Brian T. Atkinson is currently working on East Nashville Skyline: The Songwriting Legacy of Todd Snider. Atkinson is the author of Looks Like Rain: The Songwriting Legacy of Mickey Newbury, The Messenger: The Songwriting Legacy of Ray Wylie Hubbard, I'll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt and the forthcoming True Love Cast Out All Evil: The Songwriting Legacy of Roky Erickson (tentatively due Spring 2022 through Texas A&M University Press) as well as the co-author of Kent Finlay: Dreamer: The Musical Legacy of Cheatham Street Warehouse with acclaimed writer, producer and industry veteran Jenni Finlay.
Additionally, Atkinson contributed chapters on Hayes Carll and Terri Hendrix to Pickers and Poets: The Ruthlessly Poetic Singer-Songwriters of Texas (TAMU Press, 2016) as well as chapters on Rodney Crowell, Ben Folds, Ben Nichols (Lucero) and Josh Ritter to Song: The World's Best Songwriters on Creating the Music That Moves Us (Writer's Digest Books, 2007). Atkinson and Finlay co-own Eight 30 Records, Burgundy Red Films, Barefoot Recording Studio, and the Austin-based bi-monthly concert series Catfish Concerts.
The pair has produced The Messenger: A Tribute to Ray Wylie Hubbard (featuring Rodney Crowell, Bobby Bare, Tom Russell, Charlie Musselwhite and more), Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins, Dreamer: A Tribute to Kent Finlay, Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll, The Polished Steel Sessions, Danny Barnes' Got Myself Together (Ten Years Later), and Floater: A Tribute to the Tributes to Gary Floater for Eight 30 Records. Eight 30 Records has also released Chris Fullerton's Epilepsy Blues and Matt Harlan's Best Beasts. Atkinson contributed liner notes to each as well as the Grammy-nominated This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark (Music Road, 2011).
Over the past twenty years, Atkinson has written frequently for CMT.com, Austin American-Statesman, American Songwriter, Texas Music, Lone Star Music, No Depression, Relix, Paste, Maverick Country and several other music magazines. His “For the Sake of the Song: The Outlaws of Americana,” an exhibit of live concert photography, has shown in Austin, Denver and Seattle. Atkinson's work is archived at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos.
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