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The story of how Music City makes its biggest export. The who, the how, the why, and the why not of country music. Part love letter, part hate mail, part how to guide. Come with us as we try to figure out what it means to live This Nashville Life. Your tour guides on this journey are two Nashville insiders themselves: Kelleigh Bannen (a touring country music artist named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country) and Kevin Sokolnicki (a Nashville based engineer and producer).

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The story of how Music City makes its biggest export. The who, the how, the why, and the why not of country music. Part love letter, part hate mail, part how to guide. Come with us as we try to figure out what it means to live This Nashville Life. Your tour guides on this journey are two Nashville insiders themselves: Kelleigh Bannen (a touring country music artist named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country) and Kevin Sokolnicki (a Nashville based engineer and producer).

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Great insight

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As a country music stan, this is great behind the scenes info. Hoping for a season 4!

Inside Knowledge on the Music City

By bounceruby2013 - May 28 2019
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Learning about the good and bad about Nashville.

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244 Ratings
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231
9
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Great insight

By not a power hungry fb admin - Jun 03 2019
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As a country music stan, this is great behind the scenes info. Hoping for a season 4!

Inside Knowledge on the Music City

By bounceruby2013 - May 28 2019
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Learning about the good and bad about Nashville.

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This Nashville Life

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The story of how Music City makes its biggest export. The who, the how, the why, and the why not of country music. Part love letter, part hate mail, part how to guide. Come with us as we try to figure out what it means to live This Nashville Life. Your tour guides on this journey are two Nashville insiders themselves: Kelleigh Bannen (a touring country music artist named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country) and Kevin Sokolnicki (a Nashville based engineer and producer).

The Radio Game

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How a song makes its way from one of a handful of streets on Music Row in Nashville to the top of the charts nationwide. Guest: JoJamie Hahr of Broken Bow Records. 

Aug 22 2016

27mins

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Outliers

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How the songs get from the writers to the artists.

Oct 16 2018

33mins

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Teaser

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Oct 14 2019

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Aren’t You From F-ing Arkansas?

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Welcome to the last episode of Season 2! So many of you have asked us to cover artist management, and today we’re bringing you an interview with Sandbox Entertainment’s Jason Owen. He manages acts like Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Kacey Musgraves, and Little Big Town. Jason will share some great insight into the artists’ careers that he’s worked with and offer some practical inspiration for both artists, marketers, and managers. And a warning: he’s got a word or two for those millennials out there. Come with us as we try to figure out what it means to live This Nashville Life. Follow Sandbox Entertainment @sandboxent (www.sandboxmgmt.com)

Jun 01 2017

31mins

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That’s Not Country

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A look at why we love to hate. Why are we so defensive about what is and isn’t “country?” Guest: hit songwriter/producer Shane McAnally (Sam Hunt, Kenny Chesney, Brandy Clark, Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert) Keep in touch with us at ThisNashvilleLife.com Purchase songs featured in this episode here: All Good Things by Kelleigh Bannen https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-good-things/id1121802677?i=1121802812 Follow Your Arrow by Kacey Musgraves https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/follow-your-arrow/id604129427?i=604129902 Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/take-me-home-country-roads/id216424764?i=216424915 Break Up In A Small Town by Sam Hunt https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/break-up-in-a-small-town/id923457599?i=923457608 Once Upon A by Kelleigh Bannen https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/once-upon-a/id1121802677?i=1121802808

Oct 05 2016

23mins

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How {Not} To Get A Record Deal

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How does someone “get discovered?” A&R executive Autumn House Tallant sheds some light on the process of how to get signed to a record deal and how not to. She recalls some of the best, and the “best of the worst” artist pitches she’s witnessed while at a major label. Autumn also shares the signing stories of some her most famous artists: Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, and Eric Church. 

Sep 21 2016

24mins

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Co-work, co-llaborate, co-write

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Demystifying the Nashville phenomenon of “co-writing” (i.e. how songs get written on Music Row. 

