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Let's learn songwriting! Learn to write impactful and meaningful songs by writing great melodies, lyrics that move your listeners, and arrangements and chord progressions that evoke the right emotions.Do you want to write emotional and powerful melodies? Learn to write incredible melodies, regardless of your musical background.Do you wish you could write incredible lyrics that move your listeners? Learn how to write great lyrics that are worthy of being framed and hung up on your wall.Want t ...
 
You know their words and melodies, but maybe not their names: Write You A Song features country music’s most successful songwriters talking about their craft with host Tom Mailey from Bonneville radio station New Country 105.1 KNCI in Sacramento. Tom is a country radio veteran with over 30 years of experience in Seattle and Sacramento, and has always been a song lyric junkie. He hopes this podcast will shine a spotlight on the talented men and women who, mostly behind the scenes, write the s ...
 
John Rich, most recently known as one-half of the Multi-platinum Warner Bros. Records duo, Big & Rich, has been honing his writing skills for years. He has made a name for himself as an artist in his own right, a producer, an award-winning songwriter, judge on Nashville Star (NBC), and host of the smash hit series Gone Country on CMT. As a part of Big & Rich and as a songwriter, he has garnered multiple Grammy, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Award nominations. He was also awarded the ASCAP Songwrite ...
 
In 2015, Phil completed his underground wine cellar at his 1929-built Nashville estate. Filled with cocktail favorites, candles and, what else, a piano, the cellar quickly became his favorite place to write, play and hang out with friends. The environment inspired his idea to create a series with his talented friends. Songs from the Cellar was born! SFTC will feature artists, songwriters, entertainers, athletes, comedians and wine enthusiasts will be guests on the show. Each episode will spo ...
 
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This month's guest didn't set out to write some of country music's most romantic ballads. But then...Clint Eastwood called. There is no doubt Steve Dorff is talented beyond measure. But how he found country music - or rather, how country music found him- is a tale all to itself. Sit back and enjoy the incredible story of an incredible artist: compo…
 
If you were to take just the number 1 country songs Ashley Gorley has written and, supposing their average length is, say, 3:30... played them back to back to back... you’re gonna be listening for just over 3 hours. With his current tally of #1 songs at a ridiculous 51, Gorley seems to have a gear nobody else has. The awards he’s won and honors he’…
 
This month’s guest, Matraca Berg, grew up in a musical family. Her mother Icee Berg (yep, real name!) was a songwriter and session singer who at first wasn't crazy that her daughter wanted a career in country music but later became her best teacher. Her stepfather, Dave Kirby, was a songwriter whose credits include the Gene Watson classic I’ve Got …
 
Over 30 years in ANY business is impressive but in the world of songwriting, it's especially notable....even more so when that writer is still very much at the top of their game. Tommy Lee James was the "bigshot songwriter" our last guest, Ross Copperman, talked about. Ross grew up in the same town as Tommy Lee, and drew inspiration from his succes…
 
30 number one singles as a writer and a producer...six of which he wrote in 2015 alone. He’s been nominated for and won multiple BMI, CMA and ACM songwriter awards He works with the biggest names in Nashville, including songwriters like Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, and artists like Dierks Bentley, Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen and Darius Rucker. He…
 
Jim & Pat's Glasgow West End Chat - Episode 91 In this episode the writer Alan Gillespie talks about his first novel, The Mash House; it is a novel of isolation and fear set in an isolated Highland village on the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Alan Gillespie is a writer and teacher from Fife. He has studied at the University of Stirling, Glasgow and Strat…
 
6-Step Lyric Writing Checklist: https://songwritertheory.com/lyric-writing-guide/ Love the content and want to support Songwriter Theory? Feel free to buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/josephvadala Joseph talks about 2 simple ways to add some lyrical contrast to your different song sections.…
 
10 Ways To Start Writing A Song Free Guide Link: http://songwritertheory.com/freeguide/ Love the content and want to support Songwriter Theory? Feel free to buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/josephvadala In this episode, Joseph talks about his 30 Day Song Seed Challenge, what it is, why you should do it, and how it benefitted his songwr…
 
