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


  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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The Story Behind the Robert Johnson and Johnny Shines Cover Photo

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The story of the photo gracing the cover of the American Songwriter “Blues Issue” is as beguiling as its possible subject, Robert Johnson. The picture is considered to be the third verified photograph of Johnson, the Mississippi-born musician regarded as the King of the Delta Blues Singers. (Johnson is the man purportedly pictured on the […]

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Watch: A Re-Cap Of Live & In-Person in Muscle Shoals

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American Songwriter’s Live & In-Person weekend in Muscle Shoals last month was a moveable feast of epic proportions. Chock full of great live music, cutting-edge Southern cuisine, and all-around good times, this unique, behind-the-scenes event served up the best the historic music city has to offer. Watch a recap of the weekend below. You’ll catch a glimpse of […]

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American Songwriter Live: Allison Moorer


Last fall, Allison Moorer stopped by American Songwriter during AMA week to perform a few songs from her album Down To Believing, which dropped just last week to rave reviews. The new record marks the Alabama native’s first album in five years and follows her split with husband Steve Earle. Watch above as Moorer performs the […]

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“Hard Times Was the Name of the Game”: A Q&A with Rick Hall of FAME Studios


American Songwriter spoke with venerable FAME Studios producer Rick Hall as he readies publication of his memoir The Man From Muscle Shoals, a book that documents his place in the storied music history of this small Alabama town. And don’t forget to sign up for American Songwriter‘s Live & In Person VIP getaway in Muscle Shoals, which takes place March […]

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Steve Earle To Host 2nd Annual “Camp Copperhead” For Songwriters

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This summer, singer-songwriter and lay professor Steve Earle will return to the lectern, so to speak, when he hosts the 2nd annual “Camp Copperhead.” The camp will be held over four days and four nights (July 20-24) at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York, an idyllic retreat in the Catskill Mountains situated just […]

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A People’s History of American Songwriter: Caine O’Rear


  Caine O’Rear: Editor-in-chief (2010-present) –from the Editor’s Note It’s close to midnight on the day before we go to press. For the last two weeks I have worked around the clock on this issue, taking breaks only to eat and sleep. I had planned to say some grand and eloquent things in this column […]

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Song Premiere: Tom Paxton, “If The Poor Don’t Matter”


The Artist: American folk legend Tom Paxton The Song: “If The Poor Don’t Matter,” off his forthcoming record Redemption Road, out March 10 via Pax Records Songwriter Says: “There was an article recently in The Washington Post revealing that a majority of the wealthy feel that the poor ‘have it easy.’ I’m sure that a quick poll of the poor […]

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Writer Of The Week: Farmer Jason


Farmer Jason, an Emmy award-winning children’s entertainer, is the project of Jason Ringenberg, the principal singer and songwriter behind seminal country-punk band Jason and the Scorchers. Farmer Jason recently released a collection of holiday songs called Christmas On The Farm, to the delight of children everywhere. We chatted with Ringenberg about what inspires him to write, […]

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Bobby Keys, Long-time Rolling Stones Saxophonist, Dies at 70


Bobby Keys, the long-time saxophonist for The Rolling Stones, passed away this morning in Franklin, Tennessee, according to the Nashville Scene. He was 70. It had been reported in October that Keys was forced to take a medical leave from the recent Rolling Stones tour due to illness. The musician had reportedly been battling cirrhosis of […]

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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


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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