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Nashville: Indie Artist Forum & TuneCore Live Breakdown

TuneCore Indie Artist Forum

We’re less than two weeks out from our second ever Indie Artist Forum (Saturday, February 20th) at the Acme Feed & Seed, and this time we’re taking the fun to Nashville! With so many hardworking independent music makers living in one place, it only makes sense that we’d choose this city to connect with them.

There’s some exciting artists, industry professionals and performers that have been announced so far, and just like during our inaugural Indie Artist Forum in LA last September, we’ll be coupling the event with a special TuneCore Live: Nashville edition later that evening.

The good news is: you can still RSVP to the Forum! The better news is: if you cannot make the Forum, you can still come party with us at TuneCore Live afterward! Regardless, you can keep reading to learn more about the awesome guests that will be joining us next weekend.

Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton Indie Artist Forum

Yes, you read that correctly. The legendary Peter Frampton will be joining us at the Acme Feed & Seed to bestow some of his wisdom onto an ambitious crowd of indie artists, songwriters, producers, and MCs. And believe us, this dude has some wisdom: at the age of 16, he landed British pop hits fronting The Herd; from there Frampton went on to form the successful Humble Pie alongside Steve Marriott of Small Faces as an 18-year old. Concurrently, he was working as session guitarist with artists like Harry Nilsson, George Harrison, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

You likely know Frampton best as a solo artist, as he’s achieved significant success since the early 70s, perhaps most notably with his hugely popular 1976 release, Frampton Comes Alive!, which sold over 17 million copies worldwide.

GRAMMY Award winner? Check. Rolling Stone cover? Check. Appearances on The Simpsons and Oprah? Check. This guy’s been places and seen things – and we’re absolutely honored that he’ll be joining us for the Indie Artist Forum.

John Marks
John Marks Indie Artist Forum

Ever wonder how some of the hottest country singles become hits? For awhile, many industry professionals would likely tell you John Marks played a key role. As the Country Music Programmer at SiriusXM, he helped push the format into the top 5 on the massive satellite radio provider. With his famed station, The Highway, Marks took chances on new music and helped propel artists into the spotlight.

More recently, John Marks joined the streaming giant known as Spotify as their Head of Global Programming, Country Music, and is on pace to make a similar if not greater impact on the lives of artists and music fans alike.

Other Guests Include…

  • R.LUM.R – Nashville newcomer and alternative R&B artist
  • Genevieve Jewell Thompson – Partner at Back 40 Entertainment, a label, publishing and management company based in Nashville.
  • Charlie Peacock – songwriter, session musician and producer who helped develop The Civil Wars
  • Craig Wiseman – publisher and songwriter who has written with/for Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton & more
  • Drew Simmons – artist manager and GM of Foundations Artist Management
  • Like Strangers – country duo comprised of brothers Bob & Clint Moffatt
  • Justin Klump – hard touring, Nashville-based singer/songwriter

TuneCore Live: Nashville

As we said, whether you’re hanging out with us all day at the Forum or can’t join us until the evening, we’re continuing our Acme Feed & Seed takeover into the wee hours as we present our first ever TuneCore Live event in Nashville. Doors will be at 8, it’s free entry, 21+, and you can RSVP for that here on Facebook. Get the lowdown on the bands performing:

Ray Scott

For many, Ray needs no introduction. His first album, My Kind Of Music, was released in 2005 and the title track quickly became a Top 40 hit. Since then Ray has released three independent albums and has found success touring with songs like his hit “Those Jeans” and “Drinkin’ Beer.”

Ray is the only independent artist in the GAC Hall of Fame and his style of traditional country music has also earned him a strong following in Europe. “Drinkin’ Beer” was the #1 Song of 2014 on the United Kingdom’s Hot Disc chart.”

Meghan Linsey

At age 14, Meghan started playing shows with her own band and a short year later she was opening for acts such as Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton at events around Louisiana and Texas.

