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Gearing Up: Fender American Ultra Series Guitars

Fender has been making guitars that adapt to the evolving player since they opened shop in the ’50s. The continuting innovations that...

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...

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Songwriter U: Charting Power Ballads on Guitar

We’ve charted quite a few Americana and country songs in this column, but here’s something a little different: a chart for a “power ballad.”

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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Ellen Starski Releases New Single Ahead of Sophomore Record

As someone that uses music as a way to portray my emotions, there’s a certain appreciation I have for artists who sing about vulnerable subjects that not everyone wants to talk about. For Nashville artist Ellen Starski, she does...

Rob Snyder Shares Title Track Off Debut Album, ‘The Way That I Am’

Nashville singer-songwriter Rob Snyder will release his forthcoming debut album, The Way That I Am, via EMPIRE’s Big Plans Records this June. The lead single and title track–premiering today on American Songwriter with an accompanying video–is a...

Gideon King & City Blog Are Right On Time With “Just Remember”

Popular tastes in music tend to alternate every few years. When times are good and prosperous, a lot of musicians try to run against that current by putting out music with a keen sense of irony, writing songs veiled in...

Algiers Shares a Penchant for Passion and Persuasion

It would be easy to define Algiers as an insurgent ensemble. After all, they named themselves after a city that was at the crossover of the revolutionary movement of the 1960s, a place where Black Panthers, Angela...

Handsome Ghost Revisits the Past with “Massachusetts”

It's not uncommon for artists to change their musical style, reinvent themselves, and keep doing so more as time goes on. However, with ever-increasing changes, a corresponding amount of distance from one's original sound can make what an artist does...

Behind The Song: Carole King and Gerry Goffin, “Up on the Roof”

“Up on the Roof” Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King Early Tin Pan Alley songwriters, those who honed their craft during popular music’s gestational years of 1890 to 1910, delighted in themes of escape. “Meet Me To-night in Dreamland,” “Under...

Robert Cray Expands Boundaries on His Exuberant New Release

Robert Cray | That’s What I Heard | (Nozzle/Thirty Tigers) 3 1/2 out of 5 stars After 20-some studio releases starting back in the 80s, the challenge at this stage of...

Michael Ray, Carly Pearce Celebrate T.J. Martell Foundation Record-Setting Event

The T.J. Martell Foundation – the music industry’s leading nonprofit to fund innovative medical research focused on treatments and cures for cancer – topped its fundraising record at the 2020 Nashville Honors Gala, by surpassing $1 million. The landmark occasion celebrated...

Daily Discovery: Tetchy Get Very Touchy on Debut ‘Hounds’

Oozing some sticky ’90s grunge-punk, Maggie Denning willows I think I’m ready to let this go on opening track “Emotional Labor." Before you know it, she goes from whisper to screech on noisy “Fascist” where she's Past...

Matthew McNeal Premieres “Be Yourself” an Uplifting Tune From His Darkest Times

A powerful, borderline aggressive, yet empowering phrase and something that took songwriter Matthew McNeal years to realize and accept is now a mantra he lives by.  His newest release “Be Yourself,” is an intimate song rooted in...

Sierra Hull Navigates the Many Paths of Life on ’25 Trips’

Sierra Hull | 25 Trips | (Rounder Records) 4 out of 5 Maybe I’m beautifully out of place  And it won’t be long till I find my way At least that’s what you say This pensive query, posed in the...

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Rob Snyder Shares Title Track Off Debut Album, ‘The Way That...

Nashville singer-songwriter Rob Snyder will release his forthcoming debut album, The Way That I Am, via EMPIRE’s Big Plans Records this June....