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Luke Dick of Republican Hair, Tatum Allsep of Music Health Alliance, and Castlecomer

A taste of home, overhauling healthcare, and dropping verbal bombs with Castlecomer, Tatum Allsep of Music Health Alliance, and Luke Dick of Republican Hair. One song can really change your life. That's at least the origin story for Australian based band Castlecomer. Bede and Neel of the band let us in how touring the states have been going, how their song "Fire Alarm" and 8 shows in 3 days changed their lives. We also dive into the music and how pop sounds are just the palette for lyrics...


The Conversation

Big props to Belmonts, Curb College of Music for hosting the honest conversation on where women are at in having a chance for equality in music. Recorded live at Columbia Studio A, Cassadee Pope (The Voice and recording artist), Tracy Gershon (artist manager and c0-founder of Change the Conversation), and Leslie Fram (Senior Vice President of Music Strategy for CMT and co-founder of Change the Conversation) all share their feelings on where we are as a community in accepting women as...


Alex Hall & Tim Hunze

Building a career, managing your career, and all things songs with artist Alex Hall and veteran music publisher Tim Hunze. Alex calls Gainesville, Georgia home but writes songs for himself and other writers in Nashville, TN. He grew up riding horses and playing sports, but music has always been an important part of his life. With encouragement from his middle school choral director, he began focusing specifically on singing. It was the summer before high school when he started playing...


Matt Urmy and John Craigie

Songwriting, stolen weed, and growing your career with John Craigie and Matt Urmy. First, John Craigie jumps in to talk about expectations of connections but a couple of things you should know is that John is a songwriter armed with wit and truth. “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg.” describes him perfectly. Recently John released a song with Jack Johnson, “I Wrote Mr. Tamborine Man”. We talk about the power of lyrics and the first line, songwriting, and even types of writing...


Dustin Burnett/Zayde Wolf and Parish f/t

Producing, discoverability in 2018, and new music with Dustin Burnett (aka Zayde Wolf) and Lincoln Parish (aka Parish f/t). Parish f/t is a record producer, songwriter, and guitarist based in Nashville, TN who has worked with artists including Lissie, The Moxies, Run River North, Rebecca Roubion, American Idol’s Paul McDonald and Lucinda Williams. Best known as the lead guitarist for Cage the Elephant, Parish co-wrote and played guitar on their first three albums including the Grammy...


John Oates

John Oates talks Hall & Oates, songwriting, and his latest record Arkansas. John was destined to be a musician. Born in New York City, his family moved to a small town outside of Philadelphia, PA in the early 1950s – a move that would change the course of his life. He met Daryl Hall in Philly, hung out with his idols The Temptations, and even discovered folk music. John was influenced by the folk scene, bluegrass, delta blues, and ragtime guitar styles of the 1960’s and Daryl was piano,...


Donovan Woods

Behind the music, songwriting, and willing to fail with Canadian songwriter Donovan Woods. Born and raised in Canada, Donovan was pretty hip to the folk and bluegrass scene. Sighting Emmylou Harris, Fred Eaglesmith, and even east coast rap as inspirations. He knew songwriting was going to be his thing. So with the advice of his sister to pick up girls, he would need to learn the guitar. Years of honing the songwriting craft and uploading music to Myspace, Donovan was noticed by an indie...


Barry Dean

You've heard him from the live show, but now it's time to get to know the man behind the 90's sitcom sage advising, self-deprecating humorist songwriter, Barry Dean. Barry is the writer behind the Grammy-nominated and NSAI “Songs I Wish I’d Written” award for Tim McGraw’s “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools,”; he has co-penned two No. 1 singles for Little Big Town, “Pontoon” and “Day Drinkin’”; “Think a Little Less,” which hit No. 1 for Michael Ray; Ingrid Michaelson’s Top 40 smash “Girls...


Relationship Goals, SMI LIVE

Presented by Young Entertainment Professionals ( and recorded at The Tracking Room ( in Nashville, TN. We have our first live show with an inside look at Creative Nation with the founders and early believers Beth and Luke Laird and Barry Dean. Creative Nation is a Nashville-based music company founded by Beth and Luke Laird that publishes and manages the careers of Barry Dean, Kassi Ashton, Lori McKenna, Muscadine Bloodline, Steve Moakler...


David Nail & Digital Brains

Side hustle, rock music, and moving on with David Nail and Digital Brains. Adam Shoenfeld, lead guitarist for Tim McGraw, revisits to talk about his bands newest release 3. The new EP features three heavy hitting tracks, the band is consists of three members, and all three members talk about why the side project. Adam, Corey, and Danny all have day jobs in or around music but this is the passion project. Be sure to check out the EP on iTunes and Spotify, follow the band...