Guest: hit songwriter Laura Veltz (songs by Maren Morris, Reba McEntire, Eli Young Band, Chris Young.) 

Sep 06 2016

22mins

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Herding Musical Cats

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The songs get recorded.

Oct 23 2018

31mins

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32 #1s and counting...

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From a kid in a so-called “no-where town” to one of the most prominent writers in country music. Ashley Gorely talks about DJing dances in middle school to moving to Nashville and falling in love with publishing. For the songwriters out there we’ve got a lot of process talk: what he does in the writing room…and how he likes to come into a room and “crash” it. He calls himself a chameleon, and really, he’d have to be to have hits on so many different artists. Come with us as we meet Ashley Gorely…

May 18 2017

28mins

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More Words Than Chords (Part 1)

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In part 1 of our 2 part interview with Grammy nominated songwriter Nicolle Gaylon, we cover Nicolle’s journey and process. We’re talking about NBC’s The Voice, hometown inspirations, unfair advantages, and the journey of a lyricist. Listen to Nicolle’s “Worktapes” on @Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/album/4a4ETcRtvnEvypmzT4CfFd Follow her on Insta @nicatnitemusic Listen to Kelleigh’s music here: https://play.spotify.com/album/0ejrbW77E0BqTKrZPe9fAF?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open @KelleighBannen on Insta, FB, and Twitter Thank you @AndrewPetroff for helping to engineer this episode. Follow us @ThisNashvilleLife

Nov 30 2016

29mins

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Money Honey

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Welcome to Season 2 of This Nashville Life featuring Jody Williams of BMI. (www.bmi.com) Ever wonder how songwriters get paid? Ever wonder how much money is made from a #1 song? Ever wonder what it would be like to meet 14 yr old Taylor Swift? Well, we've got all the answers for you in this week’s episode. PLUS we wanna hear from you. Leave us a voicemail message at 629-777-6401 and we just might use your audio on the air. And we’re excited to bring you our new weekly format with “Cocktail Hour” starting 2/16. Hear Kelleigh's music here: open.spotify.com/artist/6C7VkLRszFSbRkKNhEvBST Follow the show @thisnashvillelife (Insta, FB) and @thisnashlife (Twitter) www.thisnashvillelife.com

Feb 09 2017

29mins

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A Circuitous Route

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The Writing of 'The House That Built Me'

Oct 09 2018

41mins

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Nashville Is Like The Hunger Games

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Meet the women behind Marbaloo Marketing, a full service music marketing company that has worked with the likes of Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, and Kelsea Ballerini. They’ll talk about driving cross country to Nashville from LA to start Marbaloo. The challenges and advantages of being a woman entrepreneur in the music business. How Nashville is like the Hunger Games. And some SUPER practical tips on how to better use social media to up your branding game….in other words Marbaloo’s take on what it means to live “this Nashville life.” Find Marbaloo www.marbaloo.com @marbaloomktg (insta) Call me maybe?! Tell us your favorite country song of the last 5 years: 629-777-6401. See ya 3/16 for “Cocktail Hour" Hear Kelleigh's music here: open.spotify.com/artist/6C7VkLRszFSbRkKNhEvBST Follow Kelleigh @kelleighbannen (Insta, FB, Twitter) Follow the show @thisnashvillelife (Insta, FB) and @thisnashlife (Twitter) www.thisnashvillelife.com

Mar 09 2017

31mins

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Love It Or Hate It

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10 time GRAMMY winning engineer F Reid Shippen has mixed records for people like Eric Church, Little Big Town, and Kenny Rogers. And the key to his success? Well, I’d say it’s passion…but he might say it’s risk. We sat down in Reid’s studio (Robot Lemon) and drank rye whiskey and talked about how a Tom Selleck movie changed his career path forever. Come with us as we try to figure out what it means to live This Nashville Life. Follow Reid @robotlemon.

