Left Of Nashville: A Music Documentary |DIY| Songwriting| Indie Music
Documentary where a struggling songwriter learns from hit writers for Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney and entrepreneurs (Seth Godin). Follow this roller coaster journey of one man's attempt to make a living with his music. Hosted by Brandon Barnett.
info_outline Bonus Episode: Side Hustle-Voice Over/Music Project 10/19/2016
Bonus Episode: Side Hustle-Voice Over/Music Project Sometimes, we have to do other things to pay the bills until our dreams become a reality. If we have enough self-awareness, we might be able to make some "get by" money implementing the skills we have learned as we move toward our end goal. Here is my first (paid) voice over project that I did for a customer in Luxembourg! I created the music as well as doing the voice work. Even though this wasn't my intention, I was growing my skill set when I started Left Of Nashville. The moral of this story is to keep working hard. You just never know what opportunities will show up at your door. Oh, and by the way, if you need anything like this done, hit me up at
info_outline Searching For Ghosts: The Disappearance Of Cayce Lynn McDaniel-Promo (New Series From LON Podcast Network) 09/26/2016
Searching For Ghosts: The Disappearance Of Cayce Lynn McDaniel-Promo (New Series From LON Podcast Network) From the creator of Left Of Nashville: Teaser from the upcoming podcast Searching For Ghosts: The Disappearance Of Cayce Lynn McDaniel. Milan, Tennessee is a town of about 8,000 people. It is located in the Western part of the state, about halfway between Memphis and Nashville. And It’s 25 miles north of where I grew up. In 1996, West Tennessee was shaken to its core, when fourteen year-old Cayce Lynn McDaniel disappeared from her home. She hasn’t been heard from since. According to reports, Cayce’s mother came home to find the clothes her daughter had worn to a church social earlier in the night, laid out on the bed. There was a bowl of cookies and milk on the floor, illuminated by the glow of Cayce's television, as the back door of the house stood wide open. The first call by Cayce’s mother to find her daughter was made some ten hours later. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of her mysterious disappearance, and while network television is airing special after special about another case from that year in Colorado, the disappearance of Cayce Lynn McDaniel, seems all but forgotten. Milan Police Department: 731-686-3309
info_outline Bonus Episode: Americana Music Triangle-There's Something In The Water Here 09/15/2016
Bonus Episode: Americana Music Triangle-There's Something In The Water Here Aubrey Preston is a musician,philanthropist, business man and developer from Leiper's Fork. You may know him best as the man who saved RCA Studio A in the eleventh hour. He has brought back the town of Leiper's Fork and made it a destination for musicians and music lovers. He also played a vital role in saving the Franklin Theater. But his latest endeavor is why he was the keynote speaker in Downtown Jackson for the monthly First Friday Forum. This latest project is the . The Triangle is a website that maps out the points of interest in the American South where the best music in the world was created. Nine genres got their start in this patch of land that forms a nice little triangle on the map. Jackson, TN (home of Left Of Nashville) is a destination on the triangle, and Preston was in town to impress on the city that it is up to us to capitalize on our rich musical heritage.
info_outline LON Special Report: June 30, 2016-The Day The Music Died? Ep.2 The DOJ v. Joe Songwriter with Bart Herbison of NSAI 08/07/2016
LON Special Report: June 30, 2016-The Day The Music Died? Ep.2 The DOJ v. Joe Songwriter with Bart Herbison of NSAI In this episode, we hear from Bart Herbison, the Executive Director of Nashville Songwriters Association International or (NSAI). is a not-for-profit trade organization for songwriters with chapters all over the world. Bart talks about the recent ruling concerning PROs and what this will mean for the music industry. I start by asking Bart about the 100% licensing ruling and what spawned it. It’s quite obvious who this ruling hurts, but I wanted to know who it helps. Logic would dictate that this has to help someone. There is talk that Google has the most to gain by this ruling, (we intend to address this in a future episode) but Bart has a different take on the matter. So why make this ruling now? This seemingly caught everyone by surprise, so what was the rationale of adding this ruling on top of refusing to update the consent decrees? The official written ruling was made on August 4th, a week after this interview. I asked Bart what was next on the agenda to fight it. What’s mind boggling to everyone I’ve spoken to is what was the logic in this 100% licensing ruling that essentially transfers the burden of distributing royalty money from the PROs to the songwriters. Being two hours away from Nashville, I was curious as to the feeling of songwriters on the ground in and around Music Row after this ruling. As mentioned earlier, the official ruling came down on August 4th. NSAI Board President Lee Thomas Miller immediately issued a scathing statement to the DOJ. and also released statements explaining they were joining forces to fight this ruling, with BMI challenging the ruling in Federal Court, while ASCAP is leading the charge with legislative reform. But now is not the time to take our foot off the gas. As songwriters we need to support this effort and make our voices heard. As I mentioned last episode, I can’t stress how important it is that you share this podcast series and leave a review in iTunes. Reviews affect the search engine algorithm immensely. The more reviews that we get, the more people can find the show. So in the immortal words of Karen Carpenter, “We’ve only just begun." Music in this episode: Brandon Barnett-
