Caroline Rose on Songwriting Evolution as a Form of Healing

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Welcome to Songwriting School, where we talk to songwriters about the craft of songwriting. The first time I ever heard “Feel the Way I Want” by Caroline Rose, I thought, “Wait a minute… is this my new anthem?” To me, Caroline’s music was stoic and earwormy. But on their latest record, 2023’s The Art of Forgetting, they took a turn …

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Hiss Golden Messenger’s M.C. Taylor on Writing Songs and Making a Racket

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Welcome to Songwriting School, where we talk to songwriters about the craft of songwriting. Like all good things in life, M.C. Taylor’s songwriting practice typically begins in a notebook. But lately, the Durham, NC singer-songwriter has been indulging more in the art of making a racket. Taylor has been releasing music under the moniker Hiss Golden Messenger since 2007. On …

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How American-Roots Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist Sunny War Writes Her Songs

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Welcome to Songwriting School, where we talk to musicians about how they write their songs. Emerging from a broad spectrum of musical influences and styles, Nashville-born singer, songwriter and guitarist Sunny War blends folk music traditions with punk rock. Her latest album, 2023’s Anarchist Gospel, earned wide critical praise — Rolling Stone, Spin and Mojo named it one of the …

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How Singer Cortnie Frazier Wrote Coyboi’s Stunning Love Song, “Violets”

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Welcome to Songwriting School, where we talk to local songwriters about how they wrote one song. Coyboi is a collaborative songwriting effort between Cortnie Frazier and Ihlan Magloire, two musicians whose friendship traces back all the way to elementary school in Green Cove Springs.  Frazier’s lyric-writing style is as confident as her singing voice. Here’s our conversation with her about …

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How RickoLus Wrote His New Heartfelt, Cinematic Single, “New York”

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Welcome to Songwriting School, where we talk to songwriters about how they wrote one song. Singer-songwriter Rick Colado, better known as rickoLus, has a new album coming out in March. His first single from that album, “New York,” may sound like it’s about New York City, but in a lot of ways, rickoLus really wrote it about his hometown: Jacksonville, …

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Durham Folk Singer Jake Xerxes Fussell Prefers Research and Interpretation to Songwriting

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Welcome to Songwriting School, where we talk to songwriters about the craft of songwriting. Jake Xerxes Fussell is a folk music treasure and something of a treasure hunter as well. In addition to singing and playing guitar, the Durham-based musician is regarded for his research methods. He finds Southern songs of yesteryear in archives and old field recordings. And after …

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Jax-Based Country Artist Madison Hughes Picks Up Songwriting Smarts Directly From Nashville Legends

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Welcome to Songwriting School, where we talk to local songwriters about how they wrote one specific song.  Madison Hughes has been singing and playing guitar for most of her life, but her star-studded path into songwriting has been anything but ordinary. The Ponte Vedra native competed on NBC’s The Voice last year, which launched her right into a Nashville music …

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Teal Peel Singer and Guitarist Taylor Neal Battled Perfectionism While Writing and Producing His Song “Sandy”

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Welcome to Songwriting School, where we talk to local songwriters about how they wrote one specific song.  As frontman of Jacksonville based indie-rock band Teal Peel, songwriter Taylor Neal is the first to admit to his own perfectionism. He held onto some of the band’s songs for several years prior to releasing them. But when you hear the recordings, his …

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Bobby Kid Singer and Guitarist Anna Lester Shares the Highs and Lows of Writing her Song “Seeds”

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Welcome to Jacksonville Music Experience’s Songwriting School, where we talk to local songwriters about how they wrote one specific song.  Jacksonville-based songwriter Anna Lester has been recording and performing music since 2017 under the name Bobby Kid, an indie rock band she started with her husband, drummer Brian Lester. In March, Bobby Kid released their second album, Babyface.  This long-awaited …

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Electropop Duo LANNDS on the Creative Process Behind “Blueprint” from their Estimable Debut LP

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Welcome to Jacksonville Music Experience’s Songwriting School, where we talk to local songwriters about how they wrote one specific song.  Rania Woodard and Brian Squillace of LANNDS met here in Jacksonville and have been making psychedelic electropop together since 2016, releasing singles and EPs regularly. On March 3, LANNDS released their first-ever full-length album, Music for the Future (Run for …

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