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.
Paul Moak is a Grammy-nominated producer who has worked with House of Heroes, Jennifer Knapp, Lovedrug, Mat Kearney, Seabird, Third Day, and Relient K, among others...
Paul's work has appeared on platinum and gold albums as well as hit TV shows (One Tree Hill, Private Practice, Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries). In this episode, Paul talks about his journey from touring musician to producer, some of his favorite projects, why his recording studio, Smoakstack, is “so cool,” and the magic it takes to turn a great demo into a hit song.
Norbert Putnam has spent 50+ years in the music business working with acts like Roy Orbison, Al Hurt, Henry Mancini, Linda Ronstadt, JJ Cale, Tony Joe White, and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Norbert Putnam produced "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffett.
He played bass on 122 tracks with Elvis Presley.
He has performance credits on over 10,000 tracks.
We talk about his start in the music business, working for $5/hour at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, what it's like to be the opening act for the Beatles, meeting Elvis Presley for the first time, his work with Kris Kristofferson, producing Joan Baez, working for Clive Davis, and how he worked to help Jimmy Buffett develop his signature sound.
Joe Palmaccio was in the Music Business Radio studios today to talk about his 25+ years as a mastering engineer. Joe has won three Grammy Awards and has numerous Gold and Platinum albums. He's done mastering work for hundreds of artists including Willie Nelson, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Michael Jackson, KISS, James Brown, The Isley Brothers, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow, The Clash, Public Enemy, and Neil Diamond.
We talked about what mastering is (and isn't), how Joe got his start in the field, advances in recording technology, what musicians need to know about mastering, analog vs. digital recording, injecting new life into old audio recordings, and more. Joe also brought in "before and after" examples of how mastering can make a difference in recorded music and critiqued music sent in by Music Business Radio listeners from around the world.
This special "Artist Confidential" episode was recorded in Paragon Studios and features Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter Matt Brouwer talking about and performing songs from his latest album, Till The Sunrise. We break everything down, song-by-song, with Matt backed by the studio band, Zodlounge, and producer Michael Omartian.
This episode talks about the "behind the scenes" of Till The Sunrise, including the recording process, how the songs were written (and developed), how Matt got to this point in his career, and more, with thoughts by Zodlounge, Michael Omartian, engineer Terry Christian, and, of course, Matt himself.
It includes not only live performances with the full band, but also acoustic/stripped versions of songs and early demos and work tapes. Whether you're a Matt Brouwer fan or just curious about what goes into producing a world-class album, this is an episode you won't want to miss.
Kyle Andrews talks about his career as an artist and songwriters. You've heard his music on national ad campaigns for companies including Holiday Inn, Doritos, and Dell Computer and the topic of music licensing is one of the many discussed.
We touch on his creativity, including his unique songwriting and production style. For example, his album Robot Learn Love, which features some vocals recorded through built-in laptop mics and others recorded through top-of-the-line studio preamps. It has drums simulated with software in the bedroom and backing strings played by real musicians and tracked at pro recording studios.
On the business end, we talk about his first record deal, his decision to go independent, and stay independent, turning down multiple record deals. We talk about the business of making music videos. We talk about the business of touring.
And we review music sent in by Music Business Radio listeners from around the world...
Michael Omartian and Terry Christian have worked with dozens of top artists over the last 30+ years including Christopher Cross, Donna Summer, The Jacksons, Michael Bolton, Peter Cetera, Willie Nelson, Dionne Warwick, Rod Stewart, Kenny Loggins, Whitney Houston, Roberta Flack, The Commodores, and Amy Grant.
Michael got his start as a session musician, playing on and arranging recordings by Steely Dan, Tavares, Billy Joel, Dolly Parton, The Four Tops, The Righteous Brothers, Boz Scaggs, Tina Turner, John Lennon, Jackson Browne, and Linda Ronstadt.
Terry Christian has worked on recordings by Julio Inglesias, Sheila E, The Time, Kenny Rogers, Sammy Hagar, Chicago, Jermaine Jackson, Toto, LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban, and Cher.
Needless to say, these guys know the music business...
Keith Thomas may not be a name you know, but you'll know the artists he has produced and written songs for.
Amy Grant, Vanessa Williams, Michael Bolton, Mandy Moore, 98 Degrees, Whitney Houston, Ronnie Milsap, Jessica Simpson, Gladys Knight, and Peabo Bryson are just a few of the artists Keith has worked with worked with... In all, he's had 40 #1 singles and album sales in excess of 30,000,000 copies.
Pete Anderson is well known as a pioneer in the roots-rock genre and was a champion of the Americana movement, where he had a hand in introducing the world to artists such as Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Michelle Shocked, and Rosie Flores. He is a renowned bandleader who has appeared on Saturday Night Live, David Letterman, and The Tonight Show (19 times since 1986).
Pete is widely known as the creative partner of Dwight Yoakam, whose records he produced, arranged, and played on. That partnership has resulted in sales of over 25,000,000 records. Other artists he's worked with include Asleep at the Wheel, Meat Puppets, Sara Evans, Jackson Browne, Buck Owens, Tommy Conwell, Roy Orbison, Mark Chesnutt, and Tanya Tucker.
This episode talks about Pete's youth in Detroit, how Motown affected his music production, his move to Los Angeles, getting his first record deal, his start in music production, the good and bad of Nashville, and more...