Songwriting tips for country bands

More songwriting tips for country bands

I like to start an independent country music publishing company and am looking for an administrator. How do I go about finding a good one? What are the basic jobs of an administrator and where do they find money?

You can advertise in any number of country music trades like Billboard or contact organizations that deal with music industry employment (NARIP, for one) to find someone to handle your publishing catalog. Country Publishing administrators wear many hats, from trying to place music to collecting money to making sure the paperwork is up to date. Administrators find money in almost anything that uses country music.

What is problably the best publishing/ownership of song arrangements for a band in which only one member writes the songs?

The best arrangement is for the ones who write the song lyric to have it clearly stated that they wrote the songs. Consult an music attorney. You need to get a clear agreement as to who owns what.

My country song was on the radio, shouldn’t I get royalties?

You must be signed up with a performing rights organization like BMI. professionals collect money from radio stations and distribute them as royalties to songwriters. You can only get paid from radio play if you are affiliated with a professional.

This broad and popular genre prides itself in being the heartbeat of the working class. Its common messages and plain language ("Write it like you talk it" is a popular saying among country songwriters) have been the benchmark of a form that started in the rural south and spread like a wildfire to all points North, East, and West. Nashville, Tennessee, has been this genre's launching pad since the 1930s and is now Music City to practically all types of music. This category breaks down into two primary types:

All kinds of country music

Traditional country includes hillbilly, country and western, and blue grass music.

Pop country , also known as new country, is where pop rock arranging meets the more traditional style of country.


If you live and breathe traditional country and it feels as comfortable as a broken-in pair of cowboy boots, then by all means, follow that old dusty road, no matter where you hail from. But if you don't really feel natural or are just trying to "cash in," you'd better know that no one can spot a wooden nickel quicker than country folk.

Traditional country

If you want to write country songs, it's good to know your roots . The following segments will fill you in on the parts that can help you create your country song. Find some of the songs by the people or groups we mention and pick them apart to see what made them so successful.


Traditional country's appeal lies in its simplicity. It can be clever and intelligent, but it never aims over the head of the common man — nor does it talk down to him.

Traditional country music originally came from the Appalachian Mountains where people sang and played fiddles (violins), guitars, autoharps, and banjos. During the 1960s, Johnny Cash became a superstar followed by Willie Nelson, and George Jones is considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, traditional country singer around. One of the most popular traditional country artists today is singer/songwriter Alan Jackson. In 2002, he won three Academy of Country Music awards including Top Male Vocalist of the Year, and his song "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" won Song of the Year and Single of the Year.

There are two types of traditional country:

Country and western : Western music came about when country musicians, many from Oklahoma and Texas, started using western themes their music and began wearing colorful western clothes. The biggest stars were Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Country music grew dramatically in the 1940s. In order to market both country and western music in the same genre, the record industry came up with the name "country and western" to include both genres.

Bluegrass : This type of country music is acoustic Typical country music instruments used are the upright bass fiddle, acoustic guitar, Dobro, banjo, fiddle (violin), and mandolin. With a continued up-shift in popularity of bluegrass country music, you may want to consider songwriting in that genre. In order to become successful, it's necessary to immerse yourself in the country music, especially in its country roots. songwriters/performers from California.

Pop country or new country

Pop country : is a wayward cousin of country who came to visit for the weekend and somehow became a permanent member of the household. In doing so, some of the rough edges of country were knocked off and substituted with some of the slick chord changes and production values of pop and rock.

Pop country is quite a different genre than traditional country. In traditional country, the songs were simple, using three-chords, and dealt with real-world issues. Pop country songs, on the other hand, are often simple pop songs with a country feel and usually use more chords than the typical three-chord traditional song (like using the 2, 6, and 3 chords more frequently and even other more tantalizing chords such as the diminished, half-diminished, and sustained forth chords). The hit song "Amazed" (written by Marv Green, Chris Lindsey, and Aimee Mayo; performedby Lonestar) that crossed over into the pop charts actually uses three separate keys: one for the verses, one for the pre-chorus, and another for the chorus.