I AM A SONGWRITER: Ep 2; Larry John McNally; My Process

I AM A SONGWRITER: Ep 2; Larry John McNally; My Process

“I Am A Songwriter” is a new series created by songwriter and musician Andrew Kastner. Songwriters are often the un-sung heroes standing in the shadows of the artists they write for. In this series Andrew shines a light on songwriters who have written songs for artists such as, Garth Brooks, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Rod Stewart, The Staple Singers, Chaka Kahn, The Eagles and many more. They talk about how they got started, their process, what they think of the business and some great stories on how they had their songs placed.   The first episode of “I Am A Songwriter” features Larry John McNally, a successful singer/songwriter who grew up in Bangor, Maine and made his way to the vibrant singer/songwriter scene of Los Angeles in the 70’s. Larry is still gigging and touring to this day... in fact, he was on tour in Europe when the Coronavirus thing hit and he only just made it back home before everything got locked down. And, one thing's for sure, while he's on lockdown he's gonna be writing some great songs and he'll be back on the road the minute this thing passes. In this episode, Larry explains and expands on his process.
Duration: 10:14

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