Ray Scott, artist and songwriter based in Nashville TN, joins the podcast and tells all about how he started playing music (1:40), his goals when arriving in Nashville (5:07), what it took to get songs cut and progress made in Nashville (7:31), a few key things he learned from that process (11:55), the good and bad of working as an independent writer and artist (17:45) and support for that music (19:54), what he is working on next (27:55), what he’s doing differently with his current efforts with years of experience as a successful independent artist (30:51), what True Country is to him (35:05), and more.
Mike Severson, founder and owner of Songwriter City based in Nashville TN, joins the podcast and talks how he got started in the music business (2:46), making the move to Nashville (6:30), what he experienced during the big radio station consolidations (9:56), some of the high points in his career (15:20), how he started Songwriter City and what his unique shows provide (20:09), what True Country is to him (25:28), and more.
Beth Nielsen Chapman, Hall of Fame Songwriter with multiple #1 hits to include Strong Enough To Bend (#1 for Tanya Tucker) and Nothin’ I Can Do About It Now (#1 for Willie Nelson) to name a few, Beth is a True Country professional with decades of experience. She joins the podcast and discusses her roots in songwriting (2:00), experiencing and participating in the incredible music from Muscle Shoals (4:25), the top 20 Billboard single “Down on my Knees” being heard for the first time by then-receptionist Trisha Yearwood, through the wall of the publishing company office they worked at together (5:45), the time it took to come back to music after her first major solo effort went nowhere (7:30), one of the Beach Boys pushing Beth to move to Nashville after hearing her songs performed in a lounge in Mobile, AL (9:18), the major struggles in personal life and the industry that she endured during her career (11:00), the high points of her career, including getting a call to write a song personally for Willie Nelson and being inducted into the Hall of Fame (18:32), what True Country is to her (29:13), and more.
Joe Nichols discusses how he got started as an artist (1:29), the tough but defining moment when he knew he belonged (3:29), the funny odd jobs he worked to get by (5:23), how he coped with disappointment and rejection when coming to Nashville (8:24), being told ‘no’ on every one of his first 31 opportunities (9:40), his 1st Grammy experience, and an odd encounter with Queen Latifah and Halle Berry (12:53), what he’d do differently if starting out in the music business today (15:10), what inspired his ‘Never Gets Old’ album and the response he’s seen from it (16:14), what True Country is to him (19:13), and more.
Country music legend Mickey Gilley joins the podcast and discusses his first recording taking 50+ years to do anything for him (2:05), musical trivia of artists who played on his records (2:40), how a B-side jukebox throwaway tune became his first #1 record (3:27), wanting to be a rock-n-roller like cousin Jerry Lee Lewis (4:45), Urban Cowboy reunions (6:02), camaraderie with the fans (9:53), highest points of his career (11:08), finding his niche when creating his hit songs (15:07), the next Mickey Gilley on keys (18:25), what True Country is to him (19:42) and more.
Glen Templeton, rising star based in Nashville, talks following in his father’s footsteps (2:06), songwriting being key to country artists’ identity (4:16), his own turning point to making the dream become his reality (6:10), the peaks & valleys from a struggling musician to playing for thousands (9:55), the true value of living out the American dream in this country (10:45), giving fans what they ask for in traditional country music artists (12:40), calling on his rural upbringing in his music and songwriting (14:20), the move to Nashville (15:22), adoption into the Texas scene (18:04), carving the hard path the right way (22:14), a story about George Jones’ special medicine (25:48), what True Country is to him (28:47), and more.
John Ozier, VP Creative at ole Majorly Indie, joins the podcast and talks about doing whatever it takes to make it in the music industry (2:18), striving to do something that you love without worrying about much else (5:50), writing 300 songs before coming up with 1 to be proud of (7:53), the first time hearing his own hit on the radio (10:33), ‘Skin’- the power of a song that reaches deeper into people’s lives than you could ever expect (11:30), the value of a strong work ethic (13:16), his work at ole (14:10), what True Country is to him (22:20), and more.
Bobby Tomberlin, of Curb Records Publishing, Nashville, talks about writing breakthrough hits like Diamond Rio’s ‘One More Day’ (6:58), creating songs that speak to their listeners (9:45), staying true to self after years on Music Row (10:45), booking a gig on CMT’s ‘The Singing Bee’ TV show (17:05), working on the movie ‘Wheeler’ (18:53), an interesting experience with Hall-of-Famer Phil Everly (23:40), what True Country is to him (26:03), and more.
Marty Raybon, Shenandoah lead singer, discusses
starting out in Muscle Shoals (3:58),
creating their first top-10 record in ‘She Doesn’t Cry Anymore’ (5:52),
working the pitch sheet for hit after hit (7:40),
what he hears in music (9:41),
returning to the band after 17 years (10:47),
the difference between a good song and a great song (13:00),
hardships of the road (14:05),
moments in a 30-year career that make it all worthwhile (15:50),
how he’d manage his career starting today (18:56),
Shenandoah’s 30th Anniversary Tour (24:30),
what True Country is to him (26:03),
Legendary songwriter Steve Dorff, 2018 inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and author of the book ‘I Wrote That One Too…A Life in Songwriting From Willie to Whitney’, discusses knocking on doors as a young songwriter (3:44),
handling rejection and sticking with good songs before their success (8:15),
George Strait making ‘I Cross My Heart’ a hit 8 years after it was written (9:10), what he’s up to today (14:27), an unexpected mega-hit with a previously unknown singer (15:55),
always saying “yes” (19:16),
what True Country is to him (21:06), and more.
Adam Warner, former U.S. Marine and rising Nashville artist, discusses breaking into the biz, humility in the studio, working with Trace Adkins, and more.
Brendon Anthony, Director of the Texas Music Office under the office of the Governor of Texas, and former touring fiddle player for Pat Green, discusses jailbreaks in a tour bus from the studio to Padre Island, the transition from a full-time touring musician to an industry guru, building communities that support artists and a healthy music industry, and changing the conversation about what the music industry is.
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