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Acoustic Guitar magazine

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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Acoustic Guitar cover story on the New Basement Tapes

“It was our good fortune that these lyrics came to light and we were given them to play with. It was a playground.” —Elvis Costello For the April 2015 issue of Acoustic Guitar, I wrote a cover story on The New Basement Tapes, the remarkable project in which five songwriters set to music newly discovered lyrics...

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