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Based in Nashville, TN, songwriter Chris Lindsey ("Every Time I Hear That Song" / Blake Shelton, "Poison and Wine" / The Civil Wars) has set out to discover what makes creative people tick. Starting with what he knows - writing - and branching out to various aspects of the music industry, Pitch List explores what it means to be a songwriter, and ultimately, a person.

Join us as we talk with some of music's hit writers at the top of our Pitch List.
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Ep 54: Dann Huff

Ep 54: Dann Huff

2020-11-1259:54

From dreaming of being a session guitar player (and achieving that goal), to being glam metal band Giant’s frontman, to finally transitioning to award-winning producer (including credits on Taylor Swift’s Red, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Bon Jovi, + many, many more), this week’s guest Dann Huff has had quite the iconic career. He sits down for a virtual chat with Chris to talk about his journey through the music industry, his personal production approach and style, and how “Amazed” broke his production career (along with Chris’ writing career). Dann’s credits speak for themselves (three-time winner of the Musician of the Year award at the CMA’s, and two-time winner of the Producer of the Year award at the ACM’s), but his genuine passion for music cuts even deeper. Thanks for listening, and don’t forget to visit us at pitchlistpodcast.com for more exclusive content. 
Ep 53: Waylon Payne

Ep 53: Waylon Payne

2020-10-2237:01

If Waylon Payne’s voice and music don’t pull you in, his incredible story of resilience will. From pulling himself up from rock bottom, to the country music in his blood and in his bones, Waylon is absolutely a force to be reckoned with. In addition to his own music, he’s also penned hits for Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Ashley Monroe + more. Listen on as Chris takes to Zoom again this week to chat with Waylon about his new record “Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me”, and his incredible journey as a country music singer/songwriter.
Ep 52: Adam Sanders

Ep 52: Adam Sanders

2020-10-0855:15

This week on Pitch List, Chris chats with writer/artist Adam Sanders. No stranger to the music business, Adam moved to Nashville in 2009; within a few years, he’d gone from working construction to penning two #1 songs (“Ain’t Worth The Whiskey”, “Hell of a Night”). Adam has truly been a student of the music industry, and it shows - from his wiser-than-his-years work mentality to an undeniable track record of hit songs. Take a listen to hear about Adam’s passion for co-writing, how a routine Tin Roof writer’s round led him to a publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog, and more. Plus: don’t forget to visit our website or social media pages to watch the video version of Adam’s exclusive at-home performance of his new single, “Drink Drank Drunk”!.More exclusive content: https://www.pitchlistpodcast.com/Follow us:https://www.facebook.com/pitchlistpodcasthttps://twitter.com/pitchlistpodhttps://www.instagram.com/pitchlistpodcast/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEwtG60ltMoaebE6HnP3B4w For more on the American Songwriter Podcast Network: https://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/ 
Pitch List returns this week for a conversation with Grammy-nominated songwriter Jessie Jo Dillon! Signed with Big Machine, Jessie has penned numerous hits - including the Dan and Shay / Justin Bieber smash “10,000 Hours”, “Break Up In The End” (Cole Swindell), and “Rich” (Maren Morris), just to name a few. Listen on to hear she and Chris chat about the intricacies of having both a parent and significant other in the music industry, turning your FOMO into a work ethic, and shamelessly feeding off your co-writers’ pain for the sake of great art! (Plus: Jessie’s boyfriend Ben Burgess makes a guest appearance).American Songwriter Podcast Network
Ep 50: Annie Roboff

