SongWriter Season 3 Kicks Off with Cheryl Strayed and Maia SharpPhotos by Joni Kabana, Emily Kopp Music News SongWriter
Tift Merritt, George Saunders, Amanda Shires and Roxane Gay are featured in the return of the podcast series SongWriter.
New York City-based musician Ben Arthur’s music and storytelling podcast SongWriter is back for a third season featuring Roxane Gay, Mary Gauthier, Joyce Carol Oates, George Saunders, Toshi Reagon and others.
Over his career, Arthur has released nine full-length albums, published two novels, and written for The New York Times, Believer, Talkhouse and American Songwriter.
Each episode of SongWriter pairs an author who tells a story and a songwriter who performs a song written in response. Season 3’s first episode includes a letter from the celebrated advice column Dear Sugar read by bestselling author Cheryl Strayed (whose memoir Wild was made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon), and a song by Maia Sharp. Sharp, who has written songs for Cher, Trisha Yearwood and Bonnie Raitt, tells Arthur how much Strayed’s writing meant to her during a difficult break-up, and performs the song “Always Good to See You.”
The third season premiered May 4, and a preview of the series and the featured guest list is available on Arthur’s website. His forthcoming EP is called Transmission.
Listen to the S3 premiere here.