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The Songwriter Diaries

The Songwriter Diaries

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The Songwriter Diaries is a podcast created by Caroline Stump and Megan Ellsworth that explores the songwriting process. Both Songwriting and Music Business majors at the University of Colorado Denver, these young women hope to shed a light on the creative and analytical aspects of the industry. By interviewing fellow songwriters, mentors, and industry professionals, Stump and Ellsworth showcase a wide array of valuable perspectives on pursuing a career in music. Through these discussions as well as many tangential laughs, mental health checks, strange noises, and questionable audio takes, two
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S6:E5 Sam Pease
S6:E5 Sam Pease UCD music business and songwriting double major, Sam Pease is a prominent co-writer here in the Denver music scene. Her projects include, Slightly Over Dressed and multiple duos and trios around town with songwriters like Nick Gregory, Matt Stark and others. Sam's songwriting digs deep and pulls from her own struggles with mental health and living in this modern world of ours. Listen to the episode to hear her award winning song, "Unsure" and some incredibly insightful honesty about the songwriting craft.  https://www.instagram.com/sampeaseandcarrots/
35:52
June 16, 2021
S6:E4 Jules Paymer
Jules Paymer is known for "either crying about u or making u cry
53:47
June 9, 2021
S6:E3 Take Care of Yourself, Then Take Care of Your Dreams
S6:E3 Take Care of Yourself, Then Take Care of Your Dreams In this special installment of The Songwriter Diaries, our hosts, Megan and Caroline talk about post album burnout, staying creative and putting your mental health first.  https://www.thesongwriterdiaries.com/
28:08
June 2, 2021
S6:E2 Lily DeTaeye
Lily DeTaeye is a folk-rock Americana firecracker with alt-rock and blues influences. She’s a spirited songwriter and a harmonica-wielding badass that will remind you of your weird friend from book club who definitely has a few bodies in her closet. Between her candid nature onstage and the playful accessibility of the rest of the band, she leaves audiences feeling as if they were on the stage with her.  Her music is wry and filled with the emotional honesty and vulnerability of a young Dwight Yoakam and the dynamism of  Brandi Carlile.  When backed by her band, she displays the edge and power of the Black Keys or the Record Company. Website Instagram Music 
29:41
May 19, 2021
S6:E1 Caroline Stump
Soulful indie pop lyricist Caroline Stump connects common topics of love and heartbreak with themes of mental health and trauma, providing a voice for those unable to speak out. Her sound has been compared to Jewel, and her songwriting influences include Norah Jones and Fiona Apple. She was born and raised in Iowa and moved in pursuit of a songwriting and music business degree at The University of Colorado. She now lives in Nashville and works at Warner Music Group while still writing and releasing music. Her first full-length album ‘navy’ is out on all streaming platforms. She has played at numerous venues around Denver including Mercury Café and The Roxy as well as the Underground Music Showcase in 2019, SoFar Sounds shows, and beyond. Caroline's Website Instagram Facebook Spotify
34:46
May 12, 2021
S5:E8 ELLSWORTH
Denver-based folk singer-songwriter, ELLSWORTH, has released her debut album, ELLSWORTH, available now on all streaming platforms. The folk singer-songwriter’s impressive album consists of dreamlike vocals, bright melodies and ruminative lyrics masterfully captured through skilled mixing and musical composition. ELLSWORTH has been compared to top tier artists such as Regina Spektor and Angus & Julia Stone with her melancholic flair on the folk genre. Her award winning song, "Close the Door" serves as an anthem for listeners who search for meaning in music. ELLSWORTH is a story of self-love and encapsulates what happens when true talent finds their voice (Evangeline W., Freelance Music Reviewer). ELLSWORTH’s deeply personal lyrics amplify the voices of her generation and offer comfort through the connection listeners make with her honest storytelling. Dubbed ‘the mental health generation’, the ‘social media generation’, ‘the lost generation’, and many more, these budding adults have endured mass public shootings, an increasingly unstable planet, and a seemingly never ending culture of xenophobia, racism, and hatred. Songs like “Growing Pains” and “Fight or Flight” feel like a breath of fresh air amidst the chaos, and release feelings of fear, pain, or unease that often accompany us through life’s unpredictable