Host David Coile challenges a songwriter to create a brand new song in one week, based on a shared prompt. Then they get together and talk about it. Along the way, they share their thoughts on the art of songcraft.
Fearless All-Stars - S2E15 Marci Geller, Brian Claflin, Vicki Pompea and Timmy Riordan
In this round table discussion, Dave sits down with several veterans of Timmy Riordan's Fearless Songwriting Challenge. You'll hear Marci Geller's musical soundscapes, Brian Claflin's twisty word play, Vicki Pompea's emotional impact, and Timmy Riordan's vivid imagery; and you'll hear about how they wrote each of those songs in just one day! It's another raw and riveting discussion about songwriting.
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Pamela Machala - S2E14 Raw Songwriting
Colorado-based singer/songwriter Pamela Machala strikes an earthy yet elegant aesthetic balance with influences ranging from jazz and soul to musical theater and folk. Signatures of Pamela’s music include sprightly hooks, effortless vocals, subtly complex chord changes, feel-good funky grooves, and boldly vulnerable lyrics. The songs on her latest album "Something Simple," which would fit comfortably on a playlist with artists such as Sara Bareilles, Vulfpeck’s Theo Katzman, and Lake Street Dive, have already earned Pamela some accolades: an Honorable Mention from the American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Contest for her original song "Cardboard Cutout”, and the Grand Prize in the 2019 SongDoor International Songwriting Competition for "Bleeding Me Dry".
Dave sat down with Pamela to talk about which chord is the most melancholy, how guitars are like a musical hug, and finding inspiration when you're on the verge of giving up. It's another raw and riveting discussion about song craft!
For more music, check out https://pamelamachala.com/
To support Pamela, check out her Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/pamelamachala/
Maya Bennett - S2E13 Raw Songwriting
Maya Bennett finds her inspiration in the in-between moments. The ones when we feel most human. Her recent sophomore album "As the Pink Fades" explores her struggles with mental health, and where she fits into this world. Bennett's honesty has won her multiple songwriting awards through Swallow Hill and E-Town, and she's been praised by Denver's 303 Magazine for her live performance. Her passionate vocals, dramatic music and striking lyrics create a uniquely affecting experience for the listener.
Dave sat down with Maya to discuss how writing for a band differs from writing for solo performance, how grief can affect your songs, and why she used to think revising songs was disingenuous. It's another raw and riveting discussion about song craft!
For more music, check out https://mayabennett.bandcamp.com/
Allie Chipkin - S2E12 Raw Songwriting
Allie Chipkin, is a folk singer-songwriter based in upstate New York. Originally from Poughkeepsie, Allie studied Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She went on to specialize in poetry at Skidmore College, where she began her professional songwriting career. Allie has released two solo records to positive critical acclaim, and her songs have been featured on radio stations across the US. Allie sang the National Anthem for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, and her songs have received honorable mention in the Telluride Bluegrass Songwriter's Competition. Allie also serves as the founder and CEO of Give Love Originals ( http://www.giveloveoriginals.com/ ) , a company that writes custom love songs for couples on their wedding days. Allie's lyrics are the jewels of her work; listeners describe her words as poetic, quirky, and precise.
Dave sat down with Allie to talk about writing on commission, how small personal details can be more universal, and how she wrote three new songs based on this week's prompt. Join us for a raw and riveting discussion about song craft!
For more music, check out https://www.alliechipkin.com/ or https://www.giveloveoriginals.com/
David Burchfield - S2E11 Raw Songwriting
David Burchfield writes American folk music that swaggers wildly through raw emotion within a meticulously written and arranged package. Burchfield’s literate lyrics meet emotive grace in nods to Jason Isbell, Mandolin Orange, and David Ramirez. There is a powerful candor in Burchfield’s writing – raw, emotive, and rich with details that bring the listener right into the scene of his passion. Solo, Burchfield performs with a surprising ferocity and emotional delivery that has silenced even the rowdiest of rooms. Critics have called his 5-piece band, David Burchfield & the Fire Guild, akin to “the Band meets the Stray Birds” – equal parts all out rock n roll party and sensitively arranged balladry. Burchfield has played the Middle of the Map Fest, Boulevardia, was featured in the Chevy Music Showcase, and American Songwriter has said: "This type of solid songcraft would make Burchfield fit right in on a bill with the likes of Lucinda Williams or Jason Isbell."
Dave sat down with David to talk about his writing process, what it's like when you're not writing songs about yourself, when obscurity helps, and writing songs that make your audience dance! It's another raw and riveting discussion about song craft!
For more music, check out https://davidburchfieldmusic.com/
Shanna in a Dress - S2E10 Raw Songwriting
Shanna in a Dress is your quirky best friend who refuses to wear pants. She says what everyone is thinking but no one else will say and you'll get an uncensored journey of clever humor and heartbreak with a hefty side of entertainment at her shows. She masterfully manages to take on complex subject matters with smart, yet accessible lyrics. Her songs are laden with clever wordplay and they delight audiences of all ages. This witty wordsmith is known for making audiences laugh and cry, sometimes in the same song.
In 2020, Shanna was a winner in the Kerrville New Folk competition, winner of the Great River Folk Fest Song Competition, a semi-finalist in Songwriter Serenade, and a Grassy Hill Emerging Artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Fest. Her debut album, Robot, is coming soon.
Dave sat down with Shanna to talk about her writing process, hunting for rhymes, writing scandalous songs about your acquaintances, and more! Join us for another raw and riveting discussion!
For more music, check out https://www.shannainadress.com/
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The in-depth conversation on Raw Songwriting is heaven for singer-songwriters. The podcast is a great resource for all songwriters on their creative journey!
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This was a lot of fun to listen to. You can tell David Coile and John Bunzli are old friends. Still and yet...the songwriting insights and the songs themselves were a treat to listen to as was the banter of two guys hanging out talking about what they love. Dave...your version of Rose Colored Glasses totally had me thinking Moody Blues with that spoken word part especially but also love what you did with the chorus. My favorite Raw song of yours so far! And Bunzli...you are amazing. I love what the pandemic/life has brought you in terms of changing course and being more writer focused. I can relate to these being rich times. Good show you two. Really enjoyed it!
What a great idea!
Best show idea ever, can’t wait for more!