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Sit down with legends, risers, songwriters, session musicians, industry execs, etc., as they recount their biggest hits, past failures, battling addictions, racism, sexism, bankruptcies, foreclosures, and even homelessness to get where they are today. All the while host, Brandon Harrington, is still surviving the music industry.
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Aubrie Sellers

Aubrie Sellers

2020-04-0701:19:27

Aubrie Sellers is one of those artists that can floor you in person and still can hold the same impact as listening to a record. Dripping with an LA vibe, this Texas-Nashville citizen still carries her unique brand of "garage country" in her latest album. But throw in now the sounds and influences of The Beach Boys, Dick Dale, The Ventures, and even the music from Quentin Tarantino movies. Far From Home was released in February, just as COVID-19 started taking precedent in the media and tours were canceling all over the US. What's the next thing to do in an album cycle during a global pandemic? We go through the woes of record label deals, and that age-old thing of, "We don't know what to do with you..." that record labels still love to say. Not to mention the realities and the influence of a musical family like hers. The balances of art and business, mixed with learning to let go, and working solely with your identity as you're still figuring it out are some of the other things we tackle over our phoner.
Quarantined in Seattle, Cahalan Morrison of Western Centuries is still pretty positive considering that their tour dates are canceled or rescheduled, and they have their new record Call The Captain releasing on April 3rd. With the state of the world, Western Centuries is still pushing forward with sharing their music and thoughts in songs like "Space Force," "Dynamite Kid," and "Long Dreadful Journey". Working from an egalitarian mindset and sharing the weight of creativity and business, Western Centuries was able to produce a record that feels established but with enough room to grow for future projects while making satirical, thought-provoking music. We take a look at what it's like taking a "left" stance on ideals while a genre is still conservative. Then the challenges where there can be an audience that has a lack of empathy for different views. http://www.westerncenturies.com @western_centuries
Jill Andrews

Jill Andrews

2020-03-3101:08:46

Just before the world hit the fan, Jill Andrews and I sat down face-to-face to talk about her latest record and everything leading up to that point. From her criminal psychology studies and day job, surviving abusive relationships, life in The Everybodyfields, and taking a look at her songwriting from Thirties. Jill, in my opinion, has one of the most calming voices and one of the best albums of 2020. Produced by Lucas Morton and a string of music pros like Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk (Grammy award winning producers for Kacey Musgraves' Golden Hour), Todd Lomboardo (Instrumentalist on Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves), and Peter Groenwald (of Hush Kids) to play on it. Thirties encapsulates her life and a decade long season of questions, looking back, and looking ahead.  www.jillandrews.com Instagram-@jillandrewsmusic Thirties book and music can be found on Amazon
Maggie Miles

Maggie Miles

2020-03-2401:10:32

Pop-alt artist, Maggie Miles is new on the scene and already starting to make a name for herself. Only just signed to a deal as of September 2019, Maggie is turning the ears of fans to her style of songwriting and producing. During this quarantined time, we talked over the phone about Maggie's unique growing up, her new music including Swim releasing March 27th, and the challenges of the mind of a creator busting on the scene. Religion deconstruction, living in a world full of comparisons, and the times where we write songs that forever leave a time stamp.    Instagram @_maggiemiles Facebook @maggiemilesmusic
Rachel Reinert

Rachel Reinert

2020-03-1701:19:07

Rachel Reinert just released Into The Blue and you can listen on all music platforms. Most might remember Rachel from her years as an original member of Gloriana. Now out in the world as a solo artist, Reinert shares the inside deal of forming the band and finally reveals the eventual implosion of the project. We start with her career as a child actor and her discovery process from acting to music. Then we tap into the idea of identity as a solo artist. Call it intuition, a voice, or tuning into your awareness. Is everyone able to find themselves? Forks in the road, identity and ego wrestling matches, letting go and forgiveness, and the drama of a music career. Rachel shares a lot of insight into her life and her newest music. www.rachelreinertmusic.com Instagram @rachel_reinert Facebook @rachelreinert
Closing 2019's new episodes with country music artists Drew Baldridge and SixForty1. I'm introduced to Austin and Brooks, and their new music. Then Drew shares a look at his newest music as well as a couple of life updates.    Together, Austin and Brooks, may not have made sense in the world of fraternity life. But finding common ground, they became SixForty1. We sit down to get to know the guys and talk about writing songs. The differences, the common themes between rap, country, and pop. We also talk about their newest music and how far to take a song. Sonically and even lyrically. Follow the band @sixforty1 and to see tour dates soon visit   Drew Baldridge, originally from Illinois, lives in Nashville busting in the scene in recent years. In our conversation, we get to know Drew from humble beginnings and first moving to Music City. Developing himself and even an industry molding an entertainer as an artist. We take a look at all his music and the progression as a songwriter. We dive into songs and records like Dirt On Us, "Rebound", "Dance With Ya", "Senior Year", "Middle of Nowhere Kids", and more. We take a look at how life's interruptions can influence and even change a career. You can stream all of his music now, follow him @drewbaldridgemusic, and visit for the latest news.
Tebey

