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Annual Lyric Contest Winner Set To Be Announced Soon

American Songwriter has received countless submissions for each 2019 bi-monthly Lyric Contest in hopes of being awarded annual Grand prize -- and the time to make a final decision is fast approaching. The winner will receive:

Matthew Francis Andersen, Former Lyric Contest Winner, Set to Release Third Album

When Matthew Francis Andersen won the 2012 American Songwriter Lyric Contest the prize of co-writing with Hayes Carll may have seemed – at least at the time – a dream come true. Now, closing in on a...

Bob Dylan Song Contest Winner Announced: Rod Abernethy “Oxford Town”

Abernethy turned the relatively obscure early Dylan song about racial injustice into a tour-de-force, complete with a focused vocal delivery, tight and percussive rhythm, fiery guitar licks and solid harmonica playing.

Enter the January/February High Five Contest

Guitar: DX Johnny Cash In the early 1970s, Martin Guitar was commissioned to design an all-black lacquered D-35 for country star Johnny Cash. Though Martin...

Introducing the 2020 American Songwriter Lyric Contest Judges

The judges for the 2020 American Songwriter Lyric Contest have been announced, and this year’s crop of jurists includes some of the best singer-songwriters in the game today. Read about our High Court below, and be sure to enter the...

Lyric Winner Larry Black Discusses “Parallel Universes”

1st Place "Parallel Universes" Larry Black Asheville, NC Read the winning lyrics here. What compelled you to enter this song in the lyric contest?  I had some other lyrics that I planned to enter that I wanted to revise. The deadline came, and I decided...

November/December 2019 Lyric Contest Winners

Congratulations to all our November/December 2019 winners! Click here to enter the January/February 2020 contest! 1st Place "Parallel Universes" by Larry E. Black Asheville, NC Somewhere, someone is kissing a loverthat should've been mine.Somewhere, someone is rocking a babydescended from my line.Somewhere,...

You Could Win the Limited Paul McCartney Egypt Station Traveller’s Edition Luxury Box Set!

ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN Paul McCartney's Egypt Station Traveller's Edition Luxury Box Set This Strictly Limited Deluxe Edition of Paul McCartney’s #1 Album Egypt Station is a one-time pressing limited to 3,000 numbered cases. The Traveller’s Edition arrives in...
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Story Behind The Song: Merle Haggard, “Mama Tried”

As told to PAUL ZOLLO MERLE HAGGARD: I remember writing the first line –...

50th Anniversary of Simon & Garfunkel’s `Bridge Over Troubled Water.’

January 26 marks the 50th Anniversary of Simon & Garfunkel's iconic masterpiece, Bridge Over Troubled Water. Legacy Recordings celebrates with Simon & Garfunkel - Live...
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