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Lou Reed on Songs from his Permanent Radio

From The Archives: A Conversation from 2000 over Lamb Chops in Denver "Music was what bothered me, what interested me. I always believed that I have something important to say and I said...

Sarah McLachlan Shares What Makes Songwriting Special To Her

On her way to Vegas to perform three nights at the Wynn Las Vegas starting tonight, February 19, Sarah McLachlan took some time out for a quick conversation about songs and songwriting. But before diving into songwriting,...

A Few Thoughts on Tom Petty On Publication Day of our Book

Conversations with Tom Petty, The Expanded Edition, Comes Out Today. I did it for realWould have done it for freeYeah I did it for meCause it was all that rang trueI did it...

Behind the Song: “Me and Bobby McGee” by Kris Kristofferson & Fred Foster

It remains one of the most powerful intersections of a miracle song with a powerful performance. Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster wrote it, yet it’s Janis Joplin’s performance which transformed it into a classic. Though it’s been...

OSCARS coverage: Diane Warren on Being Nominated for Best Song Tonight and Over Five Consecutive Decades

Tonight She's Nominated for “I’m Standing With You,” performed by Chrissy Metz in Breakthrough. That the Oscars, an event honoring cinema, honors songwriters each year with the Best Song...

Cat Stevens/Yusuf Reissues His First Two Albums

YUSUF / CAT STEVENS REISSUES FIRST TWO ALBUMS 1967 DEBUT MATTHEW & SON AND NEW MASTERS REMASTERED AT ABBEY ROAD AVAILABLE ON VINYL MARCH 27 LOS ANGELES...

Ian Gothe Premieres New Video For “Take Me Home”

American Songwriter is happy to premiere this video, "Take Me Home," from the new album Memento by Ian Gothe, which is being released on February 7. Produced by Gothe with Grammy-winning producer and engineer Jim Scott (Wilco, Tom Petty),...
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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...

Luke Wallace’s “Jetlag” Is A Buoyant Environmental Anthem

Luke Wallace is writing folk music for the anthropocene. His new single, “Jetlag”–premiering today on American Songwriter–is a buoyant environmental anthem that...
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