American Songwriter Live: Jonah Tolchin

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Blues-folk songster Jonah Tolchin stopped by American Songwriter recently to play us a few tunes from his debut album Clover Lane, out last month via Yep Roc records. A Princeton, New Jersey native, Tolchin cut his teeth in the Providence, Rhode Island, music scene, and his new album features a guest turn from Deer Tick’s […]

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Song Premiere: Hollis Brown, “Wait For Me Virginia”

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The Artist: Bluesy Southern rock outfit started in Queens, New York. Currently on tour with Rich Robinson. The Song: “Wait For Me Virginia” Songwriter Says: Waiting has always fascinated me. Waiting on line for coffee, waiting in traffic, waiting do this and that, it seems like a lot of our time is spent waiting for the next […]

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Album Stream: Ben Glover, Atlantic

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The Artist: Northern Ireland singer-songwriter Ben Glover The Album: Atlantic, recorded around one mic and a bottle of Bushmills Songwriter Says: “I was born and bred in Northern Ireland but now spend a great deal of time in the southern states of the U.S. I felt it was time to make a record that brought […]

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Eastman Guitar Presents: Ray Benson

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Ray Benson is best known as the leader of Asleep At The Wheel, the Texas Swing band he formed in Austin in the early ‘70s. The long, tall Texan (he stands 6 feet 7 inches) is perhaps the leading modern purveyor of this genre, a highly danceable, highly charged version of country that incorporates elements […]

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Song Premiere: Young Summer, “Blood Love”

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The Artist: Washington, D.C.-based electronic pop artist Young Summer The Song: “Blood Love,” off her forthcoming debut LP Siren Songwriter Says: “‘Blood Love’ is about the intense, unbridled, head over heels, ‘nothing can break us,’ kind of love. The idea was inspired by, and is an allusion to, the term ‘Blood Lust.’ To experience ‘Blood Love’ is to experience a permanent […]

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September/October 2014 Lyric Contest Spotlight: Winner Brittany Hadley

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“Reasons To Run” 1st Place Written by Brittany Hadley What inspired this song? There was a guy that I had been talking to who was just such an amazing person, and I remember thinking, “What is wrong with me? Why don’t I want to be with him? He’s such a good guy.” And I realized […]

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Song Premiere: Steelism, “The Blind Beggar”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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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