Ep 50: Annie Roboff

2020-09-1043:18

For our 50th episode, Pitch List welcomes Grammy-nominated hitmaker Annie Roboff! With a wide range of cuts by artists like Faith Hill, the Indigo Girls, Whitney Houston, The Chicks, Bonnie Raitt and many more, Annie is no newcomer to the music business. Listen on as she and Chris chat about the intricacies of the “Murder on Music Row” accusations of the 90s, her strong tendencies towards writing melodies over lyrics, and more. Plus: Annie lets us in on the story behind originally writing “This Kiss” to a Yamaha keyboard beat as an R&B song - and you might even get to hear a peek of that original demo..More exclusive content: https://www.pitchlistpodcast.com/Follow us:https://www.facebook.com/pitchlistpodcasthttps://twitter.com/pitchlistpodhttps://www.instagram.com/pitchlistpodcast/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEwtG60ltMoaebE6HnP3B4w For more on the American Songwriter Podcast Network: https://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/
Ep 49: Ben Vaughn

Ep 49: Ben Vaughn

2020-08-2750:03

Pitch List gets a new perspective this week with a very special guest: President and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music Nashville, Ben Vaughn! This publishing powerhouse chats with Chris about getting his start on Music Row while still in college at Belmont University, the top qualities he looks for in a new writer, and even answers some of YOUR burning questions about the music business. Plus: a few vintage Chris Lindsey stories from “back in the day” (as Ben puts it), from being on national television together to old-school titles like “Mama Bought a Hog”.More exclusive content: https://www.pitchlistpodcast.com/Follow us:https://www.facebook.com/pitchlistpodcasthttps://twitter.com/pitchlistpodhttps://www.instagram.com/pitchlistpodcast/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEwtG60ltMoaebE6HnP3B4w For more on the American Songwriter Podcast Network: https://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/
Ep 48: Gretchen Peters

Ep 48: Gretchen Peters

2020-08-1357:19

This week, Pitch List returns for a conversation with Grammy-nominated songwriter Gretchen Peters. Along with having released nine studio albums of her own, Gretchen has written hits such as “Independence Day” and “On A Bus to St. Cloud” for icons like Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill + many more. Her new album, “The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury”, a loving tribute to fellow Hall of Fame songwriter Mickey Newbury, is out now! Join us for a conversation about listening to the wisdom of a song, how writing that song can be an act of true self-discovery, and more. Plus: don’t forget to follow us on social media for Gretchen’s exclusive at-home performance video.More exclusive content: https://www.pitchlistpodcast.com/Follow us:https://www.facebook.com/pitchlistpodcasthttps://twitter.com/pitchlistpodhttps://www.instagram.com/pitchlistpodcast/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEwtG60ltMoaebE6HnP3B4w For more on the American Songwriter Podcast Network: https://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/
From his Music City newbie days of Reggae cover bands and working as a City Winery employee, to Capitol Records recording artist breaking musical and lyrical boundaries, this week’s guest Devon Gilfillian is a perfect example of the Nashville success story. He has since shared the stage with Mavis Staples, Keith Urban, Brothers Osborne, and many more musical icons, and released his first full length record, “Black Hole Rainbow”, earlier this year. Listen on to hear he and Chris discuss the relevance of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On", bond over their love of a good PB&J mid-write, and how Devon ultimately strives to use his art to enact real change in the world.More exclusive content: https://www.pitchlistpodcast.com/Follow us:https://www.facebook.com/pitchlistpodcasthttps://twitter.com/pitchlistpodhttps://www.instagram.com/pitchlistpodcast/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEwtG60ltMoaebE6HnP3B4w For more on the American Songwriter Podcast Network: https://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/
Ep 46: Josie Dunne

Ep 46: Josie Dunne

2020-06-1846:23

This week, Chris hops on Zoom to chat with rising pop songstress Josie Dunne! Josie has amassed millions of streams on her music, and recently released a brand new EP, “Late Teens / Early Twenties”. Listen on to hear our chat about the legendary Warner/Chappell coffee machine, how working with country writers laid a foundation for strong lyrics and storytelling as a pop artist, recording a music video fully in quarantine, and more. Plus: don’t forget to visit our social media pages to watch Josie’s exclusive performance of her song “Sunday Morning”.More exclusive content: https://www.pitchlistpodcast.com/Follow us:https://www.facebook.com/pitchlistpodcasthttps://twitter.com/pitchlistpodhttps://www.instagram.com/pitchlistpodcast/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEwtG60ltMoaebE6HnP3B4w For more on the American Songwriter Podcast Network: https://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/
Ep 45: Kree Harrison

