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Interviews

John Fogerty Acoustic Guitar interview

Behind the song: “Train of Fools” by John Fogerty

John Fogerty shared the story behind his song “Train of Fools,” and a moment of songwriting glory, in a 2014 Acoustic Guitar interview with me at his home in Los Angeles. He had just released the album Wrote a Song for Everyone, on which he revisited older songs with an array of pop, rock, and country...

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John Doyle on writing songs vs. arranging traditional tunes

Writing, of course, has a very creative aspect, but there’s a creative aspect in arranging—I’d be a historian if I wanted just to mark it down. I wouldn’t see the point in doing [a 1="traditional" 2="tune" ] if it wasn’t creative in some way; I want to bring out my love of the song, to...

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Joey Ryan of the Milk Carton Kids on writing intuitively

Every song that I ever started is about something. I know what it’s about and what I’m trying to say, and I know at the end of the song whether I’ve said it. I’ve always been a hyper-rational person and also songwriter, and Kenneth [Pattengale] is exactly the opposite. He comes from this really intuitive,...

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Brandi Carlile on being a “tortured songwriter”

 I’m a really tortured songwriter. Everything I’ve loved that I’ve written has been when I was absolutely miserable, and I’ve been miserable a lot in my life. Honestly, I’ve been worried about it for the last three years, because brick by brick my life’s been getting deliriously wonderful. I’ve wondered, well, what about my lonely...

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