The new intro for Season 3 of LON.
New Sound, New Stories, Same Struggle
Sometimes, we have to do other things to pay the bills until our dreams become a reality. If we have enough self-awareness, we might be able to make some "get by" money implementing the skills we have learned as we move toward our end goal.
Here is my first (paid) voice over project that I did for a customer in Luxembourg!
I created the music as well as doing the voice work.
Even though this wasn't my intention, I was growing my skill set when I started Left Of Nashville.
The moral of this story is to keep working hard. You just never know what opportunities will show up at your door.
Oh, and by the way, if you need anything like this done, hit me up at email@example.com
From the creator of Left Of Nashville: Teaser from the upcoming podcast Searching For Ghosts: The Disappearance Of Cayce Lynn McDaniel.
Aubrey Preston is a musician,philanthropist, business man and developer from Leiper's Fork. You may know him best as the man who saved RCA Studio A in the eleventh hour. He has brought back the town of Leiper's Fork and made it a destination for musicians and music lovers. He also played a vital role in saving the Franklin Theater.
But his latest endeavor is why he was the keynote speaker in Downtown Jackson for the monthly First Friday Forum. This latest project is the Americana Music Triangle.
The Triangle is a website that maps out the points of interest in the American South where the best music in the world was created. Nine genres got their start in this patch of land that forms a nice little triangle on the map.
Jackson, TN (home of Left Of Nashville) is a destination on the triangle, and Preston was in town to impress on the city that it is up to us to capitalize on our rich musical heritage.
Special episode with outtakes of the birth of Left Of Nashville. Including never heard footage of the co-write with Jonathan Singleton where we almost made the chorus the verse.
Here's a bonus episode featuring my latest recording, 'Make Believe.' Enjoy!
In this episode of Left Of Nashville, I talk about the struggles of dating when you're a musician on the come up.
In the last episode of Left Of Nashville, Brent Baxter talked about how everything has changed in this age of Spotify as it pertains to publishing deals in Nashville. Songwriters are either hugely successful or they don’t make enough to live on. There is no middle ground.
Brent Baxter is a Nashville songwriter with cuts by Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, Joe Nichols, Ray Stevens and most notably, the top five hit 'Monday Morning Church' for Alan Jackson. He is also a songwriting coach and his blog “Man Vs. Row,” helps amateur songwriters turn pro.
Brent drops some truth bombs about "making it" in Nashville as a commercial songwriter. He talks about the importance of having a "dash" in your title, such as songwriter-singer, songwriter-producer, songwriter-barista, etc.
He wants to give dreamers some reality so that we can dream but also plan our careers so that we can have longevity in the game.
He also talks about the going rate given to new songwriters with publishing deals. 18 for 18: $18,000 for an 18 month contract. According to Baxter, the way to get the best publishing deal possible is to not need one...that is to do a lot yourself. We need to have a lot going on already in order to demand a higher rate from a publisher.
Brent moved from Arkansas to Nashville as a lyrics only songwriter. He also got the 'Monday Morning Church' cut before he landed a publishing deal.
In this episode, Brandon talks about the balance of having enough time and money to pursue one's dream. An unexpected job offer causes him to reflect on the past two years.
Brandon talks about he left his career two years ago to allow for more time to pursue music. The one year of focused intensity led to more progress than the "nibbling around the edges" he had done in the six years prior.
But it came at a cost. Forward movement is essential. He realized that it is going to take twice as long and be twice as difficult as originally thought.
So we must start immediately. Whether we are working full-time or go all in, we have to find a way to build momentum.
The job offer caused some reflection on whether or not he would do it the same way if he had it to do over.
In this episode, Jordan Woods-Robinson discusses the various services offered by SOSstudio. He explains how his recording service began as a personal project to write, record and release one song per week.
He covers how the recording process works as well as the nuts and bolts of the fees for indie artists looking to self-release their material as well as SOSstudio's recent foray (thanks to yours truly and 'L.A. Time') into demo recording.
And we end the episode with the finished demo of 'L.A. Time.'
In this episode, Brandon takes Jordan Woods-Robinson, head of SOSstudio, up on his offer to record one of his songs.
