In 2018, Grady Saxman reached several personal milestones. He tracked over 100 recording sessions at his studio, overdubbed over 100 drum tracks, produced 50 singles and played on his first #1 single, “One Number Away,” by Luke Combs. We discuss what makes a good studio musician and engineer, how to constantly be learning, how to make connections in Nashville and the importance of being reliable.
One of the greatest thrills a musician can enjoy in his life is to play for an artist he or she is a true fan of. Derrick McCullough had the pleasure of touring with Daryle Singletary for two years. He remembers his first gig with Daryle and we discuss nightmare sound-checks, rehearsing with George Jones’s band, working with Mitch Rossell on the Garth Brooks tours, and stories of our favorite Nashville pedal steel players.
Anne McCue is a guitarist, singer-songwriter and host of WXNA’s Songs on the Wire. She analyses her time spent singing and playing guitar with Australian chart-topping band, Girl Monstar, her reverence for Leonard Cohen, learned lessons from a bad record deal, moving from Australia to Los Angeles and touring with Lilith Fair.
Lij Shaw is an award winning, chart breaking music and podcast producer, recording engineer, musician, and owner of a Grammy awarded recording studio, The Toy Box Studio in East Nashville TN. He has produced and recorded many records awarded praise in Rolling Stone, and Spin Magazine for work with artists such as The Spinto Band, Deer Tick, The Living Things, Jill Sobule, and Glenn Tilbrook, Rosco Gordon, and Twiggs. His musical productions have been used in television and film soundtracks, including the Cingular Razor commercial for the 2005 Superbowl. He discusses his career as a producer in Nashville, the Hay Bale Studio at Bonnaroo, and the risks of owning a home studio in Nashville.
In high-demand, Nashville-living electric bassist, Tyrone Coughlin takes time to discuss his professional experiences on the road with Americana artists, Aubrey Sellers, Sam Morrow and Jaime Wyatt. Coughlin began his career in music by working at Oceanway Studios and Record One as a fly on the wall for the Dr. Dre 2001 recording sessions. He breaks down the science of why the bass is the most important in a band, and we trade anecdotes of dive bar gigs on the outskirts of Nashville.
Had the pleasure of chatting with We Are The Northern Lights from their apartment in New York City. They discuss their latest musical release, touring, how they met, and what they learned at the CDBaby DIY Musician Conference.
Niecee Elliott is one of Music City's most promising young rappers and has currently been nominated for a Nashville Industry Music Award. While still on tour promoting her single "Bag Talk," she has recently been featured on DJ Coop's "New Blues" and continues to record under the SOMG label. She discusses her rapping and singing style, the importance of Nashville as a home for hip hop and her upcoming EP, "Who is Niecee Elliott?"
Rick Wilkerson is an in-demand drummer based out of Nashville, Tennessee. He was worked with Keith Urban, James Otto, Chris Janson and the Wooten Brothers. His original music can be found on Spotify as well as his website. We talk about our recent roundtable discussion at the IASPM-US conference in Nashville, what we know and don't know about Indian classical music, and where the best Mexican food can be found in Music City.
DJ Coop has recently released his new single, "New Blues," featuring Wilx and Niecee Elliott. We talk about the Nashville hip hop scene, self promotion on social media and his label and management company, SOMG.