Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Music Row To Muscle Shoals 2013


Music Row to Muscle Shoals 
November 15-16, 2013

NSAI is hitting the road and heading to Muscle Shoals, AL for an intensive two day songwriting event, open to both NSAI Members and Non-Members. The event offers panels, group song critique sessions, and a Q&A session with pro songwriters, publishers, and NSAI staff. Music Row to Muscle Shoals staff includes: Walt Aldridge (Travis Tritt – “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde”, Ronnie Milsap – “(There’s) No Getting Over Me”), Jim Collins (Jason Aldean – “Big Green Tractor”, Kenny Chesney – “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy), Marty Dodson (Kenny Chesney – “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven”, Billy Currington – “Let Me Down Easy”), Mark Narmore (Craig Morgan – “What I Love About Sunday”), publisher Butch Baker (HoriPro), and more to be announced in the coming weeks. $199 REGISTER TODAY!


Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa
10 Hightower Place
Florence, AL 35630

November 15, 2013
9:00 – 10:00am: Welcome and Sign In
10:00 – 11:00am: “Today’s Industry” Panel
11:30am – 12:30pm: Lunch
1:00 – 2:00pm: Q&A with NSAI Staff
2:15 – 5pm: Group Song Critique Sessions
7 – 9pm: Songwriters in the Round Show (free for NSAI Members, $20 for Non-Members)

November 16, 2013
7:30 – 8:30am: Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00am: Pro Songwriter Panel
11:00am – 12pm: “An Unconventional Approach to the Industry” Panel


WALT ALDRIDGE, a songwriter, singer, musician, engineer and producer has exercised his musical skills in Muscle Shoals and Nashville for more than thirty years. During that time he has written more than 50 top 40 songs, 7 reaching the #1 spot.  Billboard magazine named Aldridge one of the Top Ten Country Songwriters of the year twice based on the strength of his chart activity. His song “No Getting Over Me” was named one of ASCAP’s most performed country songs. “Holding Her and Loving You” was named Song of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters’ Association International.  His work spans a wide spectrum of music, including artists as diverse as Lou Reed, Peter Cetera and Blessid Union of Souls while traditional country acts from Conway Twitty to Reba McEntire have also found success with Aldridge’s songs. He produced and co-wrote “I Loved Her First”, a number one chart topper for Lofton Creek Records act Heartland.

He currently divides his time between writing for the Muscle Shoals and Nashville music markets, performing about 50 shows a year and teaching recording technology classes at the University of North Alabama.



"Growing up in a recording and song center can be intimidating!” says professional songwriter and Nashville native Marty Dodson.  “We moved to Nashville when I was five years old, and I remember that it seemed like everyone who ever worked on our air conditioner or waited on us at a restaurant was trying to get into the music business.”  Although he had been writing songs since he was eleven, Marty didn’t have any connections in the business and was very intimidated by the sheer number of people trying to make it as writers and artists in town.  So, he initially set out on a different career path and earned a Psychology degree.

Upon graduation, Marty worked as a youth minister for several churches in the Nashville area.  During this time he wrote a book and numerous magazine articles. Songwriting was still just a dream.  It remained merely a hobby until he ran into his father’s friend Gordon Payne, songwriter and lead singer for The Crickets. When Marty mentioned that he wrote for fun, Gordon asked to hear some of the songs he had written.  One song entitled “Weekend Cowboy” caught Gordon’s ear, and he saw Marty’s potential.  Gordon helped Marty “commercialize” and demo the song, and then set Marty up with other co-writers in town.  One co-writer led Marty to Terry Vonderheide who was writing for Kim Williams Music and Sony Tree.  That, in turn, eventually led Marty to his own five year writing deal with Kim and Sony.  While writing at Kim Williams Music, Marty, along with Williams and Danny Wells, penned his first top ten single – Rascal Flatts’ hit “While You Loved Me.”