Tebey

2019-11-1901:11:22

Talking with one of the good ones, Tebey. Country music artist-songwriter behind songs from One Direction, Cher, FLORIDA, and others. Tebey shares his new music ("The Good Ones" w/ Marie Mai) and his up and down journey to a healthy life.    Tebey is a Canadian artist, producer, and songwriter currently residing in Nashville, TN.  He has secured three #1’s as a writer - a #1 Billboard US single with Justin Moore’s “Somebody Else Will”, a #1 in Canada with Gord Bamford’s “Dive Bar”, and his first #1 single as an artist (and writer) with his song “Who’s Gonna Love You” for which he also received a SOCAN award in March 2019. Tebey has three official top 5 singles in addition to two top 10 singles as a recording artist, and seven #1’s as a songwriter; one in the US, one in the UK, four in Canada and one in Asia. Notable pop artists to record his songs include One Direction, Fifth Harmony, Pixie Lott, and FLO RIDA. Over the past six years, three of Tebey’s singles have been noted for their substantial spin count, being named “Most Played Canadian Country Song” of both 2013 and 2014, and his recent hit, “Denim on Denim”, was the third-highest spinning song of 2018 in this category. Tebey’s latest EP, “Love A Girl”, was released in the spring of ’18, including the 2 aforementioned singles along with the EDM-laced country song, “Show You What It’s Like”, which is featured on Spotify’s Wild Country playlist (curated in Nashville).   In our conversation, we take a look at his discovery and knowing from day one, that he was destined for country music. We take a look at race, mental health, money, and when life seems to be golden. There will be changes. We take a look at development for artists, and if writing a number one songs isn't enough. What does it take?  For tour dates and updates visit and follow him @tebeymusic.
The Wal-Mart Illuminati, Nash-vibes, the music, and careers of artist Judy Blank and Jeremy Stover. Judy just released, Morning After and shares what has led up to new music. Then Jeremy shares his career and journey as a writer, producer, and now turned publisher behind songs like "How I'll Always Be", "Small Town USA", "Plastic", and others.    Judy Blank is still based in the Netherlands but is making waves in the states as an Americana artist. Morning Sun, was released a year ago and has captured the attention of many industry insiders and fans. In our conversation, Judy shares the highs and lows leading up to her latest release of Morning After. From eating disorders, anxiety, and following through with the next steps. Judy is on a path of gratitude and self-love moving forward. Stream and purchase her new music and visit  for tour dates. Then follow her @judyblankmusic   Jeremy Stover is a country music songwriter and producer. Stover’s childhood in Ellijay, Georgia provided the inspiration for some of his most personal songs, which also turned out to be some of his biggest hits. He co-wrote “Small Town USA” and “Til My Last Day” with singer Justin Moore, and also produced the tracks. His string of success continues with numerous singles including Tim McGraw’s smash “How I'll Always Be” and Justin Moore’s “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home". As a producer, Stover’s current/past projects include Justin Moore’s latest, as well as established hitmakers Eli Young Band, Travis Denning, Drake White, and newly developing female artist LJ, all of whom Stover discovered and developed. His career continues to grow and is expanding into the next phase, as an owner of publishing and entertainment company RED Creative Group. RED's writers include Kelly Archer, Travis Denning, David Fanning, Baker Grissom, Adam Hambrick, LJ, and Nathan Spicer.  In our conversation, we take a look at the career of Jeremy. The chances, the risks, and the opportunities taken that eventually lead to today. For everything about Jeremy and RED Creative Group, visit www.redcreativegroup.com.
Greg Morrow and Tim Buell