Brandon picks 'L.A. Time' which is a mainstream country song that he has been wanting to demo for some time.
Brandon talks a little about how the song came to be. Written shortly after 'The State I'm In,' this was an attempt to write a song by himself that was of the caliber of 'State.'
The song is based on a crush that Brandon had on a singer-songwriter he knew in Nashville, who is also an actress in Los Angeles.
Go through the step-by-step process of recording 'L.A. Time' with the drums being tracked in Austin and fiddle in Florida.
The SOSstudio recording process utilizes various players from all over the country, using the internet to connect and discuss production ideas.
In this episode, Brandon discusses the difference between networking and using people. Thanks to this internet age of instant connectivity, the culture of networking has changed.
With it being easier to contact complete and total strangers, successful people have their guards up now more than ever.
So how do we get the opportunity to move up the ladder and still be a decent human being?
Jordan Woods-Robinson is the "Founder & Head Honcho" of SOSstudio, which provides a community for songwriters, a recording and music distribution service for indie artists and SOSstudio Sessions, a podcast that is a great resource for blending music and business.
SOSstudio is putting together a demo for Brandon and will be featured in an upcoming episode of LON.
Jordan equates networking to being in a marriage, where ideally you put the other person first and they, in turn, do the same thing for you.
Brandon then lays out four steps that he has found that will help you do networking the right way and not fall prey to being a user.
The Art Of Charm: A podcast that helps you become a better person. Search for networking in the archives. This is an invaluable resource on how to network.
The Music Makers: The podcast that I featured in Episode 6 (Crabs In A Bucket) of Left Of Nashville. A brilliant podcast that will inspire, entertain and inform.
Left Of Nashville: My junt.
In probably one of the most revealing episodes of Left Of Nashville to date, Brandon talks with Lauren Pritchard (LOLO) about users and trash talkers.
After word got out that Lauren was going to be featured in Season 3 of LON, trash talk ing around Jackson, Tn became a hobby.
As Lauren left town to work on her Off Broadway musical, Songbird, and to go on a national tour, Brandon was left to field a number of assaults on the two of them.
As he struggled with telling Lauren, he finally caved after losing an eight year friendship because of his new "successful" friends.
He finally confided in Lauren to get advice.
This episode is full of warts and real-world talk.
It also has some real pearls of wisdom from Lauren, who has been dealing with this for years.
With the new year upon us, it is important to evaluate where we are versus where we want to be. This episode expounds on the Jim Rohn quote that states that "We are the average of the five people we associate with."
If it really does "take a damn village" as Lauren Pritchard (LOLO) says, then isn't it important to find the right village?
Brandon plays clips from one of his favorite podcasts, The Music Makers, specifically the episode "Hang Around With People Who Get Sh*t Done" and riffs off that episode about how important it is to surround yourself with people who cause you to improve.
LOLO makes another appearance in this episode, adding her knowledge and experience as well.
In this episode, Brandon talks about "Impostor Syndrome," the belief that we all have that we are not worthy when it comes to actualizing our dreams.
He asks friends of his (Jonathan Singleton, Marty Dodson and Lauren Pritchard) who have achieved success if they deal with this and if it ever goes away.
Brandon talks about how Impostor Syndrome is what kept him from pursuing his music dreams for so long, and how it stole his joy after finally signing that licensing deal in L.A.
There are some good take aways in this episode about how to deal with Impostor Syndrome and how everyone is 'faking it until they make it."
Marty Dodson is a hit songwriter for artists such as Billy Currington, Kenny Chesney and Joe Cocker. He is the co-creator of Songtown.com, a community for aspiring commercial songwriters that offers a ton of pro tips.
Jonathan Singleton is a hit songwriter for artists such as Tim McGraw, Gary Allan and David Nail. At the time of this podcast, Jonathan was nominated for a GRAMMY for the Tim McGraw hit, "Diamond Rings and Old Barstools." Jonathan Singleton-The Getaway on iTunes
Lauren Pritchard (LOLO)has acted in a Tony Award winning Broadway musical, co-written an Off-Broadway musical (Songbird) and is a songwriter and recording artist that is touring in support of her latest release, Comeback Queen.