Madeline Crone

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Madeline Crone

Madeline Crone is a staff writer for American Songwriter. As a proud North Carolinian, Madeline’s work focuses on roots music native to the Southeast and expanding Americana, country, and folk traditions. Her career began in Nashville after graduating from Sewanee: The University of the South. On Music Row, she worked in artist management and music publishing, where she grew enamored with the stories behind the songs and the talented folks that tell them.

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Casting Crowns: Healing the Hard Way

Nearly two decades into his vocational youth ministry, Casting Crowns frontman Mark Hall remembers the humble roots of his artistry that led his Grammy-winning Christian rock group into their ninth studio album. Due in early 2022, the seven-song collection will serve as the first half of a two-part project that cultivates unlikely growth seeds.  As a young More

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‘American Siren’: Emily Scott Robinson Lures in the Lost & Lonely with Storytelling Strength

Like an alluring invitation to weary souls everywhere, Emily Scott Robinson’s new album, American Siren, calls upon the lost and lonely amidst a national breakdown. The 10-track collection is her first release as part of John Prine’s infamous imprint, Oh Boy Records. Seductive in its sparseness, the artist’s third effort leaves necessary space for her More

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Bella White Beholds the Continuity of Age-Old Bluegrass Traditions Within Her Coming of Age Album ‘Just Like Leaving’

Ever since Bella White discovered music as a viable career path at age 16, the breakthrough singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist talent has never looked back.  Raised in Calgary, the native Canadian credits her father, a transplanted Virginian with Bluegrass blood, for instilling a deep respect for Appalachian traditional music. White was indoctrinated from a young age while following More

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Silvana Estrada

Silvana Estrada Steps Out with a New Personal Anthem “Te Guardo” to Announce Debut LP ‘Marchita’

On Friday (October 22) Mexican indie-star Silvana Estrada announced that her long-awaited debut album Marchita will be released on January 21 via Glassnote Records. To usher in the long-awaited news, Estrada unveils a new version of her personal anthem “Te Guardo,” alongside an official video. Celebrated as one of Mexico’s brightest young stars, the breakthrough artist makes a bold More

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TK & The Holy Know-Nothings

Daily Discovery: TK & The Holy Know-Nothings Attempt To Stay Hip with “Frankenstein”

Frontman Taylor Kingman and his band of fellow working-class musicians, The Holy Know-Nothings, describe their music as “psychedelic doom boogie.” On October 15, the Portland-based band dropped their highly anticipated sophomore effort, The Incredible Heat Machine via Mama Bird Recording Co. The 11-track collection is steeped with now-familiar themes of substance abuse and redemption, isolation, More

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Country Hitmakers LOCASH Ink Publishing Deal with BMG

On Monday (Oct.18), Chart-topping Country duo LOCASH have extended their global publishing agreement with BMG. Comprised of Preston Brust and Chris Lucas, the pair agreed to stay on for another contractual term after a successful three years of the songwriting partnership. Signed to BBR Music Group/BMG’s Wheelhouse Records, represented by Red Light Management, LOCASH has the right people advocating for More

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Beauty School Dropout DWTS

Frankie Avalon Surprises Amanda Kloots and Alan Bersten on ‘DWTS’ to Perform “Beauty School Dropout” from ‘Grease’

On Monday night (Oct.18), Frankie Avalon— who sang “Beauty School Dropout” in the iconic 1978 movie Grease—surprised contestant Amanda Kloots and professional dancer Alan Bersten on the latest episode of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. As they stepped out to dance their Viennese Waltz, Avalon, now 81 and dressed in white, began to sing in More

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