TIM EASTON: On the Money
Easton’s textured, one-of-a-kind LPs run a low risk of being lost or tossed aside like so much jewel-cased rubbish, which-in addition to a rejuvenated love for painting-is why he made them in the first place.
Continue Reading Lyric Contest Winners | July/August 2009 Continue Reading Lyric Spotlight | July/August 2009 Continue Reading THE FEATURES: On the Horizon
Songs are not always what they seem; never confidently infer meanings of a lyric from a band’s bio . . .
Continue Reading AMERICAN SONGWRITER AMATEUR LYRIC CONTEST 2008 GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Within a two-week span, Abbie Gardner recently found out she won both the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (in the Folk category) and also the Grand Prize in the American Songwriter Lyric Contest.
Continue Reading BEN HARPER: Role Models
With White Lies for Dark Times, Ben Harper finds his genre-defying hybrid taking root in rockier plains—and that musical immediacy creates a tension that ratchets up his always on-point lyrics . . .
Continue Reading On Track: John Vandeslice
The concept album lives on in the less grandiose visions of indie rock auteurs Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), John Darnielle (Mountain Goats) and John Vanderslice . . .
Continue Reading JEFF TWEEDY Continue Reading 25 Of Our Favorite Songs From 1984-2009
The older one gets, the more one looks back at those years now gone. American Songwriter’s reached the ripe age of 25 and the best years are ahead. But as happy as turning 25 makes us, we decided to look back at all the songs we’ve found and loved since 1984, the year the magazine started . . .
Continue Reading Todd Snider: Man With a Plan
Todd Snider—who admits at 42, “I still read Spin and listen to the Kings of Leon”—isn’t concerned with being cool.
Continue Reading LENNY KRAVITZ > Let Love Rule: Deluxe Edition
Lenny Kravitz is a polarizing figure in rock music…
Continue Reading Moby: Carry On
It’s an early Monday morning, and Moby, in Clark Kent glasses, is drinking green tea at the Sunset Towers, former home to much Hollywood royalty.