Nashville Trax Client Dan Thompson Receives First Quarter Airplay Royalty Check from Sound Exchange.

“My first royalty check for Miles & Miles release in the US… This is for one Quarter.. Miles & Miles was played over 1000 times per week in the US… it did really good.. Thanks for the great work Bill!”

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Read more about Dan Thomson’s Nashville Trax album and single releases:

Dan Thompson’s “Miles And Miles” Makes The Country Radio Most Added Prime Mover Chart!

Songwriter Dan Thompson Visits Nashville To Record Vocal Tracks For His CD Album, 1st single getting radio adds daily, 23 stations yesterday!

Dan Thompson Single “A Day Without Progress” Produced by Nashville Trax, Distributed By Sony… 28 Weeks on Sirius XM. Give A Listen!


The Swansons To Perform With The Nashville Trax A Team LIVE SHOW at Rev-el-ry.

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ATTENTION Singer/Songwriters!! What better way to give your band a career boost than an album, video and show package featuring the same Nashville Trax A Team musicians who played on your album?

You get a stellar album recorded, mixed and mastered, footage of your rehearsal, your first single promoted on social media platforms and all footage from a two camera crew of the show that you can use for promotion for years to come!

Complete 10 song album/show/video packages start as low as $15,000 and 20 song packages top out at under $50,000! Get a quote: nashtrax@bellsouth.net

Note that the Nashville Trax A Team Players are only available to play live on release party shows playing your album of at least 10 songs.

 

Rehearsal Tuesday evening, 9-19-17:

 

Footage From The Show on 9-22-17:

 

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The Nashville Trax A Team: The sound of guitar on country radio for the last couple decades, Brent Mason: guitar; Rascal Flatts long time drummer, Jim Riley; Steve King (Keith Urban) keys; Nashville Trax producer, Bill Watson, bass guitar and band leader; Jenee Fleenor (Blake Shelton & The Voice) fiddle and mandolin; Steel guitar legend Mike Doucheete, all backing the highly entertaining, high octane Joe and Angie Finley of The Swansons!

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Joe and Angie: The Swansons

The Swansons have achieved considerable notoriety in the Los Angeles area. They have pop/rock albums out, winning awards and have built a large fan base. But after starting their latest recording project they felt the urge to “go country”.  They wanted a country album and wanted to do it in the Nashville area. After careful research, they decided Bill Watson of Nashville Trax was the best choice to produce them.

The album was started about six months ago and 18 songs have been cut.

This is their first country live performance, announcing their turn toward country music and releasing their new music to the public. Some of the musicians who will back them on the show:

Nashville Session Guitar Player, Brent Mason at Nashville Trax Recording Studio

Nashville Session Guitar Player, Brent Mason at Nashville Trax Recording Studio

 

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Jenee Fleenor, fiddle, mandolin, vocals

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Band leader, Bill Watson, and his ’78 Fender Precision Bass Guitar

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Jim Riley Playing the studio drum track to The Swansons song, Getting Ready 5-16-17

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Jim Riley Cymbal swells

Footage clip from the show, 9-22-17:

Valentine © 2017 Joe Finley of The Swansons, published by Listen Again Music (BMI).

 


Los Angeles Band, The Swansons 1st Country Album In Progress At Nashville Trax!

Day One of a full week lockout to cut vocals on 14 songs for the band that won The Producer’s Choice Award,  Best Band In Los Angeles, 2017, The Swansons:

The Swansons meet The Nashville Trax A Team. Left: The Swansons with our fiddle player, Jenee, Middle: guitarist Brent Mason, producer & bassist Bill Watson, Joe Finley of The Swansons, Right: Joe plays Brent Mason the new song he wrote during his stay here.

 

 

 

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Joe Finley of The Swansons trades stories with long time Rascal Flatts drummer, Jim Riley. Here telling Jim, he  has sometimes been mistaken for Rascal Flatts’ lead singer, Gary LeVox.

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Day One: Angie Finley meets Nashville Trax producer Bill Watson. Time to add Angie and Joe’s vocals to the songs Mr. Watson has been cutting music tracks on for several months. “Playing over 2,000 live shows I learned there’s a vast difference between a ‘danceable’ song and the next  level,” says Watson, “The tunes on this album are the prized ‘pull ’em out of their seats’ dance tunes every artist wants to cut and radio loves. People are going to dig this album!”

 

Be sure to pick up a copy of The Swansons country album when it’s released in late Summer/early Fall of this year!!!

Ready to cut your own “for real this time” album? e-mail: nashtrax@bellsouth.net. Or call producer Bill Watson @ 615. 319. 8616.


Nashville Trax Produced Song Takes First Place At 2017 Christian Film Festival

“Only Prayer By The People”  won several awards at the Christian Film Festival (August 2017) including best song, best video and best artwork.

