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Songwriter Interviews

  • 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
  • Roger ClyneFormer Freshie frontman finds fame fleeting. Roger went from a major label to independence, and likes it much better that way.read more
  • Zac HansonZac tells the story of Hanson's massive hit "MMMbop," and talks about how brotherly bonds effect their music.read more
  • Alex Call (867-5309)Alex came up with the famous phone number and has plenty of stories to go with it. Find out why one famous producer is nicknamed "Basher."read more
  • Bobby WhitlockHe and Eric Clapton are the last surviving members of Derek and the Dominos. Forget what you've heard, and hear the real stories about the "Layla" love triangle, working with Phil Spector, and how the band got their name.read more
  • Bill WithersThe soul music legend on how life experience and the company you keep leads to classic songs like "Lean On Me."read more