Yep, after a comedy of errors concerning the production of the April 1st show; the CSSP is back (as promised). For the first time, co-host extraordinaire Randy Finchum will be "flying solo" as he interviews Nashville tranplant singer-songwriter ADAM JAMES; who will also be playing a song or two LIVE as well as including an exclusive preview of his new single "MISS AMERICA" (co-written by Randy Finchum himself) from his just-released EP of the same name.
Adam is a uniquely talented singer and songwriter; even in a town known for the high-level of skill and musicianship that Nashville has a (much deserved) reputation for. He's also a real character and a joy to be around and work with, which should be obvious from the first few minutes of this interview.
As an added bonus, we'll be closing the show with a recording of Adam's song "FIRECRACKERS" from the 2009 album by the same name.
Be listening in two weeks when Steve and Randy will both be onboard once again, and (among other things) satisfying many listeners' requests that we dissect a song that we co-wrote together to illustrate the process for you. And there will (of course) be much more as well!
Well folks, we pledged to never let it happen... but happen it has.
Due to a number of unforseen circumstances, both technical and personal; there will be no podcast episode release for April 1st 2014. This is NOT an "April Fools" joke (believe me, I'd have come up with something WAY more inventive if that were the case), and we're genuinely sorry and feeling somewhat foolish ourselves for this mess.
Believe me when I tell you that we here at THE COMMERCIAL SUICIDE SONGWRITING PODCAST appreciate each and every one of you, our faithful listeners, and that we aren't going anywhere! This is nothing more than a "glitch" that we were, in retrospect, lucky to have made it this far without encountering.
So please be patient and accept our apologies.
In the meantime, if any of you would be interested in hearing a bit more about just exactly how I came to be "Nashville" Steve Rempis and would like something interesting to fill the time you would've spent listening to today's episode; click over to the May 1 2012 episode of the now-defunct SONGWRITING PODCAST and listen to the episode that started it all (and the very thing that led to Randy and I first connecting):
For Episode 34, we're pleased to bring you an exclusive interview with hit songwriter/performer/teacher BERNIE NELSON.
With the help of friend of the show and music journalist extraordinaire, PRESHIAS HARRIS; Steve and Randy were given the chance to experience the event that is CRS (Country Radio Seminar) Nashville and interview Bernie the morning of the first day of the event.
Bernie has been blessed with a successful career. His songs have sold over 25 million copies with multi-platinum cuts on the works of major artists such as Conway Twitty, Ricky Van Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Wynonna, Colin Raye, Confederate Railroad, Chris Ledoux, Randy Travis, Trace Adkins, Pam Tillis, Kris Kristofferson, John Anderson... and many others.
In 2002 Bernie achieved ‘Million-Airplay’ status on his #1 hit, ‘Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind.’ and has had the pleasure of writing with everyone from Garth Brooks to Duane Eddy and performing with such greats as Mac Davis, Guy Clark and Alabama...just to name a few.
Bernie has recently enjoyed success with cuts on Mark Wills (Looking For America), Jimmy Van Zant (C'Mon Man, Unfinished Life), Montgomery Gentry (Damn Baby) and Tracy Lawrence (The Ride and Heaven For A While).
Additionally (and of special interest to our many aspiring pro songwriter listeners), Bernie offers a one-on-one weekend songwriting retreat/co-writing/mentoring session at his Nashville-area cabin which he affectionately calls "WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S."
We kindly thank Bernie for taking the time to talk with us (just one of many interviews he was asked to do this particular weekend) and for frankly discussing his roots, his future career as a songwriter/performer and his candid opinions of the current (and future) state of country music and country radio.
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CSSP "Snailmail" address: PO BOX 727 Gallatin, TN 37066
CRAZY CONTEST CONTINUES: Who will send the most bizarre/useful (or not)/unexpected item to the above address? The winner (and runners-up) will be recognized on the show and given the chance to do a "call-out" for the opening of a future episode!
Yes folks, Steve and Randy are back in action after attending the annual Nashville CRS (Country Radio Seminar), armed with some great info, an interview for the next episode and... an awful flu bug of some sort that was the bane of many CRS attendees. Such is the life of a "podcaster in the fast lane" I guess.
Steve And Randy flanking Country Music Legend MEL TILLIS at CRS!!!
Our usual order of segments is totally awry this go-round, but no matter; you'll still hear your favorites... such as:
Steve and Randy giving an overview of their last several (busy) weeks and their "hobnobbing" escapades at the Country Radio Seminar
Randy jumps right into the WHAT THE !@#$%? segment with an update on an old Billy Ray Cyrus song so bad... it'll make you ache (all over again)
Steve wishes ASCAP a Happy 100th Birthday by listing their TOP 25 songs (including some unexpected surprises)
Randy touches on THE INTANGIBLES in his READIN', WRITIN' and 'RITHMATIC segment
Steve gives you a look back on a classic song "Just When You Need It Most" in UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
We premiere a BRAND NEW SEGMENT (hopefully the first of many) tentatively titled WHAT'S UP FROM DOWN UNDER thanks to listener/contibutor Brendan Smoother who'll be discussing the classic song "I've Been Everywhere"
And we'll close out the show with some banter, a few updates, and details how YOU can invest in your own songwriting career by becoming a "Sponsored Guest" on the show.
CSSP "Snailmail" address: PO BOX 727 Gallatin, TN 37066
NEW CRAZY CONTEST: Who will send the most bizarre/useful (or not)/unexpected item to the above address? The winner (and runners-up) will be recognized on the show and given the chance to do a "call-out" for the opening of a future episode!
R.I.P. TIM WILSON... You'll be sorely missed, Brother
It's the day after Vaneltine's day, and we're tickled pink to be bringing you an exclusive interview with Nashville's own MARC-ALAN BARNETTE!
Marc-Alan is a veteran songwriter with many credits under his belt, including the "unofficial anthem" of every struggling Nashville songwriter, "TABLES AND CHAIRS" and likely his best-known song (and a favorite of David Ball fans everywhere), "TOO MUCH BLOOD IN MY ALCOHOL LEVEL"
As well as continuing to write and perform all around Nashville and helping amateur songwriters with his "Songwriter Coaching services; Marc-Alan also acts as a tour guide for the NASH TRASH "MUSIC ROW CONFIDENTIAL" TOUR, sharing his love and knowledge of "Music City" with tourists and music fans from all over the world.
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.