Songcraft: Spotlight on Songwriters Podcast


#99 Jeff Hanna
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Man

4 time Grammy winner
"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"
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"