Episode 5 Songs We Wrote and Answering Fans Questions


Country music has always been more than just a genre; it's a narrative woven into the fabric of America, telling stories of love, life, and everything in between. Our latest podcast episode takes listeners on a journey through the creative processes, successes, and humorous anecdotes that define the craft of songwriting.

The camaraderie within the country music community is evident. Our social media growth and listener engagement bring us closer to our audience, creating a space for shared passion and feedback. A proposed "Try That in a Small Town" board game idea underscores the playful atmosphere of our conversation.

As we delve deeper into favorite songs and their backstories, the episode reveals the serendipitous nature of songwriting. "There Goes My Life," a hit co-written with Wendell Mobley, is a prime example of a song that resonated profoundly with audiences, dominating the charts for seven weeks. The song's journey from a title in a notebook to a chart-topping success illustrates the unpredictability and magic of the songwriting process.

We also touch upon the intricacies of the music industry, acknowledging the challenges faced by artists in selecting their first single. A personal anecdote about performing a song at the Bluebird Café, only to face an unreceptive audience, showcases the capricious nature of music reception. Yet, the joy of achieving number one hits, is a testament to the thrill that comes with success in Nashville.

The episode doesn't shy away from the challenges of songwriting, either. We reflect on the painstaking process of getting songs cut by artists and the gratification that comes with finding one's voice through writing for icons like Jason Aldean. Songs like "Night Train" serve as examples of unexpected successes that defy initial expectations.

Listeners are given a behind-the-scenes look at the decision-making process that shapes a hit country music album. From the selection of songs for Jason Aldean's album to securing duet partners, the podcast unveils the unpredictable nature of the industry. We also reminisce about the creative sparks that occur in unconventional writing spaces, like "the shack," where despite its limitations, some of our greatest hits were conceived.

In conclusion, the podcast episode is a celebration of country music's storytelling tradition, the community it fosters, and the humor that accompanies the journey of songwriting. It's a testament to the enduring power of music to connect people, evoke emotions, and inspire creativity. For fans and aspiring songwriters alike, this episode is a heartfelt homage to the heartstrings and humor that make country music an enduring pillar of American culture.


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