Masters Of Songwriting: Luke Laird

You won’t see Luke Laird onstage very often... but you will hear his songs there. You’ll also see them on the Billboard charts, where 14 of his country co-writes have climbed all the way #1. We talked with the man behind some of the decade’s biggest tunes, from Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” to Eric Church’s “Drink In My Hand,” about songwriting, John Prine, and why it pays to show up. How many songs do you write per week? On average, I usually get three or four new songs a week. Some weeks there’s more; some weeks there’s less. What percentage of those songs actually see the light of day? Very low [laughs]. Let me see... I guess the percentage would be a little higher right now, because I had a really great year in 2013. It doesn’t mean that all of them will necessarily get released, but I probably had close to twenty songs recorded. What do you do with the songs that don’t go anywhere? Do you ever return to them and rewrite them? The good thing about being a songwriter is if you write something and nobody likes it right away, it doesn’t mean it’s the end of…

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