Album Premiere: Will Johnson, Swan City Vampires

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Rock and roll had an awful day last September when it learned that Centro-matic would no longer perform following its 2014 tour. For nearly two decades, this workmanlike band from Denton, Texas churned out fuzz-laden Crazy Horse-style rock, set to some of the most cryptic lyrics this side of Ezra Pound. They were a band’s band, to be sure, with […]

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33 Van Morrison Albums To See Digital Release; Available On All Streaming Services

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Thirty-three Van Morrison albums will be released digitally and available on all streaming services this Friday, August 28. The albums are being made available via Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, who recently acquired the bulk of Morrison’s catalog. Legacy will also release a 37-track career-spanning anthology that day as a digital offering and as […]

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Austin City Limits Returns In October with Hall of Fame Special; Performances by Don Henley, Sturgill Simpson and more

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Roots music institution Austin City Limits returns to PBS on October 3 with the ACL Hall of Fame Special, a riveting show from the summer that features Gillian Welch, Dwight Yoakam, Jason Isbell and more paying tribute to recent Hall of Fame inductees Guy Clark, Asleep At The Wheel, Townes Van Zandt and Loretta Lynn. The fall season […]

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The National At Work On New Album

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Good news for fans of brainy and brooding indie-rock: The National announced they are at work on their seventh album, the follow-up to 2013′s excellent Trouble Will Find You, NME reports. Frontman Matt Berninger says the band has held a few writing sessions and now has “sketches of 30 songs,” with various towns in upstate New […]

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Jewel To Perform at AmericanaFest This September

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Singer-songwriter Jewel will play AmericanaFest in Nashville on September 15, just days after the release of Picking Up The Pieces, a stripped-down confessional album the genre-hopping artist likens to her 12-times Platinum debut smash, 1995’s Pieces Of You. “My goal [with this album] was to make a bookend to Pieces Of You,” Jewel told American Songwriter. […]

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Ryan Adams Covering Taylor Swift’s 1989 Album

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Ryan Adams is recording a cover version of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album. The news was confirmed in a Twitter exchange between the two songwriters.   “Taylor Swift is one of the most fucking amazing writers I’ve ever seen,” Adams told American Songwriter in a 2014 cover story. “I’ve sat in this room with her before and […]

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Todd Snider Declares “War Is Over”; Says Jason Isbell Saved Country Music

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The war between Americana and pop country is now over, according to Gonzo folk songwriter Todd Snider. This week, Jason Isbell’s Something More Than Free sits atop the Billboard Country Music Chart, which for Snider is a metaphorical atom bomb raining down on the streets of Music Row. Read the songwriter’s edict below: THE WAR IS […]

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American Songwriter Live: The Deslondes featuring TWAIN

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We first caught wind of The Deslondes years ago at SXSW, when they were playing a dive bar in East Austin called The White Horse following a set by New Orleans compadres Hurray for the Riff Raff. Since then, the group has kicked up the dust in dives all over the country, earning themselves a […]

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Help East Nashville Singer-Songwriter Allen Thompson As He Recovers From Shattered Vertebrae

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We first got to know Allen Thompson back in 2009 when he released 26 Years, an acoustic album that married the earthy low-down sentiments of Levon Helm with the hippy flourishes of American Beauty-era Grateful Dead. Since then, Thompson has continued to release music and tour, with his latest effort, Salvation In The Ground, coming out in […]

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Lera Lynn On Her True Detective Song, “The Only Thing Worth Fighting For”

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We’ve been fans of Lera Lynn’s intoxicating blend of folk, country, blues and jazz ever since we met her four years ago at MerleFest, where she took top honors in the Chris Austin Songwriting Festival for her tune “Bobby, Baby.” Since then, Lynn has moved to Nashville from Athens, Georgia, and released The Avenues, her […]

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American Songwriter Live: Della Mae

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The day after their debut at the Grand Ole Opry, bluegrass quintet Della Mae stopped by American Songwriter to perform “Boston Town,” a stirring track off their self-titled album released last month on Rounder Records. The tune, written by singer Celia Woodsmith, pays tribute to an old faction of factory girls from Lowell, Massachusetts, who […]

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Darrell Scott Honors Montana Doctor and Songwriter Ben Bullington with New Album 10

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  It’s the kind of story you never hear. A practicing medical doctor from a small town in Montana has a passion for songwriting. So he writes and records a few albums over the years and self releases them, occasionally performing at various songwriting festivals over the country. While camping with his kids one year […]

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