Posts Tagged ‘Country’

The Winners Are In (so far): Results from BMI & SESAC awards

In awards, BMI, Industry News, Music Business, nashville, People that Rock, Songwriting on November 10, 2010 at 9:50 am

Make your predictions for tonight's CMA Awards

It is a busy week for Country music’s finest!!  Knowing everyone will be off their tour buses and in town for the CMA Awards, BMI and SESAC honored away!  The BMI 2010 Country Music Awards (last night) and SESAC 2010 Nashville Music Awards (Monday night) made for a packed schedule and arms full of accolades.  Tonight’s CMA awards will the icing on the cake for many artists and writers in Music City. Read the rest of this entry »

Why I Don’t Have A Current Male Hit Country Song

In Lyrics, Perspective, Songwriting on March 22, 2010 at 6:00 am

Frank Michels

By: Frank Michels

I’ve been listening to the male country songs that are on the radio right now, and a few things are becoming clear. Even though I’ve been writing songs for about 30 years, I now realize that I am lacking some of the prerequisites for success on the country charts.  For instance…

I don’t own nearly enough firearms.

  • “Rifle in a gun rack hanging in the back glass” (Backwoods)
  • “An F-150 and a 30-ought-6” (Hillbilly Bone)
  • “Our houses are protected by the good Lord and a gun” (Way Out Here) Read the rest of this entry »

And the Oscar Goes To…

In Academy Awards, awards, Hear this, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Singing, Songwriting, Try this, You HAVE to on March 4, 2010 at 6:00 am

All this week the nominees for Best Original Song have been featured here on the blog.  The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers.

So why talk about it here – what does it have to do with Nashville or music? Read the rest of this entry »

This Ain’t No Place For The Weary Kind

In Favorite Song, Lyrics, Music, Songwriting on March 1, 2010 at 9:50 am

After days of CRS networking and showcases – now what?  What can we take away, think about, be encouraged by?  If there is one thing that was a thread throughout conversations this past week it was an endless love for music, an enduring spirit to see dreams fulfilled, and everyone shares an indescribable, driving passion.  Most people who make it in Nashville are able to survive the criticism and conquer the personal demons holding them back form success.  CRS gives everyone a chance to check in once a year – see where you are, where you came from, and decide what will be different the next year. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Time You Meet The Real Jeremy Parsons

In Hear this, Music, nashville, People that Rock, Singing, Songwriting, You HAVE to on January 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Before Christmas I had the chance to sit down with Jeremy Parsons and figure out if the classic shirts and black hat was for real.  Many people come to town in ripped jeans and old t-shirts. After being discovered, the first thing they undergo is the “cowboy” make-over.  People feel like they have to fit in to some mold of what Country music is all about.  It wasn’t too far into the interview I learned that Jeremy is the real deal and he was born to sing – you can’t fake this kind of Country!

Growing up in Texas, he was influenced by the traditional sounds of Hank Williams, Sr. Jean Sheppard, George Strait and Johnny Horton.  Read the rest of this entry »

Spins vs. Adds

In Best Practices, Know This, Music, Music Business, Musician, nashville, Networking, Songwriting, You HAVE to on December 15, 2009 at 5:00 am

What better day than a Tuesday to throw some industry definitions and “know-how” your way…

Spin(s):  the number of times that a song is played on the radio.  If you are currently hearing a song on the radio, that is a Spin that would count for the stats.

Adds:  When a song goes for adds, basically it means it is being “officially” released for stations to add the song.  The promo CD is usually sent out a little before or around the adds date as well.  Also, just because a station spins a song doesn’t mean it’s been added, it has to be added to their playlist and spun regularly throughout the week, not just one or two spins here and there.  Read the rest of this entry »

Musician of the Year WHO??

In Best Practices, Music, Music Business, Music History, Musician, nashville, People that Rock, Road Musician, Studio Musician on November 11, 2009 at 5:00 am

National media has been buzzzzzing about the CMA Awards.  Good Morning America, LIVE with Regis and Kelly, along with others have featured musical guests and live performances to feature the nominees of the show.  Even the online radio station, http://www.pandora.com had advertising spots pushing the show.  You have seen the likes of Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler, Brad Paisley, and Tim McGraw just to name a few grace the air waves pushing their agenda and giving good press for the CMA Awards.

A few names you will not see in the general press are the nominees for Musician of the Year. These individuals have dedicated their lives to country music and they will be in small print at the bottom of press releases and breezed by on the red carpet. This town is about hard work and sacrifice.  These people leave their families and friends and travel on the road right along the side of the artists but you can’t see them cause they are standing in the shadows of the spotlight. Read the rest of this entry »

Mickey Roo's Idol Contest: Three Years Strong

In Live Music Venue, Music, Singing, Try this, You HAVE to on September 17, 2009 at 9:00 am

Tucked just 20 miles south of the heart of downtown Nashville is a barbecue treasure – Mickey Roos.  This Texas Style BBQ restaurant is the perfect combination of country music, good food and a friendly atmosphere.  Mickey has been running this place long enough in Franklin to welcome a regular crowd full of characters and laughter.  It is a place where you go in and you will inevitably know someone, see your favorite waitress, and get to chat with Buddy behind the bar.  Did I mention the Texas BBQ rocks!?

Most Thursday nights, as long as the Titans aren’t playing, Mickey Roos hosts an open mic night.  This night gave way to the Mickey Roos’ Idol ContestRead the rest of this entry »

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