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Songwriter Interview: Bob McDill

Interview with Nashville songwriting legend Bob McDill in American Songwriter on the state of country music.

[Excerpt from the interview]

“One thing all great songs have in common is that there is something there the listener can relate to,” said McDill. “Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’ is an example:” 

You got a fast car 
But is it fast enough so we can fly away?
We gotta make a decision Leave tonight or live and die this way

. . .

McDill said that he was blessed to have worked with many interesting singers: Bobby Bare, Ann Murray, Don Williams, Allen Jackson, Doug Stone, Crystal Gale, etc. This list goes on.

“But I don’t listen to the radio anymore,” said McDill. “All those silly little phrases. I don’t get it,” he said. “Some of [the modern country music] lacks definition.”

Now that’s a statement!  [Read more]

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