Joe Vitagliano


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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Keeping Up with Sylvan Esso: The Indie-Pop Duo Talks Pandemic, Bonnaroo Cancelation, & Ongoing Tour

“[I]t was really, really sad to put a record out during the pandemic,” Amelia Meath tells American Songwriter. As one half of the electro-indie duo, Sylvan Esso—who’ve been innovating indie-pop since their monumental self-titled debut dropped in 2014—Meath has always felt a little bittersweet when it comes to releasing music. “Have you ever read E. More

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Deerhoof Shares a Message of Motivation and Strength for Modern Times on New Album, ‘Actually, You Can’

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year and forced musicians around the world to adapt to remote methods of writing and recording, the legendary experimental four-piece, Deerhoof, wasn’t too hard-pressed—they had been working remotely for a decade at that point. That’s because the four members—drummer Greg Saunier, bassist, and vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki, and guitarists John More

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Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Prince, and More: The Stories Behind Stars Who Don’t Sign Autographs

Sir Paul McCartney is in the headlines again (a feat he’s been accomplishing for nearly six decades now)—this time, it’s because he told Reader’s Digest that he’s done giving autographs and taking selfies with fans. “It always struck me as a bit strange,” the now-79-year-old Beatles legend said. “’Here, can I write your name down More

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Welcome Y’All: A Peek Into the Home—and Studio—of Iconic Songwriting Couple, Chris Lindsey and Aimee Mayo

Together, husband and wife songwriting duo, Chris Lindsey and Aimee Mayo have penned some of the most beloved country songs of the past few decades, including Lonestar’s “Amazed,” Tim McGraw’s “My Best Friend,” Martina McBride’s “This One’s For The Girls,” Kenny Chesney’s “Who You’d Be Today” and many more. First meeting at the Bluebird Cafe More

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Off The Record Live: Shannon Lauren Callihan Talks Soulful New EP, Writing For Diana Ross, Working for the Preds, and More

Shannon Lauren Callihan is the type of musician who rightfully deserves the title “virtuoso.”  With her first single hitting DSPs back in 2019, she’s built up an impressive following online thanks to her equally impressive intuition, and dynamic range, as a musician. Whether she’s playing jazz, shredding solos, composing expressive acoustic pieces, or collaborating with More

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The Voice - Season 21

The Voice Knockouts: Gymani’s “PILLOWTALK” Brought the House Down, Kinsey Rose Got a Taste of Bittersweet “Strawberry Wine”

It’s Knockout rounds for season 21 of NBC’s The Voice and the competition is stiff, especially in Kelly Clarkson’s corner—on Monday night (Oct. 25), the country-favorite, Kinsey Rose, got sent home after going toe-to-toe with the powerhouse R&B vocalist, Gymani.  Both artists gave fantastic performances—Gymani’s rendition of Zayn’s “PILLOWTALK” was explosive with energy and uplifting More

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An Evening With Sammy Hagar

Sammy Hagar’s Top 10 Songs

So far as legendary rock’n’rollers go, The Red Rocker is one of the guys who’s seen it all. From Sammy Hagar’s early days with Montrose to his rise as a solo artist to his late-’80s peak as the lead singer of Van Halen, he’s watched the arc of rock history from a first-hand perspective. Through More

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Jukebox The Ghost

Daily Discovery: Jukebox The Ghost Raises A Glass To All The Dreamers And Believers On “Cheers!”

“Clinking glasses, champagne bubbles and Queen,” Ben Thornewill said. That’s how Thornewill—guitarist and vocalist for Jukebox The Ghost—replied when asked how he’d describe the sound of the Brooklyn indie-rock trio’s new single, “Cheers!” And listening to its layers of melodic guitars, its theatrical builds, and its overwhelmingly feel-good ethos, it’s safe to say that Thornewill’s More

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