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#128 Stephen Bishop
"On and On"

Academy Award winner
Two-time Grammy nominee
"Save it for a Rainy Day,"
"Separate Lives"

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#109 Smokey Robinson
"My Girl"

Grammy & Kennedy Center honoree

Rock & Roll + Songwriters Hall of Fame
"Tears of a Clown," "Shop Around,"
"The Tracks of My Tears," "My Guy"

#122 Steve Earle
"Copperhead Road"

16x Grammy nominee, 3x winner
Emmy nominated songwriter
"Guitar Town," "Galway Girl,"
"The Revolution Starts Now," "Goodbye"

#50 Loretta Lynn
"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"


#16 Bill Withers
"Lean on Me"

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

"Just the Two of Us"

#121 Shane McAnally
40 #1 Country Hits

Three-time Grammy winner

multiple Songwriter of the Year awards
"Follow Your Arrow," "American Kids,"
"Body Like a Back Road," "Vice"

#107 Valerie Simpson
"I'm Every Woman"

Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Writers
Songwriters Hall of Fame
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"

#125 Rodney Crowell
Coolest Guy in Nashville

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
16x Grammy nominee, 2x winner
"Til I Gain Control Again,"
"Shame on the Moon," "Ashes by Now"


#17 Desmond Child
"Livin' on a Prayer"

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

"Livin' La Vida Loca" (Ricky Martin)


#102 Mike Posner
"I Took a Pill in Ibiza"

 
Song of the Year Grammy nominee
Multi-Platinum-Selling Artist/Writer
"Boyfriend" (Justin Bieber), "Sugar"
(Maroon 5), "Cooler Than Me"


#100 Lamont Dozier
Ten #1 hits for the Supremes

 
Songwriters Hall of Fame / BMI Icon
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)"
"You Can't Hurry Love," "Baby Love"


#118 Emily Saliers
of Indigo Girls

Grammy award winner
Seven Gold and Platinum albums
"Closer to Fine," "Hammer and a Nail,"
"Galileo," "Get Out the Map"

#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"


#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"


#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"


#120 Matthew Sweet
"Sick of Myself"

Multiple Gold albums
Critically-acclaimed power pop master
"Girlfriend," "The Ugly Truth"
"Divine Intervention," "We're the Same"


#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"


#106 Paul Williams
"Rainbow Connection"

Grammy/Oscar/Golden Globe winner

Songwriters Hall of Fame
"Rainy Days and Mondays"
"We've Only Just Begun"


#112 Chris Hillman
Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros.

Multiple Grammy nominee

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
"So You Want to be a Rock 'n' Roll Star"

"Sin City," "Wheels," "Time Between"


#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"

Following is a list of
every Songcraft episode
in order of release.
The most recent
episodes appear first...
#128 Stephen Bishop
"On and On"

Academy Award winner
Two-time Grammy nominee
"Save it for a Rainy Day,"
"Separate Lives"

#127 Marty Stuart
Keeper of the Country Flame

Five-time Grammy winner
Grand Ole Opry member
"Tempted," "Tortured Tangled Hearts,"
"Time Don't Wait"

#126 Alice Randall
Hit-Making History Maker

The only African American woman
to write a #1 country hit
"XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)"
"Girls Ride Horses, Too"

#125 Rodney Crowell
Coolest Guy in Nashville

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
16x Grammy nominee, 2x winner
"Til I Gain Control Again,"
"Shame on the Moon," "Ashes by Now"

#124 Curly Putman
Hall of Famer's final interview

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
2-time CMA Song of the Year winner
"Green, Green Grass of Home"
"He Stopped Loving Her Today"

#123 Kendell Marvel
"Either Way"

Longtime Chris Stapleton collaborator
New album produced by Dan Auerbach
"That Lonesome Song" (Jamey Johnson),
"Startin' with Me" (Jake Owen), "Twang"

#122 Steve Earle
"Copperhead Road"

16x Grammy nominee, 3x winner
Emmy nominated songwriter
"Guitar Town," "Galway Girl,"
"The Revolution Starts Now," "Goodbye"