Songwriter: Michael Rourke

Lead Vocals: Nashville Trax Producer, Bill Watson

Background Vocals: Angela Derrington

Acoustic guitar: Bill Watson

Keyboards: Sammi Watson

Bass Guitar: Bill Watson

Produced, Engineered, Arranged, Mixed and Mastered by Bill Watson

 

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Christian Group, Dads and Daughters, Adds Sponsors, Website And Records 1st Single

The Nashville based Christian group, Dads and Daughters, has added Nashville Trax and Play It Again Demos to their growing list of sponsors.

Nashville Trax is providing free studio time and free space for the band’s web page:

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Play It Again Demos is providing free management for the group.

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Look for their first single to be released in September of 2017.

While they do receive free studio time to record this Dads and Daughters original song, they are donating 100% of all profits from the single to Christian charity. Yet they must pay for the studio musician fees and CD manufacturing costs. Therefore donations at their website noted above are welcome.


Nashville Trax Produced “Lighthouse” debuts at #1 on Southern Gospel Charts.

Update: It’s no longer on the charts but what a feather in the cap of this singing trio.

The  single, “Lighthouse” by The Greatest Gift debuted this week (second week of April, 2017) at the #1 spot on The Southern Gospel Times Weekly Top 40 chart.

Congrats to these musicians who played on it:

Drums/Percussion: Jim Riley, William Ellis

All Acoustic and Electric Guitars: Tom Wild

Keyboards: Steve King, Mike Biason

Violins: Jenee Fleenor

Horns: John Heinrick

Bass Guitar: Bill Watson

All music tracks on Lighthouse and the album it’s from, “Fishers of Men” were produced and arranged by Bill Watson of Nashville Trax.

The Greatest Gift career is taking off in other ways as well, recently just about sweeping the Christian category at the 2017 national NACMAI competition with multiple #1 awards.

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The Greatest Gift

When The Geatest Gift started making independent albums with Nashville Trax a few years they were performing at local churches. Fourty plus Nashville Trax produced songs comprising four albums later, they have a record deal, multiple TV appearances scheduled and will be touring the Southern U.S. starting this fall (of 2017).

Congrats to this fine and dedicated Christian vocal group!


Dan Thompson Single “A Day Without Progress” Produced by Nashville Trax, Distributed By Sony… 28 Weeks on Sirius XM. Give A Listen!

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Singer/songwriter Dan Thompson performing at the George Jones Entertainment Complex. downtown Nashville on Feb. 2, 2016.

Dan Thompson’s followup single, A Day Without Progress” has released to radio and is enjoying lots of radio play… April 3rd, 2017 marking 28 straight weeks on Sirius.

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A Danny Thompson fan’s shot of “A Day Without Progress” cranking out on Sirius XM 171.

In fact, the Nashville Trax produced Dan Thompson album is finished and Dan signed an agreement that even prior to completion, saw the first single Miles And Miles” released and distributed to 242 territories through Sony.

Miles was actually released midstream, about three months ago, before the full album was finished and even prior to the deal with Sony being finalized. It’s absolutely blew up on radio, receiving over 2,000 spins per week on hundreds of stations in Australia and the U.K. (including on the BBC).

Now “Miles and Miles” is starting to gain traction on radio in Dan’s home country of Canada:

CJFN in Peguis, MB – ADD – “Danny Thompson Band has been added to rotation.”

CFBW in Hanover, ON – ADD – “Danny Thompson Band is now in our system.”

“Miles and Miles is being played on a country radio station in Owen sound. One of my drivers heard it twice Saturday while working on his truck!!!!”

CHMM in Mackenzie, BC – ADD – “Danny’s song is now in full rotation.”

Glad to see our hard work and Dan’s investment in doing quality work is paying off!

And here’s the followup single:

Why? Because Dan’s kids love the way the harmonica sounds like a duck quacking in the intro; they want to hear it over and over. Now there’s a scientifically sound method. Why bother with demographic research and test marketing when you have quacking ducks, lol!

“A Day Without Progress”

Lead Vocals: Dan Thompson
Drums: William Ellis
Bass Guitar: Bill Watson
Acoustic and Electric Guitars:
Tom Wild
B3 Organ: Steve King
Harmonica: Mike Douchette
Background Vocals: Angela Derrington
Tracking engineering:
Bill Watson
Mixing and Mastering engineering:
Bill Watson, Shawn Conley
Written by: Dan Thompson
Arranged and produced by Bill Watson

Okay, there was more to it than a quacking duck! A Day Without Progress is uptempo, has the “bro country” rap portion near the end (bro country is super popular right now). Plus it’s a “pull ’em out of their seats” dance tune.

