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tilco
Auburn Fan
Spanish Fort, AL
Member since Nov 2013
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Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
Rank em. With Felker on hiatus I’ll remove him from consideration. Here’s how I see it currently.

1. John Moreland
2. Tyler Childers
3. Mike Harmeier
4. Jason Isbell
5. Cody Jinks


PillPusher
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Gulf Coast
Member since Oct 2009
2590 posts

re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
Move up Isbell. Drop Jinks and add Sturgill.


tilco
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Spanish Fort, AL
Member since Nov 2013
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re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
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Move up Isbell. Drop Jinks and add Sturgill.



I won’t argue with moving isbell but I’m not sure what to do with Sturgill at the moment. I’m expecting a dance mumble rap ep any day now lol.


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monsterballads
Washington State Fan
Make LSU Great Again
Member since Jun 2013
23612 posts

re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
Take off mike and replace with BJ Barham


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The Spleen
Alabama Fan
Member since Dec 2010
24888 posts

re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
1. John Prine - will always be #1 as long as he's alive.
2. Mike Cooley
3. Jason Isbell
4. MC Taylor/Hiss Golden Messenger
5. Sturgill Simpson


CocoLoco
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Member since Jan 2012
28277 posts

re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
My big 3

Sturgill Simpson
Jason Isbell
Tyler Childers

Others in the regular rotation

Chris Stapleton
Colter Wall
Cody Jinks
Margo Price
Kacey Musgraves
John Moreland
Justin Townes-Earle

I know Stapleton and Musgraves are very popular but they are both great.


madmaxvol
East Tennessee St. Fan
Eastern Rantsylvania
Member since Oct 2011
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re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
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1. John Prine - will always be #1 as long as he's alive.
2. Mike Cooley
3. Jason Isbell
4. MC Taylor/Hiss Golden Messenger
5. Sturgill Simpson




Totally agree on #1.

2-5 is a jumbled up mess of awesome songwriters...Not sure who goes where, but Isbell and Childers are on there somewhere.

Sturgill Simpson keeps coming up as well...not only can he write...but he has an eye for cultivating other talent. I didn't realize until recently that he produced Childer's albums.

ETA...once he gets through with his tribute album phase...I still believe there are some awesome songs left in Steve Earle as well.
This post was edited on 8/12 at 9:29 am


CocoLoco
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Member since Jan 2012
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re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
Sturgill is by far the most creative and interesting. His catalogue has the widest variety of sounds to it. He’s absurdly talented.


madmaxvol
East Tennessee St. Fan
Eastern Rantsylvania
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re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
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Sturgill is by far the most creative and interesting. His catalogue has the widest variety of sounds to it. He’s absurdly talented.




Sturgill does have a more varied catalogue than Childers...but Sturgill is also a decade and a half further into his career than Childers. The guy isn't even 30, and is cranking out some amazing stuff.


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tigeroarz1
Clemson Fan
Winston-Salem, NC
Member since Oct 2013
1329 posts

re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
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Kacey Musgraves

I really enjoy Musgraves but aren’t most of her hit songs co-written by Shane McAnally?....who might actually deserve to be on this list.


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madmaxvol
East Tennessee St. Fan
Eastern Rantsylvania
Member since Oct 2011
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re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
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I really enjoy Musgraves but aren’t most of her hit songs co-written by Shane McAnally?....who might actually deserve to be on this list.



Random thought...but one of my favorite songwriters 25 years ago, or so, was Mac McAnally. I thought they (Shane and Mac) were related to each other...but it turns out...



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Ric Flair
LSU Fan
Charlotte
Member since Oct 2005
10384 posts

re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
James McMurtry
Jason Isabell
Todd Snider


madmaxvol
East Tennessee St. Fan
Eastern Rantsylvania
Member since Oct 2011
11759 posts

re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
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Todd Snider



I love Todd Snider...but I have been under the belief that his best days are behind him. East Nashville Skyline is the last album of his that I really loved. Since then, I've been pretty indifferent.


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Pettifogger
Atlanta Braves Fan
Member since Feb 2012
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re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
Joe Pug and James McMurtry would be in my top 5.



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The Spleen
Alabama Fan
Member since Dec 2010
24888 posts

re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
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James McMurtry



Knew I was leaving one off.


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DeltaTigerDelta
LSU Fan
Member since Jan 2017
971 posts

re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
Ray Wylie Hubbard
Jim Lauderdale


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Prosecuted Collins
LSU Fan
The Farm
Member since Sep 2003
4949 posts

re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
Tyler
Sturgill
Billy Strings
Kacey Musgraves/Margo Price
Hayes Carll/Moreland


rutiger
New York Yankees Fan
purgatory
Member since Jun 2007
18870 posts

re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
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Kacey Musgraves


Pissed im missing her when she comes to new orleans, but ill be at red rocks for tyler that weekend. So its not all bad, lol.


Prosecuted Collins
LSU Fan
The Farm
Member since Sep 2003
4949 posts

re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
Ill be there. Best show on my docket atm. That Tyler show will be fire.


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dirtsandwich
Alabama Fan
AL
Member since May 2016
1661 posts

re: Current Top 5 Country/Americana songwriters
John Prine, Willie Nelson, and Billy Joe Shaver are still alive (and performing). Dwight Yoakum has written a ton of great songs. Hell, REK. Steve Earle. Iconic country music songwriters.
This post was edited on 8/12 at 7:06 pm


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