Marshall Altman is a Nashville-based record producer, songwriter, and owner of Galt Line Studio. He was formerly an A&R person for such labels as Capitol Records, Hollywood Records, and Columbia Records, as well as the former frontman for the alternative band Farmer.
As a record producer, he has worked for a variety of artists, including Natasha Bedingfield, Matt Nathanson, Kate Voegele, Matt Duke, Amy Grant, Eric Paslay, Frankie Ballard, Audrey Assad, and Marc Broussard.
Shannon Houchins is CEO of Average Joes Entertainment, home to acts like Colt Ford, Montgomery Gentry, The Lac, Bubba Sparxxx, and Redneck Social Club.
In this episode, Shannon talks about his start in the music business, working as a DJ and producer, eventually as a staff producer for Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Productions. As a producer, writer and executive producer, he's worked with acts like TLC, Usher, Jagged Edge, CeCe Peniston, Lenny Cooper, Brantley Gilbert, Rehab, and Nappy Roots.
We talk about new ways of making money in the music business, what it takes for artists to get Shannon's attention, the pros and cons of sampling music, brand building, licensing, music marketing, and the live event business.
Jack Purcell is VP of Promotion for Big Machine Records. Before that, he was at Warner Brothers for 17 years.
Between Big Machine acts, like Taylor Swift, and his career at Warner Brothers, he's worked with dozens of successful artists, including Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, David Ball, Little Texas, Travis Tritt, and Steel Magnolia.
Jack talks about his career at Warner Brothers, which started in the mail room, shares plenty of radio promotion stories, gives advice for artists seeking radio airplay, and more.
Rounder Records was founded in 1970 and is now the third largest independent record label in the United States with over 4000 releases. With countless Grammy Awards and nominations, Rounder has found a place in American music history. Artists on Rounder include Alison Krauss, Robert Plant, Ralph Stanley, Wilson Pickett, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Buckwheat Zydeco, Woody Guthrie, Irma Thomas, Steve Martin, JJ Cale, Nanci Griffith, Bela Fleck, Riders in the Sky, Rush, The Tragically Hip, Godsmack, and Duran Duran, among others.
Marian and Ken talk about founding Rounder Records, while in college, selling records our of their van at music festivals, and how things went from that to what Rounder Records is today.
Ross Asher is Director of A&R for Brentwood-Benson, a division of Universal Music Publishing.
We talked about how he discovers new artists, the differences (and
similarities) between secular and Christian music marketing, and more.
Ross also had some unreleased music from Jars of Clay, which we played.
Here's the episode with Autumn House, Director of A&R at Capitol Records. She is responsible for bringing us such acts as Cyndi Thompson and Dierks Bentley.
Before her work in A&R, Autumn worked at Starstuck Entertainment
and Maverick Music, where she was involved with publishing. She
secured cuts for artists like Reba McIntire, Lee Ann Womack, Mark
Willis, and Deanna Carter.
We talked about how songs get cut, from both the song plugger and
A&R perspective. We talked about Dierks Bentley and how he got
signed. And of course, we reviewed demos.
Here's the episode with Tracy Gershon... She's VP of A&R at Warner Brothers Records and has worked with
artists such as Faith Hill and Blake Shelton as well as signed a number
of well known artists including The Mavericks.
Carlene Carter, James House, and Buddy Jewell. If you watched the
first two seasons on Nashville Star, you'll remember Tracy.
We talked about how she got her start in the business, what she's
discovered by going through the "reject pile," what gets her attention,
and why she signs acts...and why she doesn't.
Legendary music mogul Miles Copeland has said of his former partner,
“Anastasia Brown has the ears and the eyes to spot and develop talent,
create brilliant music opportunities and has the relationships to bring
international songwriters and artists together for a common cause.”
Anastasia is credited with discovering Keith Urban and has worked
with artists of all genres including Sting, Peter Frampton, John Berry,
and Junior Brown. You've also seen her as the hard-hitting judge on
USA Network's Nashville Star.