#121 Shane McAnally
40 #1 Country Hits

Three-time Grammy winner
multiple Songwriter of the Year awards
"Follow Your Arrow," "American Kids,"
"Body Like a Back Road," "Vice"

#120 Matthew Sweet
"Sick of Myself"

Multiple Gold albums
Critically-acclaimed power pop master
"Girlfriend," "The Ugly Truth"
"Divine Intervention," "We're the Same"

#119 Buddy Cannon
Willie Nelson collaborator

CMA / ACM Song of the Year winner
Multiple Grammy award winner
"Give It Away," "Set 'Em Up Joe"
"Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die"

#118 Emily Saliers
of Indigo Girls

Grammy award winner
Seven Gold and Platinum albums
"Closer to Fine," "Hammer and a Nail,"
"Galileo," "Get Out the Map"

#117 Buzz Cason
"Everlasting Love"

The Father of Nashville Rock
Rockabilly Hall of Fame
"Soldier of Love" (The Beatles)
"Love's the Only House" (Martina)


#116 Layng Martine, Jr.
Elvis' "Way Down"

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
Grammy Nominee
"Rub It In," "I Should Do It"
"The Greatest Man I Never Knew"


#115 Robbie Fulks
"Alabama at Night"

Two-time Grammy nominee
Alt.Country Pioneer
"Long I Ride," "F*ck This Town,"
"Let's Kill Saturday Night
"


#114 Larry Weiss
"Rhinestone Cowboy"

CMA/ACM Song of the Year winner
Over a dozen Top 40 singles
PLUS episode features a bonus spotlight
on country newcomer Jenny Tolman


#113 Mickey Stevenson
"Dancing in the Street"

Grammy Hall of Fame
Motown's first A&R Director
"Beechwood 4-5789," "It Takes Two"
"Devil with a Blue Dress," "Pride and Joy"


#112 Chris Hillman
Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros.

Multiple Grammy nominee
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

"So You Want to be a Rock 'n' Roll Star"
"Sin City," "Wheels," "Time Between"


#111 David Gamson
Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger"

Song of the Year Grammy nominee
chart topper in a dozen countries
"Love of a Lifetime" Chaka Khan)
"Stephen" (Kesha), "Perfect Way"

#110 Steve Seskin
"Don't Laugh at Me"

Seven #1 Country Hits
NSAI Song of the Year
"Grown Men Don't Cry," "Wrong,"
"No Doubt About It," "I Think About You"

#109 Smokey Robinson
"My Girl"

Grammy & Kennedy Center honoree
Rock & Roll + Songwriters Hall of Fame
"Tears of a Clown," "Shop Around,"
"The Tracks of My Tears," "My Guy"

#108 Tim Nichols
"Live Like You Were Dying"

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
Grammy winner
"Heads Carolina, Tails California"
"The Man I Want to Be"

#107 Valerie Simpson
"I'm Every Woman"

Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Writers
Songwriters Hall of Fame
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"

#106 Paul Williams
"Rainbow Connection"

Grammy/Oscar/Golden Globe winner
Songwriters Hall of Fame
"Rainy Days and Mondays"
"We've Only Just Begun"

#105 Holiday Episode
Deep Cuts of Christmas

 
Scott & Paul's Christmas faves, +
stories behind holiday songs by
William Bell, Jo Dee Messina,
Robert Earl Keen, and Lauren Daigle

#104 Tia Sillers
"I Hope You Dance"

 
Grammy winner
CMA, ACM, BMI Song of the Year
"There's Your Trouble" (Dixie Chicks)
"That'd Be Alright" (Alan Jackson)

#103 Chris Barron 
of the Spin Doctors

 
American Music Award nominee
Grammy nominee
"Two Princes," "What Time is It?"
"Little Miss Can't Be Wrong"

#102 Mike Posner
"I Took a Pill in Ibiza"

 
Song of the Year Grammy nominee
Multi-Platinum-Selling Artist/Writer
"Boyfriend" (Justin Bieber), "Sugar"
(Maroon 5), "Cooler Than Me"


#101 Kinky Friedman
Jewish Cowboy Provocateur

 
Outspoken Texas iconoclast
NOW's Male Chauvinist Pig of 1973
"They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus
Anymore" / "Sold American"