May 04 2017

28mins

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The Red Line

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Season 2 Episode 6: The Red Line Meet Chip Petree. The un-lawyerly lawyer Wanna know what a first time publishing deal looks like in 2017? Wanna know the current status of “360 deals?” Wanna know what Chris Stapleton’s attorney drinks? Well, he drinks Four Roses even though we had to leave that part of the convo on the cutting room floor. Entertainment attorney Chip Petree has represented the likes of Florida Georgia Line, Brothers Osborne and he’s gonna give us some really great *free* legal advice, and tells us what it means for him to live This Nashville Life. Follow Chip @chippetree on Twitter. Hear Kelleigh's music here: open.spotify.com/artist/6C7VkLRszFSbRkKNhEvBST Follow Kelleigh @kelleighbannen (Insta, FB, Twitter) Follow the show @thisnashvillelife (Insta, FB) and @thisnashlife (Twitter) www.thisnashvillelife.com

Apr 19 2017

26mins

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The Radio Game

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How a song makes its way from one of a handful of streets on Music Row in Nashville to the top of the charts nationwide. Guest: JoJamie Hahr of Broken Bow Records. 

Aug 22 2016

27mins

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Co-work, co-llaborate, co-write

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Demystifying the Nashville phenomenon of “co-writing” (i.e. how songs get written on Music Row. 

Guest: hit songwriter Laura Veltz (songs by Maren Morris, Reba McEntire, Eli Young Band, Chris Young.) 

Sep 06 2016

22mins

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How {Not} To Get A Record Deal

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How does someone “get discovered?” A&R executive Autumn House Tallant sheds some light on the process of how to get signed to a record deal and how not to. She recalls some of the best, and the “best of the worst” artist pitches she’s witnessed while at a major label. Autumn also shares the signing stories of some her most famous artists: Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, and Eric Church. 

Sep 21 2016

24mins

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That’s Not Country

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A look at why we love to hate. Why are we so defensive about what is and isn’t “country?” Guest: hit songwriter/producer Shane McAnally (Sam Hunt, Kenny Chesney, Brandy Clark, Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert) Keep in touch with us at ThisNashvilleLife.com Purchase songs featured in this episode here: All Good Things by Kelleigh Bannen https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-good-things/id1121802677?i=1121802812 Follow Your Arrow by Kacey Musgraves https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/follow-your-arrow/id604129427?i=604129902 Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/take-me-home-country-roads/id216424764?i=216424915 Break Up In A Small Town by Sam Hunt https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/break-up-in-a-small-town/id923457599?i=923457608 Once Upon A by Kelleigh Bannen https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/once-upon-a/id1121802677?i=1121802808

Oct 05 2016

23mins

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Get Hot or Go Home

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A vulnerable look at beauty and image as it relates to artists and entertainers, especially women. Guest: Joanna Carter, VP Creative Services/Video Production for UMG Nashville. Get the music and watch the videos referenced here: All Good Things: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-good-things/id1121802677?i=1121802812 Long Trip Alone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUrtrJdTOTM&list=RDqUrtrJdTOTM https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/long-trip-alone/id1117051725?i=1117052072 Pontoon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0O0nzkESTI https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pontoon/id721216949?i=721216982

Oct 20 2016

28mins

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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superfan.

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A look at fan culture through the eyes of a Taylor Swift fan turned influencer and social media guru.

Nov 02 2016

30mins

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The "Jazz" Episode

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Warning: this episode doesn't resolve, which is why we named it the Jazz Episode. With our co-producer out on his honeymoon, we hand the reigns over to Nada Taha of the Bobby Bones Show who turns the microphone on Kelleigh. It's a casual, unscripted conversation that touches on topics like road life, band dynamics, humility, and the importance of having champions. Follow Nada @nadameansnothin (Insta, FB, Twitter) Follow Kelleigh @kelleighbannen (Insta, FB, Twitter) Hear Kelleigh's music here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6C7VkLRszFSbRkKNhEvBST Follow the show @thisnashvillelife (Insta, FB) and @thisnashlife (Twitter) www.thisnashvillelife.com

Nov 16 2016

27mins

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More Words Than Chords (Part 1)

