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Was Jim Morrison a Poet? « American Songwriter

Was Jim Morrison a Poet? « American Songwriter

Bob Dylan was the first rocker ever to be accused of being a poet. Dylan passed the buck, electing Smokey Robinson as “America’s greatest living poet.” When Pink’s teacher catches him writing lyrics in the classroom in Pink Floyd’s The Wall, he dickishly asks, “What have we here, laddie? Mysterious scribblings? A secret code? No! …

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A Q&A With Dan Reeder « American Songwriter

A Q&A With Dan Reeder « American Songwriter

Photo courtesy of the artist In the early 2000s, Dan Reeder sent John Prine a CD that inspired Prine to sign Reeder to his label, Oh Boy Records. Since then, Reeder has balanced his impressive career as a visual artist with writing and producing music. The refreshingly frank folk singer has since become known for …

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The Rolling Stones, "She Smiled Sweetly" « American Songwriter

The Rolling Stones, “She Smiled Sweetly” « American Songwriter

The Rolling Stones have sustained long enough to have taken on many different musical personas in their storied career. You might think of them as the brash, sneering anti-Beatles of the early years, or the debauched but peerless blues rockers of the middle period, or even the age-defying rock machine of recent vintage. The era …

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Up and Rolling « American Songwriter

Up and Rolling « American Songwriter

North Mississippi AllstarsUp and Rolling(New West)Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Think the physical CD medium is dead? Pick up a copy of this 11th studio album from the journeymen North Mississippi Allstars and show the streamers what they’re missing. This set was inspired by a series of photographs taken in 1996 when Texas photographer Wyatt …

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#19, “A Hard Day’s Night” « American Songwriter

Photo by UPI. Public Domain. “A Hard Day’s Night” Album: A Hard Day’s Night (1964) Composers: Lennon/McCartney An instantly recognizable chord (Fadd9, according to George Harrison) from Harrison’s twelve-string that is at once resonant and brief announces the beginning of this Beatles classic, “A Hard Day’s Night.” Like the opening chord, the song is a …

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Here To Stay « American Songwriter

Here To Stay « American Songwriter

At the 2013 American Association of Independent Music Libera Awards, The Lumineers, then a new group in a category that included such better-knowns as Bob Mould and Taylor Swift, took home the award for “Hardest Working Artist of the Year.” Six years and two platinum albums later, they’re working as hard as ever. Today The …

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War In My Mind « American Songwriter

War In My Mind « American Songwriter

Beth HartWar In My Mind(Provogue)Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars There are artists who show their emotions and then there is Beth Hart. Even though the veteran singer-songwriter has had career and personal ups and downs since her mid-90’s debut, including well publicized substance abuse and bi-polar issues, she has always exposed her soul. Now …

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Martin Guitar Reveals New Johnny Cash Model With Help From John Carter Cash And Carlene Carter « American Songwriter

Martin Guitar Reveals New Johnny Cash Model With Help From John Carter Cash And Carlene Carter « American Songwriter

Photo Credit: Laura E. Partain At a recent event in Nashville, Martin Guitars announced their newest model: The DX Johnny Cash. To herald the news, the iconic country legend’s son, John Carter Cash, and stepdaughter, Carlene Carter, surprised the audience by taking the stage and performing three Carter Family songs, including “Will The Circle Be …

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Margo Price Joins Old Crow Medicine Show On "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" « American Songwriter

Margo Price Joins Old Crow Medicine Show On “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” « American Songwriter

Photo by Crackerfarm On October 4, Old Crow Medicine Show will release Live At The Ryman, a new live album that compiles some of the beloved string band’s best performances from their 40-plus appearances on Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium stage. Ahead of the album’s release, the band has shared Live At The Ryman track “Louisiana Woman, …

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