A Day Without Progress © 2016 by Dan Thompson, posted here for demonstration purposes only. Any other use is a violation of U.S. and international copyright law. The songwriter currently retains the right of first release until the projected release to radio April 10th, 2016 after which, requests sent to nashtrax@bellsouth.net by parties interested in recording* either song; program directors interested in airplay or by producers interested in using the songs in TV/film projects will be forwarded to the songwriter and/or publisher.
*A Compulsory Mechanical License must be filed by parties planning on recording “A Day Without Progress The current royalty rate is 9.1 cents per copy. Advance payment for 1,000 copies ($91 U.S.) must accompany the filing, payable to the music publisher.

Posing With The Usual Suspects

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Nashville Trax producer Bill Watson, apprehends two of our usual suspects: ten times Music Row guitarist of the year, Brent Mason, and fiddlist Jenee Fleenor (Blake Shelton, Terri Clark, Martina McBride, The Voice).

Both A-list players were fully armed at the time, Brent with a Les Paul featuring the ability to switch the humbucker pickups to TheUsualSuspectssplit coil, Jenee with her trusty fiddle.

Unfortunately both slipped through his hands and are once again on the loose. If spotted please call local law enforcement.


#1 Angel Eyes by Love and Theft still earning airplay royalties 5 years in! How Much?

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Co-writers: Eric Gunderson, Jeff Coplan and Eric Paslay
Released: November 14, 2011
Format: Digital download
Certified Platinum (over 1 million copies sold)

Chart Action:
August 25th, 2012 #1 Billboard Country
32 on the Billboard Hot 100
Canadian Hot 100 68
Released in 2011, and still earning performance royalties in 2017.

2016 performance royalties:
1st quarter $804.48
2nd quarter $849.20
3rd quarter $946.81
4th quarter $812.94

Sources of performance income:

1. Country radio
2. Satellite radio
3. Internet Audio and Music Videos


Songwriters Paid Monthly

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SESAC is now offering monthly royalty check payments. For details visit: http://www.sesac.com/News/News_Details.aspx?id=1793


What To Look For In A Music Publishing Contract

After many songwriting roads that led nowhere you are finally staring at a music publishing contract.

Should you sign it?

The first thing that may confuse you is terminology involving percentages.How can you sign away 100% of your rights and still keep 100%?

That’s because as far as the PRO’s (performing rights organizations ASCAP, BMI, SESAC) are concerned, a song is actually considered to be split into two parts, the songwriter’s portion and the publishing portion. View those two parts as separate entities each worth 100% and the light will come on.

By no means is this a comprehensive list but here are some points to look for and expect in a music publishing contract:

  1. The right to renegotiate or terminate the contract in 35 to 45 years.
  2. If this is a single song deal not tied to an impending release then an additional  reversion clause should be included, contingent on the publisher securing a recording and release by a certain date. If the publisher knows the contract is for a specific release already planned, the reversion clause either won’t appear, or a box will be checked saying the second, shorter reversion, doesn’t apply.
  3. The copyright is temporarily transferred to the publisher for the duration of the contract. That’s what assigning publishing rights entails.
  4. Expect a lot of points about lawsuits between you and the publisher. Very few music   publishing contracts end up disputed in court, but it can happen, mostly this will be the publisher covering his liability in that event. .
  5. The publisher will likely want the right to re-title and/or rewrite the composition as necessary. It sounds a little weird but there are many possible reasons a publisher needs that right. For example, a big name artist may be cutting a vocal for the song and decides he doesn’t like a line… can he change it? If time to track down the songwriter is spent the potential hit recording opportunity may be lost. Or perhaps a foreign publisher requires a translation. Or maybe the song is such a big hit someone wants to record a parody lyric. Maybe the song just isn’t working and the publisher thinks a rewrite is needed. You do lose some creative control but you still get your 100% songwriter’s share regardless of the changes and the publisher won’t likely back down on this point.

Should you sign? I’m not personally a big fan of seeing a lawyer every time you do a deal but if this is your first rodeo or your first with a new company, and certainly if there are clauses you don’t expect or don’t understand, have a lawyer look it over.

Also, unless you already have hit songs you may not have a lot of leverage to negotiate. If you start playing big time prima donna by asking for a lot of changes to points that are fairly standard, don’t be shocked if the publisher decides its not worth the hassle and revokes the offer.

But if something is seriously weird such as a clause where you give up the title to your home or could end up owing the publisher money then stand your ground, In fact if outlandish clauses are present maybe it’s best you be the one to walk- b.e.


Song Publisher In Nashville Accepting Submissions

Listen Again Music (BMI) located in the Nashville TN area is accepting songs from unpublished songwriters. They are currently in a catalog building phase, songs accepted and contracted will be promoted to major label and independent recording projects as well as film and Television. The “open doors” policy is for a limited time.

Interests are Country, Christian, Rock and Pop.

Extra consideration will be given to performers currently playing the song regularly in a live show.

Also, lump sum purchases of royalty streams and/or copyrights are being offered on songs that charted on the Billboard Top 40 and are no longer earning substantial royalties.

Click here for contact information and more complete information.