trek. ELLSWORTH provides solace while simultaneously challenging the human inclination to escape from negative emotions. Her music offers an alternative solution to our suffering through celebrating our imperfect humanity. ELLSWORTH believes that the experiences we have with darkness connect us and can lead us towards internal peace. “When we push away our feelings of sadness or anxiety, we are in fact pushing away a part of ourselves. We can choose to accept how we feel, which is who we are.” said ELLSWORTH, “We can choose to grow from our pain.” ELLSWORTH was recorded by ELLSWORTH and Matt Hoffman at Hoffman Melody Shop in Denver, CO. Mixed and Mastered by Ben Pisano. All of the songs were written by ELLSWORTH and arranged by Matt Hoffman and ELLSWORTH. Press release written by Colin Sheehan. Instagram Facebook Twitter Spotify Apple Music SoundCloud Website
35:18
January 30, 2021
S5:E7 David Burchfeild
David Burchfield writes powerful Americana that gathers influences from folk, bluegrass, rock, and country. Taking cues from Josh Ritter, Burchfield’s literate lyrics meet emotive grace in nods to Gillian Welch, Glen Hansard, and David Ramirez. There is a potent 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 shared bills with Nicki Bluhm, Anders Osborne, Guster, Joe Pug, David Ramirez, Noah Gundersen, Futurebirds, Denison Witmer, and the Way Down Wanderers. Based out of Salt Lake City and Denver, Burchfield tours the country in his Subaru playing hundreds of shows a year. Website: https://davidburchfieldmusic.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicdavidburchfield/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidburchfieldmusic/ "You're Okay, It's Alright" - Trio
25:31
January 26, 2021
S5:E6 Anna Tivel and Jeffrey Martin
S5:E6 Anna Tivel and Jeffrey Martin Caroline and Megan chat with the incredible Portland, OR based songwriters Anna Tivel and Jeffrey Martin in this latest episode of The Songwriter Diaries. Listen to hear about Touring, being an artist during COVID times and their personal songwriting processes. This is an episode you won't want to miss! Find more here! http://www.annativel.com/ http://instagram.com/annativel https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrc-po78jhG1tBUBR68lspWiq8uUsd7l6 http://www.jeffreymartinmusic.com/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAoUbcc1WnGj54r-HYnjfWg/featured https://www.instagram.com/jeffreymartinmusic/
51:52
January 15, 2021
S5:E5 Andy Sydow
S5:E5 Andy Sydow Americana, rock, alternative country singer-songwriter Andy Sydow is a jack-of-all-trades. Throughout the course of a show he's known to croon an audience with acoustic guitar ballads, play a few shredding slide guitar solos and even sit down at the keys to show off his surprising boogie-woogie piano chops. Sydow draws comparisons to voices like Paul Simon and Jackson Browne, mixed with a roots rock vibe reminiscent of Tom Petty or Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. He is a serious songwriter, though occasionally uses satire to get his point across. Sydow's newest release, Wicked Dreams is a three song EP, lyrically centered around the idea of fulfillment in all aspects of life. Musically it features a horn section and extended guitar solos. The lead off track, "Still My Girl" tells a relatable story of finding a significant others flaws and imperfections to be what you love most about them. The title track is the story of a troubadour who travels around working odd jobs and various 9-5's in an attempt to follow societal norms. "Feel Like Gold" is a polite jab at today's society. "If we stick to hate, then all that's left to do is wait and see." Andy says about his new EP, "Perhaps for the first time in my life I do feel a sense of fulfillment. Life is good. I've met the right lady, I go for long runs in the morning, I'm constantly inspired by my job. I enjoy myself. What gives me wicked dreams is not achieving my career goals. When I was 17, I promised myself that by 30 I'd be headlining 500 cap rooms and playing stages like the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival and eTown. Perhaps my goals were ignorant statements at the time, but I'm 28 (quickly approaching 29) and I'm nowhere near where I want to be. Yes, I'm thankful for what I have! Yes, I'm happy! But there's a lot of work to do. I'm far from satisfied." Andy has had the opportunity to open up for artists such as: Chase Rice, Koe Wetzel, Dick Dale, Brett Dennen, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, Shane Smith & The Saints, Delbert McClinton, Samantha Fish, and Chuck Prophet. His 2018 release, Reasons for Departure, brought positive reviews from press outlets including Pens Eye View and No Depression. It was also nominated for an LA Music Critic Award and two Colorado Playlist Best of Awards. When Andy isn’t touring the US and Canada, he spends his time talking to other creatives and professionals in the music industry on his podcast, Middle Class Rock Star. Insta: https://www.instagram.com/andysydowband/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/andysydowmusic Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3wriMPzjc6B2yfJzzgIGhE?si=wb8y9QNNQqGXZDtH-EhIgQ Website: https://www.andysydow.com/home YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLZFokXEoedx1WIPHXk5Egg