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In part 1 of our 2 part interview with Grammy nominated songwriter Nicolle Gaylon, we cover Nicolle’s journey and process. We’re talking about NBC’s The Voice, hometown inspirations, unfair advantages, and the journey of a lyricist. Listen to Nicolle’s “Worktapes” on @Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/album/4a4ETcRtvnEvypmzT4CfFd Follow her on Insta @nicatnitemusic Listen to Kelleigh’s music here: https://play.spotify.com/album/0ejrbW77E0BqTKrZPe9fAF?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open @KelleighBannen on Insta, FB, and Twitter Thank you @AndrewPetroff for helping to engineer this episode. Follow us @ThisNashvilleLife

Nov 30 2016

29mins

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More Words Than Chords (Part 2)

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In part 2 of our interview with GRAMMY nominated songwriter Nicolle Gaylon, we cover the songs, and the stories of how they got written. We’’ll talk about Raelynn’s "Love Triangle,” Miranda Lambert’s Automatic, and a song I will be releasing soon, “Church Clothes.” Get “Love Triangle” here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/love-triangle/id1150666300?i=1150666450 Get “Automatic” here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/automatic/id849069497?i=849069517 Listen to Nicolle’s “Worktapes” on @Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/album/4a4ETcRtvnEvypmzT4CfFd Follow her on Insta @nicatnitemusic Listen to Kelleigh’s music here: https://play.spotify.com/album/0ejrbW77E0BqTKrZPe9fAF?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open @KelleighBannen on Insta, FB, and Twitter ThisNashvilleLife.com

Dec 15 2016

28mins

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Teaser & Announcement

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We're baaaaaaaaack: 2/9/17, and we're moving to an every week format...get ready for This Nashville Life: Cocktail Hour. PLUS we wanna hear from you. Leave us a voicemail message at 629-777-6401 and we just might use your audio on the air. See ya 2/9! Hear Kelleigh's music here: open.spotify.com/artist/6C7VkLRszFSbRkKNhEvBST Follow the show @thisnashvillelife (Insta, FB) and @thisnashlife (Twitter) www.thisnashvillelife.com

Feb 01 2017

1min

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Money Honey

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Welcome to Season 2 of This Nashville Life featuring Jody Williams of BMI. (www.bmi.com) Ever wonder how songwriters get paid? Ever wonder how much money is made from a #1 song? Ever wonder what it would be like to meet 14 yr old Taylor Swift? Well, we've got all the answers for you in this week’s episode. PLUS we wanna hear from you. Leave us a voicemail message at 629-777-6401 and we just might use your audio on the air. And we’re excited to bring you our new weekly format with “Cocktail Hour” starting 2/16. Hear Kelleigh's music here: open.spotify.com/artist/6C7VkLRszFSbRkKNhEvBST Follow the show @thisnashvillelife (Insta, FB) and @thisnashlife (Twitter) www.thisnashvillelife.com

Feb 09 2017

29mins

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Perspiration Not Inspiration

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Season 2 Episode 2: Perspiration Not Inspiration by Kelleigh Bannen

Feb 23 2017

32mins

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Nashville Is Like The Hunger Games

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Meet the women behind Marbaloo Marketing, a full service music marketing company that has worked with the likes of Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, and Kelsea Ballerini. They’ll talk about driving cross country to Nashville from LA to start Marbaloo. The challenges and advantages of being a woman entrepreneur in the music business. How Nashville is like the Hunger Games. And some SUPER practical tips on how to better use social media to up your branding game….in other words Marbaloo’s take on what it means to live “this Nashville life.” Find Marbaloo www.marbaloo.com @marbaloomktg (insta) Call me maybe?! Tell us your favorite country song of the last 5 years: 629-777-6401. See ya 3/16 for “Cocktail Hour" Hear Kelleigh's music here: open.spotify.com/artist/6C7VkLRszFSbRkKNhEvBST Follow Kelleigh @kelleighbannen (Insta, FB, Twitter) Follow the show @thisnashvillelife (Insta, FB) and @thisnashlife (Twitter) www.thisnashvillelife.com