info_outline SPECIAL REPORT: June 30, 2016: The Day The Music Died? The DOJ v Joe Songwriter, Ep.1 07/28/2016
SPECIAL REPORT: June 30, 2016: The Day The Music Died? The DOJ v Joe Songwriter, Ep.1 Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution reads as follows: “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries." I’ve decided to fire up the podcast in between seasons. You know why? Because I can. See, that’s what’s so liberating about creating something yourself. You can do with it whatever you want. There are no special committees or board members to vote on whether or not you can move forward. If I want to walk away from this podcast thing right now, I can. If I want to put out two episodes a day, that’s my prerogative. Creative control is a beautiful thing. And the concept of intellectual property rights is just downright gorgeous. I can create something out of thin air and own it just like you own your automobile or your puppy dog. No one person or government can just come in and take that away from me, legally. That’s what the framers of the U.S. Constitution thought anyway. But on June 30th, just two days before the Independence Day weekend, the United States Department Of Justice not only refused to change outdated consent decrees concerning Performing Rights Organizations (or PROs) that have been in place since the second world war, it also issued new regulations that would make 100% licensing with one PRO mandatory on co-written songs. So what the hell does all this mean? Well, by refusing to update the existing consent decrees, songwriters do not have the right to pull their songs from streaming services if they so choose. The government sets the rate and songwriters have to live with it. And that rate is fractions of a penny on the dollar. But evidently that wasn’t enough for the DOJ. The new ruling concerning 100% licensing is an entirely different can of worms, that evidently, no one saw coming. Long-time listeners of Left Of Nashville will be familiar with Jonathan Singleton. Jonathan is a hit songwriter out of Nashville. Some of his hits include “Watching Airplanes” by Gary Allan, “Red Light and Let It Rain” both by David Nail, “A Guy Walks Into A Bar” by Tyler Farr and the GRAMMY nominated “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” by Tim McGraw. Here’s his explanation of the new ruling: Speaking of lawyers, Sarah Ruth Schuberth, esq. is an attorney as well as a songwriter. Why you slacking Sarah? Why not a doctor too? Oh yeah, that’s what she was studying before music law caught her eye. Sarah is going to serve as Left Of Nashville’s in house counsel for this series. You can see what she’s about at facebook.com/musiclawchick. I’ll have it linked up in the show notes. I must admit, I’m somewhat surprised at the lack of outrage coming from the music community about this ruling. I believe that one reason many are not speaking out is because of a lack of empathy for those “millionaire” songwriters whining about their gravy train being derailed. But I believe by and large the reason more are not speaking out is because they are artists. It’s the nature of the beast. Either they don’t know what is happening or they don’t want to know. Most figure that someone else will take care of this. And because we have an artist’s heart, we are easy pickings. Sarah Schuberth esq And the ones who do know what is going on are having trouble concentrating on anything else. We have one year before this new ruling goes into effect. And this podcast series isn’t just going to ring the bell on the problems. We are going to look for solutions. Like I said earlier, we have a year before this ruling takes effect. But we can’t rely on others to fight this. We as songwriters, musicians, podcasters, bloggers and anyone who cares about music and the rule of law must unite. You might think that this doesn’t even affect you. Hell, the two licensing deals I currently have in L.A. are solo writes. I wrote the State I’m In with Jonathan and we are both ASCAP writers. So technically, this doesn’t even affect me…YET. Well, not that I know of. But this decision will have a ripple effect that will impact everyone. It is my feeling that even if you could get every songwriter to move to the same PRO to bypass this logistical nightmare, there will be even more anti-trust legislation put in place. That was the whole reason for the consent decrees in the first place back when ASCAP was the only game in town. This will impact the entire music industry and then spread to others. What do you think will happen to Nashville’s booming real estate and tourism markets over the long term? What will happen to the quality and quantity of songs when writers who have that magic are no longer able to write together because of junk regulations? So I’m asking you to join the fight. Share this podcast series with anyone who will listen. Leave a review in iTunes to help make it more visible. I want to have people in the industry on this show who have the power to stop this thing dead in its tracks and reverse the regulations put in place over seventy years ago.
