20 episodes

Following the death of her beloved father, Charlotte returns to her home state of Texas. Stricken with grief, and pulled in countless directions, Charlotte decides to attend legendary country songwriter, Liz Rose’s, writing retreat in Hill Country.
Her experience writing at the Wayside Ranch pushes Charlotte to reach a turning point in her career. She pursues a deal with a big publishing company, and fights to balance work with her relationship with Marshall, seeking harmony between emotional stability and professional independence.

Right when everything seems to be looking up, Charlotte is tested again, as the reverberations of “cancel culture” behind the scenes in the Nashville songwriting world are exposed, bringing to light the complexities of fame and fortune in Music City.

Season 2 of Make It Up As We Go releases May 3rd from Audio Up and SiriusXM

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    • 4.7 • 279 Ratings

Following the death of her beloved father, Charlotte returns to her home state of Texas. Stricken with grief, and pulled in countless directions, Charlotte decides to attend legendary country songwriter, Liz Rose’s, writing retreat in Hill Country.
Her experience writing at the Wayside Ranch pushes Charlotte to reach a turning point in her career. She pursues a deal with a big publishing company, and fights to balance work with her relationship with Marshall, seeking harmony between emotional stability and professional independence.

Right when everything seems to be looking up, Charlotte is tested again, as the reverberations of “cancel culture” behind the scenes in the Nashville songwriting world are exposed, bringing to light the complexities of fame and fortune in Music City.

Season 2 of Make It Up As We Go releases May 3rd from Audio Up and SiriusXM

    Chapter 1: "Gone in the Wind"

    Chapter 1: "Gone in the Wind"

    After Charlotte’s father dies suddenly of a heart attack, Apollo, Emily, and Elliot come to Canyon to attend the funeral and rally around Charlotte. Marshall shows up and surprises everyone, clean and recovered, ready to get back to work. Emily recognizes the weight of Charlotte losing another parent, and implores her to unpack her grief by doing what she does best: writing songs. So, she offers them a space at a writing retreat in the Texas Hill Country at the world famous Wayside Ranch. Charlotte is on the fence about the retreat, but a call from Miranda Lambert expresses condolences and encourages her to go write at Wayside. As they are packing up to leave, a tornado touches down in Marshall’s hometown outside Shreveport, so he peels off east to help his family. As the dust settles, and Charlotte is hit by the loneliness on a moonlit Texas front porch of a house that used to be a home, she starts writing “Gone in the Morning”...

    • 43 min
    Chapter 2: "Cantina Lullaby"

    Chapter 2: "Cantina Lullaby"

    Charlotte heads to Wayside Ranch in Hill Country and Marshall arrives at his childhood home, while Elliot and Apollo hatch a plan to turn Charlotte into a star. Charlotte meets Lawford Keane, the humble heartthrob and caretaker of Wayside ranch, and they hit it off immediately. Marshall’s hometown was hit hard, and although his house has barely evaded destruction, the old family demons are still on full display. At an unsightly reunion, the skeletons in the Tracy family closet are paraded through the devastated Shreveport streets. His struggling parents, their dysfunctional marriage, and the younger brother he left behind to deal with it all take a heavy emotional toll on Marshall. While he is forced to reconcile his past and present, Charlotte is tested professionally and emotionally amongst the best and brightest songwriters in Texas.

    • 33 min
    Chapter 3: "Lovin' Heart"

    Chapter 3: "Lovin' Heart"

    As the writing retreat comes to a close, Charlotte and Co. prepare for a showcase at an upstart venue outside of Austin. Apollo and Elliot carpool down for the show, and Apollo delivers the news that he’s been tapped as a vocal coach on American Idol with their old pal Bobby Bones. Marshall makes things right with his brother, vows not to turn out like his fading father, and high tails it back to Texas just in time for the show. Emily hits the dating apps, Charlotte brings down the house, and Elliot fends off the competing publishing companies and major label wolves who take notice of Charlotte’s rising stock.

    • 37 min
    Chapter 4: "Mixtape (Writer's Room)"

    Chapter 4: "Mixtape (Writer's Room)"

    Charlotte and Marshall return to Nashville, where Charlotte’s name is quickly gaining
    traction as an emerging act. The Carmelina boardrooms echo with differing opinions on
    the best way forward. Elliot digs in when they tell him he’s in over his head, and claims
    he can handle every aspect of her career, but Marshall and Charlotte take meetings with
    other publishing companies and major label A&R’s anyway. One of the songs Charlotte
    wrote at the camp gets cut by a big artist who’s rough around the edges, but the single
    comes out of the gate hot. Before they meet him in the studio, Marshall warns Charlotte
    about his reputation around women, but Charlotte insists she can handle herself. The
    session is rough, he’s creepy and disrespectful, but Charlotte sees it through. With
    attention growing and paperwork looming, Charlotte seeks advice from Emily and
    Miranda on record deals, touring, and management, and Miranda invites her to come to
    one of her Texas tour dates. We see Charlotte facing the big question of season two: do
    I want to be a songwriter or an artist?

    • 33 min
    Chapter 5: "M.I.A."

    Chapter 5: "M.I.A."

    Charlotte goes to Miranda’s show and sees her perform “Champion” live in front of the bright lights and screaming crowd. Looking at the adoring fans belting out the words to her song, she realizes she’s reached the pinnacle of a songwriter, and wants more. While Marshall works on producing the new album with Van, Charlotte negotiates with an increasingly distracted and overwhelmed Elliot. She thinks he’s got too much on his plate, but he’s too stubborn to give an inch. When he finds out she’s taken meetings with other publishing companies, he blows up on Charlotte about loyalty. She explains that however grateful she may be for the opportunities afforded by the chance Elliot took on her, she refuses to owe him forever, and deserves the respect and credit for what her talent has built. Marshall and Emily step in and convince Elliot to delegate. If they all want to succeed, they’re going to need help. They expand Charlotte’s team, and rehabilitate Carmelina Publishing’s relationships that Elliot has soured with his monolithic approach during his decade in Nashville. With the help and recommendations of her new team, Charlotte negotiates a record deal for her debut album. Marshall and Charlotte celebrate with a rare date night alone, where Marshall surprises both Charlotte and himself with a vulnerability and capacity to express his love with the same authenticity of his songwriting.

    • 29 min
    Chapter 6: "Honky Tonk Disco Nights"

    Chapter 6: "Honky Tonk Disco Nights"

    Charlotte gets gussied up for her first charity event performance, where she mingles with some of Nashville's top talent- Kat & Alex, Liz Rose, Tyler Rich, Abby Anderson, just to name a few. After a night of performing and navigating the ins and outs of various relationships, Charlotte and her crew hit the town for some good old-fashioned boot-scooting!

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
279 Ratings

279 Ratings

ftskatelynx3 ,

My favorite podcast!!

Please tell me there is going to be a third season. I love this show!! Btw this is my first review.

Troy-The Traditionalist ,

Great to hear Elizabeth Cook....

Listened to my first podcase of this; episode 5 M.I.A. and I thought Elizabeth Cook was a great character to have in your series. She has the perfect voice for a Podcast and I hope you make her a permanenet character on this series. VERY FUN!!!!!!!

big chris 1238739 ,

What Writing!

I can’t believe how good the dialogue is. Sometimes I see a “scripted” podcast and I cringe. But this time - WOW. Definitely recommend!

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