Nashville’s Legendary Music Mill Still Cranking Out Songs

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Some buildings are believed to be inhabited by supernatural forces, and there’s usually a negative connotation when a house or other structure is thought to be “possessed.” But with the Music Mill in Nashville, any type of spiritual presence that might exist there has produced nothing but good things for countless people over the past […]

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Alabama: A Tale of Two Tributes

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This article appears in our November/December 2013 issue. When Alabama arrived on the scene in the late ’70s, they converted the slim gates of Music Row into saloon doors and blew through with guitars and fiddles cocked at their hips. They sported generous amounts of facial hair, and had magazines full of songs as ammunition. […]

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November/December 2013 Digital Issue Now Available

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Great news for tablet junkies and American Songwriter subscribers who have iPad and Android devices: the November/December 2013 edition is now available for download. The November/December dead-tree edition doesn’t officially hit stands until November 10, but you don’t have to wait until then to dive in. This month’s cover story centers on The Avett Brothers, […]

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Photos: Alabama Tribute At Grimey’s

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On Saturday, 9/21, fans gathered at Grimey’s New and Preloved Music in Nashville, TN to watch a handful of bands play during the Americana Music Festival. T. Hardy Morris and Amanda Shires were on hand to perform their contributions from High Cotton: A Tribute To Alabama.

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Song Premiere: Lucero Cover Alabama’s “The Closer You Get”

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Alabama, the best-selling band in country music, gets a thumbs up from the Americana crowd with High Cotton, a tribute album filled with performances by alt-country A-listers like Jason Isbell, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jessica Lea Mayfield and John Paul White. Lucero even stops by for a rusty-throated version of “The Closer You Get,” using […]

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Various Artists: High Cotton – A Tribute To Alabama

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Various Artists High Cotton – A Tribute To Alabama (Lightning Rod) Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Back in the day, Alabama were never taken very seriously by the rock crowd, even though their massive accumulation of country chart toppers won them some credence with pop purists. So with the band’s comeback tour underway, it’s […]

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Daily Discovery: Daniel Crane, “Stoplights”

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ARTIST: Daniel Crane SONG: Stoplights BIRTHDATE: 8/18/1989 HOMETOWN: Mobile, AL CURRENT LOCATION: Nashville, TN AMBITION: To be an inherently good person TURN-OFFS: Thoughtlessness TURN-ONS: Kindness DREAM GIG: To play at the Kokua Festival in Hawaii 5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Frank Sinatra, Ernest Hemingway, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw. MY […]

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Jason Isbell, Old Crow Medicine Show & More Pay Tribute to Alabama on High Cotton

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2013 marks the 40th anniversary for Alabama, the legendary country music group, and to celebrate, Lightning Rod Records is releasing High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama on September 17. Including everything from hits to deep cuts and featuring artists like Jason Isbell and Old Crow Medicine Show, the compilation was recorded appropriately in the South, between Muscle […]

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Guest Blog: James Storm

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Beer drinking, butt-kicking TNA IMPACT wrestling superstar “Cowboy” James Storm will head to Nashville this weekend for Lockdown, where he has his heart set on winning the heavyweight championship. Storm, who likes his music twangy and true, shared with us his top five favorite country songs. 1. “The Ride” by David Allan Coe This is […]

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Alabama Sounds: The Story of Muscle Shoals

The home state of W. C. Handy, Jimmie Rodgers, Nat King Cole, and Hank Williams, Sr., has a fertile musical history. But while those artists had to venture to Nashville, New Orleans, and Los Angeles to put their stamp on history, in the late 1950s a unique crew of native sons would turn out to […]

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Win Tickets To See Justin Townes Earle At Callaghan’s

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American Songwriter has partnered with Callaghan’s Irish Social Club and The Battle House to offer an exciting, exclusive contest. Enter now for a chance to win tickets to see Justin Townes Earle perform live at Callaghan’s. This prize pack includes a one night stay in the historic Battle House (Mobile, AL), just minutes away from […]

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