Songwriting Scene: Atlanta

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One of the fun things about Songwriting Scene is that I get to “meet” songwriters from around the country and around the world — and find out about what the local songwriting “scenes” are like (to share with you, of course!). Kara Claudy is an Atlanta-based singer-songwriter with some really sweet, heartfelt tunes, who is coming out with her debut EP on May 5. She was kind enough to reach out and offer to tell all about the songwriting scene in the ATL — so naturally I took her up on it! Here’s what she had to say:

Q: How would you describe Atlanta’s songwriting scene? What is the vibe like? The musical styles? The people?

Kara: I would compare Atlanta’s songwriting scene to its food scene: extremely diverse, surprisingly accessible, and absolutely underrated. It’s diverse in the sense that all sorts of genres are represented by many types of people from different walks of life—people are writing folk, blues, country, bluegrass, jam-band, pop, rock, rap, R&B, electronic, experimental…you name it and someone in Atlanta is doing it. In my view, folk, country, and rock come to the forefront of the scene, but it just depends on the circle you’re running in. Of course, people hear Atlanta and they think rap, but so many more genres are active than just the hip hop scene.

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Songwriting is painful. Songwriting feels great.

faces pain rating scaleWhat is it about songwriting that is painful yet totally feels awesome at the same time?

You struggle for a lyric, fight for a melody, kneel down and pray for an idea…THE idea. When it doesn’t happen, or it takes seemingly forever, the pain feels excruciating.

What if…nothing will come. Ever. Again.

What if…you were a hack all along.

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