Greg Morrow and Tim Buell

2019-11-0501:36:22

Drums, ice cream trucks, and looking at the lives of session elitist Greg Morrow and social media drummer, educator, Tim Buell. Tim steps in to talk about how he went from touring drummer to social media educator/influencer in the world of drums. You've heard Greg's drum work from ZZ Top, Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, and more. We sit down to take a reflective look at how Greg came to be, and what he thinks has changed in the world of session playing.    Tim Buell has toured with Gloriana, Jana Kramer, Jerrod Niemann, Cody Fry, Remedy Drive, and others. In recent years he's quickly become an influencer in the drumming community. All starting from social media. He also offers educational resources in the form of lessons, courses, eBooks, and transcriptions from online. He now works with big companies of brands/artists like Vic Firth, Zildjian, 180 Drums, Stephen's Drum Shed, Ash Soan, and others. I have seen his following grow and even form a community from just a couple of hundred to now ten's of thousands of followers from his Instagram. We take a look at the beginning of his new life and how that community grew. He also has started a new podcast, "You're Good, Get Better" that shares conversations ranging from drums but also life and business. Visit  for everything and follow him @timbuell.   Morrow has performed and recorded with Blake Shelton, Don Henley, Joe Bonamassa, Billy Gibbons, Bob Seger, Luke Bryan, the Dixie Chicks, Kacey Musgraves, Steve Earle, Kenny Rogers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trace Adkins, Sugarland, Sheryl Crow and way more.  He actively tours in Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band and is active in the session scene. Morrow is a member of Big Al Anderson’s band The World Famous Headliners, along with Shawn Camp, Pat McLaughlin, and Michael Rhodes. In our conversation, Greg was really reflective. We take a look at the early beginnings. The people, radio, and the music of Memphis in its prime. We tap into playing sessions and the difference of today from yesterday with technology and the evolving business. You also get a glimpse of Greg's wisdom and foresight for the business and especially finding your way in the ever-changing of the business model.
Vapes, teeth falling out, and music with songwriter Jessie Jo Dillon and The Ballroom Thieves' Martin Earley. Martin shares some political views and new music, "Love Is Easy". Jessie is the writer behind Dan+Shay's, "10,000 Hours", Cole Swindell's, "Break Up In The End", and Maren Morris', "Rich".   The Ballroom Thieves are Callie Peters (vocals, cello), Martin Earley (guitar, vocals), and Devin Mauch (percussion, vocals). Mixed with lush reverbs, strings and melodic harmonies you can easily go down the rabbit hole and forget that there are bigger themes in their music. In our conversation, we tap into the transition from Paper Crown to their latest music, "Tenebrist" and "Love Is Easy". But tap most importantly why it's important to point out the obvious and some times the not so obvious light vs. the dark of humanity. For tour dates and updates visit and follow them @ballroomthieves.    Jessie Jo Dillon is a songwriter from Nashville that writes exclusively with Big Machine Publishing. Dillon earned a Grammy nomination in 2011 in the Best Song Category for her first-ever cut, George Strait’s “The Breath You Take,” a song she co-wrote with Casey Beathard and her father, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Dean Dillon. Jessie co-wrote “Girl Next Door,” “Daughter” and “You Can Come Over” with Brandy Clark for her latest album as well as “Rich” with Maren Morris for her album Hero. She also has broken records with penning Cole Swindell's "Break Up In The End" and the Dan+Shay, Justin Bieber, Poo Bear hit, "10,000 Hours". George Strait, LeAnn Rimes, Luke Bryan, Jennifer Nettles and more. In our talk, we cover growing up in a family with a legendary songwriting father and feeling that looming shadow of a career. How when to and not to be so hard on yourself when comparing yourself. Choosing your path and taking the leap, changing life up, discovering yourself are a couple of other themes. We also tap into her writing style and how much she loves words. Even her discovery process to some of your favorite songs as a life exercise. To follow Jessie give her a follow @jessiejodillon.
Van living, relationships, podcasting, and the lives of producer/songwriter Seth Mosley and frontman Clinton Clegg. Clinton talks The Commonheart's songs and sound. Then Seth, host of Made It In Music Podcast and owner of Full Circle Music, shares his path to award-winning music and some industry insight from his experiences in podcasting.    Clinton Clegg, frontman with dynamically expressive pipes that effortlessly traverse bluesy pleading, and honeyed balladeering. Jumps in to share the uniqueness of The Commonheart and their sound. As well as the turning point of Clinton's life and where music was his salvation. Discovering his identity and what path to take knowing that either road is full of fear and trepidation. We also touch on living in chaos or a state of normalacy when creating art. The Commonheart’s latest album, PRESSURE; is both rugged and refined. Check it out on all platforms and follow them @the_commonheart and visit  for tour dates.    Seth Mosley is an entrepreneur, host, songwriter, producer, and educator. Having worked in music nearly all his life, he found himself with his first #1 radio hit by the age of 22. Like many, Seth started his professional career as an artist, but soon found that the allure of the studio was a better fit for his talents. Today, Seth leads his company Full Circle Music team as he continues to write and produce 150+ songs with A-List artists every year. In addition to countless Dove Awards, Mosley has been named Billboard’s No. 1 Christian Producer of the Year (2013) and SESAC’s Songwriter of the Year (2014). In 2015, he earned a GRAMMY® for his production work on for KING & COUNTRY’s Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.   In Seth's conversation, we dig into his early beginnings working in the studio up to forming his first project, Me In Motion. Then moving to Nashville working the songwriting, producing path to eventually working big projects in the Christian music space. We take a look at some of Seth's past projects and what it takes being a good producer in multiple genres. What makes country music, country and Christian music tracks, Christian. We talk podcasting with Seth's Made It In Music and his company Full Circle Music. There are many arms to Full Circle Music including an Academy component and production. For everything from Seth's company, services, and podcast visit  and follow Seth at @officialfcmusic.
Kendell Marvel

