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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 trying to survive the music industry.

Surviving the Music Industry American Songwriter

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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 trying to survive the music industry.

    Malia Civetz

    Malia Civetz

    With more creative control and confidence, Malia Civetz releases 'Heels In Hand' EP feeling validated as an artist with something to say. Malia talks with Brandon about how she met Ross Golan and J Kash, lessons learned from pop songwriting, and changing public perception of how R&B artists are received.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Jordan Slone of Hounds

    Jordan Slone of Hounds

    Hounds frontman Jordan Slone and winners of 'Who Will Rock You?' sit with Brandon to share the Hounds' experiences before, during, and after the show. They also talk about hallucinating experiences, balancing ego with relationships, and how 'Cattle In The Sky' is part of the evolution of the rock genre.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    John-Robert

    John-Robert

    Earnest and vulnerability mixed with a stream of conscious and intentional lyrics are an interesting balance for a pop track. For John-Robert's music, it's about where his intent lies for the perfect balance of all things artistic. John and Brandon talk about extremes and the balances in music, their relationship with obsessive thought loops and sleep, and along with writing from a perspective of exaggeration with some truth.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Jared Watson of Dirty Heads

    Jared Watson of Dirty Heads

    Dirty Heads' own Jared Watson checks in to talk about the viral success of "Vacation" and even new music from California Island. Brandon and Jared walk through the key moments from Dirty Heads album cycles, the risks involved with sobriety, the skepticism behind DMT and spiritual journeys, and how the band writes their songs that built a community around their music.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Rhonda Vincent

    Rhonda Vincent

    The Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent reflects on past projects and moments that have made her career. Just after her induction as a member of The Grand Ole Opry and before her newest record 'Music Is What I See' releases on May, 28th. She sits screen to screen with Brandon to talk about trailblazers, how timing has been a factor through her life, and risks taken for the sake of lessons learned.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Brett Kissel

    Brett Kissel

    Brett Kissel may not feel like he is part of this new normal of the state of the world, but feels it has allowed people to be their most authentic selves. With the release of 'What Is Life?' Brett feels that this might be his truest self in his music. The CCMA and Juno award-winning country artist tells us how he's managing his identity, cancel culture, and redemption from 2020.

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Tylerc02921 ,

If You’re an Artist of Any Kind, You Need This Podcast!

Great podcast that breaks down everything and anything you’d want to know about big artists, writers, etc. couldn’t recommend it enough!

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DuzyJ

Great material! Should be on everyone’s podcast favorites list! 🎸

Melissa Kay ,

WOW

I've been listening to this non-stop since I found it a few weeks ago. As a middle-aged songwriter, I've avoided Nashville to focus on my day job, but lately I've been considering make the move. Listening to these interviews has been eyeopening. What a remarkable resource for anyone considering this business in any realm.

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