I recently decided to contact some radio stations to see if they would be interested in inflicting tracks from my album on their unsuspecting audience. I was all set to press SEND on my first email when I ran across some information on the Internet about something I hadn’t thought of – the importance of metadata for radio stations. Apparently it is a very useful tool in organizing the tracks they store on whatever systems thy use to store them. Sending a track without the accompanying metadata is not likely to endear you to the station’s music director and will make your submission appear unprofessional. I had never really paid much attention to metadata before, so I thought I’d share some of what I found out, how I added it to my tracks and some useful links that explain it better than me.

Larry Beaird on trends in hit country songs

Larry Beaird of Beaird Music Group dissects the top 10 country songs. Larry knows what he is talking about. He runs one of the top Nashville studios and has worked with some of the biggest names in country and beyond. He recorded the top selling country album of 2016 and has recently completed a project with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

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It’s all about the song

Some good advice on the basics of songwriting from Marc Allan Barnette.

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About the author

Marc Allan Barnette is a singer/songwriter based in Nashville, Tn. for the past 30 years. He has been a recording artist, entertainer for many years before that. He has written for publishing companies, had songs recorded by major label artists, such as Grammy Winner SHELBY LYNNE, country stars, JOHN BERRY, DAVID BALL and FRANKIE BALLARD, had songs used in television movies like WILLIE NELSON, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON’s “ANOTHER PAIR OF ACES” , and experienced most of the ups and downs of the industry a singer/writer can go through.
For the past twenty years, MAB has been a consultant, teacher and mentor for writers and artists around the US and Canada, through his workshops and teaching programs, and through his “Songwriter ‘tour’ programs” where people come to Nashville to visit and work with him on their own craft and musical journey. Through these tours he has worked with artists like FRANKIE BALLARD on Warner Brothers and Sony, Megan Lindsey, from THE VOICE, and ALICIA MICHILLI, from AMERICA’S GOT TALENT.