The second part of the best-of episodes “Kix” off with a hilarious unreleased story from when Brooks and Dunn opened for The Rolling Stones, told by the man himself, Kix Brooks. Phil introduces one of his favorite up and coming artists in Nashville, Lexie Hayden, as she performs her single, “Relit Cigarette.” They bond over the correlation between …
 
The first best-of episode starts off with a never-before-heard, extended interview with Tracy Lawrence talking about his famous tour pranks. Phil then recalls one of his favorite moments of the whole series - getting to hear the behind the music story from Larry Gatlin on how he created one of Phil’s all time favorite songs, “I’ve Done Enough Dying…
 
6-Step Lyric Writing Checklist: https://songwritertheory.com/lyric-writing-guide/ Love the content and want to support Songwriter Theory? Feel free to buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/josephvadala Joseph talks about the 2-sided major misperception about the role of ideas in songwriting (and really, in creativity in general)…
 
Country music icon Jo Dee Messina visits Phil in the cellar to tell the stories behind their many hit records. Phil admits to almost making one of the biggest mistakes of his career in initially trying to talk Jo Dee out of recording “Bye Bye”; thinking it wouldn’t be a fitting female song, the track became both of their first #1’s. The two talk ab…
 
Singer/songwriter Niko Moon has one foot in the country, and one in the city. He can write as traditional a country hit as anyone (Zac Brown Band's "Homegrown", for example), and he'll show off his Atlanta hip-hop influences on his solo hits, like "Good Time". And while traditionalists may cluck at his more progressive tendencies, Niko himself make…
 
10 Ways To Start Writing A Song Free Guide Link: http://songwritertheory.com/freeguide/ Love the content and want to support Songwriter Theory? Feel free to buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/josephvadala In this episode, Joseph talks a very unintuitive tip: To try not listening to other music for a bit in order to hit the reset button a…
 
Phil features an array of his favorite up-and-coming female artists in the cellar. First off, Stephanie Quayle shares the good times had while creating her single, “Whatcha Drinkin ‘Bout.” Singer-songwriter Parker McKay tells Phil about her musical journey that brought her to Nashville and performs her song, “Honest.” Artist and guitar prodigy Arie…
 
10 Ways To Start Writing A Song Free Guide Link: http://songwritertheory.com/freeguide/ Love the content and want to support Songwriter Theory? Feel free to buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/josephvadala In this episode, Joseph pulls back to talk about some melody writing fundamentals. These are 3 basic, but very important, melody writi…
 
Country music songwriter and Old Dominion frontman Matt Ramsey comes by the cellar to catch up with Phil and share stories from early in his career. He reminisces on his first trip to Nashville, brought by Phil’s sister, and getting to see some of his songwriting idols perform at The Bluebird before meeting Phil at the same cellar they’re recording…
 
10 Ways To Start Writing A Song Free Guide Link: http://songwritertheory.com/freeguide/ Love the content and want to support Songwriter Theory? Feel free to buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/josephvadala In this episode, Joseph talks how putting some constraints on our songwriting can actually HELP our creativity.…
 
Jim & Pat's Glasgow West End Chat - Episode 90 In this episode Pat chats to Brendon McIlroy, the founder and Artistic Director of Glasgow based production company Halo Arts. Halo Arts is an innovative production company, delivering inclusive projects, productions and events. As well as his work with Halo, Brendon is West End Festival’s Senior Event…
 
Phil’s longtime friend, legendary country singer Tracy Lawrence stops by the cellar to share hilarious tour stories from the 90s, and talk about the differences between both record deals and radio singles having success between then and now. Tracy shares the story of how his hit song “Alibis” was almost a hit record for another “Tracy.” He talks ab…
 
10 Ways To Start Writing A Song Free Guide Link: http://songwritertheory.com/freeguide/ Love the content and want to support Songwriter Theory? Feel free to buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/josephvadala In this episode, Joseph talks about 3 less intuitive songwriting skills.Door Joseph Vadala
 
