Songcraft: Conversations with Great Songwriters Podcast


#80 William Bell
"Born Under a Bad Sign"
Stax legend and Grammy winner
"500 Songs that Shaped Rock & Roll" list
"You Don't Miss Your Water," I Forgot
to be Your Lover," "Tryin' to Love Two"

#79 Claire Lynch
3 time Grammy nominee
6 time award winner,
International Bluegrass Music Assoc.
"Dear Sister," "Train Long Gone"
"Silver and Gold," "Moonlighter"

#78 - Christmas Classics
7 writers & their holiday hits
Jose Feliciano, Mike Stoller, Mable John,
Mark Lowry, & others discuss
"Feliz Navidad," "Mary Did You Know?"
"Santa Baby," and 5 more Xmas standards!

#77 Joshie Jo Armstead
"Let's Go Get Stoned"
Ashford & Simpson's writing partner
pioneering female producer/label head
"Jealous Kind of Fella," "Sock it to Me"
"I Don't Need No Doctor," "Casanova"

#76 Mel Tillis
Hall of Famer's final interview 
National Medal of Arts recipient
BMI Country Songwriter of the Decade
"Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town"
"Detroit City," "Sawmill"

#75 Jim Weatherly
"Midnight Train to Georgia"
Songwriters Hall of Fame
Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs list
"Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me""
"Neither One of Us"

#74 Bob McDill
55 Top 10 Hits!
ACM Poets Award / Grammy nominee
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
"Song of the South" / "Gone Country"
"Good Ole Boys Like Me" / "Amanda"

#73 Siedah Garrett
MJ's "Man in the Mirror"
GRAMMY winner
2 time Academy Award nominee
"Love You I Do" (from Dreamgirls)
"Real in Rio" (from Rio)

#72 Dan Penn
The "Do Right Man"
One of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest
Songwriters of All Time"
"The Dark End of the Street"
"I'm Your Puppet," "Cry Like a Baby"

#71 EmiSunshine
13-Year-Old On the Rise!
Americana prodigy who
explores "murder, suicide, and cheatin'"
"I Am Able," "As the Waters Rise"
"Tennessee Killing Song"

#70 David Olney
The Master Craftsman
Americana pioneer covered by
Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, etc.
"Deeper Well," Jerusalem Tomorrow"
"Women Across the River"

#69 Randy Starr
Elvis Week Bonus Episode!
Dentist Warren Nadel's dual life
writing songs for Elvis films...
"Kissin' Cousins," "Almost in Love"
"The Enchanted Sea" (inst. hit)

#68 Hugh Prestwood
The Song Remembers When
BMI/NSAI Song of the Year winner
Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame
"Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart"
"Ghost In This House"

#67 Tom T. Hall
RS's 100 Greatest Songwriters
Grammy winner / BMI Icon
Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame
"Harper Valley P.T.A.," "I Love,"
"The Year That Clayton Delaney Died"

#66 Harald Kloser
blockbuster film composer
Multiple BMI film & TV award winner
composer, producer, screenwriter
The Day After Tomorrow, 2012
Alien vs. Predator, White House Down

#65 Rory Feek
of Joey + Rory
Grammy & ACM award winner
author, blogger, filmmaker & storyteller
"Some Beach" (Blake Shelton)
"A Little More Country Than That"

#64 Mark James
"Suspicious Minds"
Grammy Song of the Year winner
Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee
"You Were Always On My Mind"
"Hooked on a Feeling," "Moody Blue"

#63 Dickey Lee
"She Thinks I Still Care"
Writer of eight #1 country hits
ACM Song of the Year winner
"Keeper of the Stars" (Tracy Byrd)
"Let's Fall to Pieces Together" (Geo Strait)

#62 Billy Vera
#1 hit "At This Moment"
Grammy & Peabody Award winner
Memoir: From Harlem to Hollywood
"I Really Got The Feeling" (Dolly Parton)
"Storybook Children" (with Judy Clay)

#61 Vince Gill
21 time Grammy winner
Country Music Hall of Famer
BMI Icon, 18 time CMA award winner
"Look at Us," "I Still Believe in You,"
"Go Rest High on That Mountain"

