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Nine-time Grammy nominee Ani DiFranco joins Scott and Paul to talk about her career as a fiercely independent singer-songwriter and activist, and share some insights into the social, political, and personal challenges that inspired her honest but hope-filled new studio album, Revolutionary Love. PART ONE Paul and Scott discuss the complicated legac…
 
PART ONE: Paul and Scott geek out about the Bee Gees documentary, and the nature of being the kind of songwriter who MUST do it, no matter what. PART TWO: Dan Wilson chats about how Liam Gallagher of Oasis inspired the first new Semisonic music in years; why his relationship with songs has always been very practical; how his first massive hit was b…
 
Actor and talented acoustic picker Jeff Daniels talks about his influences: Arlo Gurthie, Steve Goodman, Doc Watson, Son House, and more. Sponsored by Taylor Guitars (http://taylorguitars.com) Visit Jeff Daniels: https://www.jeffdaniels.com Visit Premier Guitar: http://premierguitar.com Hit us up: chasingfrets@premierguitar.com Special thanks to Ro…
 
Merry Christmas! What better way to wrap up our 12 Days of Christmas mini-episodes than with “Christmas Time is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas? Today we share an excerpt of our 2017 conversation with Lee Mendelson who produced the classic animated special and wrote the lyrics of the song that has since been covered by Diana Krall, John Legend…
 
Lyle Workman employs orchestra in many of his film and TV scores. Hear him discuss how he writes for a really big band, while bringing an orchestral sensibility to his own guitar work. Visit Lyle Workman: https://www.bluecanoerecords.com/uncommon_measures.html Visit Premier Guitar: http://premierguitar.com Hit us up: chasingfrets@premierguitar.com …
 
It's Day 11 of our "12 Days of Christmas" daily mini-episodes spotlighting a classic holiday song and featuring an interview with the writer. On this Christmas Eve we reflect on "Breath of Heaven" with Chris Eaton, who co-wrote the song with Amy Grant. It has since been recorded by Vince Gill, Jessica Simpson, Donna Summer, Sara Groves, Melissa Man…
 
We're counting down the 12 Days of Christmas with daily mini-episodes spotlighting a classic holiday song and featuring an interview with the writer. On this tenth day of Christmas, we explore "Merry Christmas from the Family" with the great Robert Earl Keen. The Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Famer tells Scott and guest host Randy Poe all abou…
 
Lyle Workman talks about his prog-inspired love of odd meter, and working the Vinnie Colaiuta, Matt Chamberlain, Abe Laboriel Jr., and Toss Panos on his new album, Uncommon Measures. Visit Lyle Workman: https://www.bluecanoerecords.com/uncommon_measures.html Visit Premier Guitar: http://premierguitar.com Hit us up: chasingfrets@premierguitar.com Sp…
 
PART ONE Scott and Paul chat about the holidays and Paul's latest Christmas cut by Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. PART TWO The guys catch up with Eagles songwriter and past Songcraft guest Jack Tempchin ("Already Gone," "Peaceful Easy Feeling") about his brand new holiday song and children's book. PART THREE Our in-depth conversation with thirteen-t…
 
Songcraft's 12 Days of Christmas continues with daily mini-episodes spotlighting a classic holiday song and featuring an interview with the writer. Today we hear from Walter Afanasieff, co-writer and co-producer (with Mariah Carey) of the modern-day holiday standard "All I Want for Christmas is You." Released in 1994, the song hit #1 on the Billboa…
 
It's the 8th day of our 12 Days of Christmas mini-episodes spotlighting a classic holiday song and featuring an interview with the writer. Today we catch up with Chris Butler, writer of "Christmas Wrapping" by his group The Waitresses. Best known for their hit "I Know What Boys Like," Chris was the mastermind behind the group. He tell us all about …
 
We're counting down the 12 Days of Christmas with daily mini-episodes spotlighting a classic holiday song and featuring an interview with the writer. On this seventh day of Christmas, we explore "Mary Did You Know?" with co-writer Mark Lowry. The gospel music legend tells us all about the holiday standard that's since been covered by Pentatonix, Na…
 
