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Academy of Country Music announces Poet’s Award recipients

The Academy of Country Music announced today the recipients of the Special Awards for the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards. I’m honored to be receiving the Poet’s Award from the Academy this summer, at an event taking place Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. More from the ACM: Honorees will be … MORE

Neon Eon Podcast

I had a great time talking with Thomas Mooney for his Neon Eon podcast, which focuses on 90s country music. We talked about songwriting, Music Row during the 90s country boom, and of course, Independence Day. You can listen to the podcast on Apple podcasts, or anywhere you get your podcasts.

Vinyl Writer Interview

I spoke with Andrew Daly of Vinyl Writer recently. Here’s an excerpt from the interview: I think that when you are telling stories, you are always telling your story. In songwriting it’s more important to tell the truth than the facts. And your truth is informed by your story. So when I’m writing a story … MORE

new masterclass with Mary Gauthier – enrollment open now

I’m happy to announce a brand new February Master Class with my friend Mary Gauthier. We’re teaming up to bring you “Writing Songs from Behind Someone Else’s Eyes.” In this workshop, we’ll take a deep dive into creating authentic narrators, breaking through writer’s block, and tapping into the power of empathy.  We’ll also have a VERY special guest … MORE

The Night You Wrote That Song in No Depression Reader’s Poll Best of 2020

The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury landed in No Depression’s year-end reader’s poll of the best albums of 2020. I’m so proud of this project and thrilled that Mickey’s songs have reached some new ears. Thanks to all of the No Depression readers who voted for this “little record that … MORE

The Night You Wrote That Song in top 20 of 2020 (Folk Alley)

I’m very proud to announce that my latest album, The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury, has been included in Folk Alley’s Top 20 of 2020. This was a labor of love project, something I wanted to do for years but with no idea how it would be received. Mickey Newbury had a … MORE

The Cruel Mother

Happy Halloween! I’ve just released “The Cruel Mother”, a Child Ballad from the 17th century which has been sung myriad times since, with varying melodies, lyrics and even with different titles (The Greenwood Side, Greenwood Sidey, etc.) . It’s a ghost story – most certainly meant as a cautionary tale for unwed mothers. Barry Walsh … MORE

new podcast – Surviving The Music Industry

I talked with Brandon Harrington recently for his podcast, Surviving The Music Industry. We had a wide (really wide!) ranging chat and you can listen to the whole thing wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Or click on the link below. From SMI: Daughter of a screen and Civil-Rights writer and housewife Gretchen Peters fully … MORE

The Night You Wrote That Song – Country Universe review

It’s important to pause and consider this album for what it really is – an homage to Mickey Newbury, a songwriter who shaped Gretchen Peters’ own lyrical scope, for sure, but also an album where Peters, a gifted songwriter in her own right, offers, above all else, respect. The Songs Of Mickey Newbury isn’t a … MORE

The Night You Wrote That Song – Top Albums of 2020 (so far)

Many thanks and much love to the folks at The Alternate Root, who have included The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury in their Top Albums So Far in 2020 list. The coronavirus has not stopped a lot of great music from being released this year; I’m proud to be included … MORE

Online show August 20th

On August 20th at 9pm UK time (3pm Central US time) I’ll be joined by Barry Walsh for an online show hosted by our friends at Destination Country. You can buy tickets here. We hope to see lots of you there!