#60 Jimmy Webb
By the Time I Get to Phoenix
Songwriters Hall of Fame
Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Songwriters
"Galveston," "Highwayman,"
"MacArthur Park," "Wichita Lineman"

#59 Talib Kweli
Hip Hop's Legendary Lyricist
7 Billboard Top 10 Albums
1/2 of Black Star & Reflection Eternal

"Get By," "The Blast," "One Four Love,"
"Get 'Em High" (Kanye West)

#58 Joe Melson
Roy Orbison's Collaborator
Multiple BMI award winner
Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs

"Only the Lonely," "Blue Bayou,"
"Running Scared," "Crying"

#57 Rod Argent
of The Zombies

Rolling Stone's Greatest Songs and
Greatest Albums of All Time lists
"She's Not There," "Tell Her No"
"Time of the Season"

#56 Natalie Hemby
Miranda's "Automatic"
Grammy nominee
ACM/NSAI Song of the Year

"Pontoon"/"Tornado" (Little Big Town)
"Downtown" (Lady Antebellum)

#55 Jerry Chesnut
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
Billboard Country Writer of the Year

"A Good Year for the Roses" (Geo. Jones)
"It's Four in the Morning" (Faron Young)

#54 Radney Foster
"A Real Fine Place to Start"
Grammy nominee
4 time CMA Duo of the Year nominee

"I'm In" (Keith Urban)
"Nobody Wins," "Just Call Me Lonesome"

#53 Pam Sheyne
Xtina's "Genie in a Bottle"
50+ million record sales; Ivor Novello
award, International Hit of the Year

"Irresistible" (Jessica Simpson)
"He Loves U Not" (Dream)

#52 Songcraft Sampler
2nd Anniversary Highlights
Compilation of Memorable
Moments and Interview Excerpts

Scott & Paul share reflections and clips
from classic conversations

 #51 Sonny Curtis
"I Fought the Law"

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
"Walk Right Back" (Everly Brothers)
"More Than I Can Say" (Leo Sayer)

#50 Loretta Lynn
The Coal Miner's Daughter

Songwriters Hall of Fame
BMI Icon, Country Music HOF
"Don't Come Home A-Drinkin'"
"You Ain't Woman Enough" "Rated X"

#49 Tom Russell
The Cult Folk-Roots Hero

"the greatest living folk-country
songwriter" - Rolling Stone
"Gallo del Cielo," "Navajo Rug"
"Outbound Plane" (Suzy Bogguss)

#48 Marla Cannon-Goodman
Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo

Multiple ASCAP award winner
2nd generation Nashville music royalty
"The Fool" (Lee Ann Womack)
"Cleaning This Gun" (Rodney Atkins)

#47 Gary Wright
"Dream Weaver"

George Harrison collaborator
Founding member of Spooky Tooth
"Love is Alive" (Wright, Chaka Khan)
"Really Want to Know You"

#46 Maurice Williams
"Stay (Just a Little Bit Longer)"

BMI award winner
Founder of the Zodiacs
"Little Darlin'" (The Diamonds, Elvis)
"May I" (Bill Deal, Bruce Springsteen)

#45 Wanda Jackson
First Lady of Rock & Roll

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Multi Grammy nominee
"Mean Mean Man," "Right or Wrong"
"Kickin' Our Hearts Around" (B. Owens)

#44 Gordon Kennedy
Clapton's "Change the World"

Grammy Song of the Year winner
ASCAP Pop Award Winner
"You Move Me" (Garth Brooks)
"I Can't Help You Now" (Bonnie Raiit)

#43 Trent Dabbs
Nashville's Indie Sensation

Top 40 Nashville writer
BMI Pop Award Winner
"Girls Chase Boys" (Ingrid Michaelson)
"Undermine" (Hayden Panettiere)

#42 Steve Cropper
"In the Midnight Hour"

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Songwriters Hall of Fame
"The Dock of the Bay," "Mr. Pitiful"
"Knock on Wood," "Green Onions"

#41 Billy Steinberg
Madonna's "Like a Virgin"