Kendell Marvel

2019-10-1501:04:27

Songwriter for Gary Allen, Chris Stapleton, Blake Shelton; Kendell Marvel releases his second studio album Solid Gold Sounds. Produced by David Ferguson and The Black Keys' own Dan Auerbach. We talk about "Shameless" moments and ageism becoming all too real for today's legends.   Kendell Marvel is a native of Southern Illinois. He moved to Nashville at 28, shifting his goal of being an artist to raising his family while working as a songwriter (sounds way to familiar). Marvel’s writing credits include Gary Allan’s “Right Where I Need to Be” and Chris Stapleton’s Grammy-winning single, “Either Way.” Brothers Osborne, Jamey Johnson, Jake Owen, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and Lee Ann Womack have also cut his songs. In 2017, Marvel released his first solo album Lowdown and Lonesome, a 10-track concept album that tells stories of heartbreak and vice, produced by Keith Gattis, featuring songs co-written by Chris Stapleton and Randy Houser.   In conversation, we talk about Kendell's childhood to becoming a "lottery ticket". The extreme luck, or right time when he moved to Nashville writing in his first co-write, to major cut. Kendell being the legend that he is as a songwriter shares a sentiment about other legends being aged out by a business, but also shares that there is a place for everyone. Then we get to his latest record, Solid Gold Sounds produced by David Ferguson and The Black Keys' own Dan Auerbach under Dan's Easy Eye Sound. We talk about the players, the vibe of Easy Eye Sound, and of course the stories and music. Visit  for tour dates and to purchase music on vinyl. Then follow Kendell @kendell_marvel.
Ian Fitchuk

