Writer Of The Week: Barry Dean

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Barry Dean is a veteran Nashville songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Alison Krauss, Toby Keith, and more; but he doesn’t limit himself to strictly country. One of his most recent collaborations, “Girls Chase Boys” was a hit for Ingrid Michaelson on the Adult Contemporary and Pop charts. He spoke with […]

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On Record: Mary Gauthier

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Mary Gauthier waited until she was 35 to write her first song. Since then, she’s earned a reputation for being one of the best – and bravest – songwriters of her generation. We asked Gauthier about her powerful new album Trouble & Love, teaching others the craft, and her road to redemption. Trouble & Love only has eight […]

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Video Premiere: Marc Broussard, “Weight Of The World” (Acoustic)

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The Artist: Soulful Southern songwriter Marc Broussard The Song: “Weight Of The World,” from the album A Life Worth Living, out July 29 on Vanguard. Songwriter Says: “This song is all about keeping love simple. Keeping it all between two people and not caring about what the world says. My wife and I ran away […]

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Watch Jimmy Fallon (As Neil Young) And CSN Cover Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”

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Jimmy Fallon whipped out his Neil Young impression again on The Tonight Show last night to perform an acoustic cover of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” currently the hottest single in hip hop. Midway through his folky rendition, he was joined by his very real counterparts in CSNY; David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash. Listen to the four […]

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Great Quotations: Old Crow Medicine Show On Bob Dylan And Country Music

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“Country music has a lot to learn form Bob Dylan. Country music has learned a lot from Bob Dylan already. Bob Dylan might be the most important country music maker in the 20th century. He may be the most influential country musician. But we don’t know it. We think it’s Hank [Williams Sr.].He’s America’s master […]

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Video Premiere: Baskery, “Catflap”

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The Band: Baskery:Greta, Stella & Sunniva Bondesson, three Swedish sisters based in Nashville. The Video: “Catflap,” a brand new song which will appear on their next album. Fun Fact: The girls have coined the term “banjopunk” to describe their unusual sound. Songwriter Says: “A cat flap is what Americans know as doggy door, and the […]

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Watch Trampled By Turtles’ “Wild Animals” Video (Featuring Har Mar Superstar)

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When you think of string band music, Har Mar Superstar is not what usually pops into your head. But the new video from the popular Duluth, Minnesota-based acoustic act Trampled By Turtles might change all that — at least for the next 5 minutes and 54 seconds. The band recruited the indie rocker and hipster […]

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Stream The Student Loan’s New Album Moonlit Toasters

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The Band: Well-travelled string band The Student Loan The Album: Moonlit Toasters Fun Fact: The band has 16 countries for the U.S. State Department’s cultural outreach program. Their favorite activities abroad include jamming with local musicians, sampling local cuisine (meat and beer), and intense ping-pong matches. Liner Notes:  The Student Loan is a progressive-acoustic newgrass project that […]

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Video Premiere: Caleb Caudle, “Trade All The Lights”

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The Artist: New Orleans-based Americana artist Caleb Caudle The Video: “Trade All The Lights,” which offers a black and white tour of New Orleans. Songwriter Says:  It was Easter Sunday of last year and I was in Brooklyn, I had been on the road for awhile at that point and I was missing home about as much as someone can […]

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Stream Eight Dollar Mountain’s New Album Tied To The Tracks

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The Band: Impressive Southern Oregon Bluegrass outfit Eight Dollar Mountain The Album: Tied To The Tracks, which was produced by Leftover Salmon frontman Vince Herman Liner Notes: “Working in a world-class studio in the backwoods of Southern Oregon with one of our musical heroes, Vince Herman, was a dream. Vince’s experienced ideas and input provided a fresh perspective on […]

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Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” Lyrics Fetch Two Million Dollars

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Somebody with a lot of cash has just paid two million dollars to own the original lyrics to Bob Dylan’s famous 1965 composition “Like A Rolling Stone.” An unidentified bidder (let’s call him Mr. Jones) picked up the four sheets of hotel stationary in an auction at Sotheby’s today. The coveted pages were written on […]

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Great Quotations: Sting On Drugs And Songwriting

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“I think if they’re used specifically as tools for a stated purpose. As in, ‘I’ll now smoke this joint and I’ll write a song… or I will write a piece of poetry.’ Then I think it’s perfectly acceptable. But if you’re just taking stuff to get out of it, then you’ll just get out of […]

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