• Steel Rails leaves the station for Louisa Branscomb

    Molly Tuttle, Louisa Branscomb, Sierra Hull, and Missy Raines Forty-eight years ago, chasing sunshine 'round the bend, Louisa Brancomb penned Steel Rails; twenty-nine years ago, winding through the trees, like a ribbon in the wind, Alison Krauss recorded it. Not knowing what

  • Southport – A Festival with a Twist

    Louisa Branscomb knows a thing or two about songwriting, for sure. And she has two Grammys, two Song of the Year trophies (IBMA and SPBGMA), nearly 200 cuts, and a long list of hits to prove it. But her newest venture,

  • Southport Songwriting Festival debuts this weekend

    Award-winning songwriter Louisa Branscomb and her non-profit, Front Porch Productions, will host the first Southport Songwriter Festival this weekend in the coastal town of Southport, NC. But unlike many similar events, this one isn't centrally located, but spread across a number

  • Louisa Branscomb and Nu-Blu songwriter workshops

    As popular music keeps getting bigger, brighter, louder and more bombastic, we see more and more people drop off the other end. Looking for an expression of something genuine - something that can touch them using words and music, without laser lights, exploding

  • The Relevant Roots of the Legendary Alice Gerrard

    This profile of and interview with Alice Gerrard is a contribution from noted bluegrass songwriter, Louisa Branscomb, who also reviewed Gerrard's current release, Bittersweet, for Bluegrass Today. You can find out more about her music and songwriting clinics online. What’s the Kitchen Got

  • Bittersweet – Alice Gerrard

    This review is a contribution from Louisa Branscomb, one of bluegrass music's most prolific and celebrated songwriters. Do the math: a legendary singer-songwriter singing her own, plus a producer who understands the impressive scope of the material and how to render

  • Bad Girls and Banjos

    Louisa Branscomb didn’t, as Stephen Foster might have put it, come from Alabama with a banjo on her knee. She couldn’t. Girls didn’t play banjo. “I heard that a million times when I was girl,” Louisa told me the other night.