak preview of Stapleton’s […]

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Five Essential Songs by Chris Stapleton


Before he found success as a solo performer with his debut album Traveller, Chris Stapleton wrote killer songs for groups like The SteelDrivers and The Jompson Brothers, as well as hits for some of country music’s biggest performers. Here are five of his best compositions. The SteelDrivers, “If It Hadn’t Been For Love” Co-written with Mike […]

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Catfish And The Bottlemen: Great Expectations

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   This article appears in the July/August 2015 “British Issue,” now available on newsstands. Long before he toured the English-speaking world as the mop-topped leader of Catfish and the Bottlemen, Van McCann hit the highway with his parents, riding in the backseat while his mom and dad sped the family car along the backroads of […]

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The Rolling Stones Rock Nashville


“Just because we’re in the home of country music…we’re not going to play it up or anything, with big hats or pedal steel guitars,” Mick Jagger deadpanned last night, speaking to an audience that filled the bulk of Nashville’s 69,000-capacity LP Field. “We’re just going to do our normal show!” Then, with a smile that […]

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Dawes: All Your Favorite Bands


  Dawes All Your Favorite Bands (HUB Records) Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Don’t judge a book by its cover – or an album by its lead single.  Released two months ahead of Dawes’ fourth record, “Things Happen” sounds like a harbinger of major changes to come. The drums are muted, as though they’ve been […]

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More Than A Big “Voice”: A Q&A with Blues Soulstress Sarah Potenza

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Sarah Potenza was working as the part-time personal assistant of country cult favorite Elizabeth Cook when she got the call to audition for The Voice. Reality TV wasn’t exactly her thing —she was a bluesy, soul-singing rock & roller with no real regard for the glamor and glitz of primetime—but that didn’t stop Potenza from […]

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Patrick Sweany: House Of Blues

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This article appears in the May/June 2015 “Blues Issue,” which hits newsstands May 5. On a winter afternoon in East Nashville, Patrick Sweany’s house is filled with handymen. There are guys painting the staircase, guys sanding the ceiling, guys running electrical wire through the walls. In just a few weeks, Sweany and his wife will […]

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Intern Hall of Fame: Jessica Campbell

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It’s been a decade since Jessica Campbell walked into the library of Middle Tennessee State University, looking to satisfy the requirements of her graduate school degree in Mass Communication by landing a local internship. She picked up a book that listed her options in the Nashville area and flipped to the first alphabetized entry: American […]

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The January 2015 Muse Sampler: Best of American Songwriter Sessions


In conjunction with the January/February 2015 “30th Anniversary” issue, American Songwriter presents the Best of Sessions sampler, a free album available for download that features nine killer tracks recorded over the last six years in the AS office. Click here to download. Todd Snider, “Too Soon To Tell” Leave it to Todd Snider, the unofficial poet laureate of East Nashville, to turn the American […]

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Say Hello To Hollywood: Writing For Film and TV


Before Los Angeles had record labels, it had movie studios. Hollywood has been the center of America’s film industry for more than 100 years. It’s the town that gave us Citizen Kane, Gone With The Wind and The Graduate. A town whose backlots and sound stages include sights like Norman Bates’ house and the clock […]

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Song Premiere: Sadler Vaden, “Yesteryear”


Before he became the lead guitarist for some of southern rock’s loudest, liveliest torchbearers — logging two years as Kevn Kinney’s sidekick in Drivin N Cryin before joining Jason Isbell’s 400 Unit in June 2013 — Sadler Vaden steered his own ship as the frontman of Leslie, a Charleston-based power trio steeped in British blues, […]

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Ryan Adams Soars In St. Louis


There were two kinds of people who attended Ryan Adams’ show in St. Louis on Sunday night: those who wanted to watch the gig sitting down, and those who wanted to watch the gig standing up. Kudos to Ryan —who, back in his off-the-wagon days, was infamous for starting fights during his concerts rather than […]

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