Joe Vitagliano

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Joe Vitagliano

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Joe Vitagliano has a deep passion for people, culture, and all things music. Graduating from Belmont University in 2021 with a major in publishing and a minor in law, he’s studied everything from American roots music to ancient Roman history to ‘90s hip-hop to postmodern harmonic theory and more. First joining the American Songwriter staff as a wide-eyed intern in 2019, he’s been reading the magazine since he was a child. A songwriter himself, he sees the opportunity to share these stories as something sacred. “To quote Willie Nelson, we live ‘at a time when the world seems to be spinning out of control,’” he said. “In those times, music is paramount. It’s the ultimate source of solace and tool of expression. To now be able to share it is an honor beyond my ability to articulate.”

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Animal Collective’s Panda Bear Talks ‘Time Skiffs,’ The Transportive Power of Music, James Brown Drummers, and More

It’s been just about two decades since indie darlings Animal Collective hit the scene… and they’ve managed to remain as innovative and resonant as ever.  First making a name for themselves as standard-bearers of the sincerity and creativity of the early 2000s indie movement, landmark albums like Feels (2005), Strawberry Jam (2007), and Merriweather Post More

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Top 10 Elvis Presley Songs

What introduction does The King really need? Ever since Elvis Presley put out the eleventh song of his career (his version of “I Got A Woman,” which came out in August 1956), folks have been debating what his top 10 songs are… and with each consecutive release through the decades, that debate has become more More

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Behind the Song Lyrics: “Long Time Gone” by Crosby, Stills and Nash

The year was 1968. At the time, David Crosby was undergoing some personal transitions that would eventually prove to have a seismic impact on American popular culture at large. The summer prior, he had ramped up tensions with his bandmates in The Byrds by stirring some controversy at the Monterey Pop Festival—his on-stage comments questioning More

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Jerry Cantrell’s “Wino” Les Paul

“When I was in eighth grade, I was living in Pennsylvania on an army base where my dad was stationed,” Cantrell began. “At that time, I was heavily into KISS and became a huge Ace Frehley fan, who, of course, played a Les Paul. So, when I was making a Christmas list, I cut out a picture More

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Top 10 Def Leppard Songs

In the history of rock, few bands have garnered a legacy quite as belovedly evocative as Def Leppard. From their iconic logo to their distinctive fashion to their signature style of high-energy pop-meets-metal, the work is like a universe unto itself—when you listen to it, you’re instantly transported to the circa-1980s world of a blossoming More

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New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert Recovers After Emergency Cancer Surgery: “If My Wife Hadn’t Found Me, I Would’ve Fallen Into a Coma or Died”

For New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert, it’s been an eventful December. The month started out great, with the release of the beloved pop-punk band’s new Christmas album, December’s Here. But then, on December 5, a horrific event struck: Gilbert had to be rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. “My wife found me unresponsive in More

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Off The Record Live: Struggle Jennings Talks Rap Roots, Grandpa Waylon, ‘Troubadour of Troubled Souls’ and More

“The first concert I ever went to was, of course, my grandpa Waylon,” Struggle Jennings said on a recent episode of American Songwriter’s Twitch show, Off The Record Live. The grandson of the great outlaw country legend, Struggle Jennings began his own musical journey in a very different way—raised by his mother (who refused any More

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Catie Turner Turns Her Insecurities Into Catharsis on New Single, “God Must Hate Me”

“It started very surface-level, on an average, seemingly uneventful day in November,” Catie Turner began. For Turner—the 21-year-old former-American Idol contestant turned social media singer-songwriter sensation—the act of songwriting often begins like that… then evolves into something more explorative. “I feel like songwriting helps me process and make sense of the world around me,” she More

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ZZ Top Sells Publishing Catalog and Royalties For $50 Million

On Tuesday (Dec. 21), news broke that the legendary blues-rock group, ZZ Top, has sold their “entire music interests” to BMG and KKR for $50 million. According to the initial report from Variety, the deal includes the complete sale of the band’s publishing catalog, their recorded royalties, and their performance royalties. This move was a More

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