The first episode stars bestselling author Cheryl Strayed – whose memoir Wild was turned into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon – and songwriter Maia Sharp, whose songs have been covered by Cher, Trisha Yearwood, and Bonnie Raitt.
Strayed reads a letter from her beloved advice column, Dear Sugar, about losing her mother at a young age, and how small, unexpected moments and mementos can offer hope and solace. Maia talks about a recent break-up, and how Strayed’s writing meant to her during a difficult time.
“I was with someone who’s just amazing…and there was something in me saying that I had to go,” Sharp says. “You know, I just felt a little crazy.”
She also introduces her song, “It’s Always Good to See You,” which is on Sharp’s upcoming album, Mercy Rising (out May 7).
“I love Cheryl’s story, love hearing her warmth and wisdom in telling it, and had such an interesting and illuminating conversation with Maia,” Arthur says.
Check out the first episode above or head over to the American Songwriter Podcast Network. Episode 2 will be released on May 18 and features Roxane Gay, Celisse, and Toshi Reagon.