The 5 Best Moments From Forecastle Festival

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(Photo: Jill Sanders) The last time American Songwriter made a trip to Louisville’s Waterfront Park, it was to catch one of Mumford & Sons’ “Gentlemen of the Road” shows in 2012. Two years later, we left our humidity-soaked Nashville headquarters and headed north once again, trailing exhaust fumes all the way from middle Tennessee to […]

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Video Premiere: The Lonely Wild, “Everything You Need”

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The Sun as it Comes, The Lonely Wild’s 2013 debut, sounds like the soundtrack to a cross-country road trip. There’s Bible belt twang, southwestern brass and Springsteen-worthy rock & roll, all held together by enough epic hooks to cover the distance between Joshua Tree and the Asbury Park boardwalk. From the guitars to the triple-stacked […]

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A Nashville Songwriter’s Survival Guide

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On ABC’s Nashville, a soapy, prime-time TV show that just wrapped up its second season, stars are literally made overnight. A waitress at the Bluebird Cafe gets pulled onstage, even though she’s never performed in public before, and winds up signing a record contract before she can book a follow-up gig. A shaggy-haired hipster plays […]

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Bobby Bare, Jr.: The Road Less Traveled

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It’s been 40 years since Bobby Bare, Jr., sang on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time, looking like a miniature version of Ron Burgundy in his white turtleneck and ’70s business suit. He was one of the most famous kids in country music, a gap-toothed 8 year old with a Grammy nomination under […]

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Rock And Roll Lifer: A Q&A With Buzz Cason

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Over the past 60 years, Buzz Cason has toured with Johnny Cash, sung backup vocals for Elvis, co-written the megahit “Everlasting Love” and released a string of his own Americana albums. His latest solo record, Troubadour Heart, takes a look at those six decades, collecting its stories from a career that’s nearly as long as […]

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Track Review: Ryan Adams, “Gimme Something Good”

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When was the last time Ryan Adams really rocked? Was it 2010′s Orion, a collision of sci-fi plot lines and heavy metal riffage that was well-intentioned but somewhat hard to take, especially when the album had Dungeons & Dragons – worthy song titles like “Ghorgon, Master of War?” Or maybe III/IV, an odds-and-ends collection of […]

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Download The Muse July 2014 Sampler

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In conjunction with the July/August issue, American Songwriter presents The Muse July Sampler, a free album available for download that features 9 killer tracks from some of our favorite artists. Click here to download the sampler.  Sturgill Simpson, “Turtles All The Way Down” Like the sonic equivalent of having an acid trip inside a Nashville honky tonk, this country tune […]

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Video Premiere: Kishi Bashi, “The Ballad of Mr. Steak”

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Don’t call him a sideman. After logging several years as a violinist for artists like Regina Spektor and of Montreal, Kishi Bashi kicked off his solo career with 151a, a one-man symphony of vocal chants, loops, keyboard swells and first-rate fiddlin’. Two years later, he’s back with another envelope-pushing record called Lighght. This isn’t your […]

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Song Premiere: Robert Francis, “Blue”

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The first time we heard from Robert Francis, he was a 19 year-old wonderkid from Los Angeles, armed with a husky croon and the shimmering, sweeping folk-rock songs of someone twice his age. Seven years later, he’s grown into the sort of Townes-ish troubadour that his debut album promised, thanks to a catalog of tunes […]

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Paul Simon and Edie Brickell Kiss And Make Up With “Like To Get To Know You”

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Days after Paul Simon and Edie Brickell were arrested at their Connecticut home for disorderly conduct, the lovebirds have apparently reconciled their differences. The proof? A newly-released duet called “Like To Get To Know You,” in which Simon and Brickell sing about loving each other after years of partnership, despite the familiarity that comes along […]

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Download The Muse May 2014 Sampler

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In conjunction with the May/June issue, American Songwriter presents The Muse May Sampler, a free album available for download that features 12 killer tracks from some of our favorite artists. Click here to download the sampler. Boy & Bear, “Arrow Flight” “I belong here, basking in the autumn sun,” Dave Hosking croons during this summery, sun-baked […]

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Watch: Jimmy Fallon Adds Tom Petty Impression To His Resume

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What do you get when you combine the surviving members of Nirvana with a lookalike version of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, including Jimmy Fallon as the frontman? This spot-on spoof of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” the 1981 duet between Petty and chart-topping American girl Stevie Nicks. Since that whole premise isn’t bizarre enough, […]

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