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Daily Discovery: Matthew Francis Andersen, “Honeyhole”

ARTIST: Matthew Francis Andersen
 SONG: "Honeyhole"   HOMETOWN: Oak Park, Illinois   CURRENT LOCATION: Public Library   AMBITIONS: Just wanna be happy earning my living.   TURN-OFFS: Reality television, most things heard on the radio, poor parenting, polarizing politics
, and booming blues singers.   TURN-ONS: Poetry, my wife, distant outboard motors, faint wood smoke, bourbon, vintage acoustic...

Music Business Miracle: From Lyric Contest Victory to Billboard No. 1

Having a single on national radio as a writer or an artist, much less being able to claim a No. 1 song on the Billboard country charts, is an incredibly difficult feat, even for someone who’s established in the...

Caroline Spence Looks Back on Her Lyric Contest Grand Prize Co-Write

Caroline Spence 2013 Grand Prize Winner Co-write with Lee Brice Looking back, I’d say winning the 2013 Lyric Contest was one of the first major validations in my career. I’d been in Nashville for a few years at that point, quietly writing...

Matt Hoggatt Reflects On His Jimmy Buffett Experience

It all started with an email from American Songwriter magazine about winning the song-lyric contest, which led to an email from Jimmy Buffett who read the magazine, which quickly transformed my life for the next two years from that...

Song Premiere: Kyle Cox, “I Ain’t Been Lonely, Until I Met You”

The Artist: Orlando singer-songwriter Kyle Cox The Song: “I Ain’t Been Lonely, Until I Met You,” from his forthcoming debut album The Plan, The Mess, which is being produced by Mike Marsh (The Avett Brothers). Fun Fact: This song placed third...

American Songwriter Lyric Contest Winner Releases Album On Jimmy Buffett’s Label

In the song “Dear Jimmy Buffett,” Matt Hoggatt tells the mayor of Margaritaville that he “could sure use a record deal.” Buffett took the songwriter's plea to heart. Earlier this month, Hoggatt, a detective from Gauthier, Mississippi, released Hotter Than...

American Songwriter Lyric Contest Winner Matt Hoggatt Bonds With Jimmy Buffett

Who said dreams don’t come true? On Saturday night, amateur songwriter Matt Hoggatt – a detective from Gautier, Mississippi accustomed to gigging at dive bars on weekends along the Gulf Coast – performed in front of 14,000 screaming fans at...
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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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