32:58
December 15, 2020
S5:E4 Sam Paul
S5:E4 Sam Paul Geriatric bedroom pop is how Sam Paul describes his music, and WE LOVE IT. Listen to this episode to hear all about how mental health and songwriting go hand in hand for many musicians, including your hosts and this week's guest.  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sampaulsongs/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/15BkVuHoGdNPK56VEHSxla?si=sCvWwLWIRwWiI4hlVjYyXQ https://www.westword.com/music/sam-paul-on-looks-like-a-heart-11792915
47:10
December 8, 2020
S5:E3 Sway Wild
S5:E3 Sway Wild Sway Wild was born on a small island in the Salish Sea. Following a two-month sailing voyage through the remote anchorages of British Columbia, acclaimed indie-folk duo Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer, joined by longtime friend Thom Lord, returned to their San Juan Island, Washington home still hungry to explore. The result was nothing short of an artistic epiphany; an evolution of sound that called out loudly for a new name. Sway Wild released its self-titled debut album worldwide in 2019. Sway Wild’s songs navigate the corners of rock, folk, pop, jazz, prog, and funk. At its nucleus, it is music saturated in gratitude for well-lived lives and sympathetic to our shared humanity. McGraw says, “We want to make music that allows people to feel what they need to feel.” Fer and McGraw’s gorgeous harmonies paired with moving lyrics serve to both process and share their jubilation, grief, and frustration with a complex and deeply imperfect society. Insta: https://www.instagram.com/swaywild/ FB:https://www.facebook.com/DaveMcGrawandMandyFer/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4gBQnCbOX2Okv38QKDmb5o?si=WLrDZnw6QDS05lNnPhQaZg Website: https://daveandmandymusic.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLODG4cLgVoEVX1PgDTZIj6pVKraOMMceP
47:28
December 1, 2020
S5:E2 Grace Devine
S5:E2 - Grace Devine Grace DeVine is a Denver based singer-songwriter and producer. Born under a full-moon on an early December evening; she began writing songs at the young age of 13. She has since continued to write into adult-hood, in-addition to producing her own music. The sound of Grace DeVine is best described as art-pop, created in the cosmos. Inspired by the moon, stars, and spirituality, Grace DeVine embodies elements across genres and time periods to create a sonically super-natural brand of pop music. Her first single, “Magic”, was released in August 2020. Grace DeVine’s next body of work is a 3-song EP, dedicated to her one true love, titled, “Love Letters to the Moon”, coming October 29th, 2020. Listen to her EP HERE! Insta: instagram.com/gracedevinemusic FB: facebook.com/gracedevinemusic Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/00M3qh72XIfknqSvCE0N9O
22:16
November 24, 2020
S5:E1 The Best of Covid Times
S5:E1 The Best of Covid Times Welcome back season five of The Songwriter Diaries!This season is full of mental health, local and national songwriters and bands and the best that The Songwriter Diaries has to offer yet! Listen to episode one to hear Megan and Caroline discuss their favorite music that has been released since quarantine started here in the US. 
29:44
November 10, 2020
S4:E6 Isaac Friend
S4:E6 Isaac Friend Isaac Friend started HoundHeart which formed in Richmond, Virginia in the Fall of 2017. Originally from Fort Pierce, Florida, Alli Walls moved to Richmond after several years of performing as a singer on cruise ships and sought a music community on the East Coast. Isaac is from Richmond and had been active in the music community for years, both as a drummer and songwriter. The two played duet gigs together while Isaac performed as the primary songwriter with with his band Lady Empire, where Alli often joined as a vocalist. At that time, Isaac was also drumming, writing, touring and recording with alt country band Big Mama Shakes (Holy Roller). After several months of practicing and performing around Richmond, Isaac and Alli decided to turn their project into a full time band. They moved to Denver, Colorado in the summer of 2018, where they've begun recording their debut E.P.
