Photograph by Danny Clinch

Esquire Magazine

Five musicians dressed in the season's best jackets and jeans, one great American city, and a simple challenge: write, perform, and record an original song inspired by our phrase.

Why Detroit: When we started thinking about where we would base our songwriting contest this year, we had nothing but options. Los Angeles, Austin, Asheville: All warm and welcoming and rich with jukebox cred, but none of them felt right, at least not right now. None of them reflected the social and economic forces transforming American life today, and none of them embodied the very things that inspire our favorite songs. Love. Loss. Redemption. Hope. Cars.

So we came to Detroit.

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