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Songwriter Interviews

  • Eddie Schwartz (Hit Me With Your Best Shot)Eddie tells the "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" story, and explains how his multifarious music career fell into place.read more
  • Andy Hersey (The Genuine Article)"Buckle Bunnies" and "Cowboy Attitude." This songwriter is a cowboy, or is it the other way around?read more
  • Radney FosterRadney wrote Keith Urban's first hit and a lullaby for his son that the Dixie Chicks recorded.read more
  • Billy SteinbergHow do you write great lyrics? Billy Steinberg has written the words for five #1 hits, so we asked him.read more
  • Emily Saliers of Indigo GirlsAlong with Amy Ray, Emily is half of The Indigo Girls. She talks about her relationship with her Methodist minister dad, and inspiration behind songs like "Closer To Fine" and "Galileo."read more
  • Gretchen Peters (Independence Day)The term "women's songs" makes her skin crawl - it doesn't do justice to her work, which has been recorded by Faith Hill, Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood.read more
  • Will JenningsOne of the world's great lyricists, Jennings wrote words for "Tears In Heaven," "My Heart Will Go On" and most of Steve Winwood's hits.read more
  • Scotty Emerick (Beer For My Horses)Scotty helped write many of Toby Keith's hits. He talks about how they do it, which can involve smoking weed with Willie Nelson.read more
  • Mitch Myers about Shel SilversteinMitch talks about his uncle Shel Silverstein's songs, including "A Boy Named Sue" and "The Unicorn."read more
  • Paul WilliamsHe's a singer and an actor, but as a songwriter Paul helped make Kermit a cultured frog, turned a bank commercial into a huge hit and made love both "exciting and new" and "soft as an easy chair."read more
  • Henry Paul of The Outlaws, BlackhawkAfter many miles and many songs, Henry shares his insights on the difference between popular and good, and how he kept from peaking too early.read more
  • Larry Burnett of Firefall"The first thing you have to do is know that you're an idiot. And then work on stopping being an idiot."read more
  • Toni WineToni was both Betty and Veronia in The Archies. She was also part of the New York City songwriting community (don't call it the "Brill Building") responsible for many hits of the '60s.read more
  • Paul EvansPaul talks about writing songs for Elvis on Tin Pan Alley, life as a teen idol, and why unexpected laughter sells songs. read more
  • Charlie DanielsCharlie discusses the songs that made him a Southern Rock icon, and settles the Devil vs. Johnny argument once and for all.read more
  • Ingrid CroceIngrid talks about the life and songs of Jim Croce, a man whose military ineptitude contributed to one of his greatest songs: "Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)."read more
  • Emilio Castillo from Tower of PowerEmilio talks about what it's like to write and perform with the Tower of Power horns, and why every struggling band should have a friend like Huey Lewis.read more
  • Brenda RussellBrenda talks about the inspiration that drove her to write hit songs like "Get Here" and "Piano in the Dark," and why a lack of formal music training can be a songwriter's best asset.read more
  • Harold Brown of WarA founding member of the band War, Harold gives a first-person account of one of the most important periods in music history.read more
  • Donnie Iris (Ah! Leah!, The Rapper)Before "Rap" was a form of music, it was something guys did to pick up girls in nightclubs. Donnie talks about "The Rapper" and reveals the identity of Leah.read more