Collaborations

I’ve always enjoyed writing with other artists, you’re never really sure what you’re going to come up with.

STAY IN BED ALL DAY:
Michael Behm is an intensely creative guy. Writing in the same room with him is an exhilarating experience, much like playing a heated game of ping-pong. Each trying to capture an idea and wrestle it to paper before the next wave of ideas crashes through. This is one of my favorite co-writes ever:

  1. 01 STAY IN BED ALL DAY Michael Behm

Written by Ian Curnow (of Talk Talk), Michael Behm, Bruce Coughlan
Michael Behm on all vocals and vocal production
Ian Curnow Programming / production

A STRING OF SONGS:
Doug Johnson is a brilliant composer/arranger with an amazing depth of field. Whether creating iconic keyboard riffs for Rock band Loverboy, negotiating the intricacies and nuances of serious (Classical) composition, or riffing on his sax to a Jazz classic, Doug’s music embraces the entire scope of musical experience.

Here’s two co-writes and a third song; Answer to a Prayer, that I wrote, and Doug arranged in the style of Nelson Riddle:

  1. 01 ORDINARY BRUCE COUGHLAN & CO.
  2. 02 WISHES BRUCE COUGHLAN & CO.
  3. 03 ANSWER TO A PRAYER Bruce Coughlan, arranged by Doug Johnson

STEP INTO MY KITCHEN :
This co-write was the result of a visit to Hog Heaven, a BBQ joint in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. A friend and fellow songsmith Josh Daniel and his pal Lefty had driven 2 ½ hrs over from Charlotte for the express purpose of writing a song. We found inspiration in the hospitality we encountered at Hog Heaven.

  1. 01 STEP INTO MY KITCHEN Songsmith

Sometimes life just hands you nuggets. Josh also recorded this song on his 2016 CD Beat Up Radio. Josh & I had written the song Beat Up Radio (his title track) the previous day.

Writing & performing with Jerry Salley is one of the highlights of my career. Jerry is legendary songsmith whose songs have charted over 400 times!

Here’s Jerry on stage at Music City Roots with Tiller’s Folly, performing a song that he, Nolan Murray and I had just written, and had just thrown together backstage with Lachlan Davidson (The Davidson Brothers) sitting in on mandolin.

Here’s what Jerry Salley had to say about my song Old Hank:

  1. 01 TILLER'S FOLLY - OLD HANK Bruce Coughlan

“The melody reminds me of a song Hank could have written himself and the lyrics are almost “mournful” in the way they remind us of the apparent passing of the “real” stuff. Tillers Folly reminds us that the “real” stuff is still out there – but, like a diamond, we must “dig” for it to find it!”

– Jerry Salley – Celebrated Nashville Songwriter

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