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Wanda Jackson, "Let's Have A Party" « American Songwriter

Wanda Jackson, “Let’s Have A Party” « American Songwriter

The notion of a woman making a rock ‘n’ roll record in 1960 may have seemed downright scandalous to people who hadn’t yet gotten used to the music of singers like Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent. So when Wanda Jackson released the uptempo rocker “Let’s Have a Party” she helped open the door for women …

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Thrashing Thru The Passion « American Songwriter

Thrashing Thru The Passion « American Songwriter

The Hold SteadyThrashing Thru The Passion(Frenchkiss Records)Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Thrashing Thru The Passion might technically be listed as the first new album by The Hold Steady in five years, but you might have heard some of these songs before. The second half of the album consists of five tracks that have all …

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Steve Miller Drops Unreleased Track "Say Wow!" Ahead Of Box Set Release « American Songwriter

Steve Miller Drops Unreleased Track “Say Wow!” Ahead Of Box Set Release « American Songwriter

Photo courtesy of the artist On October 11, Steve Miller will release Welcome To The Vault, a career-spanning box set featuring unreleased recordings, demos, live performances and more. Ahead of that release, Miller has shared the previously unreleased track “Say Wow!” Miller recorded “Say Wow!” in 1973. Steve Miller Band’s landmark album The Joker came …

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Rodney Crowell: Texas « American Songwriter

Rodney Crowell: Texas « American Songwriter

Rodney CrowellTexas(RC1 Records)Rating: 4 out of 5 stars If you can judge a party by its guest list, Rodney Crowell’s Texas is a serious rager. Ronnie Dunn, Lee Ann Womack and Willie Nelson are on board, and that’s just on a single track. Crowell flexed his Rolodex muscle for a cycle of songs that sometimes …

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Rear View Mirror « American Songwriter

Rear View Mirror « American Songwriter

Jeff GoldRear View Mirror(Windyapple Records) Jeff Gold, along with songwriting luminaries including Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Steve Forbert, Willie Nile and The Roches, emerged from the New York songwriter scene of the early ‘80s very much in the sway of the late great Jack Hardy. Jack famously held weekly songwriting circles in which songs were shared …

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Eilen Jewell: Gypsy « American Songwriter

Eilen JewellGypsy(Signature Sounds)Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Studio album number eight from Idaho based singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell covers most of the bases that comprise the somewhat vague Americana genre. Although born and raised in the northwest (where she still lives), Jewell writes music steeped in the American South. Various tunes from this dozen track …

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The Stone Poneys, "Different Drum" « American Songwriter

The Stone Poneys, “Different Drum” « American Songwriter

The guy that wrote the song wanted to record it with his hit band but was turned down flat. And the girl that sang it never liked her performance. Yet the public has spoken since when the song was released in 1967 and in the half-century since to make “Different Drum” by the Stone Poneys …

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Beth Bombara: Evergreen « American Songwriter

Beth Bombara: Evergreen « American Songwriter

Beth BombaraEvergreen(Lemp Electric)Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars There are some vocalists whose voice is so distinctive that they immediately distinguish themselves from the larger pack. On the female side are singers like Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Amy Winehouse … and plenty of others; voices you only need hear once to know they don’t sound …

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