Grammy winner
Songwriters Hall of Fame
"True Colors," "I Drove All Night,"
"So Emotional" (Whitney Houston)

#40 Jamie Floyd
Ashley Monroe's "The Blade"

SESAC honoree
NPR Music Top Songs List 2015
"Once" (Ronnie Dunn)
"Mississippi Flood" (Hayden Panettiere)

#39 Tom Johnston
of the Doobie Brothers

Doobies co-founder/lead singer
48 Million Albums Sold

""China Grove"
"Listen to the Music"

#38 Bobby Hart
Songwriter for the Monkees

Grammy nominee
Academy Award nominee

"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone,"
"Last Train to Clarksville" (The Monkees)

#37 Seth Mosley
Christian Writer of the Year

Grammy winner; Dove & SESAC
Christian Songwriter of the Year

"Air I Breathe" (Mat Kearney)
"Fix My Eyes" (for KING & COUNTRY)

#36 Jon Foreman
of Switchfoot

Switchfoot frontman/songwriter
Grammy winner

"Dare You to Move"
"Meant to Live"

#35 Bill Anderson
Country Music Hall of Famer

Nashville Songwriters HOF
BMI Icon award recipient

"City Lights" (Ray Price)
"Whiskey Lullaby" (Brad Paisley)

#34 Toby Gad
"All Of Me" Co-Writer

ASCAP Song of the Year
Over 30 Platinum Albums/Singles

"If I Were a Boy" (Beyonce)
"Big Girls Don't Cry" (Fergie)

#33 Donovan
"Sunshine Superman"

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Songwriters HOF / BMI Icon

"Mellow Yellow"
"Hurdy Gurdy Man"

#32 Shelly Peiken
"What a Girl Wants" Writer

Grammy nominee
Serial Songwriter author

"Bitch" (Meredith Brooks)
"Come on Over Baby" (Xtina Aguilera)

#31 Irving Burgie
"Day-O" Songwriter

Songwriters Hall of Fame

8 songs on 1st ever million-seller
"Jamaica Farewell," Cocoanut Woman,"
"Island in the Sun" (Harry Belafonte)

#30 Billy Mann
P!nk Collaborator + More!

 2 time Grammy nominee
Writer, producer, & executive
"With You" (Jessica Simpson)
"God is a DJ," "Stupid Girls" (P!nk)

#29 Randy/Maia Sharp
Dads, Kids, & Dixie Chicks

 Cuts by Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton,

Emmylou Harris, Keb' Mo', etc.
"A Home" (Dixie Chicks)
"Wrong or Right" (Restless Heart)

#28 Red Simpson
Buck & Merle Collaborator

 Bakersfield Sound icon

Trucking songs pioneer
"Sam's Place" (Buck Owens)
"Close Up the Honky Tonks"

#27 Mike Stoller
King of Rock/R&B Writing

 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Songwriters Hall of Fame
"Stand by Me," Yakety-Yak"
"Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog"

#26 Mars Bonfire
"Born to be Wild" Man

  SOCAN inagural
Cultural Impact Award 2015
"Faster Than the Speed of Life,"
"Ride with Me" (Steppenwolf)

#25 Jim Lauderdale
"King of Broken Hearts"

  2 time Grammy winner
Americana Artist of the Year
"I Lost You" (Elvis Costello)
"Hole in My Head" (Dixie Chicks)

#24 Randy Goodrum
"Foolish Heart" Writer

  Nashville Songwriters HOF
ASCAP Song of the Year
"Oh Sherrie" (Steve Perry)
"Who's Holding Donna Now" (DeBarge) 

#23 Lori McKenna
"Girl Crush" Writer

  CMA/NSAI Song of the Year
Grammy Nominee
"Stealing Kisses" (Faith Hill)
"Humble and Kind" (Tim McGraw)

#22 Tom Douglas
"The House That Built Me"

CMA/ACM Song of the Year
Oscar & Grammy Nominee
"I Run to You" (Lady Antebellum)
"Grown Men Don't Cry" (Tim McGraw)

#21 Chip Taylor
"Wild Thing" Writer

  Songwriters Hall of Fame
Longest span of #1 pop hits
"Try" (Janis Joplin)
"Angel of the Morning" (Juice Newton)

#20 John Sebastian
of the Lovin' Spoonful

  Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Songwriters Hall of Fame
"Summer in the City," "Welcome Back,"
"Do You Believe in Magic?"

