This Nashville Life

By Kelleigh Bannen

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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).

Episode Date
Song RX: Charlie & Helen
Charlie & Helen (ages 9 & 7) —these adorable siblings are feeling cooped up and missing their buddies. We’ll help them embrace the great outdoors and introduce them to songs that feel like new friends on this week’s episode of Song RX! Song RX Submission:
May 19, 2020
Song RX: Brenna
In this special short series of "This Nashville Life" called "Song RX", Kelleigh prescribes our "patients" a few songs as a musical cure to what is ailing them during these unprecedented times.
May 05, 2020
Backup My Backup Plan
An interview with live broadcast mixer and engineer Chip Matthews. We talk about how Chip got started in the industry and how his job is unlike anything else.
Mar 03, 2020
I Guess I’m Going to JLo’s House
From Miranda Lambert, to Shania Twain, to Sheryl Crow, she has done it all. We dive in with celebrity stylist and image consultant Tiffany Gifford as she recalls her journey working with some of the industry's best. As an expert of creating iconic looks that reflect the feeling of the artists’ music, Tiffany explains how style should really be all about the music. Music first, music last.
Feb 18, 2020
Start to Finish
Executive Vice President of A&R at Warner Music, Cris Lacy, tell us what she likes about A&R, how she loves to feel closer to the end product, and her love for songwriting. She gives us the inside scoop of how she listens to music while on the job and how she chooses to experience the music as a fan would. "I just felt like I love music so much, I care about it, I’m a huge fan, so maybe my destiny is to help people whose destiny is to be the storyteller, to be the one that touches the world and makes change in that way.”
Feb 04, 2020
Everybody’s Italian, Everyone’s “Got a Guy”
Lou Taylor gives us the inside scoop on how she became President of an extremely successful business management firm. She provides us with her journey into her position and the tactics she uses on the job. “Our job really is to figure out how the client consumes information and take that complicated data and present it simply.”
Jan 21, 2020
Music That Keeps the Lights On
Chris Farren, president of Combustion Music, gives us his insight on his career and his journey through the music business. Chris talks about his experiences as a producer, a songwriter and how he became president of a well known publishing and production company.
Jan 07, 2020
The Radio Game [Rebroadcast]
A repurposed episode of our pilot episode, The Radio Game. About 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. 
Dec 23, 2019
No Sleep for 20 Years
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 from one of the most inspiring leaders in Nashville.
Dec 10, 2019
If I Die Will You Do My Makeup?
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 glam industry upon moving to Nashville. Kelleigh discusses the pressure put on females in the music industry to look like an artist, which led to her own identity struggle. Join us as we dive down the black hole of beauty and how working in the creative industry is not always what it’s made up to be.
Nov 26, 2019
Aren't You From F-ing Arkansas? [Rebroadcast]
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 Arkansas-boy gone big-time has some advice for millennials.
Nov 12, 2019
You Don’t Stop Jerry Douglas
A conversation with writer/producer Ross Copperman. 
Oct 29, 2019
A Chorus Girl
Oct 15, 2019
Oct 14, 2019
Grammys, Number 1s and Number 2s
The song's peak, and interviewees describe their country "crowning achievements."
Nov 06, 2018
Listener Challenge
Nov 02, 2018
A Million Right Decisions
The songs are released into the world.
Oct 30, 2018
Listener Challenge
Oct 23, 2018
Herding Musical Cats
The songs get recorded.
Oct 23, 2018
Listener Challenge
Oct 16, 2018
How the songs get from the writers to the artists.
Oct 16, 2018
Listener Challenge
Oct 09, 2018
A Circuitous Route
The Writing of 'The House That Built Me'
Oct 09, 2018
Listener Challenge
Oct 02, 2018
Make This Town Change For You
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 incredible women share their unlikely journeys to being hit songwriters and inspire us with their practical approach to creativity.

Oct 02, 2018
Listener Challenge
Oct 02, 2018
Go Where the Tigers Are
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 the most acclaimed songs in country music history: "Live Like You Were Dying."

