First of all, I'd like to say hello to everyone on Tunesmith. I happened to stumble upon this online community, and decided to join. In "Casey's Corner", I can answer questions about music publishing, songplugging, and give my point of view on music industry issues. Whatever I say is not meant to offend anyone, and it is not meant to be taken as the gospel. I know a few good snake-handlers, if you are looking for a preacher.
At some point, I will post some sort of bio, but for now I'll give a casual introduction. For the last 7+ years, I've worked for Murrah Music Corporation as Professional Director. During my tenure there, Murrah was named the Billboard magazine's Independent Publisher Of The Year, and became the first Nashville-based independent publisher to show up on the list of Billboard's Top Ten publishing companies (for quarterly earnings for all genres, not just Country). Murrah Music opened in 1990 by Roger Murrah. Roger earned his stripes as a staff writer for Bobby Bare, Tom Collins, and a few others, and has over 100 charted singles and countless cuts spanning four decades (Don't Rock The Jukebox, I'm In A Hurry And Don't Know Why, Goodbye Time, We're In This Love Together, etc., etc.). Roger also co-wrote an incredible amount of material with/for Waylon Jennings. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter Hall Of Fame and currently serves as the board Chairman for the Nashville Songwriter's Hall Of Fame. He was a great mentor and is still a great friend.
But that is how the larger publishing game is played, you work and build a catalog to eventually sell it. And Bug Music made Roger an eight-figure offer, he couldn't refuse.
I grew up in the hills of the Appalachian mountains and have performed and recorded music for 25+ years. I have placed songs with several major labels in town, countless indie labels, as well as, placed songs with HBO's show Entourage, FX network's The Shield, and a few national ad campaigns. I am an alumnus of MTSU and the Society Of Leadership In Development. I've done a handful of pitch-to-publisher nights for NSAI, and a few songwriter symposiums. A few faces on here look familiar.
So, let the conversation commense.