Here’s The Lineup For Musicians Corner’s Acoustic Stage

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Musicians Corner is a free weekly concert series at Centennial Park in Nashville, which will run from May 3 to June 28 . The inaugural concert will feature Holly Williams, The David Mayfield Parade and Jars of Clay. In addition to the main stage, there will be a special Acoustic Stage, sponsored by Lightning 100. […]

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May/June 2014 Lyric Contest Spotlight: Blair Bodine


“Lonely Pretty Things” 1st Place| Written by Blair Bodine When did you write “Lonely Pretty Things?” It was probably a year and a half ago. It’s a little bit nerdy, but I was at the Frist Center for Visual Arts and I was attending a teacher training session for educators. We were learning about Ekphrastic […]

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Deadline Approaching for May/June Lyric Contest


Send in your entries! The deadline for the May/June 2014 Lyric Contest is Saturday, March 15 at midnight. The American Songwriter Lyric contest is open to songwriters worldwide. Judging is strictly lyric based, so no recordings or music are necessary. The winner will be eligible to win the grand prize of… 2014 “Dream Co-Write” with […]

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Enter the May/June 2014 Lyric Contest


We are currently accepting entries for the May/June 2014 Lyric Contest. The Deadline is March 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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American Songwriter Live: Robert Ellis


A polar wind blew through Nashville in January, but we found sanctuary one afternoon in the home of New West recording artist Robert Ellis. The space cowboy himself treated us to a performance of “Bottle Of Wine,” a dark-night-of-the-soul ballad off his upcoming album The Lights From The Chemical Plant. Ellis performs the song on […]

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Elvis Costello: The American Songwriter Interview

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This story appears in our January/February Legends Issue. “I don’t know what anyone else knows or what they don’t know or what they care about,” says Elvis Costello.“I’m just doing what I’m doing now, and I know what the value of the songs I’ve written is to me. I perceive what certain members of the […]

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Tom Brislin Visits American Songwriter


It’s not easy being a piano man in Guitar Town, but New Jersey native Tom Brislin seems to make it work. During his career, Brislin has played keys for a who’s who of famous rockers, including Meat Loaf, Yes and Debbie Harry. Brislin, who moved to Nashville with the hope of launching a career as […]

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Drew Holcomb Hits The Roof For “Can’t Take It With You”

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We love getting impromptu visits from the neighbors, especially when they’re as talented as Drew Holcomb. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter, known for his smokey voice and plaintive lyrics, joined us on the roof one overcast day to perform “Can’t Take It With You.” The song, from 2013′s Good Light, was inspired by the Cormac McCarthy play […]

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Enter the January/February 2014 On My Deathbed Contest


The Martin 000-15SM continues the C.F. Martin Company tradition with solid, all-mahogany construction and a rich satin finish. The Martin 000-size 12-fret neck features a slotted headstock. Satisfy your desire with an affordable solid wood guitar that is visually distinctive and innovative. (Click here to read our review). Want to own one? Simply click the […]

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The Muse January Sampler


In conjunction with our January/February  issue, American Songwriter proudly presents The Muse January Sampler, featuring must-hear tracks from some of our favorite artists. And the best thing about it? It’s free! You can download the sampler by going to Wild Cub – “Thunder Clatter” Wild Cub contain familiar elements of other high-profile indie bands: […]

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The Top 50 Albums Of 2013: Honorable Mentions


When you’re putting together a Records of the Year list, you’re bound to leave off some worthy contenders. You wrote in and let us know who you thought should have been on our Top 50 List, and guess what. . . we agree with you. Here are 15 more praise-worthy records from 2013. See if […]

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American Songwriter’s Top 50 Songs Of 2013

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50.  Slaid Cleaves, “Texas Love Song” In this love triangle between a man, a woman, and the Lone Star State, Slaid Cleaves manages to rhyme “deep in the heart of Texas” with “where nobody can text us,” which by itself would warrant placement on this list. 49. Lorde, “Royals” Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor was the anti-Miley […]

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