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This Nashville Life

43 EpisodesProduced by Kelleigh BannenWebsite

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 i… read more

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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, …

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 …

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 …

A Circuitous Route

October 9th, 2018


The Writing of 'The House That Built Me'


October 16th, 2018


How the songs get from the writers to the artists.

A Million Right Decisions

October 30th, 2018


The songs are released into the world.

Grammys, Number 1s and Number 2s

November 6th, 2018


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

You Don’t Stop Jerry Douglas

October 29th, 2019


A conversation with writer/producer Ross Copperman. 

Aren't You From F-ing Arkansas? [Rebroadcast]

November 12th, 2019


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. …

If I Die Will You Do My Makeup?

November 26th, 2019


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 …

No Sleep for 20 Years

December 10th, 2019


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 …

The Radio Game [Rebroadcast]

December 23rd, 2019


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 …

Music That Keeps the Lights On

January 7th, 2020


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 …

Everybody’s Italian, Everyone’s “Got a Guy”

January 21st, 2020


Lou Taylor gives us the inside scoop on how she became President of an extremely successful business management firm. She provides us with her …

Start to Finish

February 4th, 2020


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 …

I Guess I’m Going to JLo’s House

February 18th, 2020


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 …

Backup My Backup Plan

March 3rd, 2020


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.

Song RX: Brenna

May 5th, 2020


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.

Song RX: Charlie & Helen

May 19th, 2020


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 …

Song RX: Megan

June 16th, 2020


In this episode of Song: RX, Megan’s best friend, her beloved St. Bernard, crossed the rainbow bridge during quarantine. We suggest a few songs to help lighten her spirits and get through an especially tough time.

Song …

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