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


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


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”


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


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


  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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