Ian Fitchuk

2019-10-0801:07:54

Producing and writing some of the biggest tracks and records of 2018-19, listening to the universe, and breaking down the music of Ian Fitchuk. Starting in Illinois, we work on the life and ideas of Ian all the way up to Kacey Musgraves', Golden Hour's success and beyond.    Ian Fitchuk's credits range from co-writing hits with Kacey Musgraves' to playing any instrument in the studio with major and indie acts. Presently his studio work ranges from singer-songwriter and Americana, to pop, rock, country music and the occasional gospel track. He has written and produced with Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Andrew Combs, Lucie Silvas, Jacob Whitesides, Mindy Smith, and Drew Holcomb among others. In recent years, he has also collaborated with artists as diverse as James Bay, Cam, Kesha, Brothers Osborne, Shania Twain, Shawn Mendes, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Amy Grant, Jake Bugg, and Buddy Miller. He recently began composing for TV, including a track featured in ad for Google and several songs in the primetime hit, Nashville on ABC. In 2019, Ian was nominated and tied for most ACM nominations in categories like Producer of the Year, as well as Album of the Year, Bass Player of the Year, Drummer of the Year, Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year and Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year, for his contributions to Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour.    In our conversation, we get to know what Ian gravitates toward in a session. Is it the people or the universe directing your actions and even the music? Not to mention, what holds most people back or puts people in a position to not move forward? But before we talk about music, we get to understand how Ian's early life echo's his talent. We also breakdown some of Ian's biggest projects in recent years including Ruston Kelly's Dying Star, Maren Morris' Girl, Kacey Musgraves' Golden Hour, Susto, and others. We talk about taking risks, calibrating success, and creating an environment and balancing friendships in music.
Jedd Hughes

Jedd Hughes

2019-10-0101:09:34

ACM Guitarist of the Year and Americana Musician of the Year, a new album called West, and becoming an American citizen with Jedd Hughes.  We finally meet up with Jedd after a reschedule because he had to take his Citizenship Test. We sit down to talk sobriety, beating the music school system, and rediscovering your identity after life's turbulent twist and turns.   The story of Jedd is one of redemption, tests, and second chances. Originally from Quorn, Australia, Jedd made the move to America to study music at Levelland Texas' South Plains College. As fate would have it, there he met Terry McBride (of Terry McBride and The Ride) that took an interest in Jedd's talent. A talent of songwriting and musicianship based from artists like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings––and his older brother loved Led Zeppelin and 90s grunge. Terry encouraged Jedd to move to Nashville and soon Jedd went with the sole goal to keep working so he could stay in America. Through connections and persistence, he landed an audition with Patty Loveless which inevitably put him in the circles of Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Vince Gill, Ryan Bingham, Sarah Jarosz, the late Guy Clark, Jim Lauderdale, Brandy Clark, and more. Many recognized Jedd's unique voice and MCA was quick to sign him to a recording contract, but again as fate would have it. The label was sold and as the pattern would have it. When a label is bought is sold, artists are dropped. Jedd was dropped just one month after his debut album, Transcontinental, in 2004. Still a fellow collaborator in the Nashville scene, Jedd was able to continue working as a session guitarist and you can hear him today on records by Dierks Bently, Rodney Crowell, Charles Kelly, Charlie Worsham, and more. But life still was turbulent. Now sober for 3 years, at this point alcohol and substance abuse was a way of coping and filling a void where the industry left a hole to be filled. After finding help and a new artistic direction Jedd finds life fulfilled with family and even new music.    In our conversation, we tackle sobriety, mental health, and when life honestly gives you lemons. We even take a bit to understand what it takes to become an American citizen. Not to mention we take a look at Jedd's latest release, West. West is filled with cinematic landscapes that take you down a hole of despair, restlessness, and even redemptive points of the musical journey. The album is out now and can be streamed on all platforms. For everything else visit  and follow him @jedd_hughes.
Billy Strings

Billy Strings

2019-09-2401:10:37

Billy Strings shares his idea of home and journey so far in our conversation. All before the launch of his latest album, Home. Pre-order and stream the record on September 27th.   Billy Strings has already put a lot of his life in his songs. His music touches from substance abuse, poverty, and the characters that intertwine in life. Billy spent most of his time bouncing in-between Michigan and Kentucky, but he really found his community in Traverse City Michigan. There he was introduced to Don Julin, the writer of Mandolin For Dummies. Don really helped Billy cut his chops on performing daily and understanding how to make a career as a career musician. Since then, Billy is recognized as one of the premier guitarists in Bluegrass. Rubbing elbows and cutting records with the likes of Bela Fleck, Bryan Sutton, Sam Bush, and Del McCoury. Turmoil & Tinfoil, Billy's first record charted at No.3 on the Billboard Bluegrass and he's the rising star of the acoustic guitar.    In our conversation, we talk about bouncing around from town to town in the early stages of his life. The introduction of drugs and substance abuse in home life. Then the turnaround in his life that made him not continue down that path. Discovering Bluegrass and the catalyst of jumping headfirst into the genre. We also tackle his writing style. This idea of classic bluegrass themes but changing the elements to make them relevant. Also his guitar playing. Pushing bluegrass guitar in a new direction that seemingly hasn't changed in decades. He helps me understand the power of psychedelics and DMT and getting in touch with the earth. Finally, we jump into Home. Billy's latest record, set to be released September 27th with 14 tracks that define the idea of what home is to Billy.  In this episode, you can get a sneak peek of the music from the album Home. For tour dates or anything else of interest visit  and follow Billy @billystrings.
Shannon Houchins

