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All Time Low Releases New Single, Video for “Some Kind Of...

All Time Low has returned with their first new music in over a year.  Today the band shared, “Some Kind of Disaster,” a...

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Katie Dahl Reflects on Her Latest Album, ‘Wildwood’

Katie Dahl’s fifth studio album, Wildwood, is the Wisconsin singer-songwriter’s most stirring collection to date. It’s also a deeply felt homage to...

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Yamaha FGX5 Acoustic Guitar Review

The original Yamaha FG Red Label series of acoustic guitars were built in the 1960s and revered for their high-end Japanese craftsmanship...

Equipment Review: Mackie SRM-Flex Column Portable PA System

Performing songwriters, especially those that leverage acoustic instruments when they perform, should pay attention to this lightweight, all-in-one PA from Mackie. It...

Equipment Review: Yamaha STAGEPAS 1K Portable PA System

I’ll get right to the point on my favorite feature of this system: You can set this system up, from protected in its heavy-duty bag to sound check, in about 30 seconds. No kidding.

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The Story Behind The Song, “Change the World” by Eric Clapton

The Story Behind the Song: "Change the World" Written by Gordon Kennedy, Tommy Sims, Wayne Kirkpatrick Recorded by Eric Clapton A Q&A with Gordon Kennedy When and where...

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Kris Angelis Discovers Pain In Beauty With New Video, “That Siren, Hope”

One can not appreciate life’s many joys without enduring a bit of pain. Singer-songwriter Kris Angelis processes her own feelings on the matter with her stunning, wave-swept new video “That Siren, Hope,” premiering today on American Songwriter.

The Claudettes Go for the Gut in “Bad Babe, Losin’ Touch”

The Claudettes’ new song “Bad Babe, Losin’ Touch” – premiering today with an accompanying video on American Songwriter – was inspired by a truly bizarre dream. “I had a vivid dream that the Claudettes...

Book Review: ‘Dylan & Me: 50 Years of Adventures’ by Louie Kemp

There’s never been a book about Bob Dylan like this one. Because there’s never been a friend as close to Bob Dylan and for so long except for Louie. There was one other friend – Larry Kegan...

Kevin Faherty In Memory of Dave Olney

Nashville songwriter and friend to many Kevin Faherty, writer of "Singer-Songwriter Heaven" and other brilliant songs, was good friends with Dave Olney, who died yesterday. These are his words in memory of his friend.

Louisa Branscomb Debuts Video for “Barefoot Girl”

Out now is a new lyric video for “Barefoot Girl” by Louisa Branscomb, the third single off her latest album Gonna Love Anyway and Compass Records. The album has been sitting comfortably on the Folk DJ charts for six months...

A Poem by Stephen Kalinich

Stephen Kalinich (r) with Donovan. The Days of LifeA Poem by Stephen Kalinich One of the best things about being part of the songwriting community of Los Angeles is...

Inside an Icon: Henry Diltz and Sweet Baby James

There comes a time in your teenage years when image is everything. You’re searching for someone to emulate – you’re looking for a hero. Your parents aren’t heroic anymore – quite the contrary --  so you’re spending...

A Q&A With Director, Songwriter David Lynch

Though famous forever as one of the greatest and most prolific directors of movies Hollywood and the world has ever known, David Lynch is also a long-time musician, guitarist and songwriter. He's also a longtime Angeleno, who...

Exclusive Excerpt From ‘Conversations with Tom Petty, Expanded Edition’

Coming to L.A. Though Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were from Gainesville, Florida, it was in Los Angeles that their rock & roll dreams came true, and here they remained. Tom, while always...

Are We Really Three Days From A Solo Hayley Williams Release?

Paramore is an American rock band -- no doubt, but the band’s ability to shift their lyrics and sound of hard rock to emo, and pop rock has earned them a place as one of the most...

Gordon Kennedy, Writer of Eric Clapton Hit “Change the World,” Gives Advice for Songwriters

Gordon Kennedy has quite the resume. He is a multi-Grammy Award winning songwriter and record producer, a talented guitarist, and is widely considered to be a Nashville legend. Kennedy is most known for his hit song "Change The World,” recorded...

Bruce Springsteen Rocks Light of Day Foundation Parkinson’s Disease Fundraiser

The six-hour concert also featured spirited performances from James Maddock, Ben Arnold, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, The Weeklings, Williams Honor, Jill Hennessey, Dramaram, Boccigalupe and the Bad Boys and more. The night ended with Springsteen dedicating “Thunder Road” to Benjamin, accompanied on stage by many of the festival’s performing musicians.

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Behind the Song: The Rolling Stones, “You Can’t Always Get What...

Fifty years ago this past December, the Rolling Stones solidified the bluesy rebirth they had begun on Beggars Banquet with Let It...