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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July/August 2014 Lyric Contest Spotlight: Matt Jordan

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“Smoke” 1st Place Written by Matt Jordan What was the inspiration behind “Smoke?” A lot of people write songs about girls being an addiction, about love being an addiction, and a lot of times they write songs about cocaine. I’ve never tried cocaine before [laughs] so I didn’t write a song about that, but I […]

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Download The May/June 2014 Issue Featuring Billy Joel

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Sometimes, it seems like you have to wait “The Longest Time” for the print edition of American Songwriter to show up in your mailbox. But if you have an iPad or Android tablet device, you don’t have to wait – you can delve into the digital edition of the May/June issue today and enjoy our […]

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Eyes On The Prize: How Rodney Crowell Met His Co-Writer

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It’s hard to break through as a non-performing songwriter in the music business. Many try. They come to Nashville with a battered guitar and a suitcase full of lyrics and toil in oblivion for years. They play songwriter rounds, honky-tonks, and doggedly pursue the reps of publishing companies, often times to no avail. Most never […]

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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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