Shannon Houchins

2019-09-1747:35

A look at Country-Rap in the early days, scaling a record company when the industry was heading toward a tailspin, and forward-thinking with Average Joes Entertainment and Hideout Pictures CEO, Shannon Houchins.    An early entrepreneur, Shannon was hustling movies and music at an early age. How'd he do it? Selling contraband (bubble gum) at school funding his first camera. Then what does every film need? Music- which started Shannon's career in the music industry. His first big break was a role as a staff producer for Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Productions. He produced remixes for T.L.C., Usher, Jagged Edge, and Kut Klose. His time with So So Def gave Shannon the street credit and client base to form his own company, 11th Hour Entertainment with partner Doug Kaye. 11th Hour's first exclusive artist/production project was Bubba Sparxxx. In 2006, Houchins started his own label Average Joe's Entertainment Group with longtime friend and flagship artist, Colt Ford. Houchins has been an Artist, Producer, Label President and finally with his film credits. Hideout Pictures is becoming a staple in the film industry. Hideout Pictures and Shannon has credits from CMT's Still The King, Jay and Silent Bob: Reboot, animations, and projects all still in production as of 2019. To see an updated artist roster visit  and to see the film projects that are currently in production visit
Jade Driver

Jade Driver

2019-09-1058:49

Making it happen when an entire world is telling you it's not going to happen with Crowd Surf co-founder and co-host of the podcast "How I Got Backstage", Jade Driver. We talk about digital strategy and what's really popping in 2019. Social media marketing, crisis management, finding yourself as an artist, but most importantly we talk about mental health in the landscape of working in the industry.    The history of Jade has a pattern of making it happen and passion. I also found that Jade has been pretty true to herself. A true fan, passionate about her work, and no stopping her. Early in her career, working in radio promotions, she met what would be her future clients. From there Warner Bros. came calling because of a revolutionary idea that Jade was already doing. Using social media as a tool for the music industry. In the time of Myspace's zenith, Jade and her team focused on capitalizing the platform to push their clients further in their careers. Soon Crowd Surf was born. Crowd Surf is a fan-centric marketing company, with offices in LA, Nashville and NYC, which specializes in entertainment marketing, artist management, digital strategy, content production, publicity and digital crisis management. Clients include Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Why Don't We, Andy Grammar, AJR, NCT-127, Becky G, Loren Gray, Michael Buble, Max & Harvey, Jenna Raine and EBEN.    In our conversation, we chat about our brands and how to utilize that on social media. In the digital age of social media, how do you go that next level at no matter your current status? Then there's the trap of comparisons but no matter what sticking to who you are. There can be mental health concerns.  Jade and I connect on when and how to get help.    For more information about Crowd Surf visit  and subscribe to "How I Got Backstage" in your favorite podcast platform.
Chris Gantry

