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The Price of a Song

Michael R. J. Roth

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Winner of the 2019 Nashville Songwriters Association lyric competition

"The price of a song is the last glimpse of beauty Before you go blind The wounds of a soldier cut down under fire The scar left behind The tears of a mother with a child in her arms The Judas kiss of a faithless lover Who will rip out your heart For the price of a song"

An anthem for songwriters, written by Michael R. J. Roth (lyric winner of the 2019 NSAI/CMT song contest) and Eryn Michel (winner of the American Songwriter magazine lyric contest). Lori McKenna called Roth "brilliant." Eryn Michel's "Old Habits" was a Nashville Songwriter's Association International Top 40 favorite, and she was named a TAXI Top 10 Favorite.

Michael R. J. Roth: http://michaelrjroth.com/ Eryn Michel: https://erynmichel.com/

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A Bat Flying in the Night

Michael R. J. Roth

"I see the stars that shine like guided missiles, falling softly through the evening skies..."

Michael R. J. Roth was the winner of the 2019 NSAI Song Contest for lyric writing, and received a Gold Award from the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest for lyrics. He has been called "a cool dark troubadour" and "an amazing writer" by fans and industry professionals, evoking a mix of Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Cash, Paul Simon and others with lyrics known for their intriguing imagery and "deep, profound truth." He is featured in the Great American Song Hall of Fame, and is known for his award-winning, original acoustic songs with "the kind of lyrics that make Nashville writers salivate." NSAI named him "One to Watch." Lori McKenna called him "brilliant."

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Dust Storm

Michael R. J. Roth

"Your love was always shameless as the offer of a rose in the hand of a street vendor with a diamond in his nose"

From the songwriter Lori McKenna called "brilliant," the winner of the 2019 Nashville Songwriters Association lyric competition.

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The Things That You Get Used To

Michael R. J. Roth

Dying's not as easy as it used to be. A meditation on the things that you get used to by Michael R. J. Roth and Harri Wolf

"I'm standing on the shoreline of an ocean I can't see/ waiting for the tide to roll on in." A meditation on the edge of life from two award-winning songwriters, Michael R. J. Roth (winner of the 2019 NSAI lyric contest, 2018 Mid-Atlantic Song contest and others) and Harri Wolf, winner of the 2019 Spring Dallas Songwriters Association lyric contest.

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Homeless Sky

Michael R. J. Roth

Michael R. J. Roth has been called "a cool dark troubadour" and "an amazing writer" by fans and industry professionals, evoking a mix of Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Cash, and Paul Simon. He is the lyric winner of the 2019 NSAI song contest.

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When You Found Me (With Cello)

Michael R. J. Roth

"An amazing writer" -- Vinny Ribas, CEO Indie Connect

A new version of this moving long song by Great American Song Contest Hall of Fame member Michael R. J. Roth, recorded with Fred Lieder on cello at Record Arts studio.

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Blood on Our Hands

Michael R. J. Roth

"We've taken up the keys to an evil machine..."

A folk-acoustic song by Michael R. J. Roth, "Blood on Our Hands" received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and features vocals by the amazing Lexi Jackson.

Songwriter Michael R. J. Roth has been called "a cool dark troubadour" and "an amazing writer" by fans and industry professionals, evoking a mix of Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Cash, Paul Simon and others with lyrics known for their intriguing imagery and "deep, profound truth." He is featured in the Great American Song Hall of Fame, and is known for his award-winning,original acoustic songs with "the kind of lyrics that make Nashville writers salivate." NSAI named him "One to Watch."

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Santa Fe

Michael R. J. Roth

The Working Sessions 1: Raw folk-style narratives by an award-winning songwriter. "Eyes like a priest, heretic, ragin', he confides he's migrating to an ancient civilization."

Working tracks of acoustic folk songs of "passion, anger, and pain" from a "cool dark troubador" and "Jedi songwriter" who was a First-Place lyric winner in Austin, Dallas, and national and international competitions and is listed in the Great American Song Hall of Fame. Tales from Santa Fe where "you can almost smell the summer heat burning off the sense of grace" while "keeping faith until the good guys win." Includes "The Close Shaves of a Hero," which received an honorable mention from American Songwriter magazine. Featuring Lexi Jackson on vocals on "If It Ain't Love" and "Grasping at the Wind."

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Songs for Easy Heroes