As the songwriter behind some of Country Music’s biggest hits of the last decade, Jim Collins is pure and simply a hitmaker. A two time Grammy nominated songwriter who has written songs that have launched careers for new artists and created peak moments for some of Country Music’s biggest superstars.

Jim’s current streak of singles is a great example of this consistency, quality and diversity. Jim has had a spree of recent hits which includes the multi week #1 smashes “Big Green Tractor” (Jason Aldean) “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven” (Kenny Chesney) “ and “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” by (Thompson Square) which was iTunes “2011 Country Song Of The Year” and Country  Aircheck’s #1 Country Song Of The Year.  Jim was also nominated for a Grammy for “Best Country Song” with “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”. This is in addition to the top 40 singles, “That Song In My Head” (Julianne Hough), “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead” (Jason Michael Carroll),  “God Must Really Love Me” (Craig Morgan), “They Call It Falling For A Reason” (Trisha Yearwood),  “While You’re Still Young” (Montgomery Gentry), “Wanna Make You Love Me” (Andy Gibson), “Hauled Off And Kissed Me” (Steve Holy) and “Pound Sign” by Texas artist (Kevin Fowler).

Chart success is nothing new for Jim, a native of Nacogdoches, Texas.  Among his numerous #1 songs is the co-written smash, “The Good Stuff” which was a seven-week number one for Kenny Chesney and was named Billboard Song of the Year, ASCAP Song of the Year and Single of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.

Jim’s next number one song was courtesy of his fellow Texas native and Country Music legend, George Strait, who took “It Just Comes Natural” to the top of the charts for four weeks in 2006.

That same year, Jim was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song with “I Don’t Feel Like Lovin’ You Today” performed by Gretchen Wilson.

Other hit singles written by Jim include “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” (Kenny Chesney), “Then They Do” (Trace Adkins), “Hands of A Workin’ Man (Ty Herndon), “Love Workin’ On You” (John Michael Montgomery) and the multi-week #1 “Yes” performed by Chad Brock.

In addition to these singles, over 100 of Jim’s songs have been recorded by such Country Music superstars as Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Rodney Atkins,  Lee Brice, Chris Young, Little Big Town, Joe Nichols, LeAnn Rimes, Ashley Monroe, Darryl Worley, Kenny Rogers, Lonestar, Dwight Yoakum, Don Williams, Ronnie Milsap, Terri Clark, Chuck Wicks and many others.


BUTCH BAKER has lead HoriPro's Nashville office for over 5 years, claiming an impressive track record of success. A now 32-year resident of Nashville, Butch Baker began his career in music as a recording artist, inking 4 major record deals. His transition to the business side of music came by working as an independent A&R rep for Giant and Sony Records. Ambitiously continuing his love for music and its business, Butch expanded in to music production and song plugging. Finding a true passion for music publishing, Butch was soon running Nashville's Encore Publishing. With this vast and varied amount of experience under his belt, Butch joined HoriPro in 2005.


After being discovered at age 14 as Johnny Cash’s opening act on his Australian tour, the diminutive brunette Sherrie Austin packed her bags and her entire family and moved to Hollywood California to join the cast of the hit series ‘The Facts Of Life’. Country music soon came calling again and she signed a recording contract with Arista Nashville in 97’ releasing two albums and charting several singles including ‘Lucky In Love’, ’One Solitary Tear’ and ‘Never Been Kissed’.  After the acquisition of Arista records by RCA, she went on to make two independent records and in 03’ had her first major chart hit with the title track from her record ‘Streets Of Heaven’.  In 2005 she stretched her theatrical wings in New York receiving critical acclaim in the NY Times for her portrayal of Bonnie Parker in the off Broadway ‘The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde’.  Using this as a springboard to Broadway she joined the cast of ‘Ring Of Fire’ in 2006.