#19 John Mayall
Blues Man & Clapton Boss

  Godfather of British Blues
Rolling Stone 500 Best Albums
"Double Crossing Time"
"I'm Your Witchdoctor"

#18 Mac Davis
Elvis Writer & 70s Icon

  Songwriters Hall of Fame
Grammy nominee / BMI Icon
"A Little Less Conversation,"

"In the Ghetto" (Elvis Presley)

#17 Desmond Child
"Livin' on a Prayer" Writer

  Songwriters Hall of Fame
70 Top 40 singles
"Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" (Aerosmith)

"Livin' La Vida Loca" (Ricky Martin)

#16 Bill Withers
"Lean on Me" Soul Man

  Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Songwriters Hall of Fame
"Ain't No Sunshine," "Grandma's Hands,"

"Just the Two of Us"

#15 Jaren Johnston
"Raise 'Em Up" Writer

   Cadillac Three singer/guitarist
2 time Grammy nominee
"You Gonna Fly" (Keith Urban)

"Meanwhile Back at Mama's" (T McGraw)

#14 Felix Cavaliere
of the Rascals

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Songwriters Hall of Fame

"Groovin,'" "You Better Run,"

"A Beautiful Morning"

#13 Jack Tempchin
Eagles Collaborator + More

  Multi-song contributor to the
best-selling album of all time!
"Slow Dancing" (Swayin' to the Music)"

"Already Gone" / "Peaceful Easy Feeling"

#12 Bobby Braddock
Songwriters Hall of Famer

Songwriters Hall of Fame

Country Music HOF / BMI Icon
"He Stopped Loving Her Today"
"I Wanna Talk About Me" (Toby Keith)

#11 Al Kasha
Two Time Oscar Winner

2 time Academy Award winner

2 time Grammy & Tony nominee
"The Morning After"

"We May Never Love Like This Again"

#10 Holly Knight
"Love is a Battlefield"

Songwriters Hall of Fame

Multiple Grammy winning songs
"Better Be Good to Me"

"(Simply) The Best" (Tina Turner)

#9 Bill Gaither
Gospel's All-Time Greatest

  ASCAP Christian "Songwriter
of the Century" Award

"He Touched Me" (Elvis Presley)

"Because He Lives" (Bill Gaither Trio) 

#8 Swamp Dogg
Cult R&B Provocateur

  Only African-American CMA
Song of the Year winner

"She's All I Got" (Johnny Paycheck)
"She's a Heartbreaker" (Gene Pitney)

#7 John Oates
of Hall & Oates

  Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Songwriters Hall of Fame

"She's Gone," "Out of Touch,"
"I Can't Go For That," "Maneater"

#6 Melissa Manchester
"Midnight Blue" Chanteuse

Grammy winner

"Come In From the Rain"
"Whenever I Call You Friend"
(Kenny Loggins, Stevie Nicks)

#5 Jeff Silbar
"Wind Beneath My Wings"

Grammy Song of the Year
CMA Song of the Year

"China Girl" (John Mellencamp)
"He's a Heartache" (Janie Fricke)

#4 Spooner Oldham
"I'm Your Puppet" Writer

  Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Musicians Hall of Fame
"It Tears Me Up" (Percy Sledge)
"Cry Like a Baby" (The Box Tops)

#3 Dallas Frazier
Nashville Writing Legend

Nashville Songwriters HOF
CMA Song of the Year

"Elvira," "Alley-Oop"
"There Goes My Everything" (Elvis)

#2 Brandy Clark
"Follow Your Arrow" Writer

  Multiple Grammy nominee
CMA Song of the Year

"Better Dig Two" (The Band Perry)
"Mama's Broken Heart" (M. Lambert)

#1 Jim Peterik
"Eye of the Tiger" Writer

  Grammy winner

Ides of March / Survivor founder
"Rockin' Into the Night,"

"Hold on Loosely" (38 Special)