Maybe it was when Lester Bangs marked James Taylor for death, or maybe when Bob Dylan found religion and damned to hell all the hipster song-strummers he sired, but at some point in the evolution of popular music, lyric-obsessed songsmiths fell almost as far from critical favor as they did from the charts. The Texas school still has its champions (mostly in Texas), but more often than not the phrase "singer-songwriter" sounds like an epithet in a rock... More >>>