Songcraft: Conversations with Great Songwriters Podcast

Remember

Just after his death, The Bakersfield Californian newspaper asked Songcraft co-host Scott B. Bomar to write an article spotlighting the influences who shaped legendary songwriter Merle Haggard's musical sensibility.

On the day of his passing, Merle Haggard's hometown newspaper in Bakersfield, California asked Songcraft co-host Scott B. Bomar to comment on 20 essential originals by the legendary songwriter and "poet of the common man."

On the 10th anniversary of his death, Buck Owens' hometown newspaper in Bakersfield, California asked Songcraft co-host Scott B. Bomar to come up with 10 essential recordings by the legendary songwriter and performer.

The late Red Simpson was not only a Songcraft guest, but a good friend to hosts Scott and Paul. They visited with him in Bakersfield several times, and Scott produced a 5 CD retrospective box set called Hello, I'm Red Simpson for Bear Family Records in 2012. Scott also wrote the accompanying 108-page book chronicling Red's life and career. The following article was written for the UK magazine Country Music People as a synopsis of Red's career.

The last Songcraft episode of 2015 features a fascinating conversation with Mars Bonfire, of "Born to be Wild" fame. Before getting to the interview, however, Scott and Paul took some time to remember a few of the songwriters we lost in the last year. Following is a list of the writers they mentioned, as well as a few others who we recently learned had passed away over the last twelve months. Please take a moment to further explore these writers' careers and musical contributions by clicking on any writer's photo for additional information.

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