56 episodes

SongWriter turns stories into songs, ft. Joyce Carol Oates, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Roxane Gay, Amanda Shires (The Highwomen), Susan Orlean, Steve Earle & Katie Melua

SongWriter Ben Arthur

    • Music
    • 4.2 • 37 Ratings

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SongWriter turns stories into songs, ft. Joyce Carol Oates, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Roxane Gay, Amanda Shires (The Highwomen), Susan Orlean, Steve Earle & Katie Melua

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Tom Franklin + Ben Glover

    Tom Franklin + Ben Glover

    Author Tom Franklin reads two pieces of short fiction and songwriter Ben Glover plays a song written in response to both

    • 24 min
    Premium Subscriber #4!

    Premium Subscriber #4!

    An update for premium subscribers, including new artist announcements, and Mike Ruffino's SECOND song that he wrote in response to Laurie Woolever's story from this week's episode, Devotion Cycle Part 1 (Hey Machan). The song is extraordinary and unexpected - and like the first one, uses actual audio recorded on a shoot with Anthony Bourdain in 2018) - mixing Latin rhythms with Sri Lankan instruments and vibes!

    Laurie Woolever + Mike Ruffino

    Laurie Woolever + Mike Ruffino

    Author Laurie Woolever tells a story about a shoot in Sri Lanka with Anthony Bourdain, and composer Mike Ruffino shares a song he created using sounds recorded for the episode

    • 41 min
    Mike Nichols, told by Mark Harris + Anna Kline

    Mike Nichols, told by Mark Harris + Anna Kline

    Mark Harris tells the life story of Mike Nichols, one of the most influential directors of the 20th century. Anna Kline of the band Swift Silver talks about her reaction to Mike’s story, and shares her song, “The Picture Show”

    • 22 min
    Premium Subscriber #3!

    Premium Subscriber #3!

    Some sneak peeks for my beloved premium subscribers, including the next three unannounced featured guests, news of the first live SongWriter show in several years, and finally a song written in response to "Featherhood" by Charlie Gilmour

    Wright Thompson + Drew Holcomb

    Wright Thompson + Drew Holcomb

    Wright Thompson reads a story about losing his uncle, and songwriter Drew Holcomb performs his song, “Slower Than the Highway”

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

BZ Douglas ,

Wonderful concept, wonderful host

Attended a live taping of the show in Cleveland, and immediately fell in love with the concept and how Ben conducted the interview. Looking forward to following this show for as long as it runs!

Besteger ,

Looking Forward to More

Long-time fan of Arthur’s music. It’s fun to hear stories that have sparked his interest & learn more about his writing process.
I’m looking forward to hearing from his guests, as well.

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