A People’s History of American Songwriter: Robert Clement

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(Publisher 2004-2012; Co-Owner 2004-present) “So, what are you boys here for? Ya’ll want me to buy this rag?” That was the first thing out of Rolling Stone co-founder and publisher Jann Wenner’s mouth 10 years ago this month. Somehow, co-owner Doug Waterman any I found ourselves in a 1,500 square foot office overlooking the Avenue […]

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A People’s History of American Songwriter: Michael Kosser

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Michael Kosser: Columnist (1984-2011) If you walked up and down Music Row in 1984, you’d be pleased at how little had changed over the past decade or two. All the little houses that held the offices of small companies were still there. Most of the few office buildings along the Row looked like they belonged. […]

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A People’s History of American Songwriter: Deborah Evans Price

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Deborah Evans Price: Associate Editor (1986-1996) In my 30 years in Nashville, I’ve been blessed to write for some great publications, but my time as associate editor at American Songwriter will always hold a special place in my heart. Because the magazine covered writers from every musical genre, it was a wonderful vehicle for a […]

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The Heart Of The Song: A Q&A with John Oates

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This article was originally published in July 2012. This month John Oates helps select the winner of American Songwriter’s first Coffeehouse Tour. We talked with Oates about his current work with up-and-coming artists, working in Nashville, and the challenges of building an audience while on tour. You and Daryl Hall have shown a lot of […]

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American Songwriter’s Christmas Playlist

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A great American songwriter once wrote, “Jingle bells/ Batman smells/ Robin laid an egg.” We may never know the author of that timeless composition, but here’s 20 more great holiday songs whose origins are not in doubt. Season’s greetings, y’all. 1. Paul Simon – “Getting Ready For Christmas Day” 2. Hayes Carll – “Grateful for […]

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Enter the March/April 2015 Lyric Contest

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We are currently accepting entries for the March/April 2015 Lyric Contest. Deadline is January 15 at Midnight. Enter now for your chance to win a…   2015 “Dream Co-Write” with country music singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook Professional Demo Session (1 song) at Omni Sound Studios Round-Trip Flight to Nashville (domestic only) Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar Legendary […]

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American Songwriter’s 30th Anniversary Party on January 8

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  American Songwriter magazine will kick off the new year by celebrating its 30th Anniversary at Nashville’s City Winery. The night will include unforgettable performances by friends and long-time supporters of the magazine such as Jason Isbell, John Oates, Jim Lauderdale, Elizabeth Cook, Andrew Combs, Cory Branan, and more, performing alongside the intoxicating sounds of […]

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Videos: The Compose Yourself Songwriter Course

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Below, you’ll find the latest videos in David Alzofon’s Compose Yourself songwriting series. Put on your thinking cap, tune up the guitar and get ready to learn a few new tricks. We’ll be uploading this page each time a new video is ready – check back often! Don’t miss Alzofon’s Measure For Measure column in […]

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Enter the January/February 2015 Lyric Contest

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We are currently accepting entries for the January/February 2015 Lyric Contest. Deadline is November 15 at Midnight. Enter now for your chance to win a…   2015 “Dream Co-Write” with country music singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook Professional Demo Session (1 song) at Omni Sound Studios Round-Trip Flight to Nashville (domestic only) Gibson LG-2 American Eagle Acoustic-Electric […]

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Enter the November/December 2014 Lyric Contest

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We are currently accepting entries for the November/December 2014 Lyric Contest. The Deadline is September 15 at Midnight. Enter your lyrics ($15.00 per song) for your chance to win a… 2014 “Dream Co-Write” with Warner Nashville artist and hit songwriter Ashley Monroe Professional Demo Session (1 song) at Omni Sound Studios Round-Trip Flight to Nashville (domestic only) Gibson […]

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Download “The Nashville Issue” Featuring Conor Oberst

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In the cover story to our first-ever Nashville-themed issue, we talk with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes about his stellar new solo album Upside Down Mountain, which reflects his newly settled domestic life after years of relentless touring and a prodigious output of poetry-infused lyrics. We also bring you an insider’s look at Nashville’s thriving […]

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Enter the September/October 2014 Lyric Contest

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We are currently accepting entries for the September/October 2014 Lyric Contest. The Deadline is July 15 at Midnight. Enter your lyrics ($15.00 per song) for your chance to win a… 2014 “Dream Co-Write” with Warner Nashville artist and hit songwriter Ashley Monroe Professional Demo Session (1 song) at Omni Sound Studios Round-Trip Flight to Nashville […]

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