Orrin Keepnews, one of the most respected producers in jazz history, played an integral role in the birth of modern jazz.
When I interviewed Harlan Howard some years ago, I asked him who his favorite songwriter was. Harlan didn’t hesitate for a moment. “Cindy Walker,” he said. “She’s the greatest country songwriter I’ve ever heard.” One of the pioneers of the “three chords and the truth” school of writing, Walker penned classics such as “Not That […]
So famous are the classic musicals he created as part of not one but two of America’s most celebrated songwriting duos, that his name is rarely heard or seen alone. More commonly it’s linked to the name of one of his lyricist-partners, either Lorenz “Larry” Hart or Oscar Hammerstein, because it’s as the musical half […]
“I never stopped writing, even when they stopped playing me on the radio,” says Dolly Parton. “I write something every day, and I take myself more seriously as a songwriter than anything else.” Over the past decade, Dolly has followed the passion of her songwriting right into a major career renaissance. Embracing her Smokey Mountain […]