WHY A PODCAST?
Because I believe in the sound of the human voice, and its ability to convey a story. Because I’m passionate about connecting with others. Because I believe when you share your story, it gives other people permission to share theirs. Because Nashville is absolutely exploding right now….as someone who grew up here it’s both wonderful and terrifying. Because here in Music City we have absolutely everything we need (studios, mics, engineers, music) to tell audio stories, and hopefully do it really well…..so: A PODCAST.
In full disclosure, this may be one of the riskiest things I’ve ever done. Riskier than leaving my record deal, riskier than betting all my personal finances on my music. And as a person filled with a lot of self-criticism and self-loathing it’s REALLLLLLY hard for me to listen to myself talk on the podcast and not wanna crawl under the table and die.
But, I thought it was important to share. I’m not an expert on ANYTHING except myself and my own story. I don’t have the answers, I have my answers. And I don’t really have an agenda here other than I loved the idea of giving it a shot, and I thought it would be a cool way to entertain and connect to listeners, while talking about things that matter to me, and things that may even help others on their way to wherever their going.
It’s extremely personal, it’s risky—I even had one person tell me it may be reckless….but here it is. We’re gonna talk about Nashville—this “Nashville life” that me and so many of my friends are living. My co-producer Kevin Sokolnicki and I are gonna talk about radio, body image, song-writing, competition, success or lack there of, passion, music. We’re gonna do it in the most authentic way we can. We’re not gonna do it perfectly. We’re gonna ask questions we don’t have the answers to. We’re gonna say things we regret, and we’re probably gonna disagree and change our opinions about things as we go. Hell, we want you to disagree with us too. Or join the conversation, and lend your voice. We want to encourage you to use your gifts and talents to chase whatever passions you have in your heart, and we want to do that by being brazenly honest in telling the story of my own journey in music. We’ll also be asking others (experts, executives, hit songwriters, artists) about their stories and what we can learn from them. We want to make you laugh, we want to tell you stories you’d never hear anywhere else, but most of all we want to connect.
So this marks the release of the first episode of Season 1 of This Nashville Life, and we will be releasing a new episode ever other week on Thursdays.
I cannot tell you how incredibly grateful I am that Country Living believed in me and this podcast enough to premiere the first 3 episodes. The more I have learned about them and their mission over the last several months the more inspired I have become by what they stand for, and what they are passionate about. So please please send them some love on socials, and share their link to the episode.
Here’s a general outline of where we’re going in the first few episodes…and we’ll let you in on the rest of the season as we go. THANKS FOR LISTENING!
- Episode 1 The Radio Game: how a song gets from one of a handful of streets on Music Row to the top of the charts. Guest: JoJamie Harh of Broken Bow Records. Listen here.
- Episode 2 Co-work, co-llaborate, co-write: demystifying the Nashville phenomenon of “co-writing.” I.e. How a song is made. (Guest: hit songwriter Laura Veltz (songs by Maren Morris, Reba McEntire, Eli Young Band, Chris Young, Cassadee Pope, Jana Kramer)
- Episode 3 How (Not) To Get A Record Deal: how does someone “get discovered?” Guest: UMG A&R exec Autumn House recounts the best, and most humorous “artist pitches” she’s ever witnessed, and shares anecdotes about the signings of some of her more famous artists.
- Get Hot or Go Home: a vulnerable look at beauty and body image as it relates to artists and entertainers, especially women. Guest: Joanna Carter UMG VP of Creative Services.
- That’s Not Country: a look at why we love to hate. Why are people so defensive about what is and isn’t “country?” Guest: hit songwriter/producer Shane McAnally (Sam Hunt, Kenny Chesney, Brandy Clark, Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert)
Huge thank you to my co-producer/editor Kevin Sokolnicki (@kebblz) and to Nashville podcast guru Clark Buckner (@clarkbucker) for consulting on this project.