ccording to the little sidebar tool I built I’ve got 31 days until this blog is 10 years old. In order to have 300 posts by then, I still have 20 posts to write. Continue reading “Home Stretch to 300 in 10”
takes a lot of songwriting confidence to take on the challenge of writing an entire song for each line in Bob Dylan’s Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall. Takes a lotta songwriting chops to pull it off.
This year it looks like Ross Durand is going to finish this seriously ambitious and musically satisfying project. Continue reading “USSS: Ross Durand”
don’t even know his real name; he signs his emails res, but resonance is not just a brilliant songwriter, but a world-class performer. More than one of his songs sound like Styx got back together. Except maybe with even better lyrics. Continue reading “USSS: resonance”
ewgrass: it’s what’s for dinner. Okay, maybe that’s not how it goes, but I’ll have Phil Norman‘s take on American bluegrass and folk any day. Continue reading “USSS: Phil Norman”
imply the finest story-telling songwriter I know, Phil Henry will make you cry, guaranteed. Continue reading “USSS: Phil Henry”
ut of the dark woods of far northern Scandinavia comes one of the most authentic American folk songwriters I’ve heard. I’ll let Old Lost John tell you where his music comes from: Continue reading “USSS: Old Lost John”
hy isn’t oddbod famous? Proof positive that talent and fame are not connected. Tim “oddbod” Conway is one of the finest songwriters and performers I’ve ever heard. His new songs at FAWM turn into a mad rush to comment. A week in, his first song Instamatic has nearly a hundred comments from other songwriters who are supposed to be scrambling to write 14 songs of their own. Continue reading “USSS: oddbod”
oices like this are made for country, and Nicole Ponder knows it. Not syrupy or overblown, just powerful and honest.
Continue reading “USSS: Nicole Ponder”
chingly beautiful, deceptively effortless. Another prolific songwriter, Mike Debenham has written tunes that will live in my head forever. Continue reading “USSS: Mike Debenham”
alling far outside the swingabilly world, Paul “hoopshank” Turrell is irresistible. How can you resist someone who writes a song about what a really big number a billion is, and turns it into something between Led Zeppelin and Yes? Continue reading “USSS: hoopshank”
he most highly trained FAWMer I know, Elaine DiMasi is also the only person I know who’s ever written a madrigal for a licorice advertisement.
Continue reading “USSS: Elaine DiMasi”
prefer a bit of edge with your Americana? Des McKinney‘s got it covered.
Continue reading “USSS: Des McKinney”
an you say “prolific” ? My buddy Billy Sea often writes 60 songs or more during FAWM.
And then writes hundreds (plural) more throughout the year.
Continue reading “USSS: Billy Sea”
anna discover some amazing new music from unknown (for now) singer/songwriters? I’ll be writing a series about my dozen or so favorite FAWMers. They’ll tend toward the swingabilly stuff I write and play myself, so if you’d like to discover classical, jazz, rap, metal, virtually any genre of music, give the FAWM jukebox a whirl and give yourself the gift of a brand new favorite artist.
Each article will have a link to their FAWM profile, which has links to their websites where you can dig into past FAWMs and other music they’ve written.
Next up: the February Album Writing Month Unknown Singer Songwriter Series, or FAWM USSS (and you know how I’m pronouncing that, right?)