SONGCRAFT

SPOTLIGHT ON SONGWRITERS

Part of the American Songwriter podcast network, Songcraft is a bi-weekly show featuring in-depth conversations with and about the creators of lyrics and music that stand the test of time. You probably know their names, and you definitely know their songs. We bring you their stories.   

CURRENT EPISODE

JUSTIN
GRAY

EPISODE #177

Genre-bending singer, songwriter, artist, and international sensation with her own hits, and hits for others such as Rihanna’s double platinum Top 10 single “Cheers (Drink to That)"

"Almost Home"

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TOP 25: POPULAR EPISODES

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SMOKEY

ROBINSON

EPISODE #109

#5 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time." Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Lifetime Achievement Grammy. Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

"My Girl," "The Tracks of My Tears" 

EPISODE #153

Songwriters Hall of Fame. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. Multiple Grammy winner.

"Watching the Detectives," "Veronica"

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LORETTA

LYNN

EPISODE #50

Songwriters Hall of Fame. BMI Icon. Kennedy Center honoree. ACM Artist of the Decade. Among Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Songwriters." 

"Coal Miner's Daughter," "Rated X"

STEVE
EARLE

EPISODE #122

Sixteen-time Grammy nominee. Emmy nominee. Americana Music Association Free Speech Award. Keeper of the Texas flame. 

"Guitar Town," Goodbye"

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EPISODE #142

Two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee with The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Grammy winner. "Almost Cut My Hair," "Guinnevere," "Eight Miles High." 

"Wooden Ships," "Deju Vu"

EPISODE #16

Songwriters Hall of Fame. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Nine-time Grammy nominee and three time winner. West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.  

"Lean on Me," "Just the Two of Us"

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EPISODE #121

Forty #1 Country hits. CMA Song of the Year winner. Two-time ACM Songwriter of the Year. Seven-time Grammy nominee and thee-time winner. Star of  Songland.

"Follow Your Arrow," "American Kids"

EPISODE #107

Among Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time." Songwriters Hall of Fame. ASCAP Founders Award. Six-time Grammy nominee. 

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" 

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EPISODE #118

"America's Best Songwriter" - Time magazine. One of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. 15-time Grammy nominee.

"Passionate Kisses," "Righteously"

EPISODE #100

Among Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time." Songwriters Hall of Fame. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. BMI Icon. Grammy winner. Oscar nominee. 

"Stop! In the Name of Love" 

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EPISODE #136

Three-time Grammy winner, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Americana Lifetime Achievement Award. Austin City Limits Hall of Fame.

"Sunny Came Home," "Steady On"

EPISODE #61

More Grammy awards than any male country performer ever. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Multiple CMA and ACM Songs of the Year. BMI Icon.

"Go Rest High on That Mountain" 

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EPISODE #60

Songwriters Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters list. Three-time Grammy winner. "Galveston," "Wichita Lineman," "MacArthur Park," "Highwayman."

"By the Time I Get to Phoenix"

EPISODE #72

Among Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. "I'm Your Puppet," "The Dark End of the Street," "Cry Like a Baby."

"Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"

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EPISODE #146

Songwriters Hall of Fame. Song of the Year Grammy nominee. Producer of the Year Grammy nominee. Founder of 4 Non Blondes ("What's Up?"). 

"Beautiful," "Get the Party Started"

EPISODE #102

Song of the Year Grammy nominee. Multi-platinum-selling writer. "Cooler Than Me," "Boyfriend" (Bieber), "Sugar" (Maroon 5). 

"I Took a Pill in Ibiza"

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EPISODE #138

Founder, guitarist, and singer of ZZ Top. Two-time Grammy nominee. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Over 50 million albums sold. Sixteen Top 10 singles.

"La Grange," "Sharp Dressed Man"

EPISODE #120

The critically-acclaimed power pop master with multiple Gold albums chats about his solo catalogue and his work with Susanna Hoffs.

"Sick of Myself," "Girlfriend"

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EPISODE #125

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Sixteen-time Grammy nominee and two-time winner. "Ashes by Now," "After All This Time," "Shame on the Moon."

"'Til I Gain Control Again"

EPISODE #23

CMA Song of the Year winner. NSAI Song of the Year. Nine-time Grammy nominee and two-time winner.
"Always Remember Us This Way."

"Girl Crush," "Humble and Kind"

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EPISODE #106

Grammy, Oscar, and Gold Globe winner. Songwriters Hall of Fame. "Rainy Days and Mondays," "We've Only Just Begun," "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star is Born)." 

"Rainbow Connection"

EPISODE #67

Among Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Songwriters." Grammy winner. BMI Icon. ACM Poet's award. Country Music Hall of Fame. Nashville Songwriters HOF.

"Harper Valley P.T.A.," "I Love"

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EPISODE #17

Songwriters Hall of Fame. ASCAP Founders Award. Seventy Top 40 singles. Collaborator with Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Joan Jett, Alice Cooper, KISS, Cher, and many others.

"Livin' on a Prayer," "Livin' La Vida Loca"

EPISODE #56

Multiple Grammy nominee. ACM Song of the Year winner. Number one hits for Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, and Justin Moore. 

"Automatic," "Pontoon"

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EPISODE #140

The man behind one of the biggest-selling live albums of all time. Collaborator with David Bowie, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, and others. Global guitar god. 

"Show Me the Way," Baby I Love Your Way"

 
ABOUT SONGCRAFT

Songcraft: Spotlight on Songwriters
is a bi-monthly podcast featuring in-depth career-spanning interviews with songwriters of various genres and eras. The show was launched in 2015 by Scott B. Bomar and Paul Duncan, who started their first band together while growing up in Nashville. They each relocated to Los Angeles many years ago, but couldn't outrun their music geek ways. Scott and Paul started Songcraft as a forum for everyone from casual music fans to fellow creative types to hear songwriters in conversation about their influences, the stories behind their songs, and how they've honed their craft. 

MEET THE HOSTS: 

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SCOTT B. BOMAR

is a two-time Grammy nominee and former staff songwriter at Sony/ATV who switched gears to become a researcher, reissues producer, and award-winning author of music-related titles. He has co-written books with Rock & Roll Hall of Famers such as Wanda Jackson, Lamont Dozier, and The Zombies. Additionally, he created The Bakersfield Sound, a 224-page book and 10-CD collection that the New York Times named the "Best Box Set of the Year." Scott is the Senior Director of the book publishing arm of the global music company BMG. Raised in Nashville, he now lives in Inglewood, California when not escaping to his mountain cabin in the nearby town of Idyllwild.
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PAUL DUNCAN

is a musician, producer, and platinum-selling songwriter who has written more than 20 radio singles, earned five ASCAP awards, and landed Top 20 Billboard hits in four different genres. He co-wrote several songs on Lauren Daigle's Grammy-winning Look Up Child album, including the Top 5 hit "Still Rolling Stones.” Additionally, he co-wrote Daigle’s #1 single “Hold On To Me.” Paul has worked with a wide range of artists, from Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., to pop singer Nick Lachey, to the post-hardcore rock band Sense Field. He has produced original tracks and compositions for T-Mobile, Samsung, Wendy’s, Royal Caribbean, and many others.
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