Ryan Adams Rocks Tracks from 1989 on “The Daily Show”


To cap his first week as the new host of “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah invited Ryan Adams and his band on the program to perform tracks from the songwriter’s new album 1989, a shoe-gazer’s reimagining of the Taylor Swift pop juggernaut. In one of the clips, Adams tells Noah they recorded and mastered the album in three […]

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American Songwriter Live: Patty Griffin


Last week singer-songwriter Patty Griffin released ninth studio album Servant of Love, a record that “reshapes her definition of American music,” according to AS writer Hal Horowitz, “[and] combines rootsy instrumentation with strains of blues, jazz and even a little rock, to invigorate a sound that many, likely including Griffin herself, might have felt was becoming […]

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Song Premiere: Daphne Lee Martin, “Eskimo Bro”


Singer-songwriter Daphne Lee Martin, an Ohio native who now makes her home in Connecticut, returns this fall with her fourth full-length album, Fall On Your Sword, out October 2. Martin is an elusive songwriter, and her songs slink their way through the worlds of pop, R&B and avant-garde, often with edifying results. Listen below to “Eskimo Bro,” […]

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Album Premiere: Katie Basden, Release The Sound

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Much like the Tarheel state she calls home, Katie Basden’s music is a polyglot of styles, combining country, soul, rock and blues into an enticing blend of southern American music. Her new album Release The Sound was a project two years in the making, honed mostly during the years she spent in Nashville as a budding songwriter. Stream the album […]

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Taylor Swift Conquers Nashville With A Little Help from Mick Jagger


If we are known by the company we keep, then Taylor Swift is doing all right. The pop superstar summoned one of rock and roll’s all-time greats to the stage Saturday night in Nashville in the form of Mick Jagger, who performed the Stones’ classic “Satisfaction” with her in front of the sold-out crowd of […]

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Steep Canyon Rangers Live: Presented by Martin Guitar


Carolina bluegrass boys Steep Canyon Rangers stopped by American Songwriter earlier this month and performed “Down That Road Again” on the back porch of our new office. The high lonesome is best appreciated amid the great outdoors, after all. The group is perhaps best known as the former backing band for comedian-cum-banjoist Steve Martin. But Steep […]

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Song Premiere: 10 String Symphony, “Weight Of The World”

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10 String Symphony sounds just like its name suggests. The group consists of two 5-string fiddle players who, together, cook up a dynamic musical stew that covers a wide spectrum of acoustic-based roots music, hitting on old-time, folk and bluegrass, all delivered with a dash of rock and roll spunk. The Nashville-based duo sprang up in 2012, when Rachel Baiman, a Chicago native and […]

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Album Premiere: Patrick Sweany, Daytime Turned To Nighttime


Blues-rock singer-songwriter Patrick Sweany, who transplanted to Nashville from Akron, Ohio years ago, is set to release his seventh studio album Daytime Turned To Nighttime, on September 18. Stream the album in its entirety and hear what Sweany has to say about it below. Also, be sure to check out our feature on him from […]

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Steve Earle Tackles Confederate Flag Controversy with “Mississippi, It’s Time”


Steve Earle, hardly a stranger to addressing thorny political issues in song, has tackled the Confederate flag controversy with the tune “Mississippi, It’s Time.” Earle’s song, released in partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center, a legal advocacy organization for civil rights, calls for the removal of the Confederate flag likeness from the Mississippi state […]

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Chris Stapleton’s Traveller Nominated for CMA “Album Of The Year”


Current American Songwriter cover boy Chris Stapleton has racked up a wealth of critical and commercial acclaim for his Mercury Records debut, Traveller — and the accolades just keep pouring in. This morning, it was announced that the Kentucky-born singer-songwriter is up for three honors at the 49th Annual CMA awards, including “Album of the Year.” Little Big Town […]

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Jewel Returns To Her Roots with Picking Up The Pieces


This Friday, Alaskan-raised singer-songwriter and former child yodeler Jewel will release her new album Picking Up The Pieces, a raw and confessional song-cycle that is meant to bookend her multi-Platinum debut smash Pieces of You. We caught up with Jewel recently and talked about the new album (which comes out on Sugar Hill Records), her forthcoming memoir Never Broken, and the recent success of […]

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Writer of The Week: Craig Finn


Craig Finn, best known as the frontman for rock and roll band The Hold Steady, will release Faith In The Future, his second solo album, later this week. In this interview with American Songwriter, Finn discusses why it took him so long to write about 9/11, the influence of Catholicism on his work, and which […]

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