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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 65: Nicolle Galyon

Ep 65: Nicolle Galyon

2021-05-0601:08:37

This week, Chris sits down for a chat with 2x Grammy Nominated, 2x ACM Song of the Year winner, Nicolle Galyon! Nicolle has not only written 6 No. 1 songs and helped craft hits like “Tequila” (Dan + Shay) and “Automatic” (Miranda Lambert), but also heads her female-focused record label / publishing company, Songs + Daughters. In classic Pitch List form, this episode dives into the intricacies of being a working Nashville songwriter (the good, bad and ugly), with nuggets of inspirational wisdom from Nicolle on being an architect in the writing room, shifting your metric of success to create a more enriching everyday process, + more. Dig in!Use code "PITCHLIST" to get 20% off your official Pitch List shirt: https://americansongwriter.com/merch
Ep 64: Jaren Johnston

Ep 64: Jaren Johnston

2021-04-2241:17

This week, Chris talks with the incredibly cool and talented, #1 hit writer Jaren Johnston! The perfect blend of country music and rock and roll, with songwriter roots, Jaren is an absolute triple threat. He’s written chart-toppers like “Raise ‘Em Up” (Keith Urban) and “American Spirit” (Thomas Rhett), not to mention countless production credits and a Grammy nomination to boot. So sit back, crack a cold beer, and listen on for some crazy stories from his time touring in Europe, making 2 full-length records in one year, and playing softball with Jack White. Plus, how he balances being a full time Nashville songwriter, husband and dad, alongside his wildly successful band The Cadillac Three. Don’t forget to listen to their new album, “Tabasco & Sweet Tea”, out now!
Ep 63: Emily Warren

Ep 63: Emily Warren

2021-04-0844:04

Buckle in for this week’s chat with Grammy-award winning, multi-platinum songwriter Emily Warren! This pop hitmaker has had countless cuts with artists like Shawn Mendes, Kahlid, Lennon Stella, Jessie J + more - not to mention #1 chart-toppers like “Don’t Stop Now” (Dua Lipa) and “Don’t Let Me Down” (The Chainsmokers). In this episode, she and Chris dive deep into how she was inspired by Van Gogh to intentionally frame emotions in her songs, her advice on signing a publishing deal, her favorite parts of collaboration + lots more. Thanks for listening! This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. To get 10% off your first month, visit betterhelp.com/songwriter.
In a special minisode of Pitch List, Chris catches up with Grammy-nominated songwriter and fellow American Songwriter Podcast Network-er, Clay Mills! Clay has not only been a part of hit songs like “Beautiful Mess” / Diamond Rio and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” / Darius Rucker, but he is also the co-creator of Songtown, a creative community of potential co-writers and world-class mentors. Listen on for his concrete advice on how to write better songs, finding balance in your life while juggling multiple projects, + more. Plus, don’t forget to hop over to Clay’s podcast, “Songtown on Songwriting”, to hear the rest of he and Chris’ conversation.Learn more about Songtown: https://songtown.com/
Ep 61: John Oates

Ep 61: John Oates

2021-03-1849:58

This week, Chris sits down with the legendary John Oates to talk inside songwriting tips, stories from the vault, and his incredible music career, including his record-breaking work with Darryl Hall and collaborations with countless other industry icons. John lets us in on the one thing he’s most proud of, what his first year ever of not touring has been like, and how commercial success came from the marriage of polar opposite musical influences and writing what he loved. Plus: don’t forget to tune in this Saturday, March 20th, for Oates Song Fest, a free online charity concert benefiting FeedingAmerica and featuring artists like Dan + Shay, Darius Rucker, Sara Bareilles, Dave Grohl, Gavin DeGraw, Shawn Colvin, Michael Franti and many more.Show Link: https://nugs.tv/free/?showID=472Donation Link: www.feedingamerica.org/oatesfest
Ep 60: Cam

