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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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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