Chris Gantry

2019-09-0301:08:06

Outlaws, renegades, peyote trips, and new music with one of the fathers of Outlaw Country, Chris Gantry. Chris takes us through his life with Kris Kristofferson, Shel Silverstein, hit songs, and peyote trips. Chris' latest project, Nashlantis is out now and available to stream everywhere.    Chris Gantry is noted as being one of the founders of Outlaw Country. In a time where rhinestones and "flowers" were happening in country music. There was a crew of artists and writers that simply wanted to write about who they were. Hence the birth of Outlaw Country with notable writers like Chris; Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shel Silverstein, etc. Originally from New York City and also working in the Brill Building, Chris made the journey to Nashville in the early 60's. A time of war, culture shifts, and even music shifts. In conversation, he mentions his first stop, who he met, and what the vibe of Nashville was like for the "outlaw" crew. We also tap into the accessibility of Nashville in the early recording days. Like walking in Chet Atkins office to learn a riff on the guitar. Not too much later Chris' struck gold when he had a major cut from Glen Cambell from his tune, "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife". Other notable cuts include Johnny Cash's "Allegheny", Rhett Akins, and "Good Friends" with Reba Mcintire.   We walk through the history and climate of starting in the "outlaw" genre and his feelings toward music sounding the same. Even in today's radio country. Chris shares his outlook in writing (that includes a major award-winning play that he wrote). By staying fresh and always releasing material, it's obvious Chris is always moving forward. Nashlantis is no different. Continuing to push the limits for himself and experiencing the world around him. Nashlantis, is a look at Chris' state of mind and coming to terms where he is in life. Nashlantis is out now on all platforms and can be streamed and bought from www.dragcity.com
Chip Taylor and Belle Mt.

Chip Taylor and Belle Mt.

2019-08-2701:37:45

Car crashes, talking hits, and learning life lessons with the songwriter of "Wild Thing", "Angel of the Morning", Chip Taylor and London based artist Belle Mt.. Chip is the creator of timeless hits spanning 5 decades and Belle Mt. shares the origin or his latest release "Origins".    Belle Mt. (bell-mont) is songwriter Matt Belmont that just released the video for "Origins" but also it's the first single of 2019 (produced by Grammy award-winning producer Femke Weidema). This London-based artist uses life-altering moments to create a new story and "Origins" is no different.  We get into the nuances of the new track and video; pride, a crash, and relationships. We also figure out the faults of keeping scores in life's relationships. Visit www.bellemt.com to check out the video and see tour dates, and follow him @bellemtmusic.   Chip Taylor (James Wesley Voight) will probably always be known as the songwriter who wrote "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning." But there's so much more to the man besides 2 songs. Other notable tracks include "He Sits at Your Table" (Willie Nelson), "I Can't Let Go" (Evie Sands, the Hollies, Linda Ronstadt), "The Baby" (the Hollies), "Any Way That You Want Me" (the Troggs, Evie Sands, Melanie, Juice Newton, Lita Ford, Liverpool Five), "Just a Little Bit Harder" (Lorraine Ellison, Janis Joplin), "Sweet Dream Woman" (Waylon Jennings), "A Little Bit Later On Down the Line" (Bobby Bare), "Rock Soldiers" (Ace Frehley), and "Son of a Rotten Gambler" (Emmylou Harris, the Hollies, Anne Murray). A new generation is getting to know Chip by his track on Netflix's Sex Education, "F*** All The Perfect People" as well.   Chip, a Songwriter Hall of Fame Inductee, also has a love for country music and even built a healthy career in the 70's in the genre. We talk about all these but we also go into his other passions and careers (A notable gamble and golfer). But more importantly, we get to understand how Chip ticks and we tackle the ups and downs of his career. One would think that your way is paved with a track record like his, but you even learn through his latest record (Whiskey Salesman) the life lessons learned from this vet. Whiskey Salesman is out now under Train Wreck Records and you can follow Chip @chiptaylorofficial
Sam Bush

Sam Bush

2019-08-2001:00:46

Sam Bush takes us deeper into his side of the history of bluegrass, the state of the genre, and as we reflect on past projects. Sam came in to promote his latest music, "Stop The Violence", as well as setting the record straight on some of the details of his story.    If you've seen the documentary Revival: The Sam Bush Story. You've gotten a taste and understand the life of Sam. In this episode, we actually go beyond the movie and tap into what happened in some of the pivotal moments of Sam's life. His relationship with Lonnie Wilson, life after The Bluegrass Alliance, the conception of The New Grass Revival in the Capitol Record years, and willing to walk away from what could have been great opportunities to embrace who Sam has become.    Sam is what most people have dubbed the Father of New Grass, a progressive style of bluegrass. Armed with numerous awards and accolades to justify his status in music, Sam is a champion of art while most have discredited the genre. We take time to discuss his role and thoughts on the future of bluegrass/instrumental music and take a look at his recent plea to stop the violence with his new music.
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James Antoine

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