info_outline GENESIS: Outtakes From The Birth Of Left Of Nashville:Bonus Episode 06/24/2016
GENESIS: Outtakes From The Birth Of Left Of Nashville:Bonus Episode Special episode with outtakes of the birth of Left Of Nashville. Including never heard footage of the co-write with Jonathan Singleton where we almost made the chorus the verse.
info_outline Season 2, Ep.21:FINALE EPISODE-A Time To Read The Writing on the Wall And Become What You Are 05/09/2016
Season 2, Ep.21:FINALE EPISODE-A Time To Read The Writing on the Wall And Become What You Are As creative entrepreneurs, we are blessed with many ideas. We have project ideas pop into our heads while we are in the shower or mowing the yard. This can be a beautiful thing. But it is also a double edged sword. Sometimes, we get “shiny object syndrome” and start chasing so many things that we don’t get anything accomplished. Or we at least don’t live up to our full potential in one area. Our blessing then becomes a curse. I still completely stand by my theory of trying to have multiple income streams and not putting all of my eggs in one basket. But I realize where I’ve gone wrong with this. While it is necessary to have a backup for my backup, i need to focus on one thing at a time and reach minimum viable income before moving on to the next thing. Minimum viable income is simply the amount of money one needs to make in order to support yourself.—emphasis on minimum. And it’s quite possible that I would be at my minimum viable income level with my music if one or both of the two publishing companies that I've signed with had gotten my songs placed. But that hasn’t happened. Not yet anyway. So let me tell you what I WAS going to announce in this season finale episode. I was planning on starting a podcast network. I was going to launch another podcast this summer that was to be a documentary on music that was birthed in and around my hometown. For those of you who are not familiar with all of the game changers that were spawned from this patch of land between Memphis and Nashville, the names would astound you. But this thing was going to be a money pit if I couldn’t secure funding for it. The music licensing alone was going to wear me out. I mean, Paul McCartney has the publishing on some of the music that I needed to use, for crying out loud. But for a couple of weeks, I had convinced myself that I could pull this thing off and still work on my music career. But then, one morning I woke up and asked myself, “What the hell am I doing?” This is the same damn thing that I did at the end of Season One. Why do I keep chasing all these things? And after a couple of days of real soul searching, it hit me: I don’t have enough faith. I still don’t think that I’m good enough to make music for a living. I mean, I say that I am but what else would explain me getting so close, then, jumping onto some new project. I think it’s fear of both failure and success. So I’m getting back to basics. I’m going back to 2014 before I even thought about doing a podcast. Hell, I’m even going back further than that to when I wasn’t even considering Nashville as a possibility. The writing is on the wall and it has been since I signed that first licensing deal last summer. My music is taylor made for sync licensing. That’s what I do naturally. Jonathan Singleton has even told me that. And I’ve got two legal documents with my signature on them that back him up. The writing has been on the wall for some time now and I've just refused to read it. With sync, I can write and record my stripped down songs myself. And I already have an open door to submit my music anytime I want. There was a time that I would KILL for that opportunity ALONE and I realize that I've been taking it for granted. I’m also going to reach out to music supervisors with my music. This is something that I should have been doing all along. And there is no that wonder that nothing is happening for me in Nashville. I mean, I’ve only set foot in that town once in a year’s time. I’ve half-assed it the whole way. And to be honest, I could’ve found a way to make more happen there, even as broke as I’ve been. But my heart’s just not in it. Where my heart lies is in creating these quirky acoustic based songs from scratch and having total control of how they sound. I love the limitations that I have because of the lack of help and money. But I believe that everything happens for a reason. i have learned so much with all the dabbling that I’ve done. The biggest takeaway that I’ve received from my flirtations with Nashville is to be able to write, whether the muse shows up or not. I believe that this is essential. And the song a week experiment was a test to take that Nashville model of writing songs on a schedule and apply it to my singer-songwriter tunes. And for the most part, it worked. This experiment helped push me to the point where I realized that I need to have a Music Row writer’s work ethic then write and produce as many songs as possible for sync licensing. So instead of trying to do both L.A. and