15 Classic Songs About Dogs

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Whether as hellhounds or loyal companions, canines have been part of our lives for thousands of years. Grant Maxwell, the author of How Does It Feel?: Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Philosophy of Rock and Roll put together this list of 15 memorable songs about dogs. Think of these tunes as a music lover’s best friend. Big Mama […]

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Another Side of Ray Benson

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Ray Benson is best known as the leader of Asleep At The Wheel, America’s foremost exponents of Western Swing and the music of Bob Wills. Benson has kept The Wheel going for more than 43 years, making them easily one of the country’s longest running bands. Close to 100 members have passed through the group. […]

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Lost Waylon Jennings/Old 97′s EP Due In October

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Omnivore Recordings is set to release a six-song EP featuring two Waylon Jennings/Old 97’s collaborations and four Old 97’s demos. Two of the demos are previously unreleased. The collaboration came about after Jennings attended an Old 97’s show in 1996. Jennings got in the studio with the band and recorded the tracks later that year. […]

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I’m A Rascal: A Q&A with Billy Joe Shaver

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Jonny Fritz (the recording artist formerly known as Jonny Corndawg) spoke with 73-year old country music icon Billy Joe Shaver, who just released his 21st album Live At Billy Bob’s. No one was harmed in the making of this interview. Click here to listen to the audio version of this interview I was over at […]

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Lilly Hiatt, “Young Black Rose” (Song Premiere)

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Lilly Hiatt is a recording artist for the newly minted Normaltown Records and the daughter of celebrated singer-songwriter John Hiatt. Let Down, her debut album with her band The Dropped Ponies, was produced by Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, Gretchen Peters) and is due October 23. Check out the impressive album track “Young Black Rose” below. […]

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Guitar 101: Studio Guitar Legends, Nashville

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In the early history of recorded country music, the recordings were done in places other than Nashville. Country guitar players in the 1920s included Sam McGee, Riley Puckett, and the legendary songwriter Jimmie Rodgers, but there was no such thing as a “session player” back then. Maybelle Carter and The Carter Family recorded the classic […]

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Willie Nelson: Live! At the US Festival 1983

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Willie Nelson Live! At the US Festival 1983 (Shout! Factory) Rating: By the time Willie Nelson was asked to headline Country Day at Steve Wozniak’s US Festival on June 4, 1983, he’d been a major instigator of the outlaw country movement, racked up 30 Top 40 country hits (eight of which were chart-toppers) and had […]

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Country Artists Band Together For New Waylon Jennings Tribute Album

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On February 7, Scatter Records/Average Joes Entertainment will release The Music Inside: A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings, Volume II, the follow-up to last year’s hit record Volume I. This album is the second in a three-volume series, and as expected, features an all-star line up –  Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., Jessi Colter, Montgomery […]

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Songs You Need To Hear: Shooter Jennings, “Outlaw You”

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Shooter Jennings has a bone to pick with pretty boys. Specifically, ones cloaking themselves in the mantle of “outlaw.” His new song, “Outlaw You,” premiered today in lyric video form on CMT.com, and while he doesn’t name names, Jennings takes aim at the “pretty boy in the baseball hat,” who gets his boots from his […]

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Introducing The American Songwriter iPad App

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You already love American Songwriter magazine, but are you ready to take it to the next level? Introducing the American Songwriter iPad App (includes the May/June 2011 for free). The brand new App offers the rich media experience of video, streaming music and exclusive contests, aimed at inspiring musicians and songwriters with stories and tips […]

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Waylon Jennings: The Eternal Outlaw

Waylon Jennings had not yet realized his potential as a songwriter when he first played “Good Hearted Woman” for Willie Nelson at a poker game. After hearing it, Nelson sneaked in this line right before the hook: “Through teardrops and laughter/we’ll walk through this world hand in hand.” And suddenly that collaboration, now a country […]

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Waylon Jennings, “Good Hearted Woman”

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“Good Hearted Woman” is the title cut from Waylon Jennings’ first of two albums for RCA in 1972.

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