44:03
September 28, 2020
S4:E5 Macy Warner
S4:E5 Macy Warner Macy Warner is a songwriter and artist from Colorado. Her writing is brutally vulnerable, and when combined with her sultry voice and depth of her Baritone Ukulele, creates a mesmerizing performance. Macy will be a freshman at CU Denver in the Fall of 2020, with hopes that she can continue to bring healing to listeners, through vulnerability, authenticity, and empathy. Origin - Loveland, CO Genres - Indie, Alternative, Singer/Songwriter Years active - 2017-present Website - macywarnermusic.com Label - Macy Warner Music / Plot Line Records
34:05
September 28, 2020
S4:E4 Stop Motion
Formed in late 2016, Stop Motion is a hipster soul band out of Denver, Colorado that is always seeking new sounds. The eclectic tastes of songwriters Evan Lei and Faith Allen blur the lines between genres, combining the lyrical sincerity of folk music with the magnetic grooves of soul. Originally from Portland, Oregon, the duo met in the music scene in 2014. After two years, they brought their repertoire to Denver, where they recruited bassist José Gutiérrez, drummer K.R. Azad, and keyboardist Luke Maxson to form Stop Motion. Since then, they have performed at venues in and around the Denver area. Stop Motion is set to release their second EP, For You, on April 25th, 2019.
52:18
March 3, 2020
S4:E3 Joel Elliot
S4:E3 with Joel Elliot!!
30:16
February 27, 2020
S4:E2 Shanea
Shanea is Denver based singer-songwriter who specializes in lyric-driven indie pop, accompanied by guitar or piano. Influenced by the folk music of their childhood and the rock music of their teens they pull from all artists from Tracy Chapman to Fugazi. They released their debut EP Cherry Stems in 2018 and recently released their second EP The Fifth House. You can find Shanea on all streaming platforms. https://www.shaneamusic.com/ https://open.spotify.com/artist/4t0zCulZa0J2IP7zOWvBeo https://www.instagram.com/shanea_musicandthings/
36:46
February 18, 2020
S4:E1 Season Opener with Caroline and Megan
Sit down with a glass of wine and listen as Caroline and Megan go over their top 5 favorite releases from 2019. Here is to season 4!!
31:12
February 12, 2020
S3:E7 The Songwriter Diaries: AJ Fullerton and Jake Friel
This is the last guest episode of season three of The Songwriter Diaries, can you believe it?! We can't! Thank you to YOU, the listener, for listening; believing in us, our guests and songwriting. Caroline and I (Megan) can't thank you enough for your support, here is to season three! Keep your ears and eyes peeled for season four.  In this episode, Caroline and Megan chat with AJ Fullerton, Fort Collins, CO native, and Jake Friel, harmonica player extraordinaire.  Raised as an only child in the mountains of rural Western Colorado, A.J. was brought up surrounded by numerous styles of music ranging from; Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Roots, & Blues. His biggest musical influences ended up being found in his parents' collection of Classic Rock & Blues records. Playing solo, and in local bands throughout his mid-teens, by age 19 he was playing full-time supporting his rapidly developing solo career. His style of playing falls somewhere between the finger picking & slide of Country Roots music, and the groove-based uptempo sensibilities of Blues and Rock & Roll.    In the few short years of his professional career, A.J. has won a number of awards & accolades. In 2016 he was the winner of the Colorado Blues Society's "I.B.C Competition" ,  as well as winning the following Colorado Blues Society "Members Choice Awards": Colorado Blues Society  "Members' Choice Awards":  - Young Performer (2016)   - Best Guitarist (2017)   - Best Solo/Duo ( 2016, 2017, 2018)   - Best Band (2017)   - Best Male Vocals (2017)   - Best Slide Guitar (,2016 2017, 2018)   - Best Songwriter (2017)   - Best Acoustic Act  (2017, 2018)   - Best Local Recording  [“Kalamath”] (2017) Fullerton has played such events as; The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN., The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival,  The Clarksdale Juke Joint Festival,  Bohemian Nights New West Fest, and The Durango Blues Train.  Playing on average 200-250 shows each year,  A.J. is often hailed as, “The Real Deal", and is frequently called one of the hardest working young musicians on the scene.
33:14
October 29, 2019
S3:E6 The Songwriter Diaries: Paul Dehaven
Paul DeHaven has been a fixture of the thriving Denver music scene for over 10 years, well-respected for his time crafting licks and tunes as a founding member of now-defunct folk darlings Paper Bird, high desert psych virtuosos Eye & the Arrow, and his latest collaboration with Sarah Anderson (of Paper Bird), Heavy Diamond Ring. On Paul DeHaven’s debut LP, “King of Gold”, he adheres to the DIY aesthetic, recording and playing nearly every instrument himself. On it he explores loss, disappointment, vanity, and a longing to find purpose and connection in a modern world seemingly devoid of these. “It may be more of a generational thing — at least for a lot of the artistic types I know. You know, we’re in our 30s and still living hand-to-mouth and trying to get by — feeling just a little discouraged by the system.” The song “No Gold” sums it up: “The secret to being a man/Is pretending that you have/something other than a fistful of sand...There is no gold out there”. All of the value lies within, and that story is told through rickety drum machines, commanding electric guitar riffs, and Paul’s ever more confident vocals.
