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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Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock n’ Roll

Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, and Elvis are beheld in bedrock status of what is broadly regarded as rock ’n’ roll music. But a new Gibson Collection celebrating the 61st anniversary of the Gibson SG lays the age-old debate of which of these legendary guitarists came first, to rest. The recent collection and campaign contest the More

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Del McCoury: Pioneering Preservation

With wondrous humility, Del McCoury connects the dots of his expansive career that lead him back to the great Bill Monroe. The now 83-year-old bluegrass musician, with bountiful awards and honors under his belt, has accomplished the ultimate goal: ensuring the longevity of an age-old music tradition.   To do so, McCoury made a vessel of More

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Premiere: Meghan Linsey Returns to Her New Orleans Roots on New Single “If You Need Me Don’t”

After years of chasing down different versions of a malleable Music City dream, Meghan Linsey proves herself an indefinable artist, unwilling to fold, in her new single “If You Need Me Don’t”— premiering exclusively on American Songwriter.   With glimmering confidence, the realized track lands somewhere between an Americana-steeped singer-songwriter and full-bodied soul singer. Given Linsey’s More

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Brooke Ligertwood Marries Theology and Art on ‘SEVEN’

New Zealand singer/songwriter Brooke Ligertwood never had a worship album on her heart until, as she says, “the Lord made it clear He had it on His.” After breaking sales records across six albums with Sony Music under her maiden name Brooke Fraser, and 17 coinciding years with Hillsong Worship, the Grammy Award-winning artist, producer, More

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Kristian Bush Parallels Real Life on New Album ‘Troubadour’

Kristian Bush has made a career out of saying ‘yes’ to every opportunity that came knocking. Best known as one-half of the multi-Platinum selling country duo Sugarland, the Atlanta native’s career dates back to the early ’90s as part of the folk-rock duo Billy Pilgrim.  His latest solo effort, Troubadour, spawned from unlikely circumstances. The More

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Skillet Release “Very Positive and Deliberately Fiery” New Album, ‘Dominion’

Following the 2019 milestone release of Victorious, 12x-platinum rockers Skillet took their 11th studio album in stride—enforcing their righteous position as one of the best-selling rock bands of the 21st century. Released January 14 via Atlantic Records, Dominion is what bandleader John Cooper described as a “positive rebellion” against the extenuating circumstances and implications of More

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Pinegrove Enlightens on New Album ‘11:11’

In the early spring of 2020, the collective global population was sidelined by an event that proved more powerful than the previously perceived strength of a digital era. As many watched along from their respective homes, disheartened by the inconceivable events unfolding, Evan Stephens Hall of Pinegrove saw an opportunity to redesign society to operate More

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