This Nashville Life

This Nashville Life
The story of how Music City makes its biggest export. The who, the how, the why, and the why not of country music. Part love letter, part hate mail, part how to guide. Come with us as we try to figure out what it means to live This Nashville Life. Your tour guides on this journey are two Nashville insiders themselves: Kelleigh Bannen (a touring country music artist named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country) and Kevin Sokolnicki (a Nashville based engineer and producer).

No Sleep for 20 Years
Dec 10 • 57 min
Leslie Fram gives us the run down on her transition from radio queen to Senior Vice President at CMT. Leslie discusses CMT’s ‘Next Women of Country’ campaign and expresses the importance of supporting women in the country music space. Join us as we learn…
If I Die Will You Do My Makeup?
Nov 26 • 33 min
Music and makeup may not be all that different when it comes to making it in the creative industry. Celebrity hair and makeup artist Tarryn Feldman looks back at the unexpected beginnings of her career and how she had to break down doors to get into the…
Aren’t You From F-ing Arkansas? [Rebroadcast]
Nov 12 • 32 min
Jason Owen, owner of Sandbox Entertainment, talks artist management and why women in the country music industry break through boundaries. Jason discusses his work with Shania Twain, Kacey Musgraves, and Little Big Town. And last but not least, this…
You Don’t Stop Jerry Douglas
Oct 29 • 45 min
A conversation with writer/producer Ross Copperman.
A Chorus Girl
Oct 15 • 37 min
Oct 14 • 0 min
Grammys, Number 1s and Number 2s
Nov 6, 2018 • 38 min
The song’s peak, and interviewees describe their country “crowning achievements.”
Listener Challenge
Nov 2, 2018 • 1 min
A Million Right Decisions
Oct 30, 2018 • 44 min
The songs are released into the world.
Listener Challenge
Oct 23, 2018 • 1 min
Herding Musical Cats
Oct 23, 2018 • 31 min
The songs get recorded.
Listener Challenge
Oct 16, 2018 • 1 min
Oct 16, 2018 • 33 min
How the songs get from the writers to the artists.
Listener Challenge
Oct 9, 2018 • 0 min
A Circuitous Route
Oct 9, 2018 • 41 min
The Writing of ‘The House That Built Me’
Listener Challenge
Oct 2, 2018 • 1 min
Make This Town Change For You
Oct 2, 2018 • 32 min
Songwriters Lori McKenna and Liz Rose describe how they wrote Little Big Town’s GRAMMY winning “Girl Crush.” Lori McKenna didn’t co-write a song until she was 34 years old, and Liz Rose was told she shouldn’t write with 14-year-old Taylor Swift. These…
Listener Challenge
Oct 2, 2018 • 2 min
Go Where the Tigers Are
Oct 2, 2018 • 30 min
The GRAMMY-winning writers of Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying,” Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, share the hilarious and inspiring stories of their journeys to Nashville. Tim and Craig also describe how an utterly ordinary writing day yielded one of…
Live Like the Girl Crush That Built Me (Intro to Season and Songs)
Oct 2, 2018 • 24 min
How does a song go from a spark of an idea to a massive worldwide hit? We’ll uncover just how serendipitous, arduous, and downright accidental the life of a song really is. Specifically, this season looks at the stories behind three massive country hits:…
Teaser & Announcement
Sep 25, 2018 • 4 min
Aren’t You From F-ing Arkansas?