36:40
October 22, 2019
S3:E5 The Songwriter Diaries: Bailey Elora
Bailey Elora is a singer-songwriter, a Colorado native with small-town roots and a city soul. She has been writing and performing most of her life. From her first time in the studio at age 14 to release her first original song, “Must’ve of Been the Roses” 4 years later. She now produces her own monthly show at The Black Buzzard at Oskar Blues, “An Evening with Bailey Elora and Friends” in Denver, where she gives back to local nonprofit, Youth on Record. She has built a solid reputation that has led her to perform at Denver’s finest venues, Levitt Pavilion, The Black Buzzard at Oskar Blues, Pepsi Center, Youth on Record, Civic Center Park for the 2018 Women’s March on Colorado, Illegal Pete’s South Broadway for The UMS’s Emerging Artist Stage and Colorado Gives Day, as well as at Greeley’s Moxi Theater where she opened for Colorado’s own alternative-rock band, Silver & Gold. With a performance list that is unmatched by most artists her age, she is definitely on the path to success. Bailey Elora has had the honor of sharing the stage with many of Colorado’s artists such as Los Mocochetes, Lyle Divinsky of The Motet, Devon Jaime Hildebrandt of Silver & Gold, Michelle Rocqet of The Milk Blossoms, Joshua Trinidad and Felix Fast4ward. Bailey Elora is a recipient of Youth on Record’s 2017 Real Rock Star Award, a Platinum Music Ambassador and now part of the YOR 2019 Fellowship Program. You can find her performing with her band, Freddy Zamora (Guitar & Vocals), Geoff Orwiler (Bass & Producer), and Isaac Zamora (Drums & Vocals).
24:10
October 15, 2019
S3:E4 The Songwriter Diaries: Briana Straut
Americana singer-songwriter Brianna Straut conveys the human condition through empathetic storytelling. Born and raised in Texas, Brianna sings from her roots, incorporating lamentations of lost love and soaring moments of hanging on to the good times into her bittersweet folk tunes. She’s been a member of Denver-based Americana outfits such as Bison Bone and Tomahawk Fox. More recently, Brianna has branched out on her own as a singer-songwriter with a voice that is as proud as the Rocky Mountains she now calls home. Her debut album, La Mano is the first in a series of three albums inspired by the hands of her community. Marquee Magazine has described it as “... the hard, chapped and cracked withered hands of modern working-class Americana — coupled, of course, with Straut’s beautiful, soaring voice.” Brianna has opened for artists such as Lillie Mae, Son Volt and Israel Nash. She’s been compared to Lori McKenna in a recent write up by 303 Magazine in which they write, “[T]here is something about a girl and a guitar that can tug at those heartstrings. Straut pulls from her personal experiences to really give her songs a deep sense of emotion that listeners can empathize with regardless of their own personal experiences.” Brianna has been touring the country promoting her new album and gaining experience to write into her next. Keep an eye out for the new music video for "Steady As She Goes" heard on the podcast! IG @bstraut FB @bstrautmusic Twitter @briannastraut
43:38
October 1, 2019
S3:E3 The Songwriter Diaries: Ben Pisano
Corsicana's influences are as diverse as they are intentional. Lyrically rich artists such as Sufjan Stevens and The Antlers tend to inspire 21-year-old Ben Pisano's own literary approach to songwriting, while the experimental and electronic tendencies of artists like Bon Iver and Radiohead inform the more subdued instrumentals. Despite the somewhat minimal, guitar-driven sound, Pisano also draws from genres such as R&B, soul, bossa nova, and hip hop to round out the production and arrangement of his music. In their time as a band, Corsicana has opened for national act Hippo Campus twice, as well as Devotchka, Wye Oak, and NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner Gaelynn Lea. The band have received airplay and recorded a live session at CPR’s OpenAir/Indie 102.3, and have played local venues such as The Bluebird Theater, Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Boulder Theater, Fox Theater, Levitt Pavilion, Larimer Lounge, and Lost Lake Lounge. Corsicana has toured the West Coast, and have released two EPs and two full-length records. Find Corsicana here... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/corsicanamusic/ Bandcamp: https://corsicanamusic.bandcamp.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/corsicanamusic
47:52
September 24, 2019
S3:E2 The Songwriter Diaries: Anthony Ruptak
