This Nashville Life

34 EpisodesProduced by Kelleigh Bannen

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… read more

34 Episodes | 2016 - 2018

The Radio Game

August 22nd, 2016

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 …

Co-work, co-llaborate, co-write

September 6th, 2016

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.) 

How {Not} To Get A Record Deal

September 21st, 2016

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” …

That’s Not Country

October 5th, 2016

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 …

Get Hot or Go Home

October 20th, 2016

A vulnerable look at beauty and image as it relates to artists and entertainers, especially women. Guest: Joanna Carter, VP Creative Services/Video …

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superfan.

November 2nd, 2016

A look at fan culture through the eyes of a Taylor Swift fan turned influencer and social media guru.

The "Jazz" Episode

November 16th, 2016

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 …

More Words Than Chords (Part 1)

November 30th, 2016

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 …

More Words Than Chords (Part 2)

December 15th, 2016

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 …

Teaser & Announcement

February 1st, 2017

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 …

Money Honey

February 9th, 2017

Welcome to Season 2 of This Nashville Life featuring Jody Williams of BMI. ( Ever wonder how songwriters get paid? Ever wonder how much …

Perspiration Not Inspiration

February 23rd, 2017

Season 2 Episode 2: Perspiration Not Inspiration by Kelleigh Bannen

Nashville Is Like The Hunger Games

March 9th, 2017

Meet the women behind Marbaloo Marketing, a full service music marketing company that has worked with the likes of Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, and …

Live @ SXSW

March 23rd, 2017

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 …

Weekly Walmart Trip

April 6th, 2017

Meet Derek Wells. 2nd generation session musician. Former band leader for Josh Turner. Producer. Foodie. 2016 ACM Guitar Player of the Year. Teller …

The Red Line

April 19th, 2017

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 …

Love It Or Hate It

May 4th, 2017

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 …

32 #1s and counting...

May 18th, 2017

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 …

Aren’t You From F-ing Arkansas?

June 1st, 2017

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, …

Teaser & Announcement

September 25th, 2018


Live Like the Girl Crush That Built Me (Intro to Season and Songs)

October 2nd, 2018

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 …

Go Where the Tigers Are

October 2nd, 2018

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 …

Listener Challenge

October 2nd, 2018


Make This Town Change For You

October 2nd, 2018

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 …

Listener Challenge

October 2nd, 2018


A Circuitous Route

October 9th, 2018

The Writing of 'The House That Built Me'

Listener Challenge

October 9th, 2018



October 16th, 2018

How the songs get from the writers to the artists.

Listener Challenge

October 16th, 2018


Herding Musical Cats

October 23rd, 2018

The songs get recorded.

Listener Challenge

October 23rd, 2018


A Million Right Decisions

October 30th, 2018

The songs are released into the world.

Listener Challenge

November 2nd, 2018


Grammys, Number 1s and Number 2s

November 6th, 2018

The song's peak, and interviewees describe their country "crowning achievements."
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