INSIDER’S TAKE: WHAT THEY GOT RIGHT VS. WELL…KINDA.
For the recap of ‘Nashville‘ Season 4 Ep 1, and a little on background on why I’m doing these recaps click here.
Side note: I actually went to the school portrayed as the Conrad girls’ school, and the talent show appears to be shot in that very auditorium…I was in many a play and many a concert on that very stage.
WHAT THEY GOT RIGHT:
Baby Headphones! I’m gonna elaborate in the “Well…Kinda” section about what they didn’t get right regarding Juliette’s launch party, but the baby headphones were right on! At the launch party, Juliette’s baby, Cadence, is wearing some little protective headphones. This is a real thing! I actually know a lot of people who have these and who use them on their kiddos to protect their ears from loud concert noise. Artists who may have their baby on the road with them, and industry professionals who may be hanging at events with their baby use these all the time. I actually gave a pair of these as a baby shower gift to someone else in the industry. If you want some for your own little bundle of joy…here they are:
Julliette’s launch party: There are a couple aspects to this album launch party that just don’t seem realistic to me.
1)Luke Wheeler is encouraging his artist Will Lexington to attend Juliette’s launch party (more on that in point #2) and says “there may be some press outside but that’s exactly where they’re gonna stay.” What? The purpose of a launch party is usually to let industry and press in on the album. To get them excited about it. There aren’t a bunch of paparazzo in Nashville, so if press is at an album launch party it’s because you’ve invited them. So…you wouldn’t make them stay outside for the show…that would completely defeat the purpose. You want press in the room so they can fall in love with the new album and tell everybody about it!!
2) Label heads don’t usually invite artists to other artist’s events. The reason for this is if the event is to promote one artist, then you want to be focused on that artist. Occasionally the label will invite younger artists to number one parties or to concerts, because it’s fun to see what the bigger artists are doing, but for the most part if an event is for one artist, there aren’t a bunch of other artists there. At Juliette’s launch party there seem to be several other artists or “stars” of varying stature at the event. While Nashville is a very supportive community creatively, you wouldn’t just have a bunch of other acts show up at an industry event without a purpose. Artists may attend another artist’s show because they are fans or friends, but at such an industry focused event, I find it hard to believe there would be any other acts there. 3) A red carpet at an album launch concert in Nashville would probably never happen. There would be lots of press opportunities for the artist leading up to the launch and on street week, but these press opportunities wouldn’t happen at a red carpet. They would take the form of phone interviews, and sit downs with syndicators and other media, but there wouldn’t be a red carpet. The only times I’ve seen a red carpet in Nashville is an award show, a movie premiere, and occasionally a fashion show. But not an album launch party.
4) An aside…How adorable is Pam Tillis?! She’s still as beautiful as ever, and super genuine in person too.
A LITTLE OF BOTH: Lela’s Bluebird Show: This didn’t really fit perfectly in either category, but I thought it warranted mentioning… While I’m not sure that the setting for Lela Grant’s “tastemaker/press” show at the Bluebird Cafe is all that realistic (though I LOVE the Bluebird and always have,) the way the show depicts the label and managers being split between artists and events is pretty realistic. For the most part, I find that when I’m doing a really important event or show, my team is there: management, agent, and label. But for a lot of the smaller appearances, you may or may not have label, or management support in person. I do find it hard to believe that Lela’s label would set up this buzz event and then not have anybody there to work it. That’s just bad business. At minimum, there would be a label publicist, or somebody like that, there. Potentially an artist’s manager wouldn’t make to it to a small event, but in those cases most managers have other staff that they could send in their place. Usually an artist has what’s called a “day-to-day” manager that handles exactly that —the day-to-day stuff that an artist is doing: their calendars, moral support, and smaller decisions that the senior manager doesn’t need to sign off on.
That’s all…until next week. Leave me a comment with specific questions you have from the show or about the industry. Or tell me your opinion! Xx