If you are a person for the people then you will LOVE Anthony Ruptak. His songs convey the anger that we all carry about the current state our political climate is.  Anthony Ruptak is a Denver-based musician who composes, writes and performs his original work with a simple mission: to connect us all to the human condition. Through his lyrics, community cultivation, and activism Anthony advocates for positive, inclusive progress in our society. Anthony Ruptak aims to be a voice for the lost and disaffected, a midnight friend for those with nowhere else to go, a sounding board when you need a place to put your voice, and a safety net for the misshapen, the abandoned, and the eccentric because everyone’s a freak and he is so okay with that. Learn more about Anthony here... https://anthonyruptak.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/anthonyruptak/ https://www.cpr.org/show-segment/after-a-devastating-robbery-anthony-ruptak-finished-his-debut-lp-with-help-from-friends/
45:36
September 17, 2019
S3:E1 The Songwriter Diaries: Andy Thomas
Welcome Back to a new season of The Songwriter Diaries! This season holds within its episodes some of the best songwriters in Denver, CO let alone the world. We will dive deep into mortality with our first guest Andy Thomas and his project Dust Heart.  After years of a folky, almost alt-country approach, he’s pulled a hard left turn to catchy hooks, snarling riffs, and big choruses. Don’t be alarmed, though – if die-hard fans are confused by the lack of pedal steel on the first go-round, they won’t even notice by the second listen when they’re singing along with their friends. And that’s what it really comes down to. It’s not that the band has changed by getting better or tighter, or that Thomas has changed his songwriting approach, or even that he himself has changed. What Thomas wants to change now is his musical journey. He’s definitely been around, so why not give the unknown a shot? If these two new songs should tell us anything, it’s that whatever Thomas has learned, he’s ready to share it with the world – and maybe have us sing some of it back to him. To learn more about Andy and Dust Heart go to... https://www.facebook.com/DustHeartCO/ https://dustheart.bandcamp.com/
42:04
September 10, 2019
S2:E7 Matt Hoffman
New Mexican is the solo project of American folk rock musician Matt Hoffman, who was born in Las Cruces, NM, and whose family history extends through southern New Mexico. The music on the debut album Take It On Our Shoulders (2018) is dusty, sandy, a little tired, the characters simple, honest, and quietly desperate. New Mexican is a new version of something old, somewhat territorial and disagreeable. In various projects Hoffman has shared the stage with such acts as Chris Stapleton, Langhorne Slim, Old 97's, Shakey Graves,  Jeffrey Foucault, Sean Rowe, Guided By Voices, Water Liars, Cory Branan, and Marco Benevento.  Find Matt at… https://www.instagram.com/strangeamericans/ https://www.instagram.com/newmexicanmusic/ http://www.newmexicanmusic.com/ https://www.strangeamericansmusic.com/ https://open.spotify.com/artist/614oBHkY1af4MxgRo96ghE
25:08
June 12, 2019
S2:E6 The Songwriter Diaries: Jenny LaJoye
Jenny LaJoye is a folk/pop singer songwriter and vocal loop artist who believes everyone is made of the good stuff. A classically-trained violinist raised on jazz and musical theater, she makes music to remind herself what it means to be human...to find connection in a time of disconnection, and to feel something in a world gone numb. Her most recent album and third studio project, "Altars," was released in February 2018. Find Jenny at… https://www.instagram.com/jennylajoye/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sba9dOKsFTI&feature=youtu.be https://www.jennylajoye.com/
28:46
June 5, 2019
S2:E5 The Songwriter Diaries: Uncle Barnaby
After a 40-year hiatus from performing, Uncle Barnaby, aka: David Stumph, has returned to music following a successful career in business.  Although away from performing, songwriting remained a constant for Stumph. Now performing throughout the Denver area, Uncle Barnaby has earned a reputation as a “storyteller“ through his music. A Vietnam veteran, Stumph’s music chronicles his service as well as life’s experiences. Together with fellow vet, Rich Raitano, he formed the band, Uncle Barnaby, in Chicago after returning from Vietnam. The band became part of the Chicago folk music scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s that spawned the likes of John Prine, Steve Goodman, and others. Stumph carries on the band’s legacy and the name. He and  Raitano continue to collaborate as songwriters today.  With music never far from mind and always prominent in the Stumph home throughout his performing hiatus, Stumph’s son, Patrick, picked up were he left off in the mid-1970’s to become the voice of the band, Fall Out Boy. Uncle Barnaby’s debut CD released in May 2018, Uncle Barnaby: On My Way Home, is available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, YouTube video and other online resources.  Uncle Barnaby is currently working on a full length album due out later in 2019.  Find Uncle Barnaby at...  www.unclebarnaby.com.  https://www.instagram.com/uncle_barnaby/
