Writer's Room


Behind the Song: Little Big Town, “Pontoon”

Written by: Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird Recorded by: Little Big Town Peak Chart Position: No. 1 Billboard CountryWhat's a typical day like in the life of Barry Dean? Dean: They're probably like most people -- busy, I have four...

What Made The Beatles Successful Songwriters?

The Beatles were great because all four of the band members were strong songwriters and the band is considered one of the greatest of all-time. Paul McCartney and John Lennon were the primary writers, but as time...

Inside Rodney Crowell’s “Adventures In Song” Camp: Mark Montijo’s Singular “History”

In our recent story on Rodney Crowell’s song camp, we wrote about Mark Montijo, one of the 95 songwriters who attended camp, and his remarkable song “History.” That song earned the distinction of receiving no criticism at all from...

Guest Blog: Tips for Writing to a Theme

By Laura B. WhitmoreLooking back, my co-writer Jenna Paone and I didn’t really know what we had gotten ourselves into. When we conceived of an album written entirely to energize and inspire tween girls, we just jumped right in...

Guest Blog: Erin Enderlin On Writing Her New Album, Whiskeytown Crier

Erin Enderlin is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter. Her new album, Whiskeytown Crier, was produced by Jamey Johnson and Jim Brown. Below, the Conway, Arkansas native expounds on how the record took shape. When I listen to Emmylou Harris singing “Red Dirt...

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With Mika, It’s Pop, but So What?

“Because I was dealing with all this darkness, I wanted the songs to be even brighter.”

Billy Joel Announces Live Sirius XM Concert for December

SiriusXM announced that legendary musician Billy Joel will sit down for a special SiriusXM event at the Faena Theater in Miami Beach, on Thursday, December 5....