192 episodes

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.

Surviving the Music Industry American Songwriter

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    • 4.8 • 39 Ratings

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.

    Thomas Csorba

    Thomas Csorba

    Thomas Csorba is permitting himself these days to live in rest and accepting not to feel the pressure of writing the next great American songbook. Able to set back with gratitude but also still feels the emotions during the release of his debut self titled album on September 25th, Thomas shares the process of working with Beau Bedford of The Texas Gentlemen, the Texas scene, and how to feed the creative output.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Phil Cohen of Blackout Balter

    Phil Cohen of Blackout Balter

    Phil Cohen of Blackout Balter can make you wonder what you're doing with your life. This MIT grad, former pro hockey player, former military man, and student of Mandarin rest assures us that it's a love of life. Something that fans love and takes to heart about the band. We get to know Phil, hear the inside feels from their debut LP Animals, and even how The Killers discovered the band and got involved with their music.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Gretchen Peters

    Gretchen Peters

    Gretchen Peters feels that 2020 is looking like a reprieve and also should have seen it coming from 2019. The acclaimed songwriter (Martina McBride's "Independence Day", Faith Hill's "The Secret of Life", Trisha Yearwood's "On A Bus To St. Cloud", and numerous cuts with Bryan Adams, film & TV, and others) sheds some insight from a MADMAN like childhood and also the secrets to the mysterious craft of songwriting. Her latest album, The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury is out now.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Hailey Whitters

    Hailey Whitters

    The dream for Hailey Whitters is a complicated idea wrapped with mixed emotions. Her breakthrough album The Dream explores these complicated emotions, but what happens when reality sets in when you constantly strive toward this idea of a dream? Women on the radio, family hardships, on the edge of quitting it all, and of course the complicated space where dreams collide with reality.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Joey Hendricks

    Joey Hendricks

    Joey Hendricks is one of the newest signings to Sony Music Nashville and admits with the "end of the world happening" that he is still excited for the future of his music. "Yours or Mine" is the latest single from this young Nashville talent. Instead of focusing on the negative and living with comparisons, Joey is celebrating with others joy and still working on himself at the same time.

    • 57 min
    Brandy Clark

    Brandy Clark

    In a time where we are the most connected and informed, Brandy Clark still can't understand how human rights can be misconstrued as divisive. After the release of her most personal album yet, Your Life Is a Record. We have a conversation to celebrate the album and share our feelings on today's political and social climate.

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

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.

EmilyBowie ,

Great Podcast!

Been listening to Surving The Music Industry for a while and have really enjoyed it. All the episodes have been great. Thank you for putting them together! Especially ejoying the new one with Jonathan Singleton. I'm from Jackson and wittnessed the excitement of seeing The Grove every Wednesday and Thursday nights at Barley's. Also, know Brandon Barnett and his podcast Left of Nashville is really special. Looking forward to more episodes in 2019!!

Mhagler ,

Great podcast featuring great people.

Just found out about this podcast but oh my do you have some of my favorites on your recent episodes. Josh, Jeff, Kelleigh?! Solid songwriters and even greater people. 5 stars!

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