Mississippi Music Revival: Marty Stuart and Paul Thorn 

Sometimes you walk away from a show with so much more than just a song in your head. And that was certainly the case for me after the Americana Fest show I watched at 3rd and Lindsley last night.

Let me first say that I’ve never had the opportunity to see Mississippi natives Marty Stuart and Paul Thorn live before, and I got a whole lot more than I bargained for!
 
Marty Stuart took the stage in true country gentleman form, dressed in black from head to toe, sporting his signature scarf, electric hair and… Read more

Positive Disruption: Team Building Through Music 

 

Billy Kirsch, hit songwriter and owner of Kidbilly Music



Positive Disruption: Team Building Through Music
 
In the late 1990’s hit songwriter Billy Kirsch saw a change coming in the music industry, spurred by digital downloads.
 
Kirsch, who always had an interest in the business side of music, determined he needed to find a new outlet for his musical gift instead of longing for the good old days.
 
“I’ve always been entrepreneurial and co-published my work, pitched my own songs and got a lot of my cuts,” said… Read more

Want your songs in film and TV? Get Started with 3 Easy Steps! 

Film and TV placements are a great way to find a home for your original music- but how do you get started??? Here are three easy steps to get started!

1- Get the Right Songs- I love country music and specific story lines (i.e. goodbye was painted on the wall). The problem, though, is that these types of tunes do not work for film because they compete with the pictures on the screen. You need to be thinking in terms of songs with general emotions that are not connected to specific images.

2- Have Your MusicRead more

Backstage with Nelson... 

Matt, Shantell and Gunner


When I was a pimply teenager on the farm in Utah, I had a big crush on a 'big hair' duo named Nelson. They broke onto the charts with mega hits in the early 90's like After the Rain and I Can't Live (Without Your Love and Affection). I used to watch their videos over and over on MTV and wait for them to come onto the radio so I could sing along.
Fast forward more than 20 years later…and by the stars aligning somehow I ended up playing on the same stage as Gunner and Matt… Read more

An Adventure of 'Fabulous Firsts': CMA Fest 2014 

On stage at the Samsung Galaxy Stage at CMA Fest!


CMA Fest 2014 is winding down, and I'm thinking about all the fabulous 'firsts' that came from this week! Here are just a few that come to mind...
  • Thanks to Lee Williams of CMR Nashville (who has been promoting my first two singles to European radio) I had my first CMA Fest appearances. He put on several showcases this week with noteworthy international artists.
  • It was my first time sharing a stage in the U.S. with two fantastic 'foreign' artists- SamRead more

Lyric Videos to the Rescue: Low Cost, Big Results 


"Love Shouldn't Hurt" Lyric Video
If you don't have big money to make a big budget video (like me and most other indie artists), consider lyric videos to bring your song to life!

There are essentially a couple low-cost ways to create a lyric video- DIY or hire someone at a reasonable indie musician rate.

DIY

If you're a tech person with a good eye, consider getting a program like iMovie to make your own lyric videos. Essentially you can just drop in the song as an Mp3, then make titles over photos or plain… Read more

Jennifer Batten: A Fierce Woman and Her Guitar 

 

Jennifer Batten and me


Jennifer Batten has played guitar for two of the biggest and most discriminating artists of all-time: Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck. In addition, she has carved out a successful solo career with a one-woman show. I was lucky enough to be front and center in Austin at the MeowCon conference where she was speaking about her career. 

In a candid interview with Beth Marlis (photo below) here’s some of the perspective and insight Jennifer shared…
 
Early Days

​‘Perspiration not Inspiration’ Ben Hayslip talks Songwriting 

 

Ben Hayslip and me



Ben Hayslip found his way from Evans, Georgia to the top of the country music charts. And, we were lucky enough to hear his story at the most recent Nashville Berklee Jam at The Rutledge in downtown Nashville, hosted by Eric Normand.
 
Ben attributes his success in the music business to three things: refusing to fail, working hard at it every day and writing songs that he loves.
 
But navigating the industry wasn’t always an easy journey for Ben, who took his mom’s advice and moved to… Read more

Radio Insights With Cullen Kehoe... 


Me, Joe and Cullen with his furry sidekick


On a recent radio station visit to Knoxville I had the chance to meet Cullen Kehoe, Programmer/Production DirectorAmericana Nights, WFIV 105.3 FM. For those of you who may not know, My i105 a AAA station with stellar Americana programming too. When I started to find out more about all of the industry experience Cullen has (as an artist, a songwriter, you name it), I couldn't resist the chance to pick his brain a little about radio and get his take on what artists… Read more

5 Reasons People Won't Help You in the Music Business... 


This edition of the blog may stir the pot a bit, and this is only my opinion, but I think some of these realities need to be shared- especially with newcomers to the industry. So, here are five reasons that I've found that people won't help you in the music business...

1-Competition- the competition is fierce in the music industry, and companies, who are run by people, have investments to protect and to hopefully see a return on. That means you may be a great artist, but you're not the great artist they have… Read more
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