Influenced by the best of Americana artist, Angela Parrish has a sound all her own. She was a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and has headlined at a number of venues. She is currently working on her debut album.
AMBITIONS: To make a living writing and performing meaningful, impactful music. I want my music to help people. Songwriting is the biggest part of my soul, and I’d love to write for as many other artists as possible.
New York based singer/songwriter Selena Garcia has devoted her life to music education and mentoring children. Garcia, whose self-titled EP was released this March, writes from personal experience about how introducing troubled kids to music and poetry can change the course of their lives.
Back and forth is what happens when your parents separate and live in different states. Loneliness is what happens when your mother is an alcoholic and your father works seven days a week. This was my life in the tiniest of nutshells.
Review: Martin 000-18E Retro Acoustic-Electric Guitar
A new addition to Martin’s Retro series this year, the 000-18E Retro is the first short-scale (24.9 inches from nut to saddle) guitar in the line. It’s also a sweet-sounding guitar even when not using the revolutionary Fishman technology that makes the Retro series one of the great guitar innovations of this century so far.
The 000-18E Retro I tried out was really good unplugged, at least for certain applications. It was especially good for both fingerstyle and plectrum blues playing, with a sound that could be ringy and biting on the high end, with great low-end qualities as well. That said, the guitar was a bit on the bright side for rhythm playing with not a lot of bottom volume, and wasn’t very loud overall, not surprising given the smaller 000 auditorium body size. It was very well-balanced, though, and its overall tone did seem like it would help the guitar to cut through above other louder instruments, like banjos and dobros.
As guitarist for The Black Crowes, he’s put out nine studio albums and sold over 35 million records, and co-wrote the number one hit “She Talks To Angels” when he was just a teenager. This May, Rich Robinsonreleased his third solo album The Ceaseless Sight, showcasing not only his musicianship, but also his lyric-writing abilities. Robinson is currently on tour as a solo artist, and will embark this fall as a part of the Experience Hendrix tribute tour along with Buddy Guy, Johnny Lang and others. He talked to us about his favorite Black Crowes lyrics, his songwriting heroes, and what it’s like to finally be the frontman.
How would you describe your new album?
I wanted to approach the record with electric and acoustic textures and big drums.Lyrically I think it’s a positive record about moving forward.
The list of artists who have covered Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” is both extensive and eclectic. From Jack White to Olivia Newton-John and practically everyone in between those extremes, performers have proven unable to resist Parton’s tale of adultery cut off at the pass. Strolling the dark paths covered in this song is not something you might associate with the perpetually sunny Parton, even if the origins of it were somewhat benign.
Mary Bragg has lived a journey that took her from Georgia to Nashville to New York and back to Nashville all the while pursuing her passion of music. Now she has won many awards, and many publications have recognized her talent. She is currently touring, and you can check out her schedule here.
Rodney Crowell Signs On As Music Producer For Hank Williams Biopic
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and Nashville native Rodney Crowellhas signed on to be executive music producer for a new biopic about Hank Williams titled I Saw The Light. The film, directed by Mark Abram (Dawn Of The Dead, Children Of Men), will star British actor Tom Hiddleston, best known as Loki in 2012′s The Avengers, as Hank Sr. Filming is set to begin in Louisiana this October.
Aaron Freeman’s new record, FREEMAN, was a long time coming for fans. It’s been two years since the former Gene Ween broke up Ween, and seven since their last album La Cucaracha. Freeman sat down with American Songwriter to discuss how he broke his writer’s block, his relationship with his former bandmates, and more.
Album Premiere: Buddy, Last Call For The Quiet Life
The Artist: Los Angeles-based indie pop group Buddy The Album: Their sophomore release Last Call For the Quiet Life, out August 19 Fun Fact: The band recorded an album in 2009, but eventually scrapped it. This will be their first full-length release since 2007′s Alterations and Repairs. Songwriter Says:“When you start something you don’t know where it’s going to go. The whole record felt like solid footing right away. It wasn’t anguished over. We just did what we both do. I needed to feel scared and not know where it was going. I had to learn to just let it happen and let it keep unfolding. When you do that, suddenly you have these songs and they all go together.”
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When Dierks Bentley was just another Nashville newbie strumming covers in lower Broadway joints for tips from tourists, he wrote thousands of songs. That is, he wrote down thousands of songs, transcribing other writers’ lyrics not only to learn their material, but to analyze their work.
“Every little word mattered to me,” he says. “I have books and books at my house, notepads, front and back. The front was country; the back would be bluegrass, and I’d just fill both sides of these yellow legal pads. I was trying to learn the craft of writing songs.
“Songs are everything,” Bentley asserts. “If you ain’t got the song, you ain’t got anything.”