Some big news from NSAI. Tin Pan South Songwriting Seminar is going virtual! The traditional seminar has been reformatted into a multi-week virtual event that will take place October 19th – November 20th, 2020. Each week will focus on new guests, new topics and new conversations. Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) says, “Our goal is to provide a flexible learning schedule as we all explore and develop songwriting together in a digital world! Each Monday will kick-off with a weekly guide containing a video playlist, corresponding exercises, and bonus resources to dig into that week’s topics. Watch the videos at your leisure throughout the week and then participate in discussion groups timed to fit with your schedule.” The registration price for members is $239.00 and $299.00 for non-members. Info and registration at https://www.nashvillesongwriters.com/ If you previously registered for the in-person Seminar, see the website for how to receive a partial refund to participate in the virtual event.
David Ball – Show Me Your Country with Moore & Moore
Country duo Moore & Moore has a new podcast called, “Show Me Your Country.” In the podcast, twin sisters Debbie and Carrie Moore have conversations with country music artists, writers and musicians as they travel the world. Recent episodes include Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee, Dion Pride and Jeannie Seely, and T.G. Sheppard, with new episodes on the way. Moore & Moore, hail originally from Belton, MO, but have become bona fide Nashvillians. They have shared the stage with a diverse hatful of artists including country legends Alabama, George Jones, Mickey Gilley and the Oak Ridge Boys to an array of top-notch celebrities such as Donny Osmond, Kenny Chesney, Jerry Reed, Dierks Bentley, Smokey Robinson, Jerry Springer and the Temptations. Link to the podcast and updates at www.mooreandmooreonline.com
(In music history, not too long ago) “Nashville is a ten-year town.” That’s something I remind all the aspiring singer-songwriters who I talk to. Just ask Brett Eldredge, whose latest album, Sunday Drive, was released mid July. Brett told The Tennessean that, twelve years ago, he was a lowly intern, at a desk in the basement of Universal Music Publishing while working toward his goal of being a successful recording artist. “It was kind of like a dungeon,” he told the newspaper. His job was to go through stacks of songwriters’ demo CDs and tapes and transfer them, one at a time, to a digital database. He said he got “kinda numb” hearing thousands of songs. But one song stopped him in his tracks: the demo of “Sunday Drive” written by Barry Dean, Steve Robson and Don Mescall. No artists picked up the song back then, but it made such an impression on Brett that he never forgot it. Now, twelve years later, it’s the title track of his new album, and the only song on it that he didn’t co-write. Sunday Drive is his fifth studio album, produced by Ian Fitchuk and Daniel Tashian, the Grammy-winning duo behind Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour. More info at https://www.bretteldredge.com/
A voice you are going to hear more of: Ashlie Amber, an amazing performer now making inroads into Country with her new single, “Almost Love.” With 120,000+ Spotify streams, she is finding ardent new fans in both pop and country genres as a female African-American country artist. Check out “Almost Love” at https://ffm.to/4rbpqr4 Originally from Thornton, Colorado, at the age of six, Ashlie Amber began her musical journey singing for fun which unfortunately changed with the tragic loss of her father not too long after. Where grief and heartache set in, music and singing were her true outlets and pathways back to a better place but along the way she discovered that singing was not just an outlet for her staying strong and to let go of her grief, but also her life calling and true passion. Ashlie is a dynamic entertainer who has the tenacity to overcome Life’s challenges: she literally wrote the book, How Getting Cut From American Idol Changed My Life. More about Ashlie at her website https://www.ashlieamber.com/