We’re also introducing “Listener Challenges” in this episode so you can join us in the creative journey. Tune in so we can explore how to “take the scenic route” in your own creative life.
Oct 02, 2018
Live Like the Girl Crush That Built Me (Intro to Season and Songs)
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: "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw, "The House That Built Me" by Miranda Lambert and "Girl Crush" by Little Big Town. We’ll hear from the writers, publishers, producers, managers, record label execs, and artists behind these songs. 
Oct 02, 2018
Teaser & Announcement
Sep 25, 2018
Aren’t You From F-ing Arkansas?
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 Big Town. Jason will share some great insight into the artists’ careers that he’s worked with and offer some practical inspiration for both artists, marketers, and managers. And a warning: he’s got a word or two for those millennials out there. Come with us as we try to figure out what it means to live This Nashville Life. Follow Sandbox Entertainment @sandboxent (
Jun 01, 2017
32 #1s and counting...
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 lot of process talk: what he does in the writing room…and how he likes to come into a room and “crash” it. He calls himself a chameleon, and really, he’d have to be to have hits on so many different artists. Come with us as we meet Ashley Gorely…
May 18, 2017
Love It Or Hate It
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) and drank rye whiskey and talked about how a Tom Selleck movie changed his career path forever. Come with us as we try to figure out what it means to live This Nashville Life. Follow Reid @robotlemon.
May 04, 2017
The Red Line
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 Four Roses even though we had to leave that part of the convo on the cutting room floor. Entertainment attorney Chip Petree has represented the likes of Florida Georgia Line, Brothers Osborne and he’s gonna give us some really great *free* legal advice, and tells us what it means for him to live This Nashville Life. Follow Chip @chippetree on Twitter. Hear Kelleigh's music here: Follow Kelleigh @kelleighbannen (Insta, FB, Twitter) Follow the show @thisnashvillelife (Insta, FB) and @thisnashlife (Twitter)
Apr 19, 2017
Weekly Walmart Trip
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 music here: Follow Kelleigh @kelleighbannen (Insta, FB, Twitter) Follow the show @thisnashvillelife (Insta, FB) and @thisnashlife (Twitter)
Apr 06, 2017
Live @ SXSW
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 filter….err lens. (Check. check.) Follow the CMA @CMA on Insta. @countrymusic on Twitter. See ya next week for “Cocktail Hour.” Hear Kelleigh's music here: Follow the show @thisnashvillelife (Insta, FB) and @thisnashlife (Twitter)
Mar 23, 2017
Nashville Is Like The Hunger Games
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 challenges and advantages of being a woman entrepreneur in the music business. How Nashville is like the Hunger Games. And some SUPER practical tips on how to better use social media to up your branding game….in other words Marbaloo’s take on what it means to live “this Nashville life.” Find Marbaloo @marbaloomktg (insta) Call me maybe?! Tell us your favorite country song of the last 5 years: 629-777-6401. See ya 3/16 for “Cocktail Hour" Hear Kelleigh's music here: Follow Kelleigh @kelleighbannen (Insta, FB, Twitter) Follow the show @thisnashvillelife (Insta, FB) and @thisnashlife (Twitter)
Mar 09, 2017
Perspiration Not Inspiration
Season 2 Episode 2: Perspiration Not Inspiration by Kelleigh Bannen
Feb 23, 2017
Money Honey
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 got all the answers for you in this week’s episode. 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. And we’re excited to bring you our new weekly format with “Cocktail Hour” starting 2/16. Hear Kelleigh's music here: Follow the show @thisnashvillelife (Insta, FB) and @thisnashlife (Twitter)
Feb 09, 2017
Teaser & Announcement
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 Kelleigh's music here: Follow the show @thisnashvillelife (Insta, FB) and @thisnashlife (Twitter)
Feb 01, 2017
More Words Than Chords (Part 2)
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 Clothes.” Get “Love Triangle” here: Get “Automatic” here: Listen to Nicolle’s “Worktapes” on @Spotify here: Follow her on Insta @nicatnitemusic Listen to Kelleigh’s music here: @KelleighBannen on Insta, FB, and Twitter
Dec 15, 2016
More Words Than Chords (Part 1)
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 “Worktapes” on @Spotify here: Follow her on Insta @nicatnitemusic Listen to Kelleigh’s music here: @KelleighBannen on Insta, FB, and Twitter Thank you @AndrewPetroff for helping to engineer this episode. Follow us @ThisNashvilleLife
Nov 30, 2016
The "Jazz" Episode
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 conversation that touches on topics like road life, band dynamics, humility, and the importance of having champions. Follow Nada @nadameansnothin (Insta, FB, Twitter) Follow Kelleigh @kelleighbannen (Insta, FB, Twitter) Hear Kelleigh's music here: Follow the show @thisnashvillelife (Insta, FB) and @thisnashlife (Twitter)
Nov 16, 2016
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superfan.
A look at fan culture through the eyes of a Taylor Swift fan turned influencer and social media guru.
Nov 02, 2016
Get Hot or Go Home
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: Long Trip Alone: Pontoon
Oct 20, 2016
That’s Not Country
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 Purchase songs featured in this episode here: All Good Things by Kelleigh Bannen Follow Your Arrow by Kacey Musgraves Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver Break Up In A Small Town by Sam Hunt Once Upon A by Kelleigh Bannen
Oct 05, 2016
How {Not} To Get A Record Deal
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 major label. Autumn also shares the signing stories of some her most famous artists: Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, and Eric Church. 
Sep 21, 2016
Co-work, co-llaborate, co-write
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.) 
Sep 06, 2016
The Radio Game
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. 
Aug 22, 2016