Nashville, I am taking what I have learned from Nashville and going 100% in on sync. So, in one way, I’m glad that I was so scattered, because without doing this and spreading myself too thin, I wouldn’t have had this epiphany. And if something happens in the meantime with “The State I’m In” that causes doors to open in Nashville, you can bet I will walk through them. And I do eventually want to develop a podcast network. But first things first. I need to walk through the doors that have been opened for me in L.A. with my music and double down on that. So where does this leave Left Of Nashville? Well, there will be a Season 3. But we won’t be doing the season featuring LOLO as once planned. I have to put all my attention on my career at this point and season 3 will document what happens after attacking sync licensing with my full focus. I am not going to close the door behind me, I want to share everything that I learn that may help you guys. That was the promise I made when I started this thing to begin with. Somewhere along the way, this thing got flipped on its head. I found myself in a position where I was writing songs in order to put out an episode of the podcast instead of making an episode to document all the music I was making. And that may sound like I am splitting hairs here, I mean, at least I was writing songs, right? Who cares about the motivation? But I wasn’t being to true to who I really am. Look, I love making this podcast. This is so much fun. But I am a singer-songwriter first. Without the songs, I have no reason to make Left Of Nashville. We have to become what we are. So, I want to thank you guys for coming along with me for this season, I’ve had a blast. And I hope you come back for Season 3. There are a few thoughts that I want to leave you with: The path to doing what we are meant to do isn’t going to be a straight line. There are going to be some dead ends along the way. But the most important thing is to try things. Always be sending up trial balloons. But just as important as doing this, is being self-aware enough to realize what works and what doesn’t. The whole damn thing really is a learning experience and you will gain knowledge from these so called “failures” that will lead you to success. I truly believe this. So get out there and move things around. Then hone in and put a dent in the universe.
info_outline Season 2, Ep.20: Losing My Mojo, Procrastination and Utterly Failing With The Song A Week Project…Or Did I?--Yours & Mine 05/03/2016
Season 2, Ep.20: Losing My Mojo, Procrastination and Utterly Failing With The Song A Week Project…Or Did I?--Yours & Mine It’s been about four weeks since I last released an episode of
info_outline Season 2, Ep.19: The Song A Week (Sort Of) Experiment--Behind The Scenes 04/07/2016
Season 2, Ep.19: The Song A Week (Sort Of) Experiment--Behind The Scenes This is the first time in 19 weeks that I have not made my deadline of releasing the podcast late Sunday night/early Monday morning. And I beat myself up about it for a couple of days. It put me in a foul mood and I immediately felt like a failure.
info_outline Season 2, Ep.18: The Song A Week Experiment--Any Other Way 03/27/2016
Season 2, Ep.18: The Song A Week Experiment--Any Other Way For my next collection of songs, I wanted them to be even more stripped down than the Left Of Nashville EP if that’s even possible. Simplicity is beautiful. And honesty is simple. But that doesn’t mean that honesty is easy. Boiling a point down to its bare essentials isn’t easy, whether that’s musically or lyrically.
info_outline Season 2, Ep.17--The Final Act Of Season 2: A Time To Pivot 03/20/2016
Season 2, Ep.17--The Final Act Of Season 2: A Time To Pivot Let me start out this one by giving you a little bit of an inside look at the production side of Left Of Nashville.
info_outline Season 2, Ep.16: Dealing With Rejection Without Burning Bridges: The Pivot Hack 03/13/2016
Season 2, Ep.16: Dealing With Rejection Without Burning Bridges: The Pivot Hack
info_outline Season 2, Ep.15: Pick Me! Pick Me! A Look At Dating From The Left Of Nashville 03/06/2016
Season 2, Ep.15: Pick Me! Pick Me! A Look At Dating From The Left Of Nashville In this episode of Left Of Nashville, I talk about the struggles of dating when you're a musician on the come up.
info_outline Season 2, Ep.14: We Are The Music Makers 02/28/2016
Season 2, Ep.14: We Are The Music Makers In the last episode of Left Of Nashville, I talked about Kevin Kelly’s blog '1,000 True Fans.’ It’s basically the theory that an artist can make a pretty nice living from 1,000 fans who will purchase everything that they produce.
info_outline Season 2, Ep.13: 1,000 True Fans--The Market Has Changed 02/21/2016
Season 2, Ep.13: 1,000 True Fans--The Market Has Changed In the last episode of Left Of Nashville, Brent Baxter talked about how everything has changed in this age of Spotify as it pertains to publishing deals in Nashville. Songwriters are either hugely successful or they don’t make enough to live on. There is no middle ground.
