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Neil Diamond Collaborates With The London Symphony Orchestra And Revisits ‘Classic...

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Neil Diamond remains strong and active in 2020. The Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee has been hard at work this year and,...

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Guitarist Mike Dawes pays tribute to Eddie Van Halen in this jaw-dropping performance of the Van Halen classic “Jump,” complete with Dawes playing all...

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Gear Review: Positive Grid Spark Amp

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How do you sit with guitar in hand and not want to play the Spark amp all day? Seriously, Positive Grid’s new amp,...

Gear Review: PreSonus Eris HD10BT Headphones

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Recording engineers, home studio owners and performing musicians know the PreSonus name from their line of mixing boards, studio and live sound speakers, microphones,...

Gear Review: Orange Crush Acoustic 30 Amp

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Sam Morrow Gets By and Gets Down With Slinky, Swampy, Funk-Infused Americana 

Sam Morrow | Gettin’ By on Gettin’ Down | (Forty Below Records) 3 1/2 out of 5 stars “My favorite rock & roll is the stuff that has groove to it…funky, layered rock…” proclaims Texas-bred country rocker...

Despite Numerous Accomplishments, Queen Naija Says She Is Just Getting Started

Just a few days ago, Atlanta-based R&B singer-songwriter, Queen Naija, celebrated her 25th birthday. While, in many ways, she is still quite a young person, Naija has, nevertheless, already seen a great deal of life. She is a mother to...

Benedict Laments His ‘Great Heartbreak’ On New Single “Sport to You”

“I went through the ‘great heartbreak’ of my life,” Benedict told American Songwriter. “I think every songwriter — every human — knows what I mean when I say that. In life, you have let-downs, but there’s always...

Notelle Breaks Genre Boundaries With EDM, Pop, Vocals

There’s no one way to describe Notelle. She’s been dubbed a rising dark alternate pop artist, EDM featured vocalist and topliner but none of that truly explains who she is or what her music is about. Many...

The Shadowboxers Weigh in Once Again With ‘The Slow March of Time Flies By’

The Shadowboxers | The Slow March of Time Flies By | (independent release)Three out of Five Stars Nostalgia can be kickstarted in several different ways. It might be an old movie, a faded photograph, a...

Saunder Jurriaans Faces His Past, and All its Monsters, on ‘Beasts’

Saunder Jurriaans has been fighting monsters for some time. Nearly a decade earlier, as he was coping with severe depression, Jurriaans started unraveling a number of often imaginary “creatures” impacting his life and mental health at the...

Plants and Animals Deliver a Dialed-In Existential Reckoning in ‘The Jungle’

Last week Plants and Animals dropped their fifth album, The Jungle, which sees the Montreal trio delivering their most dialed-in—and far out—collection to date in just eight tracks. The indie rock outfit—composed of Warren...

Lizzie Weber Discusses How Isolation Helped Her Write “How Does It Feel”

The world has changed, and it has forced change upon us. Internally, externally, we’ve all been forced to adapt and evolve. As a society we’ve become both stronger and more vulnerable and those enhanced traits have trickled...

Mabes Pays Homage to Bobbie Gentry, and That Bygone Era of Glitz and Glamour on “Caught Up”

Throughout the 1960s and ’70s, Bobbie Gentry often made the performance rounds on the “The Ed Sullivan Show,” 'The Bob Hope Show," and “The Andy Williams Show.” She even graced “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” with her...

ASPN & Michael Franti’s ‘Stay Human’ Podcast Join Forces to Spread Positivity

Today, the American Songwriter Podcast Network and the Stay Human podcast are announcing their partnership. Stay Human is an invigorating package of experience and dialogue where the renowned singer-songwriter and activist (among other occupations) Michael Franti hosts...

Jessie Baylin Shares What Went Into The Making of “Storms”

Nashville singer-songwriter, Jessie Baylin, practically grew up in a New Jersey bar. Her parents owned the restaurant and, subsequently, had to spend nearly all their waking hours there. Baylin, as a result, was treated to life lessons...

In Celebration of “The Saddest Key,” D minor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDo1617aXX4&t=30s Essential D minor: Tom Waits, "Eggs & Sausage" This is our second story in our series on the characteristics of musical keys. We started with the "people's key," C major. From there...

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