Ep 60: Cam

2021-03-1157:40

This week, Chris sits down with songwriter and country music star Cam, whose hit song, “Burning House”, is still the best-selling country song by a female solo artist over the past 5 years. After crowdfunding her first record and getting cuts with artists like Miley Cyrus and Maggie Rose, Cam moved to Nashville to pursue a publishing deal, and has since worked with an impressive list of collaborators, including Tyler Johnson, Jeff Bhasker, Sam Smith, Harry Styles, Jack Antanoff and the late Avicii.This episode is celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th. Cam has been a vocal advocate for equality for women, especially in country music (she was even named a member of the Recording Academy Diversity and Inclusion Task Force in 2018). Settle in for an illuminating chat not only about her incredible journey in the music business, songwriting process and new album “The Otherside”, but her thoughts on closing the gender gap in the entertainment industry and building a music community that is inclusive and welcoming to everyone.
Ep 59: Sarah Buxton

Ep 59: Sarah Buxton

2021-02-2501:02:26

This week, Chris sits down with hit songwriter and music-maker Sarah Buxton. Sarah is a Grammy award-winning writer (“Stupid Boy” / Keith Urban, “Pictures” / Lady A, “Fix” / Chris Lane), as well as an incredible artist in her own right, collaborating on projects with Daniel Tashian, Ian Fitchuk and more. In this episode, she and Chris discuss the intersection between music, life, and the magical moments that make it all worth it. Listen on for a long, honest chat between two friends that will truly inspire you - and don’t forget to check out Sarah’s new EP, “Signs of Life”, out now!
Ep 58: Ashley Gorley

Ep 58: Ashley Gorley

2021-02-1101:18:54

Buckle in, because this episode was a bucket list one for sure! Chris got to sit down for an in-depth discussion on all things songwriting with the man, the myth, the legend - Ashley Gorley. This hitmaker is currently the only writer in any genre to earn 50 No. 1 singles in the history of the Billboard charts - and in our interview, he gives us an inside look at just what makes his brain tick. Jump in as we discuss what makes a song someone’s favorite song, the invaluable advice he gives his writers at Tape Room Music, and more - but be ready to take notes. Thanks for listening, and don’t forget to check out our bi-weekly Spotify playlists to hear our favorite cuts from every guest.
Ep 57: Emily Weisband

Ep 57: Emily Weisband

2021-01-2855:08

This week, Chris sits down for a chat with Grammy award-winning songwriter and artist Emily Weisband (“Consequences” / Camila Cabello, “Thy Will” / Hillary Scott and Family, “Same Heart” / Keith Urban). This episode might as well be a masterclass on songwriting, so get ready to take notes. In true Emily Weisband fashion, we get deep about finding your definition of success, searching the locked rooms of your heart for nuggets of truth and honesty that will help you write your best songs, and lots more.  Plus, don’t forget to stream Emily’s new EP, “Not Afraid To Say Goodbye - Stripped”.
Ep 56: Bill Anderson

Ep 56: Bill Anderson

2021-01-1442:16

To kick off Season 4 of Pitch List, we are absolutely honored to have songwriting and country music legend Bill Anderson on the show! Considered one of country music’s most significant songwriters, “Whisperin’ Bill” has released an impressive 45 studio albums and is an esteemed member of the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame and Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. He’s not only written award winning songs like “Whiskey Lullaby” (Brad Paisley, Allison Kraus) and “Give It Away” (George Strait), but has recorded seven #1 hits himself and juggled a successful television career to boot. Join us as Bill tells some hilarious and humbling “before-they-were-famous” stories about him and his friend Roger Miller, talks about how writing songs he loves has carried his career through over 8 decades of a changing genre (including through the country disco trend), and more. Plus, don’t forget to listen to Bill’s newest single, “It’s A Good Day To Have A Good Day”.
Ep 55: Luke Dick

Ep 55: Luke Dick

2020-12-0351:08

The Pitch List Season 3 Finale, featuring the iconic Luke Dick, is here! From writing hit country songs like “Velvet Elvis” (Kacey Musgraves) to creating quirky, edgy indie rock tracks for his band Hey Steve, to the new soundtrack from his documentary “Red Dog” (chronicling his unique upbringing in a strip club), Luke is genuinely one of a kind. In this episode, Luke and Chris talk about his background in philosophy, chasing down what you’re passionate about, bringing authenticity to your work, + more. Thanks for listening this season, and don’t forget to visit us on social media to enter our holiday giveaway! See you in 2021.
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

2020-10-2236:23

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

2020-10-0854:57

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

2020-08-2747:54

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

2020-08-1355:10

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/
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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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