Posts Tagged ‘songwriter’

Songwriter Spotlight: Wyatt Durrette

Wyatt Durrette can still sing the words to the first song he ever wrote. He’s probably the only one, since the song never really saw the light of day. It was called “To Be in Love,” and Durrette was 11 years old when he finished it. Love: a tall order for a prepubescent kid.  A lifetime later, Durrette is able to laugh about the fact that he penned a song about such an abstract topic at such a young age.

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Ashley Gorley Wins Top Honors at ASCAP Country Music Awards

The 48th annual CMA Awards descend upon Nashville tomorrow night in a cloud of road closures, red carpet appearances and Meghan Trainor cameos, but the televised awards show — billed as “country music’s biggest night” — isn’t the only ceremony hitting Music City this week. Three of America’s four performance rights organizations are also getting into the trophy-giving spirit, with ASCAP honoring its biggest songwriters, performers and publishers during last night’s 52nd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards.  Alan Jackson Celebrates 25 Years on the Road One of the evening’s biggest winners was Ashley Gorley, ASCAP’s Country Music Songwriter of the Year, who spent 2013 penning nearly half of Luke Bryan’s double-platinum album,  Crash My Party , as well as hits for Brett Eldredge, Randy Houser, Scotty McCreery, Chris Young and others. Other honorees included songwriters Ben Hayslip and Jimmy Robbins, whose chart-topping cut for Thomas Rhett, “It Goes Like This,” was named ASCAP’s Country Music Song of the Year. Meanwhile, ASCAP celebrated its 100th anniversary by handing out a pair of Heritage Awards — sort of the ASCAP equivalent of a lifetime achievement plaque — to icons Alan Jackson and Craig Wiseman.

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Bruno Mars Goes Full Wedding Band at Flea’s Music School Benefit

The fourth annual benefit for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music ended with a countdown, and a man named Flea standing patiently in a tent filled with art. As the final numbers ticked away, the Chili Peppers bassist happily scribbled the winning bid for a painting by Richard Prince. This would require a very large check, but the sum was just a fraction of the money raised for the community music school Flea founded 13 years ago.

Hear Chrissie Hynde’s Heartfelt Cover of the Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’

Chrissie Hynde’s reverent, heartfelt cover of the Beatles’ “Let It Be,” which will appear on the upcoming, star-studded Paul McCartney tribute comp The Art of McCartney , is now streaming online. The recording finds the Pretenders frontwoman stretching her delicate voice across lush textures of piano, gospel backup vocals and, at its apex, a full rock band, complete with a bluesy guitar solo; at its most delicate, Hynde sings over a Beatlesesque acoustic guitar part. A behind-the-scenes video revealed that the singer specifically chose “Let It Be,” which The Wall Street Journal premiered, as her contribution to the comp. Hear Paul McCartney, John Bonham’s Lost Duet “‘Let It Be’ sounds like a hymn, and because it says ‘mother Mary,’ people assume it’s a religious song, but it isn’t,” Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn said in a behind-the-scenes clip. “‘Mother Mary’ is Paul’s mother Mary – his mother was Mary McCartney – and Paul was 26 when he wrote this.

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The Roots, RFK Jr. and MLK III Push for Voting Reform With NYC Concert

Last night at New York’s Webster Hall, the Roots headlined the non-profit group Why Tuesday?’s #LetsFixIt event, a concert and rally calling on Congress to remove unnecessary burdens to the democratic process to increase voter turnout. Closing the night, however, they had the difficult task of following a major opener: The sons of three men who helped pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Why Tuesday? co-founder Bill Wachtel, Martin Luther King III and Robert Kennedy Jr. 5 Ways Life in America Would Be Better If Everyone Voted Founded in 2005, Why Tuesday

Graham Nash Weighs In on Neil Young, David Crosby Feud

The never-ending soap opera that is Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young carried on recently when Graham Nash appeared on SiriusXM’s Ron and Fez show, where he refused to completely rule out the possibility of more CSNY activity in the future. “You can never say never in this business,” he said. “You’ve got to understand: Neil Young knows what we bring to this music. He’s not a fool. He’s just a little upset right now

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Bruce Springsteen Reveals Books and Authors That Inspire Him

Bruce Springsteen’s first children’s book Outlaw Pete , based on a character introduced in the Working on a Dream song of the same name, is due out November 4th, and the songwriter-turned-author spoke to the New York Times  about his own favorite books and writers. The 10 Best Bruce Springsteen Deep Cuts Springsteen’s literary tastes are varied, as we learn the E Street rocker’s bookshelves are filled with everything from cosmology and philosophy books to hard-boiled crime novels, Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera and former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera’s autobiography. “I like the Russians, the Chekhov short stories, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky.

Inside Sting’s Big Broadway Adventure

“Broadway is a really long way from Wallsend,” says Sting, laughing about his hometown, a renowned English shipbuilding stronghold that has undergone a painful economic decline. Wallsend provides the evocative setting for The Last Ship, the musical Sting began working on more than four years ago. The show opened on Broadway on October 26th.

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