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ONE CHANCE TO MAKE A BAD FIRST IMPRESSION

                                                             ONE CHANCE TO MAKE A BAD FIRST IMPRESSIONS 
                        BEING PREPARED FOR NASHVILLE STYLE WRITERS NIGHTS,OPEN MICS, AND AUDITIONS   By MAB 
  
In the current era of music, one of the most common events for performer and writer wanna be’s are OPEN

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SOMETIMES YOU JUST GOTTA DO IT!!!

                                    SOMETIMES YOU JUST “GOTTA DO IT” By MAB 
  
Question:” Do you know the difference between a six week old puppy and a songwriter/artist/anyone trying to be involved in this business?” 
Answer: “Eventually the puppy stops whining.” 
  
WHINING. That is what…

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Where Have All the Cuts Gone

WHERE HAVE ALL THE CUTS GONE? 
                        By: MAB 
A common question among songwriters in today’s marketplace is “WHERE HAVE ALL THE CUTS GONE” (getting songs recorded by major and independent artists.) They run into brick walls everywhere they turn. “NO

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Santa, Can I have a Cut for Christmas

                                                SANTA, CAN I HAVE A CUT FOR CHRISTMAS by MAB 
  
Every year, kind of like clockwork, people go through their “NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS” and of course with songwriters, it always includes, “THIS IS THE YEAR TO GET MY MAJOR LABEL

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CELEBRATE EACH VICTORY

CELEBRATE EACH VICTORY! By MAB 

Over the past two days I have written on the subject of the difficulty of getting major cuts in this day and age. It is hard even for "inside" writers and publishers to get

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THANKS DAD!

THANKS DAD 
The “Dad” role in a music career. 
By Marc-Alan Barnette 
  
On Father’s Day, 2016, I’d like to send a “shout out” to all those Fathers, step Fathers, Foster Fathers, Grandfathers, Uncles, or just “Father Figures” that play such…

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REMOVING THE "DUHS"

                                                                                  REMOVING THE “DUHS” 

 In the modern age of music, it can get very complicated. Trying to stay abreast of constantly shifting technology, dealing with enormous competition, trying to get paid anything in the era of “free music”, presents enormous challenges.

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THE AGE OF ENTITLEMENT

THE AGE OF ENTITLEMENT
May 26, 2016  

   
Something I have always noticed about new writers and artists as they make their pilgrimages to Twang Town is that they ALL FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN DRIVEN TO DO THIS! And…

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MOVING TO THE PROMISE LAND

Originally poste 3/31/16 MOVING TO THE PROMISE LAND by Marc-Alan Barnette  
(FOR ARTISTS WITH DESIRES TO MOVE TO NASHVILLE)  
   
ARTISTS BEFORE MOVING TO NASHVILLE.  
 An artist is all about LIVE PERFORMANCE.  There are Internet artists who make a big splash…

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TRIBUTE TO KIM WILLIAMS

Originally posted 2/13/16  TRIBUTE TO KIM WILLIAMS by Marc-Alan Barnette

So sorry learn of Kim Williams passing away two days ago. He was a great guy and talented individual…always facing what crossed his path. As brothers in songwriting, I had…

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TO GHERM OR NOT TO GHERM, DAT BE DE QUESTION!

Originally posted 2/9/16 TO GHERM OR NOT TO GHERM, DAT BE DE QUESTION!  By Marc-Alan Barnette

Well it is COUNTRY RADIO SEMINAR week again, Twangtown’s biggest, dog and pony, schmooze and move moments of the year. Every major independent large…

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PECKING ORDER (From Open Mic, to Invited night, to feature)

                                                                                             PECKING ORDER 
                                                                           (From open mic, to invited rounds to features) 
  
I recently had someone ask me a very valid question about the progression of the writer artist in Nashville writer’s nights. He was asking “What is the progression of the