1. My admiration of Bruce Robison is well documented. He has a very natural way of songwriting — one that makes every line seem like an adage from an experienced, trusted elder. His latest record, a duets record (at last) with wife […]
Holly Williams took a few minutes huddled in the corner of a hotel room with poor cell service to talk songwriting, the South, and her new record The Highway. I grew up with my mom in Nashville. It was a musical household, […]
Thad Cockrell has made a lot of music in his time — from the early country of Stack of Dreams to the modern pop of his latest project Leagues — but with excellent songwriting the entire way. I got to talk to him about […]
Sean McConnell joined me by phone recently from his home in Nashville to talk about inspiration, influence, writing, and a whole lot more. His latest release is Midland. How did songwriting get in your system? I was born in Massachusetts. My mom […]
Walt Wilkins joined me on the phone recently from his home in Austin, on a particularly beautiful day in a city that seems to have no shortage of them. I wanted to talk to him about a recent comment he […]
1. Has impending death ever sounded so joyful? Justin Townes Earle announces his intention to drown in the Harlem River in the lead single from his upcoming album of the same name, and between the clapping and the gospel choir, […]
1. Don’t let the organ intro or the odd cover art fool you: Doug Paisley knows heartbreak, and he knows it well. This song, from his self-titled first record, might be the saddest thing I have heard in a while, […]
1. Jamey Johnson made his name writing songs, both for other artists (George Strait, Joe Nichols) and from his breakout sophomore record That Lonesome Song. Songwriters are able to step off the path that singers and entertainers are forced to […]
1. Jamie Wilson, who made her name with the (Sidehill) Gougers before becoming a part of the Trishas, makes a strong case that she might be in best form as a solo artist with her debut EP Dirty Blonde Hair. […]
1. David Rawlings and Gillian Welch make what is generally considered throwback music. From Gillian’s first record Revival, the duo have been making music that doesn’t depend on trends or the passage of time — an Appalachian folk mixture that […]
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