Songcraft: Spotlight on Songwriters Podcast


#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"

11 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"
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