Archive for March, 2012


Posted in Country Music Association, Nashville, Women Songwriters with tags , , on March 28, 2012 by damngoodtunes

Nashville Songpluggers Join Forces for Better Song Placements
By Randy Rudder

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At 5 PM on a balmy October afternoon, in the offices of Harlan Howard Songs just south of Nashville’s Music Row, 15 female publishing executives are sitting in a semicircle around Sony Music Nashville artist Joanna Smith. In the center of the room is an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, cheeses and beverages, but no one seems to be indulging. Smith is pensive as she listens to the first verse and chorus of two songs from each publisher, responding with comments such as “pass,” “kinda cute,” “not for me,” “nice groove” or “hold that one for sure.”

All of this is an exercise in the art of group song pitching, in this case by an informal assembly of pluggers and publishers who have dubbed themselves “Chicks with Hits.”

The Chicks are among the pioneers of the group pitch concept. “We did this because at the time we were, and still are for the most part, independent publishers, and we couldn’t get meetings with the big artists,” said Kim Jones of Mighty Kimmy Jo Music. “Some of us were not able to participate in ongoing plugger groups that were already there, so we just thought, ‘Why don’t we do an all-female group?’ The idea was that since everyone in this group has such great publishing experience and is great at what they do, we thought we could get to more artists as a group than by doing it individually, which we have done.”

Abbe Nameche was the other founder of the Chicks with Hits network. “When I worked at DreamWorks, Kim and I got together and hatched this idea,” she said. “We hand-selected the members and started rolling. It’s basically just one-stop shopping.”

Each of the group’s meetings is geared specifically to a particular artist’s project. Members are notified ahead of time exactly what the producer is looking for.

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New Bands and Songwriters

Posted in Harmonica, Interviews with tags , , , on March 21, 2012 by damngoodtunes

Coming late this week and later this month are some exciting new artists we will be presenting in Damn Good Tunes! First off from Melbourne Australia it’s the Hail Mary Band, a cutting edge, hard-rock band with a melodic drive. Hail Mary Band was presented to us through our friend Hunt Talent Management Management of California.Next is singer and songwriter Dustin Morris who calls his home Colorado. Dustin has a unique voice and cool vibe with his high-tenor yet soft-as-silk delivery not unlike Dan Fogelberg or Paul Simon. Cool and refreshing, Dustin Morris is a name I think we’ll be hearing a lot from over the next twenty or so years.

CD cover from Dustin Morris' self-titled release

Terry Holder is a great singer, songwriter and performing artist who has been at this – the music business for quite a few years. Her experience has molded her into a singer whose voice, though really different that Dustin Morris mentioned above, likewise falls so easily on the ears and I could listen to her all night. She reminded me of an earlier Linda Ronstadt with maybe a little of Emmylou Harris in there too and that’s a good thing. Singers with a tone that make me want to hear a song over and over are rare and hard to find.

The Cell From Czechoslovakia came to our attention recently as well as these other fine artists mentioned above but there is something about this band that knocks me out! Just when I had them pegged as a European band doing a tribute to the great sounds of the American South, like a Lynyrd  Skynyrd or 38  Special, Molly Hatchett etc., they threw me a huge curve with the two female background vocalists stepping out front and singing the lead on two great songs on the new CD. WOW! I was really impressed and we will be doing an interview and review with The Cell in the near future.

Our final announcement today is that we’re really excited to be soon bringing you a story which will feature Jon Gindick, who Blues Legend BB King said is ” the foremost authority ” on the instruction of the Blues Harmonica. Jon is a professional music coach and performing artists who has written and published some fifteen books on the art of the Harmonica and he leads a Master class instruction seminar in the state of Mississippi every summer. We are presently reviewing two of Jon’s best selling books and will be bringing our interview within a couple of weeks. I spoke to Jon at his California home via telephone last weekend and found him to be an extremely interesting gentleman. Not everyone can play music or has the desire to carry a truckload of equipment from town to town, searching for fame. But nearly anyone can carry a harmonica in their pocket. This should be a very fun review!