Natalie Hemby • Songwriter Session, 2017
American Currents: State of the Music • 53m
Songwriter Natalie Hemby performs her #1 hits, personal favorites, and cuts from her album “Puxico” during this 2017 Songwriter Session at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Hemby opens with "You Look Like I Need a Drink," a #1 hit recorded by Justin Moore, and over the course of the program, travels from her early days as a struggling artist (singing "The Bees," which became her first album cut when Lee Ann Womack recorded it in 2008) to “Puxico,” which she notes is named after her grandparents' hometown of Puxico, Missouri. (“Puxico” album cuts she performs include "This Town Still Talks About You," and "Cairo, IL," which she says was inspired by a town near Puxico).
Responding to audience questions, Natalie Hemby talks about her accompanying documentary for "Puxico"; her experiences writing with Miranda Lambert; the difference between collaborating with an artist and writing songs to pitch to artists; and her own songwriting process. She also offers advice to novice songwriters, and picks a favorite from her own writing discography.
Hemby concludes the program by performing "Pontoon," a #1 hit for Little Big Town, by audience request, and revealing its inspiration: misunderstanding the title of "Fine Tune," which she co-wrote with Luke Laird for Lambert. Thinking the mistake was "hilarious," Natalie Hemby says, she decided that "we should write this really obnoxious song called 'Pontoon.'"
Presented in support of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibition "American Currents: The Music of 2016" (March 17, 2017 through March 2018).
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