Steve Earle On The Making of Terraplane Blues … And Then Some

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Steve Earle‘s old friend has always been the blues, but never has the prolific and mercurial songwriter released a quote unquote blues album. But that will change on February 17 with the arrival of Terraplane Blues, an album that takes its name from the Robert Johnson song about fast cars and even faster women. Earle, who currently resides […]

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First Aid Kit Live: Presented by Martin Guitar

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Swedish sister act First Aid Kit has made quite a splash in the States. The group is already inspiring other sisterly duos – Lily and Madeleine, for one – to pursue musical careers, and just last month, they headlined Nashville’s famed Ryman auditorium, a show which saw many girls in the audience even dressing like […]

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Song Premiere: Anne McCue, “Dig Two Graves”

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The Artist: Australian-born blues and jazz songstress Anne McCue The Song: “Dig Two Graves,” off her forthcoming album Blue Sky Thinkin,’ out February 10 via Flying Machine Records Songwriter Says: This is a song I wrote with my good friends Bob Saporiti (Reckless Johnny Wales) and Brent Moyer (The Global Cowboy). Bob had been mulling over […]

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Song Premiere: Jessica Campbell, “Everlasting Shore”

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The Artist: Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jessica Campbell The Song: “Everlasting Shore,” from her upcoming album III, out on Oct. 7 The Songwriters: Jessica Campbell, Aaron Espe Songwriter Says: In this song, I hold close to my spiritual ties and write about my last days here on Earth. Rather than fearing death, I’m taking a more positive perspective and […]

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Song Premiere: Luke Winslow-King, “Swing That Thing”

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The Song: “Swing That Thing,” off his album Everlasting Arms, out via Bloodshot Records on September 30 The Artist: New Orleans by way of Michigan folk-blues-jazz songster Luke Winslow-King Songwriter says: “Swing that Thing” was written in Rome, Italy backstage before a show with Mojo Station Blues and our guitarist/hero Roberto Luti. My then fiancée Esther and […]

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American Songwriter Live: Jonah Tolchin

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Blues-folk songster Jonah Tolchin stopped by American Songwriter recently to play us a few tunes from his debut album Clover Lane, out last month via Yep Roc records. A Princeton, New Jersey native, Tolchin cut his teeth in the Providence, Rhode Island, music scene, and his new album features a guest turn from Deer Tick’s […]

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Song Premiere: Hollis Brown, “Wait For Me Virginia”

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The Artist: Bluesy Southern rock outfit started in Queens, New York. Currently on tour with Rich Robinson. The Song: “Wait For Me Virginia” Songwriter Says: Waiting has always fascinated me. Waiting on line for coffee, waiting in traffic, waiting do this and that, it seems like a lot of our time is spent waiting for the next […]

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Album Stream: Ben Glover, Atlantic

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The Artist: Northern Ireland singer-songwriter Ben Glover The Album: Atlantic, recorded around one mic and a bottle of Bushmills Songwriter Says: “I was born and bred in Northern Ireland but now spend a great deal of time in the southern states of the U.S. I felt it was time to make a record that brought […]

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Eastman Guitar Presents: Ray Benson

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Ray Benson is best known as the leader of Asleep At The Wheel, the Texas Swing band he formed in Austin in the early ‘70s. The long, tall Texan (he stands 6 feet 7 inches) is perhaps the leading modern purveyor of this genre, a highly danceable, highly charged version of country that incorporates elements […]

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Song Premiere: Young Summer, “Blood Love”

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The Artist: Washington, D.C.-based electronic pop artist Young Summer The Song: “Blood Love,” off her forthcoming debut LP Siren Songwriter Says: “‘Blood Love’ is about the intense, unbridled, head over heels, ‘nothing can break us,’ kind of love. The idea was inspired by, and is an allusion to, the term ‘Blood Lust.’ To experience ‘Blood Love’ is to experience a permanent […]

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September/October 2014 Lyric Contest Spotlight: Winner Brittany Hadley

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“Reasons To Run” 1st Place Written by Brittany Hadley What inspired this song? There was a guy that I had been talking to who was just such an amazing person, and I remember thinking, “What is wrong with me? Why don’t I want to be with him? He’s such a good guy.” And I realized […]

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Song Premiere: Steelism, “The Blind Beggar”

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The Artist: Steelism, the Transatlantic instrumental duo of  guitarist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal steelist Spencer Cullum Jr.The Song: “The Blind Beggar,” from their forthcoming debut album 615 To FAME, out September 16 via Single Lock RecordsFun Facts: Jeremy has a Basset Hound named Layla Lou. Spencer is working on a jackalope taxidermy collection.Songwriters Say: Spencer: “‘The Blind Beggar’ is named after a […]

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