1) Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to help others understand the music business. We all appreciate it. My question is, after you write a song and have it copyrighted, how do you pitch it to an artist to record it? I’m not able to drive all over the place to get someone to listen. So just how do you go about getting them heard?
That’s a good question, particularly for someone who is not affiliated with a publishing company. For those of us who are, the publishers employ “song pluggers” to take songs to record companies, producers, and artists. You might try submitting some of what you feel are your best songs to a publisher and see what kind of feedback you get there. Just make sure it’s not a company that asks you to pay them to publish your song. Those are rip-offs. You might also contact the Nashville Songwriters Association and ask for their advice. They are a wonderful organization with helpful programs for aspiring writers. You can contact them at www.nashvillesongwriters.com. I wish you the best of luck.
2) In your October newsletter there was a question on who gets into the Hall of Fame. Please advise how the inductees are picked and who votes for them.
I asked the CMA to share their guidelines with me, and I got a four-page, single-spaced reply. Obviously, I can’t print it all here. Basically, a Hall of Fame nominating committee nominates a slate of candidates, another committee of not less than 100 Hall of Fame electors narrows that list to five, and the membership of the Country Music Association votes on the final ballot. Nominees are not eligible until they have accumulated a minimum of 20-years of national prominence. The Veterans category is similar, but those nominees, who have to have been in the music business 40-years or longer, are selected and voted on by people who have also been in the business that length of time. There are lots of other little ins-and-outs, but that’s the gist of the story.
3) I am looking for a 16×20 or larger picture of you. No 8×10 please.
I have no idea where you might find such an animal or if one even exists. The largest pictures we have available are the 8×10’s. Maybe you could take one of those to a photo shop and ask them to enlarge it. It might be worth a try.
4) I am writing to tell you that I just started going to Waffle House after I heard your song, “Waffle House Christmas.” I love it, and never would have tried it if it hadn’t been for your song. So my question is, what is your favorite meal there?
Page Two on the menu! I’m only kidding, of course, but I’ve yet to find anything there that I don’t enjoy. I probably order the Hashbrown Breakfast Bowl more often than anything. I like it with bacon and diced tomatoes. And my favorite thing to do at Waffle House is to go into the various locations and ask if Kid Rock is working today!
I love your questions and always enjoy trying to answer them. We had several this month from folks wanting to know when we’ll be touring in places like Washington state, Michigan, south Texas, Arizona, and so forth. Please know that I don’t schedule and promote my own shows like many of the top artists do these days. I go where my booking agent sends me. If you’d like to see us in person in your area, contact the venues where they bring in shows and ask them to try and schedule us. Tell them we are booked through Kinkead Entertainment in Nashville. Thanks, and here’s hoping we’ll see lots of you soon.
As always, you can contact me with your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll look forward to hearing from you.