L.R. Baggs and American Songwriter Present: Cale Tyson

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Here at American Songwriter, we love a good, sad country song. Lucky for us, former AS intern Cale Tyson is a master of that craft. Tyson recently released his second EP, Cheater’s Wine, a set of sweet and solemn songs that feature lead guitar work and backing vocals by Robert Ellis. We teamed back up with L.R. Baggs […]

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Videos: The Compose Yourself Songwriter Course


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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Watch Peter Frampton Discuss “Shadow Of My Mind”

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The Cincinnati Ballet was the unlikely muse for Peter Frampton‘s latest work, Hummingbird In A Box. The songs on the album are crafted for dance, and were debuted as Frampton performed with the Ballet last year. “Writing for dance was a wonderfully freeing experience. There were no boundaries. We were able to push the composing envelope,” he said. Frampton talks […]

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Watch Trampled By Turtles Perform “Lucy” At WFPK


You’re in luck if you missed out on this year’s Forecastle Festival, or just overslept during Trampled By Turtles‘ set. The bluegrass band has released clips from their intimate performance at WFPK‘s studio, which took place during Forecastle Weekend. “Lucy” is a cut from this year’s Wild Animals. Propelled by a cello’s steady pulse, it’s a song that simmers […]

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Bill Callahan Goes Lunar In New Video


Bill Callahan becomes the moon in his cosmic new video for “Javelin Unlanding.” Volcanoes explode, mountains become faces, and tornadoes rampage the earth, all set to a dreamy combo of bongos and flute.  The animated video was directed by Hanly Banks and Chris Rusch with Visual Consultants Travis Benn, Derek Gildersleeve. The single comes from his critically acclaimed 2013 album Dream River.  This […]

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Maddie & Tae Reverse Gender Roles In New “Girl In A Country Song” Video


The catchy new track “Girl In A Country Song” from teenage songwriting duo Maddie & Tae has been making waves  for calling out the men of country music by using their own lyrics against them. In their new video, the pair illustrate the ridiculousness of popular “bro-country” songs and music videos by turning the tables on their male counterparts. The clip […]

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Watch The Wood Brothers Perform “Shoofly Pie” At On-Airstreaming


Austin, Texas has a reputation for housing the unconventional, so its popular On-Airstreaming certainly has a home. The web series features performances and interviews from up-and-coming musicians in an unusual setting – the intimate interior of an Airstream trailer. Prior artists include The Civil Wars, Shakey Graves, Augustana and a wide variety of others. The latest installment of the series […]

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Welcome To The Future, Ladies: Neko Case And Kelly Hogan’s “These Aren’t The Droids”

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Neko Case and Kelly Hogan recently teamed up to take on fanboy culture and the “man-child” epidemic in their new song “These Aren’t the Droids.” The music video features Case sporting a Spock costume and Princess Lea wig opposite Hogan as Chewbacca while the two playfully mock a future entirely shaped by teenage boys. Case and Hogan eventually […]

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Watch Boy And Bear Perform “Southern Sun” At On-Airstreaming

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Popular Austin-based web series  On-Airstreaming showcases up-and-coming acts in an unexpected venue – a vintage Airstream trailer. Artists from The Civil Wars to Dawes, Shakey Graves and more have performed unplugged sets for a small group of fans from the show’s unique location. On this week’s episode, Australian folk-rockers Boy and Bear performed an acoustic version of their single “Southern Sun” from […]

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Watch The Video For Brett Dennen’s “Out Of My Head”


The Artist: Folk/pop artist Brett Dennen The Song: “Out Of My Head” from the album Smoke and Mirrors. Fun Fact: Dennen has claimed that the song is his favorite track on the album. He also drew all of the art in the video himself. Sounds Like: An upbeat Ben Lee or Eric Hutchinson.

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Watch Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s “Bad Man” Video


Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy‘s 2013 self-titled album was difficult to pin down, both lyrically and physically. It was released with a decided lack of fanfare, with no press and available only at his shows or from the record stores to which he personally delivered copies. This separation and obscurity seem to be a theme. “Mind your own business and stay […]

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Video Premiere: Baskery, “Catflap”


The Band: Baskery:Greta, Stella & Sunniva Bondesson, three Swedish sisters based in Nashville. The Video: “Catflap,” a brand new song which will appear on their next album. Fun Fact: The girls have coined the term “banjopunk” to describe their unusual sound. Songwriter Says: “A cat flap is what Americans know as doggy door, and the […]

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