info_outline LON EP.12: Brent Baxter From Man Vs. Row—The Truth About Publishing Deals In Today’s World and The Multi-Hyphenate Songwriter 02/14/2016
LON EP.12: Brent Baxter From Man Vs. Row—The Truth About Publishing Deals In Today’s World and The Multi-Hyphenate Songwriter Brent Baxter is a Nashville songwriter with cuts by Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, Joe Nichols, Ray Stevens and most notably, the top five hit 'Monday Morning Church' for Alan Jackson. He is also a songwriting coach and his blog “Man Vs. Row,” helps amateur songwriters turn pro.
info_outline Season 2, Ep.11: Still Crazy After All These Years--The War Of Time And Money 02/08/2016
Season 2, Ep.11: Still Crazy After All These Years--The War Of Time And Money In this episode, Brandon talks about the balance of having enough time and money to pursue one's dream. An unexpected job offer causes him to reflect on the past two years.
info_outline Season 2, Ep.10: The SOSstudio Experiment: L.A. Time Pt.2 01/31/2016
Season 2, Ep.10: The SOSstudio Experiment: L.A. Time Pt.2 In this episode, Jordan Woods-Robinson discusses the various services offered by SOSstudio. He explains how his recording service began as a personal project to write, record and release one song per week.
info_outline Season 2, Ep.9: The SOSstudio Experiment: L.A. Time Pt.1 01/24/2016
Season 2, Ep.9: The SOSstudio Experiment: L.A. Time Pt.1 In this episode, Brandon takes Jordan Woods-Robinson, head of SOSstudio, up on his offer to record one of his songs.
info_outline Season 2, Ep.8 Your Network Is Your Net Worth: How Not To Become The People In Episode 7 01/17/2016
Season 2, Ep.8 Your Network Is Your Net Worth: How Not To Become The People In Episode 7 In this episode, Brandon discusses the difference between networking and using people. Thanks to this internet age of instant connectivity, the culture of networking has changed.
info_outline Season 2, Ep.7: In A Town This Size-Users and Trash Talkers 01/10/2016
Season 2, Ep.7: In A Town This Size-Users and Trash Talkers In probably one of the most revealing episodes of Left Of Nashville to date, Brandon talks with Lauren Pritchard (LOLO) about users and trash talkers.
info_outline Season 2, Ep.6 Crabs In A Bucket: You Are The Average Of The Five People You Associate With 01/03/2016
Season 2, Ep.6 Crabs In A Bucket: You Are The Average Of The Five People You Associate With With the new year upon us, it is important to evaluate where we are versus where we want to be. This episode expounds on the Jim Rohn quote that states that "We are the average of the five people we associate with."
info_outline Season 2, Ep.5 Sign On The Dotted Line--Licensing Deals and Impostor Syndrome: Faking It Until You Make It 12/27/2015
Season 2, Ep.5 Sign On The Dotted Line--Licensing Deals and Impostor Syndrome: Faking It Until You Make It In this episode, Brandon talks about "Impostor Syndrome," the belief that we all have that we are not worthy when it comes to actualizing our dreams.
info_outline LON Season 2, EP.4: Anatomy Of A Song: Your Everloving Arms 12/20/2015
LON Season 2, EP.4: Anatomy Of A Song: Your Everloving Arms In this episode, Brandon shamelessly rips off one of his favorite podcasts, "Song Exploder."
info_outline LON Season 2, Ep.3: Taylor Swift, Destin(y), & The Waiting Is The Hardest Part 12/13/2015
LON Season 2, Ep.3: Taylor Swift, Destin(y), & The Waiting Is The Hardest Part In this episode, Brandon discusses how patience is necessary in the music business. Yes Tom Petty, the waiting is the hardest part.
info_outline Left Of Nashville: Season 2, Ep.2 "Let's Mix It Up!" 12/06/2015
Left Of Nashville: Season 2, Ep.2 "Let's Mix It Up!" In this episode, Brandon talks about the power that we all have in today’s age of technology. We have access to better yet less expensive tools than the Beatles had when they were at the top of their game.
info_outline Season 2 DEBUT Ep.1 It Takes A Damn Village 11/30/2015
Season 2 DEBUT Ep.1 It Takes A Damn Village In the Season 2 Premiere, Brandon talks about going completely broke, losing his girlfriend because of the hardships of choosing this journey and how Episode 9 of Season 1 almost never happened.
info_outline Left Of Nashville Ep.9 Where Things Stand--A Look Into Overwhelm 05/26/2015
Left Of Nashville Ep.9 Where Things Stand--A Look Into Overwhelm In the season finale, Brandon talks about being spread too thin and gives an update on where things are, including the Americana Music Triangle Project.