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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Jason Aldean Georgia

Jason Aldean Drops New Single and Unveils Tracklisting for Second Half of New Double-Album, ‘MACON, GEORGIA’

Country superstar Jason Aldean is giving fans a peek into what’s to come with the second half of his new double-album, MACON, GEORGIA (due on April 22)—today (Dec. 3), he unveiled the tracklisting and dropped his latest single, “Whiskey Me Away.” With a laid-back backbeat, the reflective country tune pays homage to the simple pleasures More

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Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood Kicks Off First-Ever Vegas Residency, Adds Six More Shows For 2022

On the evening of Wednesday, December 1, country music megastar Carrie Underwood kicked off her first-ever residency in Las Vegas with a dazzling inaugural performance at the brand-new Resorts World Theatre. Showcasing the highlights from Underwood’s epic career, the show (titled REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency) features a top-notch band, dancers, aerialists, a virtual orchestra, More

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Rostam by Jason Stone

Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Shares Part II of ‘Changephobia’ Remixes—Read His Track-By-Track Breakdown

This past June, Rostam—formerly of Vampire Weekend—unveiled his second full-length solo release, Changephobia. Today (Dec. 1), the 38-year-old multi-instrumentalist and songwriter put out the second half of the album’s corresponding remix project, featuring new versions of the tunes by the likes of Japanese Wallpaper, EasyFun, Ben Böhmer, and more. The first installment of the remix More

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George Harrison

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and More Remember George Harrison on the 20th Anniversary of His Death: “I Miss My Friend So Much”

20 years ago today, on November 29, 2001, the world lost one of the most powerful creative forces in music history: George Harrison. As one-fourth of The Beatles, Harrison helped usher in a new era of pop culture by penning some of the legendary band’s most adventurous and innovative tunes (like “Blue Jay Way,” “Within More

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behind the song lyrics american kids kenny chesney

Behind the Song Lyrics: “American Kids,” Kenny Chesney

“American Kids” Written by Shane McAnally, Rodney Clawson, and Luke Laird Performed by Kenny Chesney  Shane McAnally—the renowned songwriter who’s penned hits for Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, Sam Hunt, and more—likes to go into writing sessions with two things: an idea and something to drink.  “I feel like I can’t write without a big, 44 ounce, gas station More

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