Ep 45: Kree Harrison

2020-05-2842:26

This episode, Chris sits down with singer/songwriter Kree Harrison. A seasoned writer and performer since a very young age (accolades include repeat performances on the Rosie O’Donnell Show as a child, a runner-up ranking on American Idol Season 12, and collaborations with artists like Kacey Musgraves and Wynonna Judd), Kree has overcome hardship over the years and come up stronger against all odds. Listen on to get the inside scoop on her upcoming debut album, “Chosen Family Tree”, and learn how her art and the Nashville community proved to be truly healing time and time again. More exclusive content: https://www.pitchlistpodcast.com/Follow us:https://www.facebook.com/pitchlistpodcasthttps://twitter.com/pitchlistpodhttps://www.instagram.com/pitchlistpodcast/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEwtG60ltMoaebE6HnP3B4w For more on the American Songwriter Podcast Network: https://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/
Ep 44: Louise Goffin

Ep 44: Louise Goffin

2020-05-1401:11:37

This week, Chris sits down with writer/artist/producer Louise Goffin. Her familiar voice is heard all the way from the theme song of popular TV show ‘Gilmore Girls’, to one of her TEN studio albums, to her own podcast called Song Chronicles. Not a newcomer to the music business, Louise played her first gig ever at the age of 17 opening for Jackson Browne and has been recording, writing and producing for most of her life. She even recently completed a 6 month audio engineering course at the legendary Blackbird Studio and plans to release yet another new album this year called  “Two Different Movies”. Music is absolutely in her blood. Thanks for listening,  and don't forget to visit our social media pages to watch the video performance of "Made To Be Good".More exclusive content: https://www.pitchlistpodcast.com/Follow us:https://www.facebook.com/pitchlistpodcasthttps://twitter.com/pitchlistpodhttps://www.instagram.com/pitchlistpodcast/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEwtG60ltMoaebE6HnP3B4whttps://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/
Ep 43: Tom Bukovac

Ep 43: Tom Bukovac

2020-04-3001:21:44

This week’s episode is for all you guitar-nerds and session players, featuring none other than local legend (and old friend of Chris’), Tom Bukovac! Tom has played on over 500 albums, including projects with icons such as Steven Tyler, Stevie Nicks, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, and many more. Listen on for some laughs, priceless wisdom, and insight into the working world of the session player. Plus: the time Tom hid in his van at a toga party.More exclusive content: https://www.pitchlistpodcast.com/Follow us:https://www.facebook.com/pitchlistpodcasthttps://twitter.com/pitchlistpodhttps://www.instagram.com/pitchlistpodcast/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEwtG60ltMoaebE6HnP3B4whttps://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/ 
Ep 42: Gordie Sampson

Ep 42: Gordie Sampson

2020-04-1601:04:49

This week, Chris sits down with #1 writer, artist, producer and multi-instrumentalist Gordie Sampson to talk all things songwriting. From recording as a session player to writing powerhouse cuts like “Jesus Take The Wheel”, “This Town Is Killing Me”, “Storm Warning” and many others, Gordie spills his story and knowledge for us. Listen on for our deep dive into staying raw and emotional as you grow, the magic in a day-of demo, and more. Thanks for listening, and stay safe! https://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/
Ep 41: Jessi Alexander