Our 12 Days of Christmas countdown continues with today's mini-episode, a conversation with the charming Randy Brooks. The writer of the equally loved and maligned "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" shares the wild story of the song's unexpected success, including an inspirational spark from Merle Haggard and some early encouragement from Dolly P…
 
We're counting down the 12 Days of Christmas with daily mini-episodes spotlighting a classic holiday song and featuring an interview with the writer. On this fifth day of Christmas, we explore "That Spirit of Christmas" with co-writer Mable John. The first female artist signed to Motown, the sister of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Little Willie John, a…
 
We're counting down the 12 Days of Christmas with daily mini-episodes spotlighting a classic holiday song and featuring an interview with the writer. On this fourth day of Christmas, we explore "Feliz Navidad" with writer and original performer Jose Feliciano. The Latin Songwriters Hall of Famer and 7-time Grammy winner tells us all about the creat…
 
We're counting down the 12 Days of Christmas with daily mini-episodes spotlighting a classic holiday song and featuring an interview with the writer. On this third day of Christmas, we explore "Santa Baby" with co-writer Phil Springer. The former Brill Building writer (who was 91 at the time of our interview) tells us all about the creation of the …
 
We're counting down the 12 Days of Christmas with daily mini-episodes spotlighting a classic holiday song and featuring an interview with the writer. On this second day of Christmas, we explore Stevie Wonder's "Someday at Christmas" with co-writer Bryan Wells. The former Motown staff writer, who also co-wrote Stevie's Top 10 hits "A Place in the Su…
 
We're counting down the 12 Days of Christmas with daily mini-episodes spotlighting a classic holiday song and featuring an interview with the writer. On this first day of Christmas, we explore Elvis Presley's "Santa Claus is Back in Town" with Songwriters Hall of Famer, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, and one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters …
 
Part One: Scott and Paul chat about recording a special song as a gift for your loved one, shout-out our most recent Patreon supporters, make wild speculations about Bob Dylan, and discuss why spite motivated Scott to get a second Grammy nomination. Part Two: Our in-depth interview with Erika Ender About Erika Ender: Though best known as the co-wri…
 
Country-jazz master Jim Campilongo talks about the 3D-chess level challenges—and resulting clarity—of recording the sparse-but-dynamic Two Guitars, with Luca Benedetti. Visit Jim Campilongo: https://www.jimcampilongo.com Visit Premier Guitar: http://premierguitar.com Hit us up: chasingfrets@premierguitar.com Special thanks to Rode and Audio-Technic…
 
Luke Laird is one of Nashville’s most successful songwriters. He has written two dozen #1 country hits, earning him six separate CMA Trip Play awards, each of which recognizes the achievement of penning three #1 country songs within a 12 month period. The two-time Grammy winner has been named both ACM and BMI Country Songwriter of the Year. Highlig…
 
Berklee's Dr. Kim Perlak poses the question "Are you comfortable with who you are on the guitar?" This episode is sponsored by Atlanta Institute of Music & Media (https://www.aimm.edu). Visit Kim Perlak: https://www.kimperlak.com Visit Premier Guitar: http://premierguitar.com Hit us up: chasingfrets@premierguitar.com Special thanks to Rode and Audi…
 
Dr. Kim Perlak outlines the tools every guitarist needs to develop their tone and it has nothing to do with gear. This episode is sponsored by Atlanta Institute of Music & Media (https://www.aimm.edu). Visit Kim Perlak: https://www.kimperlak.com Visit Premier Guitar: http://premierguitar.com Hit us up: chasingfrets@premierguitar.com Special thanks …
 
PART ONE Scott and Paul talk about their friends at Pearl Snap Studios and pinch themselves over having the opportunity to talk with Elvis Costello. PART TWO Elvis Costello discusses his new album Hey Clockface and talks about the record that set him on his musical journey; why he still likes writing in a notebook; the reason he resists the urge to…
 
Berklee’s Dr. Kim Perlak tells you how to become a better student of guitar, and why fundamentals are forever. This episode is sponsored by Atlanta Institute of Music & Media (https://www.aimm.edu). Visit Kim Perlak: https://www.kimperlak.com Visit Premier Guitar: http://premierguitar.com Hit us up: chasingfrets@premierguitar.com Special thanks to …
 
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