Country music superstar band Lonestar hangs with Phil in the cellar and share stories of their recent Christmas tour together. They discuss the real life inspiration behind their #1 hit, “Front Porch Looking In” and perform it. They tell the history of their chart topping song “Amazed,” and a few interesting “awards” it has earned along the way. To…
 
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10 Ways To Start Writing A Song Free Guide Link: http://songwritertheory.com/freeguide/ Love the content and want to support Songwriter Theory? Feel free to buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/josephvadala In this episode, Joseph talks about 3 big-picture things to know before you take the dive into songwriting... or 3 fundamental things …
 
Legendary country music singer and songwriter Vince Gill visits with Phil in the cellar, where they share stories about their many experiences at the Grand Ole Opry. Vince shares some songwriting tips that were passed down to him, along with how his musical-playing styles directly translate to how he writes lyrics. He also shares how important it i…
 
Sometimes in life, you have to find out what you don’t want to do, before you figure out what you do wanna do. And that’s definitely part Nicolle Galyon's story. Originally planning for a career in artist management, Galyon moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University. But, she took an interest in the artist/creative side after attending a few s…
 
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Brooks & Dunn frontman, legendary radio host, and Phil’s longtime friend Kix Brooks stops by the cellar to share old stories and talk about all things wine. Kix reminds Phil of a story about how the latter’s parents not-so-gently directed him away from becoming a drummer. Brooks shares his process of starting a winery in Tennessee - which used to b…
 
10 Ways To Start Writing A Song Free Guide Link: http://songwritertheory.com/freeguide/ Love the content and want to support Songwriter Theory? Feel free to buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/josephvadala In this episode, Joseph talks about how to actually FINISH a partly-written song.Door Joseph Vadala
 
Jim & Pat's Glasgow West End Chat - Episode 89 In this episode, Pat chats with Bob McDevitt, programmer of Glasgow's Aye Write festival; which I'm sure you know, is Glasgow’s Book Festival. Among many other things, Pat gets the lowdown on this year's programme; how it will work online and how that presents both challenges and opportunities for new …
 
Legendary rapper Chingy visits Phil in the cellar, where they discuss their shared appreciation of blurring the genre lines of music. He shares his love of Nashville, and the overwhelming number of hip-hop fans who live there. Chingy tells Phil of the artists from many genres who influenced him growing up, wo span genres from hip hop, pop, blues, s…
 
Jim & Pat's Glasgow West End Chat - Episode 88 In this episode Pat is chatting to Elspeth King, a curator, writer and social historian. As curator of social history at the People's Palace Museum, Elspeth and her team saw the small local history museum blossom to become an award winning, significant cultural attraction, held in great affection by th…
 
10 Ways To Start Writing A Song Free Guide Link: http://songwritertheory.com/freeguide/ Love the content and want to support Songwriter Theory? Feel free to buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/josephvadala In this episode, Joseph talks about listening to song STRUCTURE with the critical ear of a learner and creator of music, not simply as…
 
Hit singer songwriter Steve Wariner reminisces about the early days of his and Phil’s success, and they bond over the hilariously humbling moments that came early in their careers. Steve talks about his first days in Nashville as a 17 year old, working with Dottie West, Larry Gatlin, and Chet Atkins - who provided Steve with tons of wonderful exper…
 
10 Ways To Start Writing A Song Free Guide Link: http://songwritertheory.com/freeguide/ Love the content and want to support Songwriter Theory? Feel free to buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/josephvadala In this episode, Joseph talks about listening to song arrangements with the critical ear of a learner and creator of music, not simply…
 
"There's nothing like this town. Songs are in the air". That's how James T Slater sums up Nashville, where he's made his home and his living for past 15+ years. Before that though, he lived and worked in a lot of places- and not necessarily places you'd consider "country": Panama. L.A. Switzerland. He wrote a hit song for a European group and playe…
 
