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Yes, we pick on former Decatur-based singer/songsigher John Mayer a lot, but sometimes he just makes it so darn easy. In his column in the September issue of Esquire, the lite-rocker-turned-classic-rocker/bluesman writes that he is "inviting all aspiring songwriters to write their own chords and melodies around my lyrics." And, he offers, "You can tell people we wrote a song together." But aspiring Mayers can't just pick any ol' song. The set of lyrics offered for "collaboration" were dropped from a song on his upcoming album, Continuum. Mayer will select the winning entry and award the lucky plucker a Fender John Mayer signature Stratocaster guitar.
I'm Goin' Straight to Hell -- um, I mean, Brooklyn
Singer/songwriter Kevn Kinney, frontman of Drivin' n' Cryin' and more recently the Sun Tangled Angel Revival, has up and moved away! Yep, the Wisconsin native, who moved to Atlanta in the '80s, relocated earlier this month to the hipster mecca of Brooklyn, N.Y. Kinney also appeared recently, with his son (and occasional harmonica player) Tyler in Rolling Stone. Kinney has parted ways with his longtime manager Scott Munn, who now has more time to tend to his other clients the Drive-By Truckers and Don Chambers.
ATLiens snag awards
Billboard magazine held its fifth annual R&B and Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta on Aug. 5, and several local heroes took home trophies:
• Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist: Usher
• Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist (Male): Usher
• Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Artist: Usher
• Top Producer: Jonathan H. "Lil Jon" Smith
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