The last few years have been focused more on songwriting.  Tim McGraw, along with special guest Faith Hill, recorded her song ‘ShotGun Rider’ on his 2007 release ‘Let It Go’.  Austin’s success continues with the title track to Blake Sheltons  2008 ‘Startin Fires’ and a hilarious duet recorded by Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton called ‘If I Was A Woman’.

Most recently a cut by the King of Country himself, George Strait called “Where’ve I Been All My Life” on his 2009 release, ‘Twang’. She can also boast cuts by such country greats as Dolly Parton, Ronnie Milsap and Hal Ketchum. The muli-talented Saucy Aussie is now currently touring all over the country with her new cd ‘Circus Girl’, released early 2012.


MARK NARMORE was raised and still resides in Center Star, Alabama, in the shadow of the music mecca of Muscle Shoals.

He grew up loving and emulating the sounds from those Shoals studios and has had a 25 plus year career as a songwriter. He grauated from the University Of North Alabama in 1988 with a commercial music degree. Mark also worked locally as a radio announcer.

With over 80 cuts to his credit, he has had songs recorded by Josh Turner, John Michael Montgomery, Shenandoah, Blackhawk, Terri Clark,  Craig Morgan and many others. His song "That's What I Love About Sunday" was the most performed song at country radio in 2005 according to Billboard magazine and spent five weeks at number one. His first cut was on the Shoals supergroup Shenandoah--"Moon Over Georgia" and became a top five hit nationally.
Mark was also co-writer along with Walt Aldridge on the number two country hit by Blackhawk, "Like There Ain't No Yesterday".

Mark was awarded a bronze star for his musical achievements which is on permanent display in the lobby of the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame.
Mark has been a staff songwriter  for FAME, Jody Williams Music, Reba McEntire's Starstruck Music Group, March Music,  Sony ATV Tree and currently for Noble Vision Music Group  in Nashville.

Mark  has had 11 songs co-written with and recorded by Josh Turner, the latest  two of which are on Josh’s current CD “Punching Bag”.

BILLY LYNN Vice President Creative of Cal IV Entertainment in Nashville oversees Cal IV’s Creative Department, Dollar Digital Recording Studios, and is part the FORE Artists’ management team. Lynn has been instrumental in the development and production of recording artists Eric Paslay (EMI Nashville), Rose Falcon (Show Dog Universal), and Trent Tomlinson, among other rising stars. Cal IV’s current roster of hit-makers include Jim Collins, Rose Falcon, Eric Paslay, Eric Knutson, Brittany Taylor and Matt Singleton.

Cal IV’s diverse music publishing catalog boasts over 20 number one songs. Their countless hits include Jason Aldean’s “Take A  Little Ride” and “Big Green Tractor,”  The Eli Young Band’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” and George Strait’s, “It Just Comes Natural,” to mention a few.  Cal IV also houses award winning classics such as Rodney Atkins’ “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows),” Kenny Chesney’s “The Good Stuff,’ Faith Hill’s “Breathe,” and classics from the 70’s including Dr. Hook’s  “Sharing The Night Together.”  Eric Paslay’s “Friday Night” and Maggie Rose’s “Better” are currently climbing the charts.

During the late ‘70’s and early 80’s Lynn performed in Memphis night clubs with his bands where he also did live sound for local and touring artists such as REM, The Go Go’s and Keith Sykes. This experience established Lynn’s long time love for music and the behind the scenes work required to establish and maintain successful careers for recording artists and songwriters. Lynn later worked as a recording engineer in Muscle Shoals and Memphis with a number songwriters and artists including Clarence Carter, Johnny Paycheck, The Forester Sisters, and The Kendalls while attending The University of North Alabama. After graduating in 1985, Lynn relocated to Nashville, Tennessee where he held creative posts at The Welk, PolyGram, and Universal Music Groups prior to joining Cal IV Entertainment in 2000.

Lynn has placed hit songs with many artists including: Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers and Wynonna.  Lynn is a member of the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, Leadership Music, and the Recording Academy.  


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