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Black Keys

Today’s Song, November 27, 2020: “Fever” by The Black Keys

One of the best things that happened soon after the turn of the 21st century was the formation and emergence of The Black Keys in 2001. Dan Auerbach, songwriter, guitarist and Patrick Carney, songwriter and drummer (and nephew of the late great horn player Ralph Carney) were friends since they were kids. They made their More

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Mike Campbell

Tom Petty’s 70th Birthday Bash, Part 1: “Echo”

Tom called it “the best Tom Petty record that Tom Petty wasn’t at.” As part of our Tom Petty 70th Birthday Celebration today, we are starting with this, my discussion about “Echo” with Tom from “Conversations with Tom Petty.” He considered it his “saddest album,” because it was such a sad time for him. Yet More

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11 Blocks

Wrabel Shares His Love For Collaboration and Numbers

From relentless relatability to undeniable depth, Stephen Wrabel is the perfect candidate for compelling storytelling. While live-streaming an exclusive show for American Songwriter’s Behind The Mic series, the artist shares his love for collaboration and his even deeper love for the mystifying meaning that numbers hold for him.   “I rely so much on co-writing and collaboration, More

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San Francisco

The Mowgli’s Talk About Staying Positive During Quarantine

Sporting floral Hawaiian shirts, Katie Jayne Earl and Josh Hogan from The Mowgli’s share their quarantine experience and perform some of their newest releases on American Songwriter’s exclusive Behind The Mic series.  Attempting to foster positivity in this time of uncertainty, Hogan is quick to dedicate their newest release, “Vacation” to all of the essential More

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Country Music

Lainey Wilson Shares a True Southern Success Story on ‘Behind the Mic’

The strikingly vibrant country singer/songwriter Lainey Wilson is unabashedly southern. So southern, in fact, that Wilson confirmed that “southern is absolutely the best word to describe [her].” Her roots, however, don’t merely define her past. Wilson built and continues to build, a rapidly rising career on the foundation of her rural hometown and upbringing. And More

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