21:28
May 29, 2019
S2:E4 The Songwriter Diaries: Bellhoss
In the project Bellhoss, Becky sits in a purgatory between folk and DIY punk, writing sad songs for herself and for people who keep secrets. With Bellhoss, Becky specializes in puppy birthday parties (alongside run-of-the-mill sad dog birthday clowns) and government acronyms.  Find Becky and Bellhoss at... https://www.instagram.com/bellhoss/ http://www.bellhoss.com/
54:38
May 22, 2019
S2:E3 The Songwriter Diaries: Bob Barrick
Bob Barrick is an American folk singer and poet best known for his highly-literate songwriting and captivating stage presence. He first gained notoriety as the front man for Coyote Armada and Kingdom Jasmine, releasing 5 albums between the two groups. One viral performance of John Prine’s “Paradise” with members of Kingdom Jasmine put his face in front of over 1,000,000 viewers worldwide. In 2017, he stepped out on his own and signed with In Store Recordings. Soon thereafter, he released Wildflower Runner, a 5-track EP recorded in one afternoon. Despite its brevity, it cemented Barrick as a force to be reckoned with in the indie folk world.  Today, he lives on the Front Range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, performing and preparing for his forthcoming solo album. Find Bob at... https://www.instagram.com/bob_barrick/ https://bobbarrick.co/
26:10
May 15, 2019
S2:E2 The Songwriter Diaries: Britt margit
Britt Margit is singer-songsmith and avid advocate for women in music. She holds a Bachelor’s in Music Business from the University of Colorado Denver, with past experience in artist management, event planning, & marketing. She now works in marketing, both for Second Star to the Right Books, and as a consultant for music & lifestyle brands. When she’s not planning #WomenCrush Music events or seeking out opportunities in her local music scene, Britt can be found curled up with a book and a 11-year-old Blue Heeler rescue named Tick (@coloradobluetick) at her feet. Find Britt (and Tick) at... https://www.instagram.com/brittmargit03/ https://www.instagram.com/coloradobluetick/ https://www.instagram.com/womencrushmusic/ https://linktr.ee/brittmargit03
35:44
May 8, 2019
S2:E1 The Songwriter Diaries: Morningbear
Morning Bear is an orchestral indie folk project based in Denver, Colorado. The nom de guerre of singer/songwriter John Runnels, the project formed in March of 2014 when Runnels quit his job as an engineer and took a one-way flight to Seville, Spain. Runnels spent six and a half months traveling Europe with just a guitar and a backpack, playing on the streets for change. Morning Bear’s music features songs written during these travels, taking listeners on a candid and emotional journey through battles with self-doubt, the challenges of risk taking, and of growing up. Characterized by highly dynamic compositions, Morning Bear’s music is a synthesis of the calm and delicate stylings of artists like Bon Iver and Jose Gonzalez with the complexity and depth of the Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens. Featuring soaring vocals and atypical arrangements including cello, violin, piano and more, Morning Bear provides a textured landscape behind pop-influenced hooks.  Find Morningbear at... http://www.morningbearofficial.com/ https://www.instagram.com/johnmorningbear/
57:38
May 1, 2019
S1:E8 The Songwriter Diaries: New Year's Eve Co-write
The Songwriter Diaries is a podcast created by Caroline Stump and Megan Ellsworth that explores the songwriting process. Both Songwriting and Music Business majors at the University of Colorado Denver, these young women hope to shed a light on the creative and analytical aspects of the industry. By interviewing fellow songwriters, mentors, and industry professionals, Stump and Ellsworth showcase a wide array of valuable perspectives on pursuing a career in music. Through these discussions as well as many tangential laughs, mental health checks, strange noises, and questionable audio takes, two amateur podcasters express their love for their craft and fellow artists. 
