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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

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Music Outsider's Insider

MUSIC OUTSIDER’S, INSIDER 
By MARC-ALAN BARNETTE 

  
This Is going to be written for people from outside Nashville, or those trying to find out about the “inner circles” that they are going to have to be involved in to advance…

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MAB AND TOWNES VAN ZANDT

“A NIGHT OUT and ABOUT THE TOWNES”
 
When I first moved to town in 1988, I was pretty immediately accepted by the community. As a big performer, I found my way into the features of writers nights and got a