Mar 09 2017

31mins

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Live @ SXSW

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Welcome to our first ever LIVE episode coming at ya from SXSW featuring Meryl Johnson the Director of Digital Strategy for the CMA (Country Music Association.) Topics covered: Awards Show. (Check.) CMAfest. (Check.) ABC TV Special. (Check.) Snapchat filter….err lens. (Check. check.) Follow the CMA @CMA on Insta. @countrymusic on Twitter. See ya next week for “Cocktail Hour.” Hear Kelleigh's music here: open.spotify.com/artist/6C7VkLRszFSbRkKNhEvBST Follow the show @thisnashvillelife (Insta, FB) and @thisnashlife (Twitter) www.thisnashvillelife.com

Mar 23 2017

45mins

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Weekly Walmart Trip

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Meet Derek Wells. 2nd generation session musician. Former band leader for Josh Turner. Producer. Foodie. 2016 ACM Guitar Player of the Year. Teller of the best Dolly Parton impersonator story EVER. Find Derek Wells here: @d_weezee (insta) Hear Kelleigh's music here: open.spotify.com/artist/6C7VkLRszFSbRkKNhEvBST Follow Kelleigh @kelleighbannen (Insta, FB, Twitter) Follow the show @thisnashvillelife (Insta, FB) and @thisnashlife (Twitter) www.thisnashvillelife.com

Apr 06 2017

36mins

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The Red Line

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Season 2 Episode 6: The Red Line Meet Chip Petree. The un-lawyerly lawyer Wanna know what a first time publishing deal looks like in 2017? Wanna know the current status of “360 deals?” Wanna know what Chris Stapleton’s attorney drinks? Well, he drinks Four Roses even though we had to leave that part of the convo on the cutting room floor. Entertainment attorney Chip Petree has represented the likes of Florida Georgia Line, Brothers Osborne and he’s gonna give us some really great *free* legal advice, and tells us what it means for him to live This Nashville Life. Follow Chip @chippetree on Twitter. Hear Kelleigh's music here: open.spotify.com/artist/6C7VkLRszFSbRkKNhEvBST Follow Kelleigh @kelleighbannen (Insta, FB, Twitter) Follow the show @thisnashvillelife (Insta, FB) and @thisnashlife (Twitter) www.thisnashvillelife.com

Apr 19 2017

26mins

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Love It Or Hate It

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10 time GRAMMY winning engineer F Reid Shippen has mixed records for people like Eric Church, Little Big Town, and Kenny Rogers. And the key to his success? Well, I’d say it’s passion…but he might say it’s risk. We sat down in Reid’s studio (Robot Lemon) and drank rye whiskey and talked about how a Tom Selleck movie changed his career path forever. Come with us as we try to figure out what it means to live This Nashville Life. Follow Reid @robotlemon.

May 04 2017

28mins

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32 #1s and counting...

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From a kid in a so-called “no-where town” to one of the most prominent writers in country music. Ashley Gorely talks about DJing dances in middle school to moving to Nashville and falling in love with publishing. For the songwriters out there we’ve got a lot of process talk: what he does in the writing room…and how he likes to come into a room and “crash” it. He calls himself a chameleon, and really, he’d have to be to have hits on so many different artists. Come with us as we meet Ashley Gorely…

May 18 2017

28mins

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Aren’t You From F-ing Arkansas?

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Welcome to the last episode of Season 2! So many of you have asked us to cover artist management, and today we’re bringing you an interview with Sandbox Entertainment’s Jason Owen. He manages acts like Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Kacey Musgraves, and Little Big Town. Jason will share some great insight into the artists’ careers that he’s worked with and offer some practical inspiration for both artists, marketers, and managers. And a warning: he’s got a word or two for those millennials out there. Come with us as we try to figure out what it means to live This Nashville Life. Follow Sandbox Entertainment @sandboxent (www.sandboxmgmt.com)

Jun 01 2017

31mins

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Teaser & Announcement

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Sep 25 2018

4mins

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