Songwriter Dan Thompson Visits Nashville To Record Vocal Tracks For His CD Album, 1st single getting radio adds daily, 23 stations yesterday!Posted: July 6, 2015
Hi all! A hit song in the making?
On 10-29-15 Nashville Trax received a request by a program director in the U.K. for a copy of Dan Thompson’s single release, “Miles and Miles” because she noticed it rising rapidly on the European Spin Scan (SOCAN) list. Nothing surprising, we get requests from music publishers, artists and record companies for client’s songs all the time.
But when we forwarded the PD’s request to Dan we discovered that due to Dan’s promotional efforts, the song, produced by Bill Watson of Nashville Trax, is being played on BBC radio, the largest station in the U.K., which has fueled the song’s addition to rotation on multiple stations.
How do you spell r-o-y-a-l-t-i-e-s?
This just in from Dan today:
“Yesterday (Nov. 3rd) Twenty-three traditional SOCAN reporting over-the-air and SOCAN reporting Internet radio stations in the U.S., Canada and Europe downloaded Miles and Miles for airplay use. Good reviews are coming in daily. A screen shot of the report is attached.”
Update from Dan: 12-3-15 “Miles & Miles is #2 on the top 10 Downloads on the STS tracking system. So going great, just need to finish the album!”
New Music Weekly, the #1 magazine serving the radio industry and music business, also did this press release on their site:
“Recording Artist, Danny Thompson is tearing up the air-waves once again with the title track release off his new album entitled: “Miles & Miles”. The current single, Miles & Miles, is receiving airplay all across Canada, England, North Ireland, Sweden, Poland, Australia, Switzerland, Japan and parts of the USA.
The new single has already positioned at 38 on the top 40 up and coming Country Internet Charts by STS USA, and is expected to move to the top 10 in the next couple of weeks.” N.M.W.
Editor’s note: Over the past few weeks Miles has risen from position 38, as of December 24th, it’s in position #3 . It’s also entered the top 40 AC/Hot AC main Charts, at #38 with over 2000 spins.
Exciting times for Dan!
Bill Watson, of Nashville Trax Recording Studios has produced client projects many ways: sometimes turnkey using session singers, never meeting the client; sometimes having the client in for the entire project from initial rhythm tracking to mix. In this case, Dan came to town for only the vocal session.
Dan sent, via e-mail, the mp3 roughs of three songs he penned to Watson, who wrote the arrangement, hired session players and produced the music. He then sent Dan a music mix to practice with. Dan then drove to the Nashville area from Canada (8 hours and only $70 in gas!).
Shawn Conley engineered while Watson coached/produced Dan’s vocal. The teamwork paid off with results so stunning that Dan has decided to move forward with a full CD album!
Here’s a clip of the song Dan penned for his son, a long haul trucker, who was tragically killed in an accident involving his rig just a few months after “Miles and Miles” was written:
Vocals: Dan Thompson
Drums: Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts)
Guitars: Tom Wild (B. J. Thomas, Mindy McCready, Brenda Lee)
Bass Guitar: Bill Watson (Nashville Trax’ producer)
Fiddle: Jenee Fleenor (Blake Shelton)
Tracking, Mix and Mastering Engineering: Bill Watson, Shawn Conley
Produced/Arranged: Bill Watson
And please do give a listen to Dan’s song from the same session, “Only Rednecks Do It Like That”:
As well as his traditional country song, “Our Love”:
*These mp3 samples will be louder in volume than most on this blog site because they went through the additional step of mastering.
** Only Rednecks Do It Like That, Our Love and Miles and Miles © 2015 Dan Thompson and are provided as a demonstration of production values only. Any other use violates U.S. and International copyright law. Requests for copies by program directors for radio rotation and requests by other parties interested in recording or performing these songs or using them in TV, film or other commercial use, e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org will be forwarded to the songwriter and/or publisher.
Here’s the initial mix of the first song completed for the Dan Thompson debut album. It’s titled “Rednecks Do It Like That”
It still has some engineering work scheduled but this is fairly close to what it will sound like. The mastering process will also add some polish.
The picture above was taken as Aaron McDaris actually played his part on the recording using the banjo that Sonny Osbourne used on the original recording of Rocky Top in 1967!
The banjo part is occasional and subtle but is still a very important part that keeps the song chugging along.
“Dan Thompson is singing and playing rhythm guitar. When He wrote Rednecks Do It Like That the original hook line/title used a word that rhymes with “it” but might have limited potential radio airplay. Just as I was about to mention to Dan that maybe we should reconsider using a “swear word” repeatedly throughout the tune that might limit its appeal, Dan realized the problem and rewrote it replacing the word with “it”.
I recently discussed the subject of the current state of country radio airplay yesterday with a friend who’s well connected with radio programmers and the powers that be on Music Row. These days song after song is about the same few subjects, “Why is that? I asked.” What they related, is that basically, due to a few monster hits, if a song isn’t about pickup trucks. tailgating out in the woods, tractors, rednecks, mud. etc. people are afraid to cut it, fearing it won’t be a hit. So Rednecks Do It Like That doesn’t break any new ground in that regard, but rather, aims right at what country has become in 2014- b. e.
Rednecks Do It Like That is © 2014, Dan Thompson, produced by Bill Watson. Used by permission. Intended for demonstration of production values only. All other uses prohibited under U.S. and International Copyright law. If you’re interested in recording or performing this song please let us know and we’ll forward your request to the songwriter and music publisher