Jun 1, 2017 • 31 min
Welcome to the last episode of Season 2! So many of you have asked us to cover artist management, and today we’re bringing you an interview with Sandbox Entertainment’s Jason Owen. He manages acts like Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Kacey Musgraves, and Little…
32 #1s and counting…
May 18, 2017 • 28 min
From a kid in a so-called “no-where town” to one of the most prominent writers in country music. Ashley Gorely talks about DJing dances in middle school to moving to Nashville and falling in love with publishing. For the songwriters out there we’ve got a…
Love It Or Hate It
May 4, 2017 • 28 min
10 time GRAMMY winning engineer F Reid Shippen has mixed records for people like Eric Church, Little Big Town, and Kenny Rogers. And the key to his success? Well, I’d say it’s passion…but he might say it’s risk. We sat down in Reid’s studio (Robot Lemon)…
The Red Line
Apr 19, 2017 • 26 min
Season 2 Episode 6: The Red Line Meet Chip Petree. The un-lawyerly lawyer Wanna know what a first time publishing deal looks like in 2017? Wanna know the current status of “360 deals?” Wanna know what Chris Stapleton’s attorney drinks? Well, he drinks…
Weekly Walmart Trip
Apr 6, 2017 • 36 min
Meet Derek Wells. 2nd generation session musician. Former band leader for Josh Turner. Producer. Foodie. 2016 ACM Guitar Player of the Year. Teller of the best Dolly Parton impersonator story EVER. Find Derek Wells here: @d_weezee (insta) Hear Kelleigh’s…
Live @ SXSW
Mar 23, 2017 • 45 min
Welcome to our first ever LIVE episode coming at ya from SXSW featuring Meryl Johnson the Director of Digital Strategy for the CMA (Country Music Association.) Topics covered: Awards Show. (Check.) CMAfest. (Check.) ABC TV Special. (Check.) Snapchat…
Nashville Is Like The Hunger Games
Mar 9, 2017 • 31 min
Meet the women behind Marbaloo Marketing, a full service music marketing company that has worked with the likes of Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, and Kelsea Ballerini. They’ll talk about driving cross country to Nashville from LA to start Marbaloo. The…
Perspiration Not Inspiration
Feb 23, 2017 • 32 min
Season 2 Episode 2: Perspiration Not Inspiration by Kelleigh Bannen
Money Honey
Feb 9, 2017 • 29 min
Welcome to Season 2 of This Nashville Life featuring Jody Williams of BMI. ( Ever wonder how songwriters get paid? Ever wonder how much money is made from a #1 song? Ever wonder what it would be like to meet 14 yr old Taylor Swift? Well, we’ve…
Teaser & Announcement
Feb 1, 2017 • 1 min
We’re baaaaaaaaack: 2/9/17, and we’re moving to an every week format…get ready for This Nashville Life: Cocktail Hour. PLUS we wanna hear from you. Leave us a voicemail message at 629-777-6401 and we just might use your audio on the air. See ya 2/9! Hear…
More Words Than Chords (Part 2)
Dec 15, 2016 • 28 min
In part 2 of our interview with GRAMMY nominated songwriter Nicolle Gaylon, we cover the songs, and the stories of how they got written. We’’ll talk about Raelynn’s “Love Triangle,” Miranda Lambert’s Automatic, and a song I will be releasing soon, “Church…
More Words Than Chords (Part 1)
Nov 30, 2016 • 29 min
In part 1 of our 2 part interview with Grammy nominated songwriter Nicolle Gaylon, we cover Nicolle’s journey and process. We’re talking about NBC’s The Voice, hometown inspirations, unfair advantages, and the journey of a lyricist. Listen to Nicolle’s…
The “Jazz” Episode
Nov 16, 2016 • 27 min
Warning: this episode doesn’t resolve, which is why we named it the Jazz Episode. With our co-producer out on his honeymoon, we hand the reigns over to Nada Taha of the Bobby Bones Show who turns the microphone on Kelleigh. It’s a casual, unscripted…
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superfan.
Nov 2, 2016 • 30 min
A look at fan culture through the eyes of a Taylor Swift fan turned influencer and social media guru.
Get Hot or Go Home
Oct 19, 2016 • 28 min
A vulnerable look at beauty and image as it relates to artists and entertainers, especially women. Guest: Joanna Carter, VP Creative Services/Video Production for UMG Nashville. Get the music and watch the videos referenced here: All Good Things:…
That’s Not Country
Oct 5, 2016 • 23 min
A look at why we love to hate. Why are we so defensive about what is and isn’t “country?” Guest: hit songwriter/producer Shane McAnally (Sam Hunt, Kenny Chesney, Brandy Clark, Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert) Keep in touch with us at…
How {Not} To Get A Record Deal
Sep 21, 2016 • 24 min
How does someone “get discovered?” A&R executive Autumn House Tallant sheds some light on the process of how to get signed to a record deal and how not to. She recalls some of the best, and the “best of the worst” artist pitches she’s witnessed while at a…
Co-work, co-llaborate, co-write
Sep 6, 2016 • 22 min
Demystifying the Nashville phenomenon of “co-writing” (i.e. how songs get written on Music Row. Guest: hit songwriter Laura Veltz (songs by Maren Morris, Reba McEntire, Eli Young Band, Chris Young.)
The Radio Game
Aug 22, 2016 • 27 min
How a song makes its way from one of a handful of streets on Music Row in Nashville to the top of the charts nationwide. Guest: JoJamie Hahr of Broken Bow Records.