Watch Stevie Nicks Perform “Rhiannon” with Deer Tick

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At the end of December, Deer Tick held a six-night residency at the Brooklyn Bowl, performing covers of a different album each night, including Lou Reed’s Transformer and The Beatles’ Meet the Beatles. The residency culminated with a New Year’s Eve performance featuring special guest Stevie Nicks, who joined the band for a cover of […]

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Deer Tick: Change Is Good


John McCauley steps out of the makeshift fitting room in the corner of a tiny East Nashville boutique. He’s wearing a rather loud velour suit jacket and pants covered in a vertical-stripe pattern – crimson, gold, army green and grey-blue, among other colors – plus a Mickey Mouse T-shirt and a pair of Chuck Taylors. […]

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Highlights From The Newport Folk Festival


(Ramblin’ Jack Elliott) Awesome views, great people and amazing music – it doesn’t get much better than the Newport Folk Festival. Our colleagues had told us that by the end of the festival “everybody is family” and gosh darn it, they were right. By the time American Songwriter were on the ferry leaving the festival […]

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The Top 15 Artists We’re Excited To See At Newport Folk Festival


In terms of American music festivals, the Newport Folk Festival needs no introduction. It’s one of the oldest, most revered festivals in the country and since it’s birth in 1959 has repeatedly found itself at the crossroads of music history. But also, it’s not your father’s folk festival anymore — they’re broadening the definition of […]

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Deer Tick Releases New Song From Upcoming Album – Listen Now


Deer Tick titled their upcoming fifth studio album Negativity for a reason. Frontman John McCauley penned Negativity in the midst of a tumultuous period in his personal life, during his father’s prison sentence and the implosion of his engagement to Nikki Darlin of Nashville band Those Darlins. From McCauley’s pain and anguish rose a collection […]

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More Highlights From SXSW

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We caught John McCauley at the Shindig early Wednesday, several miles past the interstate in East Austin, so far east in fact that we felt like we were halfway to Dallas. But it proved to be a nice sanctuary from the crowds and the hustle, and a perfect way to spend the afternoon. McCauley was […]

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SXSW Photos: Wednesday

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Live from the Billy Reid Shindig with Nikki Lane, Natalie Prass, Jonny Fritz, John McCauley and more.

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This Week In Austin: The Billy Reid Shindig!

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RSVP HERE If you’re in Austin, Texas this week, naturally you’re looking to see some great bands and attend some amazing parties. Look no further than The Billy Reid Shindig, an annual event which tops itself this year with another stellar lineup. American Songwriter’s latest cover subjects, the mighty Dawes, will headline Wednesday’s showcase at […]

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American Songwriter Presents: John McCauley & Robert Ellis At The Stone Fox, 1/23/13


  American Songwriter is pleased to co-present with The Stone Fox two of our favorite songwriters on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. John McCauley, of the “divine and messy” rock and roll band Deer Tick as well as the new project Diamond Rugs, has had a prolific songwriting career since the release of 2007’s excellent War […]

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Inside SoundLand: Backstage With Jonny Corndawg

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Jonny Corndawg backstage at the War Memorial (click to watch) The “jogging cowboy” was seemingly everywhere this year – co-writing songs with indie rock supergroup Middle Brother, criss-crossing the country like Johnny Appleseed to promote his Kickstarter-funded album Down On The Bikini Line, and popping up in numerous publications (like ours). This video was shot […]

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M. Ward, Dawes and Jonny Corndawg At Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium (9/22/2011)


M. Ward, Dawes and Jonny Corndawg helped kick off this year’s Soundland music festival with performances at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium.

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