Up and coming artist Abby Anderson shares with Phil that he was one of her childhood inspirations that helped her get through her dreaded piano lessons. They talk about the first concerts they ever attended, and how they both greatly influenced them respectively as artists. Abby talks about growing up in a large family of many girls and the values …
 
10 Ways To Start Writing A Song Free Guide Link: http://songwritertheory.com/freeguide/ Love the content and want to support Songwriter Theory? Feel free to buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/josephvadala In this episode, Joseph talks about listening to melodies with the critical ear of a learner and creator of music, not simply as a con…
 
Acclaimed actor Dennis Quaid spends the day at Phil’s Nashville estate, and the antics are endless! Quaid discusses his “first love” - music - and how he’s been able to incorporate it into his acting career. The two bond over the release and emotional benefit that comes from writing songs. Dennis talks about playing Jerry Lee Lewis in “Great Balls …
 
6-Step Lyric Writing Checklist: https://songwritertheory.com/lyric-writing-guide/ Love the content and want to support Songwriter Theory? Feel free to buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/josephvadala Joseph talks about how to LISTEN to music as a songwriter. Just like a videographer sees a movie differently than a screenwriter who sees it…
 
Famed country music songwriter Craig Wiseman stops in the cellar to catch up with his longtime friend, Phil Vassar. They share stories from their early days co-writing songs, to being crime fighters in their shared neighborhood at the start of their careers. Craig tells the real life stories that inspired his legendary Tim McGraw hit, “Live Like Yo…
 
10 Ways To Start Writing A Song Free Guide Link: http://songwritertheory.com/freeguide/ Love the content and want to support Songwriter Theory? Feel free to buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/josephvadala In this episode, Joseph issues a challenge to listeners - Record a 4-6 song EP this year. In this episode, Joseph gives you 3 reasons …
 
Legendary singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin shares some of his songwriting tips, including how to steal from yourself at times! He talks about how growing up in church and listening to Gospel music greatly influenced his (and his brothers’) style of harmony. Larry shares a story about beating out a local band fronted by the great Roy Orbison in a chil…
 
10 Ways To Start Writing A Song Free Guide Link: http://songwritertheory.com/freeguide/ Love the content and want to support Songwriter Theory? Feel free to buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/josephvadala In this episode, Joseph talks about the 4 Do's and Don'ts of writing a hook for your song.…
 
Kellie Pickler explains the differences between telling stories via two of her talents: acting and singing. Phil and Kellie talk about their shared passion for giving back to the community, and the famed country duets they got to perform together on their joined tour in 2017. The two bond over their experiences hosting TV shows and discuss what the…
 
"As long as you've got a pencil and a blank sheet of paper, you're still in the game". Singer/songwriter/producer/entrepreneur/opinionated son of a gun John Rich has been at the top of his game for going on two decades now. But before that, he was adrift, between gigs and without a record or publishing deal. But, with a pencil and a lot of blank sh…
 
10 Ways To Start Writing A Song Free Guide Link: http://songwritertheory.com/freeguide/ Love the content and want to support Songwriter Theory? Feel free to buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/josephvadala In this episode, Joseph talks about how 3 of his favorite bands influenced his sound to help you figure out how you can also start to …
 
Brothers Osborne talk about their long history with Phil, including TJ first starting out in the music business by driving the truck for Phil’s tour. They all three discuss the lesser known job requirements and time consuming aspects that come with being an artist, but also the plus sides of working in music compared to other fields. John Osborne s…
 
6-Step Lyric Writing Checklist: https://songwritertheory.com/lyric-writing-guide/ Love the content and want to support Songwriter Theory? Feel free to buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/josephvadala Joseph talks about how he gets past 3 of his major songwriting weaknesses to illustrate the importance of knowing your weaknesses AND knowin…
 
Hunter Hayes tells Phil of the inspiration and feeling behind his hit song, “Amen.” He and Phil discuss the process of writing an entire record, and all of the different thoughts, emotions, and ups and downs that come along with it. Hayes walks Phil through the timeline of learning all the various instruments he knows how to play, starting out as a…
 
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