#100 Lamont Dozier
Ten #1 hits for the Supremes

 
Songwriters Hall of Fame / BMI Icon
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)"
"You Can't Hurry Love," "Baby Love"


#99 Jeff Hanna
of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

 
Four-time Grammy winner
CMA Album of the Year honoree
"Bless the Broken Road" (Rascal Flatts)
"Bayou Jubilee," "Make a Little Magic"


#98 Matraca Berg
"Strawberry Wine"

 
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
ACM Poet's Award / Grammy nominee
"If I Fall You're Going Down with Me"
"Wild Angels" "You and Tequila"


#97 Gary Burr
From Reba to Ringo

 
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year
"Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me"
"I Try to Think About Elvis"


#96 Mary Lambert
"Same Love"

 
Song of the Year Grammy nominee
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis collaborator
"She Keeps Me Warm" - Billboard Top 20
"Secrets" - #1 Billboard dance chart


#95 John Jorgenson
Modern Day Guitar Superhero

 
Multiple Grammy winner
Official US Ambassador of Gypsy Jazz
"Souvenirs de Nos Pères" (w/ P. Frampton)
"Sunburst Tele 2" (w/ Brad Paisley)


#94 Robert Earl Keen
"The Road Goes on Forever"

 
Modern-day Americana icon
TX Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame
"Merry Christmas From the Family"
"Corpus Christi Bay"


#93 Mark D. Sanders
"I Hope You Dance"

 
Grammy winner with 25 Top 10 hits
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
"Heads Carolina, Tails California"
"Blue Clear Sky," "That'd Be Alright"


#92 Dennis Matkosky
He's a "Maniac"

 
Academy Award nominee
Grammy Award winner
"I Need You" (LeeAnn Rimes)
"You'll Think of Me" (Keith Urban)


#91 Woody Bomar
Father's Day Episode

 
Multiple #1 country hits
NSAI President's Award honoree
Scott interviews his songwriting dad!
Paul shares his late father's original song!


#90 Randy Bachman
of The Guess Who & BTO

 
Classic Rock legend
Musicians Hall of Fame
"American Woman," "These Eyes,"
"Let it Ride," "Takin' Care of Business"

#89 Beth Nielsen Chapman
Faith Hill's "This Kiss"

 
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
Two-time Grammy nominee
"Strong Enough to Bend,"
"Happy Girl," "Sand and Water"


#88 Steve Dorff
"Through the Years"

 
Songwriters Hall of Fame
Multi Emmy & Grammy nominee
"Every Which Way But Loose"
"I Cross My Heart" (George Strait)

#87 Bruce Sudano
Donna Summer's "Bad Girls"

 
Summer's husband & collaborator
Covers from Michael Jackson to Reba
"Starting Over Again" (Dolly Parton)
"Ball of Fire" (Tommy James)

#86 Billy Edd Wheeler
Johnny & June's "Jackson"

 
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
Yale-educated "Hillbilly Poet"
"Blistered" (Cash), "It's Midnight" (Elvis)
"Coward of the County" (Kenny Rogers)

#85 Tony Banks
of Genesis

 
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer
21 million + albums sold in the US
"Invisible Touch," "In Too Deep,"
"Hold On My Heart," "That's All"

#84 Don McLean
"American Pie"

 
Songwriters Hall of Fame
Grammy Hall of Fame
"Vincent (Starry Starry Night)"
"Castles in the Air," "And I Love You So"

#83 Bob DiPiero
BMI Icon / Oscar nominee

 
Fifteen #1 Country hits
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
"Money in the Bank," "Southern Voice,"
"American Made," "Blue Clear Sky"

#82 Matthew West
Christian Writer of the Year

 
Emmy & 4-time Grammy nominee
Billboard Award - Top Christian Song
"More," "Only Grace," "The Motions,"
"Forgiveness," "Grace Wins"

#81 Roger Cook
Songwriters Hall of Famer
 
Nashville & national Songwriters HOF
2-time British Songwriter of the Year
"Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)"
"I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing"

#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"