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Song Start: Alabama’s “Forty Hour Week”

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Written by Dave Loggins, Lisa Silver and Don Schlitz, this #1 song and the title track on Alabama’s ninth album was their 17th hit...

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Songwriter Brett James

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 | 0 comments

In this songwriter profile we’ll take a look at one of Nashville’s biggest hit makers, Brett James.  He’s had over 300...

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Story Behind Jim Peterik’s “Vehicle”

Posted by on Jan 18, 2014 | 0 comments

You may know a few of Jim Peterik’s songs, “Eye of the Tiger,” “Sister Christian,” performed by Night...

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Story Behind Townes Van Zandt’s “Pancho And Lefty”

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 | 0 comments

“Pancho And Lefty” Wasn’t Historical Townes Van Zandt is one of the the best songwriters who ever walked the planet. ...

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Jimmy Webb’s “Highwayman”

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 | 0 comments

A lot of folks get a bit hung up on the last verse of Jimmy Webb’s “Highwayman since the song leaps through time from a bandit...

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Story Behind Loretta Lynn’s “Honky Tonk Girl”

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 | 0 comments

Penned in 1960, Loretta Lynn wrote this song at the age of 24.  She’d been married for 11 years and already had four children.  She...

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Bruce Springsteen Wrote ‘Blinded By The Light’?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 | 0 comments

This is a great example of how someone who writes the song may not be the best person to sing it, interpret it, or turn it into a hit....

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Story Behind Guy Clark’s “My Favorite Picture Of You”

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 | 0 comments

Guy Clark has been writing for years and goes back to the early days of hanging out with Townes Van Zandt. Who better to answer the...

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Songwriter Interview: Bob McDill

Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 | 0 comments

Interview with Nashville songwriting legend Bob McDill in American Songwriter on the state of country music. [Excerpt from the interview]...

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Interview with Marshall Chapman

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 | 0 comments

American Songwriter Magazine spent some time with Marshall Chapman.  This is a great interview covering her songwriting process, some new...

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NPR Project Song Moby & Kelli Scarr

Posted by on Apr 20, 2013 | 0 comments

Despite being given only 48 hours to complete a song, Moby and his collaborator Kelli Scarr completed theirs in one day. And it’s...

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NPR Project Song: Chris Walla & J. Robbins

Posted by on Oct 15, 2009 | 0 comments

Project Song documents the songwriting process over the course of two days. All songs created as part of the project are based on an image...

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NPR Project Song: Stephin Merritt

Posted by on May 24, 2009 | 0 comments

Project Song documents the songwriting process over the course of two days. All songs created as part of the project are based on an image...

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NPR Project Song: Nellie McKay

Posted by on May 9, 2009 | 0 comments

Yes – songwriting often involves a cell phone in hour 20! Project Song documents the songwriting process over the course of two...

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Songwriter Interview: Jamey Johnson

Posted by on May 9, 2009 | 0 comments

Here’s an interview with Jamey Johnson, co-writer of the 2007 CMA and ACM Song of the Year, the George Strait hit “Give It...

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NPR Project Song: Georgie James

Posted by on Apr 26, 2009 | 2 comments

Project Song documents the songwriting process over the course of two days. All songs created as part of the project are based on an image...

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Jason Blume: Songwriter Profile

Posted by on Jan 5, 2009 | 0 comments

  Jason Blume has written a number of hit songs and is known to most songwriters as the guy who took songwriting out of the darkness...

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Interview: Singer/Songwriter Vance Gilbert

Posted by on Jan 4, 2009 | 0 comments

I first saw Vance Gilbert when he opened for Shawn Colvin.  He’s been around for awhile – and as we all know, being a...

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