Nashville Ear Blog

Songwriting and Music Career advice from Music Industry Experts. Do you love music and dream of writing songs or performing on Nashville stages? The top songwriters in the world call Nashville home! Tourist flock to our city to see the next big artist or hear the next hit song. Co-writing, Open Mic Nights and Paid Music Gigs are the dream of many and the reality of a lucky few. We hope you can use the information in these stories to make all of your music dreams come true.

List of Nashville Ear Blog Post

Chris Gantry

Songwriting Confidential (Evangelistic scams)

Evangelists hail from the order of the Tongue,.they have trained their Tongue's to do amazing feats from getting you to believe you're a terribly wrong sick individual as they reach into your pockets and abscond with your coinage..

Chris Gantry

The Message Bearer

As songwriters, it's the inside of the song we are to get to,..the core of the song is what when planted, reproduces itself in the spirit of the listener.

Chris Gantry

Art and the Creative Process

The narrow rocky path has always been the path of the artist..

To throw oneself blindly into the streaming rugged winds of the muse is beyond stupidity or courageousness,. It is a choice-less vendetta against those pilgrims tempted by the flame of Art,.

Chris Gantry

Songwriting Confidential (Guitar playing)

I love playing the guitar; as with anything one does we strive to get to that sweet spot where everything is in perfect harmony with the moment.

Chris Gantry

Why we write songs

You know the special one you picture in your mind who you know so well, so intimately on so many levels, that when they do something or say something so provocatively innocent your immediately drenched in rivers of tenderness flooding through and over you wave after wave?

Holy Process

Land in a place where your celebrated, not tolerated.
A caustic deprecating word can tip a young writer off their axis of enthusiasm,..Positive advice is a God send..

Chris Gantry

Songwriting Confidential (Thinking up stuff)

If I'm "thinking" about writing a song it will never get written, or if it does, it will be a piece of crap, thought up, paltry and disingenuous even on the most sub-lower level boogie level.


Something happened last night that happens a ton now and I have been meaning to say something about it. It’s gonna seem like a rant(which it sort of is) but it is more a stern reminder to all you writers and artists that are trying to understand all this.

 Marc Alan Barnette

"That Nashville crap on the radio"

I always find it pretty funny that people the farthest away from any business, ALWAYS seem to know EXACTLY what that business needs to do. They talk so confident and yet in doing so demonstrate that they know NOTHING about what they are talking about.

Chris Gantry


Songwriting is a beautiful thing,.those who embark on this path for their lifetime steps into an eternal magical world,.it never ends,.songwriting has no beginning or ending,.being timeless you can't equate it to anything,.

Songwriter Showcase

Ashley McBryde

"I hear the crowd, I look around, and I can't find one empty chair. Not bad for a girl going nowhere" sings Ashley McBryde on "Girl Goin' Nowhere," the seminal title track from her forthcoming LP.

Doc Holladay

Voted as one of the top three singer/songwriters in Nashville 4 years running in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Nashville Scene "Best Of Nashville" readers poll, Doc Holladay has become one of the most in-demand talents around, while also managing to work as a full time Optometrist.

Mike Shipley

My first paying gig was when I was 15. Sitting outside of a pawn shop, on a stool playing a guitar. Drawing people inside, back in 1967. I got 5 bucks an hour, a pack of Winston cigaretts, and could play any of the guitars he had in the shop.