From dreaming of being a session guitar player (and achieving that goal), to being glam metal band Giant’s frontman, to finally transitioning to award-winning producer (including credits on Taylor Swift’s Red, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Bon Jovi, + many, many more), this week’s guest Dann Huff has had quite the iconic career. He sits down for a virtual chat with Chris to talk about his journey through the music industry, his personal production approach and style, and how “Amazed” broke his production career (along with Chris’ writing career). Dann’s credits speak for themselves (three-time winner of the Musician of the Year award at the CMA’s, and two-time winner of the Producer of the Year award at the ACM’s), but his genuine passion for music cuts even deeper. Thanks for listening, and don’t forget to visit us at pitchlistpodcast.com for more exclusive content.
If Waylon Payne’s voice and music don’t pull you in, his incredible story of resilience will. From pulling himself up from rock bottom, to the country music in his blood and in his bones, Waylon is absolutely a force to be reckoned with. In addition to his own music, he’s also penned hits for Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Ashley Monroe + more. Listen on as Chris takes to Zoom again this week to chat with Waylon about his new record “Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me”, and his incredible journey as a country music singer/songwriter.
This week on Pitch List, Chris chats with writer/artist Adam Sanders. No stranger to the music business, Adam moved to Nashville in 2009; within a few years, he’d gone from working construction to penning two #1 songs (“Ain’t Worth The Whiskey”, “Hell of a Night”). Adam has truly been a student of the music industry, and it shows - from his wiser-than-his-years work mentality to an undeniable track record of hit songs. Take a listen to hear about Adam’s passion for co-writing, how a routine Tin Roof writer’s round led him to a publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog, and more. Plus: don’t forget to visit our website or social media pages to watch the video version of Adam’s exclusive at-home performance of his new single, “Drink Drank Drunk”!
Pitch List returns this week for a conversation with Grammy-nominated songwriter Jessie Jo Dillon! Signed with Big Machine, Jessie has penned numerous hits - including the Dan and Shay / Justin Bieber smash “10,000 Hours”, “Break Up In The End” (Cole Swindell), and “Rich” (Maren Morris), just to name a few. Listen on to hear she and Chris chat about the intricacies of having both a parent and significant other in the music industry, turning your FOMO into a work ethic, and shamelessly feeding off your co-writers’ pain for the sake of great art! (Plus: Jessie’s boyfriend Ben Burgess makes a guest appearance).
For our 50th episode, Pitch List welcomes Grammy-nominated hitmaker Annie Roboff! With a wide range of cuts by artists like Faith Hill, the Indigo Girls, Whitney Houston, The Chicks, Bonnie Raitt and many more, Annie is no newcomer to the music business. Listen on as she and Chris chat about the intricacies of the “Murder on Music Row” accusations of the 90s, her strong tendencies towards writing melodies over lyrics, and more. Plus: Annie lets us in on the story behind originally writing “This Kiss” to a Yamaha keyboard beat as an R&B song - and you might even get to hear a peek of that original demo.
Pitch List gets a new perspective this week with a very special guest: President and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music Nashville, Ben Vaughn! This publishing powerhouse chats with Chris about getting his start on Music Row while still in college at Belmont University, the top qualities he looks for in a new writer, and even answers some of YOUR burning questions about the music business. Plus: a few vintage Chris Lindsey stories from “back in the day” (as Ben puts it), from being on national television together to old-school titles like “Mama Bought a Hog”.
This week, Pitch List returns for a conversation with Grammy-nominated songwriter Gretchen Peters. Along with having released nine studio albums of her own, Gretchen has written hits such as “Independence Day” and “On A Bus to St. Cloud” for icons like Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill + many more. Her new album, “The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury”, a loving tribute to fellow Hall of Fame songwriter Mickey Newbury, is out now! Join us for a conversation about listening to the wisdom of a song, how writing that song can be an act of true self-discovery, and more.
From his Music City newbie days of Reggae cover bands and working as a City Winery employee, to Capitol Records recording artist breaking musical and lyrical boundaries, this week’s guest Devon Gilfillian is a perfect example of the Nashville success story. He has since shared the stage with Mavis Staples, Keith Urban, Brothers Osborne, and many more musical icons, and released his first full length record, “Black Hole Rainbow”, earlier this year. Listen on to hear he and Chris discuss the relevance of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On", bond over their love of a good PB&J mid-write, and how Devon ultimately strives to use his art to enact real change in the world.
This week, Chris hops on Zoom to chat with rising pop songstress Josie Dunne! Josie has amassed millions of streams on her music, and recently released a brand new EP, “Late Teens / Early Twenties”. Listen on to hear our chat about the legendary Warner/Chappell coffee machine, how working with country writers laid a foundation for strong lyrics and storytelling as a pop artist, recording a music video fully in quarantine, and more. Plus: don’t forget to visit our social media pages to watch Josie’s exclusive performance of her song “Sunday Morning”. We are now proudly a part of the American Songwriter Podcast Network! Click here to learn more about our partnership and the other amazing podcasts involved: https://americansongwriter.com/podcast
This episode, Chris sits down with singer/songwriter Kree Harrison. A seasoned writer and performer since a very young age (accolades include repeat performances on the Rosie O’Donnell Show as a child, a runner-up ranking on American Idol Season 12, and collaborations with artists like Kacey Musgraves and Wynonna Judd), Kree has overcome hardship over the years and come up stronger against all odds. Listen on to get the inside scoop on her upcoming debut album, “Chosen Family Tree”, and learn how her art and the Nashville community proved to be truly healing time and time again. https://americansongwriter.com/american-songwriter-podcast-network/pitch-list-podcast/