The January 2015 Muse Sampler: Best of American Songwriter Sessions

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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

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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”

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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

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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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The Muse November Sampler

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In conjunction with the November/December issue, American Songwriter presents the Muse November sampler, a free album available for download that features ten killer tracks from some of our favorite artists. Click here to download. Field Report, “Home” Like a folk song trapped inside a computer, “Home (Leave the Lights On)” – one of the brighter sounding tracks from Field Report’s […]

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Tom Petty Shines with New Songs in Nashville

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“This song is absolutely all I remember of 1991,” Tom Petty admitted before kicking into a slow, steady version of “Into the Great Wide Open.” Like many of the hits that dominated the Heartbreakers’ 90-minute set last night at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, the tune was engineered to be a crowd singalong, coasting along at an […]

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Free Download: The Muse September 2014 Sampler

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In conjunction with the September/October issue, American Songwriter presents the The Muse September sampler, a free album available for download that features ten killer tracks from some of our favorite artists. Click here to download the sampler. Shovels & Rope, “The Devil Is All Around” Filled with hillbilly hymns, frenetic folk tunes and roughhewn roots rockers, Swimmin’ Time […]

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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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