02:44
April 30, 2019
S1:E7 The Songwriter Diaries: Jaxon Stunden
The Songwriter Diaries is a podcast created by Caroline Stump and Megan Ellsworth that explores the songwriting process. Both Songwriting and Music Business majors at the University of Colorado Denver, these young women hope to shed a light on the creative and analytical aspects of the industry. By interviewing fellow songwriters, mentors, and industry professionals, Stump and Ellsworth showcase a wide array of valuable perspectives on pursuing a career in music. Through these discussions as well as many tangential laughs, mental health checks, strange noises, and questionable audio takes, two amateur podcasters express their love for their craft and fellow artists. 
20:52
April 30, 2019
S1:E6 The Songwriter Diaries: Pristine Floyd
The Songwriter Diaries is a podcast created by Caroline Stump and Megan Ellsworth that explores the songwriting process. Both Songwriting and Music Business majors at the University of Colorado Denver, these young women hope to shed a light on the creative and analytical aspects of the industry. By interviewing fellow songwriters, mentors, and industry professionals, Stump and Ellsworth showcase a wide array of valuable perspectives on pursuing a career in music. Through these discussions as well as many tangential laughs, mental health checks, strange noises, and questionable audio takes, two amateur podcasters express their love for their craft and fellow artists. 
22:48
April 30, 2019
S1:E5 The Songwriter Diaries: Nikki Giron
The Songwriter Diaries is a podcast created by Caroline Stump and Megan Ellsworth that explores the songwriting process. Both Songwriting and Music Business majors at the University of Colorado Denver, these young women hope to shed a light on the creative and analytical aspects of the industry. By interviewing fellow songwriters, mentors, and industry professionals, Stump and Ellsworth showcase a wide array of valuable perspectives on pursuing a career in music. Through these discussions as well as many tangential laughs, mental health checks, strange noises, and questionable audio takes, two amateur podcasters express their love for their craft and fellow artists. 
22:42
April 30, 2019
S1:E4 The Songwriter Diaries: Thanksgiving Co-write
The Songwriter Diaries is a podcast created by Caroline Stump and Megan Ellsworth that explores the songwriting process. Both Songwriting and Music Business majors at the University of Colorado Denver, these young women hope to shed a light on the creative and analytical aspects of the industry. By interviewing fellow songwriters, mentors, and industry professionals, Stump and Ellsworth showcase a wide array of valuable perspectives on pursuing a career in music. Through these discussions as well as many tangential laughs, mental health checks, strange noises, and questionable audio takes, two amateur podcasters express their love for their craft and fellow artists. 
04:24
April 30, 2019
S1:E3 The Songwriter Diaries: Jacob Larson
The Songwriter Diaries is a podcast created by Caroline Stump and Megan Ellsworth that explores the songwriting process. Both Songwriting and Music Business majors at the University of Colorado Denver, these young women hope to shed a light on the creative and analytical aspects of the industry. By interviewing fellow songwriters, mentors, and industry professionals, Stump and Ellsworth showcase a wide array of valuable perspectives on pursuing a career in music. Through these discussions as well as many tangential laughs, mental health checks, strange noises, and questionable audio takes, two amateur podcasters express their love for their craft and fellow artists. 
29:16
April 30, 2019
S1:E2 The Songwriter Diaries: Aria Sablan
The Songwriter Diaries is a podcast created by Caroline Stump and Megan Ellsworth that explores the songwriting process. Both Songwriting and Music Business majors at the University of Colorado Denver, these young women hope to shed a light on the creative and analytical aspects of the industry. By interviewing fellow songwriters, mentors, and industry professionals, Stump and Ellsworth showcase a wide array of valuable perspectives on pursuing a career in music. Through these discussions as well as many tangential laughs, mental health checks, strange noises, and questionable audio takes, two amateur podcasters express their love for their craft and fellow artists. 
25:50
April 30, 2019
S1:E1 The Songwriter Diaries
The Songwriter Diaries is a podcast created by Caroline Stump and Megan Ellsworth that explores the songwriting process. Both Songwriting and Music Business majors at the University of Colorado Denver, these young women hope to shed a light on the creative and analytical aspects of the industry. By interviewing fellow songwriters, mentors, and industry professionals, Stump and Ellsworth showcase a wide array of valuable perspectives on pursuing a career in music. Through these discussions as well as many tangential laughs, mental health checks, strange noises, and questionable audio takes, two amateur podcasters express their love for their craft and fellow artists. 
35:13
April 30, 2019