Ep 41: Jessi Alexander

2020-04-0256:44

No matter what age you are or where you’re from, chances are, you’ve heard a Jessi Alexander song. From smash hits like “The Climb” (Miley Cyrus) and tearjerkers like “Mine Would Be You” (Blake Shelton), this week’s guest has quite the catalogue - not to mention being a CMA and ACM Song of the Year recipient. But what you might not know is Jessi’s story of perseverance, how she played the Grand Ole Opry on Day 3 of living in Nashville, and how redefining what success meant to her led her from lost artist to hit songwriter over 10 years ago. Listen on for her chat with Chris - plus, don’t forget to check our socials for the video of Jessi’s exclusive performance of her song “Damn Country Music” (written by Carly Barlowe, Josh Thompson and Jessi) off her brand new record. Stay safe, y’all! https://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/
Ep 40: Josh Kerr

Ep 40: Josh Kerr

2020-03-1953:22

When Josh Kerr first moved to Nashville, he had a list of 3 people he wanted to write with: Dave Barnes, Sean McConnell, and Keith Urban. Today, he has a song on his new record written with Sean, an ongoing writing relationship with Dave, and a #1 chart-topper with Keith (among many other top hits with Kelsea Ballerini, Camila Cabello, and more). Chris sits down with Josh this week to chat about the story behind writing tracks like “Never Comin’ Down”, how his dad forcing him to keep playing trumpet brought music back into his life, and more. Don’t forget to check out the live in-studio video performance of Josh’s song “The World Didn’t Stop Spinning” on our social media pages, and thanks for listening! https://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/
Ep 39: Jörgen Elofsson

Ep 39: Jörgen Elofsson

2020-03-0501:02:58

This week, Chris calls up hit writer Jörgen Elofsson all the way from Sweden to chat about our favorite things - songwriting, bands our guests were in when they were teenagers, and more songwriting. This mega-hit maker has penned tracks like “Stronger” (Kelly Clarkson), early hits for Britney Spears and many more international chart-toppers. Listen on for chats about the mystical side of creating art (including a psychic Reiki healer that tapped into Jorgen’s creative energy), why so much pop music comes out of Sweden, and lots more. https://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/
Ep. 38: Dave Barnes

Ep. 38: Dave Barnes

2020-02-2001:14:09

This week, Chris chats with killer writer/artist Dave Barnes (he’s had some serious cuts with artists like Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, Ingrid Michaelson and more). In this episode, learn how to shift your spider senses from “professional songwriter mode” to “personal artistry” and back again, plus you’ll hear their hot takes on celebrating the album “deep cut”. Listen on to hear Chris and Dave drop some truth bombs, while also managing to sneak in your daily dose of inspiration and gratitude too. https://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/
Earlier this fall, Chris sent our producer Daena out to Franklin, TN to talk to some of the artists of Pilgrimage Festival 2019. With this special episode of Pitch List, we look back on that hot early autumn day with nuggets of songwriting wisdom and stories of artistry from some of the best performers of the weekend. Listen on to hear our chats with The Wild Reeds, Bre Kennedy, Anna Shoemaker, Anna Rose and Stephen Kellogg (plus - we catch up with podcast alumnus Lucie Silvas). Thank you, Pilgrimage 2019! https://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/
Ep. 36: Josh Kear

Ep. 36: Josh Kear

2020-01-2301:07:17

Welcome to Pitch List Season 3! In the season premiere episode, Chris sits down with his old friend and Music Row legend Josh Kear. As the only songwriter to ever win a Grammy for Country Song of the Year three times, Josh’s track record speaks for itself - but his insightful notions about the songwriting business and heart of his craft speak even louder. Listen to hear him open up about his journey to finding himself, and finding a team of people who believed in who that came to be. https://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/
Happy New Year, Pitch Listers! We want to thank everyone who listened to the show in 2019, whether you’ve been with us since day 1, or just joined the Pitch List family today. We are so excited to announce that we’ll be back with Season 3 of the show on January 23rd. See y'all soon! https://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/
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Lee Matthew

love it!

May 10th
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Jason Ferguson

This is the simply the best podcast on songwriting and the business! Thank you!!

Jan 29th
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