Song Premiere: Steelism, “The Blind Beggar”


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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Song Premiere: Cowboy Jack Clement, “Baby Is Gone”

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It’s been almost a year since the world lost Cowboy Jack Clement, the producer-songwriter-raconteur so beloved by the Nashville community. But the Cowboy is not really gone, so to speak, as next Tuesday will mark the release of For Once And For All, his third and final studio album which features guest turns from a […]

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Song Premiere: Kyle Cox, “I Ain’t Been Lonely, Until I Met You”


The Artist: Orlando singer-songwriter Kyle Cox The Song: “I Ain’t Been Lonely, Until I Met You,” from his forthcoming debut album The Plan, The Mess, which is being produced by Mike Marsh (The Avett Brothers). Fun Fact: This song placed third in American Songwriter’s May/June 2013 Lyric Contest. Songwriter Says: “This is somewhat of a […]

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13-Year-Old Folk Singer Sammy Brue Visits American Songwriter

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I first caught wind of 13-year-old folk singer Sammy Brue after hearing he was playing The 5 Spot in East Nashville for the club’s $2 Tuesdays series. I regrettably missed Brue’s set that night, showing up a few minutes late, so I invited him to our office to play a few tunes the next day. A […]

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Song Premiere: Jim Lauderdale, “I’m A Song”


The Artist: Nashville music guru Jim Lauderdale The Song: “I’m A Song,” the title track to his 26th album, which features co-writes with Elvis Costello, Bobby Bare, Gary Allan and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Fun Fact: Lauderdale’s “commercial breakthrough” came when George Strait recorded his song “The King Of Broken Hearts” for the Pure Country soundtrack. Songwriter Says: “This […]

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Song Premiere: Elise Davis, “Good Year”


The Artist: Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter originally from Little Rock, Arkansas The Song: “Good Year,” from her soon-to-be-released EP Life Fun Fact: Back in 2013, Davis won the first Martin Guitar “Pub Deal,” a year-long $20,000 publishing contract with HoriPro Entertainment Group, Inc. Songwriter Says: “I wrote it the day before I turned 25 while sitting in my old falling apart apartment, drinking […]

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Adam Faucett Live: Presented by Martin Guitar


Singer-songwriter Adam Faucett hails from Benton, Arkansas, the same town where Billy Bob Thornton shot the movie Sling Blade in the mid-90s. And much like Thornton’s film, Faucett’s music is very much in the Southern Gothic vein, flowing with tunes about prophets, day drinking and the occasional opossum. Here, Faucett performs the song “Edgar Cayce” on a Martin […]

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American Songwriter Live: The Felice Brothers


The Felice Brothers return June 17 with Favorite Waitress, the follow-up to 2011’s Celebration, Florida and their first release on Dualtone Records. Our 4-star review of the new album in the May/June issue called the record an example of “challenging Americana that never takes its audience, or its influences, for granted.” Back in March, the […]

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Acoustic Cafe + SongCraft Presents The Subway Sessions: Tim Easton

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Acoustic Café and Songcraft Presents teamed up at SXSW this year to put on the Subway Sessions, a loose-limbed musical project where several artists wrote and recorded a song in the studio over the course of a single day at SXSW. Nashville-based singer-songwriter Tim Easton was one of the participating artists, writing and recording the […]

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Song Premiere: Scale Model, “Live It Up”

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The Artist: Nashville synth-pop quartet Scale Model The Song: “Live It Up” off their newly released debut album Star Songwriter says: “Live It Up” is just a fun upbeat number that was inspired by both ’80s and modern day pop music. The song is basically about letting go of pretentiousness and just having pure, care-free […]

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Bob Dylan And Old Crow Medicine Show Team Up Again For “Sweet Amarillo”

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By now everyone knows the story of the “long, circuitous wobble” of “Wagon Wheel.” How a teenage Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show found a discarded song fragment off of an old Dylan bootleg his buddy and bandmate Critter Fuqua brought back from England, wrote some new verses, and made it his own. The […]

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Song Premiere: Joseph LeMay, “Seventeen Acres”


The Artist: Tennessee born-and-bred singer-songwriter Joseph LeMay The Song: “Seventeen Acres” from his upcoming album of the same name Songwriter Says: “I wrote “Seventeen Acres” a few months after my wife and I left Nashville and took up residence on a little farm just east of the Mississippi River near Dyersburg, Tennessee. We’d dumped all of what was […]

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