Drew Holcomb & Samira Gibson

Ups and downs, motivation, and songwriting with soul artist Samira Gibson and Drew Holcomb of Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. Samira is a three-time Apollo Theater winner and has worked with artists like Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Elle Varner, and Vic Mensa. Now stepping into her own solo career in soul music, Gibson's message is loud and clear. Positive and empowerment. Can that message be hard to maintain though? Is life a dark comedy or is it lessons of life? Stream #PWER and Already...


Reeve Powers and Josh Rouse

New music, a long career, and following the muse with Reeve Powers, formerly of Beach Weather, and Josh Rouse. Reeve Powers first talks moving on. But on good terms with his former bandmates. Since our conversation, Reeve has found a new direction from a rock sound to something along the lines of fuzzy pop. Give Reeve's new song, Vitamin D, a listen and follow him @rvpwrs. Then Josh Rouse comes to talk about his newest record, Love In The Modern Age. Josh is a veteran of art and he has...


Jennie Smythe

Jennie Smythe, CEO of Girlilla Marketing, began her career in the mid-1990s working for Elektra Entertainment. The years of AC/DC, Metallica, Motley Crue, Staind, Deftones, and she was the receptionist. With a little time and foresight, she quickly made the play to move to YAHOO! Music as Director of Marketing and Promotion, spearheading their digital content. Which was unheard of at the time. Eventually, she made her move to Nashville to work for Warner Bros. Records’ New Media Department...


Mike Molinar

Mike Molinar is the GM of Big Machine Music (BMM), where he brings over twenty years of street smarts, creative experience, and entrepreneurial drive that's hard to think that anybody could match. Molinar oversees all aspects of BMM which was ranked Top 5 in Billboard’s 2017 Hot Country Publisher Corps and Top 10 Hot 100 Publishing Corps. BMM boasts fourteen No.1 hits and over twenty Top 20 singles since opening in mid-2012. BMM’s roster features artists and writers Brett Young, Luke...


Greyhounds and Mando Saenz

Ancient drugs, songwriting and Texas music with Greyhounds and Mando Saenz. Greyhounds own Andrew and Anthony, pop in to talk about their newest record Cheyenne Valley Drive. This makes the bands 7th record and probably one of their rawest recording to date. They traveled to Memphis to cut songs like "No Other Woman" and "Credo" with producer Matt Ross-Spang in Sam Phillips Recording Services. The guys are no newbies in the business. After years with other bands, building their own studio...


Skating Polly & Daniel Ellsworth (of Daniel Ellsworth + The Great Lakes)

High energy bands, Riot Grrrl music, and new music in this episode. First we have two-thirds of Skating Polly, Kelli and Peyton. This Riot Grrrl influenced punk band takes us behind their newest record, The Make It All Show and some of their songs. We also dive into punk music and if the lyrics really come from an authentic place or is it just filler. Visit for tour dates and follow them @skatingpolly. Then I had Daniel Ellsworth swing by to give us a glimpse into...


Drew Kennedy

There are people that think that they are creative, and then there are creatives like Drew Kennedy. Drew is a creative that creates, and not just music. This prose connoisseur has 8 albums to his name, a novel, and I'm sure binders of poetry. Armed with nothing but a can do attitude, Drew learned how to write and play songs all by himself. Years later, frequent trips from Texas to Nashville, and co-writes with other celebrated song-writers like Lori McKenna, Drew made an album that is for...


Jeff Hyde & Josh Jenkins

Longtime Eric Church collaborator and band member Jeff Hyde, and up and coming songwriter/front man for Green River Ordinance Josh Jenkins talk all things songwriting. Jeff is a member of Eric's infamous band and has co-written some of Eric's biggest hits. "Kill A Word", "Record Year", and "Springsteen" to name a few. Then he's also penned other songs for Bobby Bare, George Strait, Charlie Worsham, Luke Bryan, Nikki Lane, and more. In 2017, Jeff released a compilation of unreleased songs...


Chris Hennessee & Paul Bogart

Songwriting is a tricky business. Especially when Nashville's songwriting has shifted stylistically within the past decade. The art of country songwriting exists through Chris Hennessee and Paul Bogart. Chris is a songwriter, musician that plays in Jamey Johnson's band, and now stepping into the spotlight. Creating and writing the music that he loves. We talk about his music, what led him to Nashville, and his newest record Ramble and all the surprise appearances. Visit...


Kelleigh Bannen & Andrea Zonn

Kelleigh Bannen and Andrea Zonn have two things in common. Country music and struggles. Kelleigh is a songwriter/artist from Nashville, TN and the story teller behind the podcast ,This Nashville Life. Kelleigh and I chat about discovering music outside her recitals and acapella group (imagine Pitch Perfect but less sexy), what led her down her own path as an artist, and life after disappointments. She has reason to celebrate because Kelleigh just released new music and you should play it...