Can you believe that the CSSP has been doing what we do for a whole year already? 'Tis true!
To celebrate this monumental event, we've put together a really special show for y'all. So be listening for several of your favorite segments, a special guest or two, and the bittersweet announcement that our much beloved co-host Marie Perry is moving on to 'greener pastures"... so let's all wish her the best in her future endeavors!
Meanwhile, I'm thrilled to announce that my new co-host will be none other than pro-songwriter (and subject of EP 21) RANDY FINCHUM (!) who's also our in-studio guest on this episode!
We get the party started with some NEWS & SHTUFF
In a special installment of NOTES & BOLTS, I'll be discussing SURPRISE ENDINGS in songs
Marie gives us a crash course on real-world publishing deals in her final ACADEMIC MOMENT segment
"Godfather" of the show, JASON PYLES will be joining us via Skype to congratulate us on our first year, and to discuss what he's doing these days
I'll wax poetic in a rare public tribute to YOU, our faithful listeners and dear community members
Marie will lead Randy and I down "memory lane" with a recap of the CSSP's first year
"Muso Matt" will discuss the historic 50th Anniversary (sensing a sub-theme?) of the release of The Beatles' WITH THE BEATLES album in the final installment of MATT'S MUSO MOMENT
I'll discuss the career and recent escapades of Miley Cyrus in the WT!@#$%? segment
Marie will make her "official" statement of intent and explanation for her adoring public
And we'll close up shop with a brief discussion about some future plans for the show (onward and upwards!)
Don't forget that we're still accepting submissions for the DESIGN US A NEW DAMN LOGO and ADD A SOLO TO THE PODCAST THEME contests!!!
You read right, kiddies. Song Of The Year Grammy Winner, 7-time Songwriter Of The Year nominee and writer of EIGHT #1 hits: RICHARD LEIGH, being interviewed in-person by Steve and Marie at his favorite pub in Pulaski, Tennessee.
Richard is best known for his #1 hits, including:
I'll Get Over You- Crystal Gayle Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue- Crystal Gayle Put Your Dreams Away- Mickey Gilley That's the Thing About Love- Don Williams Life's Highway- Steve Wariner Come from the Heart- Kathy Mattea Somewhere In My Broken Heart- Billy Dean The Greatest Man I Never Knew- Reba McEntire
Richard maintains an active performing schedule, playing corporate events and house parties
throughout the United States, hosting songwriting workshops, and giving private songwriting tutorials to aspiring writers.
Contact Richard at:
Travis Bowlin is an up-and-coming songwriter-performer with a very bright future ahead of him (which explains the shades in the photo)! His gritty and soulful vocal stylings and refreshingly "non-Nashville-sounding" songs set him apart from hordes of other would-be next-big-thing types.
This is our first ON LOCATION LIVE MUSIC episode, recorded at Dan McGuinness' Irish Pub (home of "The only open mic that matters") just off MUSIC ROW in Nashville (Why yes, we would appreciate your sponsorship, thanks for asking!).
As an added bonus, our own MARIE PERRY goes "on assignment in the field" in an attempt to get an interview out of country music superstar KENNY ROGERS!!! ...with varied results.
We cordially invite you to enjoy the interview, and enjoy the music!
Notes and Bolts A "How-To" segment with tips and "rules" for song construction; things to do and to avoid.
Legendary Songwriter Salute A mini-biography of a great songwriter, either well-known or less so; including a list of their best-known works.
Under the Microscope Looking at and dissecting hit songs to see what made them "tick".
What the @#%$&!? We'll discuss a song that was an inexplicable hit; despite being so embarrassingly bad that few admit to ever liking or owning it. I'm expecting this to become one of our most popular segments, and lots of laughs!
Steve's Phone Steve will choose a recording from his collection of cell phones (and primary songwriting notepads) to discuss and expand on. You the listeners can help determine which ideas Steve should work on and which he should forget!
Local Scene Report This will be where The COMMERCIAL SUICIDE SONGWRITING PODCAST will to do our part to help out in the Nashville Songwriter scene. We'll include upcoming events and where to find local open-mic and songwriter nights and rounds.
Marie's Academic Moment Marie shares a piece of wisdom gained from her recent attendance at a HIT SONGWRITING course.
The CSSP Mailbag We'll review all the emailed suggestions, criticisms, comments etc. received since the last episode.