In 2015, Meghan takes her new musical journey to a national level as a contestant on NBC’s The Voice. ‘I’ve always been a risk taker, and as an artist, I want to continue to challenge myself and push the boundaries. I’m looking forward to The Voice as an opportunity to grow and to reach an even broader fan base!'”


A brand new indie pop band based in Nashville, we’re excited that they chose TuneCore Live to be their FIRST live performance! For more info on this up and coming band, check out their website and sign up for email updates. Trust us, this is gonna be sweet!

One more time folks – you can RSVP for the Indie Artist Forum here, and hit up the Facebook page to RSVP for TuneCore Live. Hope to see you out in Nashville!


Interview: Jessie James Decker on Her Holiday Release

Jessie James Decker stays busy. She’s a burgeoning country music star who tours and records for an ever-growing fan base, is mom to two children and married to NFL wide receiver Eric Decker, and was cast on two different reality TV shows (Eric & Jessie: Game On and Redneck Island)! While not all independent artists are expected to juggle this kind of schedule, Jessie does so with style and grace.

Hitting the stage for a talent show at the age of nine, Decker was bit by the country music bug early. After years of hard work trying to stand out and make waves in Nashville as a songwriter and performer, she landed a deal with Mercury Records, who aimed to position her music in the ‘pop’ world. A ‘country girl at heart’, Jessie eventually began releasing her music with Big Yellow Dog Music (distributed via TuneCore) and embraced her desire to continue creating true country tunes.

In early December, Jessie released This Christmas, and we wanted to chat with her about her journey, the indie country scene, and the benefits of releasing and recording holiday music. Check it out below:

You’ve been performing country music since you were a young kid. What is it about this genre that drew you in and truly developed into a passion for you?

Jessie James Decker: I grew up all in the south so it was so natural to just fall in love with country music at an early age. It was always on the radio in the car! LeAnn Rimes was my first record and I learned how to yodel listening to her version of “Cowboy’s Sweetheart”. I actually used to yodel in competitions when I was younger. I was always drawn in by the stories. The music is all about being real and true to yourself—and that’s how I live my life.

Tell us about the differences between recording under a major label and an independent label like Big Yellow Dog Music.

I’ve loved the freedom of writing and recording music on my own over the past few years and really letting my fans guide the process. They’re very quick to tell me what they love and what they don’t! With the way the music world keeps changing, I feel like we are beginning to not need to rely on a label anymore. I have sold more singles and albums than a ton of signed artists who actually have hits on major labels. It’s all about the fans!

You’ve had an inside look at the Nashville indie scene for over a decade now. What are some of the biggest hurdles you see facing indie country artists?

I think it’s just about getting the word out there. I’m very fortunate to have the support of my fans. I’ve been lucky enough to go #1 on iTunes with my releases just based on the strength of my fan base.

Similarly, what kind of new opportunities for artists in this scene have you seen arise in the past 5-10 years?

Social media has opened so many doors. It’s a great way to give people a taste of what you’re working on and let them know it’s out there.


What is it about the holiday season that inspired you to release last year’s “Baby! It’s Christmas” and this year’s This Christmas?

Spending time with my family during the holidays is the best and that has inspired my original Christmas music . Eric definitely inspired those two singles and a song called “My Santa Claus”, which is one of my favorite originals on my new Christmas album.

Do you have any fun family traditions around the holidays? How important was music during the Christmas season growing up?

My mama was always playing music at Christmas! My favorite was Amy Grant’s Christmas album that my mom would play over and over again! I loved being able to record some of my favorite classics, like Vince Vance & the Valiants “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” for my Christmas album. I also did a duet of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with Joe Nichols and included a bonus version with Eric for the fans, which they are loving!

It’s pretty cool to consider that you’re giving your kids these personal Christmas songs to enjoy each season. How has having children affected your songwriting otherwise?

Being a mother and wife has definitely matured me. I think more about what I’m writing and putting out there now! But I still think it’s important to be yourself even when you’re a mom, so my perspective hasn’t changed too much. I just brought Vivianne on stage with me at the Opry to sing “This Christmas”. She loves being on stage and insisted on coming up with me. She’s such a little entertainer already.