The Middle Class Musician

Inspiring the Intentional Musician. For fans of: The Working Songwriter, Song Exploder, DIY Musician Podcast, The Fretboard Journal, This Nashville Life, And the Writer Is... Chasing Tone, Made It In Music, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes

In recent years, the music industry has been flipped on it's head due to advances in technology and a massive shift in how people consume music. This Nashville based podcast explores what it means to be an intentional musician and what it looks lik...Show More
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How to Walk Away from the Record Deal of Your Dreams (PART 1) | with Seth Alley

1:06:00 | Apr 23rd

What happens when everything goes according to plan:  you get a huge record deal  build a world class team around your music  Nashville is buzzing with hype about you But then... it all turns on you? That's exactly what we cover in my conversation ...Show More
How to Authentically Evolve Your Sound | with Holley Maher

1:22:31 | Mar 27th

Our first ever repeat guest!  We were so excited to catch up with Holley Maher (from episode 1) about what she's been up to for the last 5 years.  We cover:  Her journey of creating a pop side project  Her process to authentically stay relevant in t...Show More
Life as a Canadian Country Artist | with Justin LaBrash

1:21:18 | Feb 22nd

Have you ever wondered what its like to be a country artist outside the U.S.? To have a career around a genre that has its roots so firmly in American culture?    We talk all about that this week with Canadian Country artist Justin LaBrash.    Out di...Show More
The Inner Workings of an Indie Label | with Vian Izak

1:10:01 | Feb 8th

Kicking off season two with a GREAT conversation with Vian Izak - producer and founder of Vohnic Music.  -- We cover topics like -- understanding the "why" behind your own music  how to get on Spotify playlists  the role "community" plays in your cr...Show More
35 | Jordy Searcy (singer/songwriter)

1:17:20 | Nov 15th, 2018

Great chat this week that I think will be really inspiring to any songwriter and / or indie artist. This conversation covers:  why Jordy's debut album is actually his 5th album why taking control of your own music career is so important (especially ...Show More
34 | Tim Buell (drummer, online educator)

1:22:04 | Nov 7th, 2018

Trying to figure out the best way to leverage social media as a musician?  This one is for you.  In this week’s chat with drummer and educator Tim Buell, we cover: Creating passive income as a musician setting yourself up for a future in the music i...Show More
33 | Jessica Lamb (singer/songwriter)

1:14:27 | May 30th, 2018

This week we cover all things pertaining to the indie artist life with singer/songwriter Jessica Lamb. We talk about her motivations for songwriting, how she planned her first tour, how she handles other's opinions about her music, how she stays prod...Show More
32 | Charlie Lowell (member of Jars of Clay, HollowHum)

1:18:32 | Apr 26th, 2018

How do you reinvent yourself after being on the road for 20 years?  How do you balance family and touring?  What are strategies for growing a new network? What are the two main qualities to look for when deciding to collaborate with someone?  How do ...Show More
31 | Trevor Larkin (musician, guitarist for Allen Stone)

1:21:02 | Mar 15th, 2018

What's it like to be the guitarist for the Allen Stone band?  How does a band foster a positive "tour culture"? What is "road life" really like with a band?  How do you balance artistic integrity and the prompting of a label in the writing room?  Wha...Show More
30 | Chit Chat Monday

54:29 | Oct 31st, 2017

Andrew and Bryce do a casual deep dive into what their lives / careers are looking like at the moment. Some big announcements, discussions of the pros and cons of working from home and much more.  This episode is brought to you by Nashville For Hire ...Show More
29 | Whitherward (indie-folk duo)

1:08:43 | Oct 23rd, 2017

If you are an indie artist looking for tips on how to book shows and get out on the road more often. This one's for you.
28 | Jake McMullen (singer/songwriter)

1:03:03 | Jul 24th, 2017

Had the chance to sit down with Jake McMullen and chat about his new EP, L.A. vs Nashville, Social media fasting, the ups and downs of show banter, Spotify playlists, fostering individualism as an artist, approaching your music with a sense of play a...Show More
27 | Matt Urmy (artist and founder of Artist Growth)

1:12:34 | Apr 11th, 2017

Matt Urmy is the kind of intentional musician we talk about all the time on this show. An artist and an entrepreneur (among other things), Matt brought his wisdom about fueling and balancing the flames of multiple passions, what it was like to grow u...Show More
26 | Nate Dugger (of Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors)

1:23:13 | Mar 23rd, 2017

Nate Dugger came on to talk about playing with Drew Holcomb for well over a decade, building his own home studio, the recording process of Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors' new record "Souvenir", hyper produced albums vs first take style projects, pros...Show More
Introducing: Musician Builds a Business

15:09 | Feb 17th, 2017

So as I mentioned a few episodes ago, I've been working on creating a website/business called Nashville For Hire.  It is a place where people can hire out remote sessions from exclusively Nashville singers, musicians, audio engineers, songwriters, et...Show More
25 | Kyle Cummings (producer)

1:14:27 | Jan 20th, 2017

This week, I chatted with Kyle Cummings (freelance producer and musician) about how Nashville is changing, the pros and cons of having a home studio / working from home, going to school for music, how people didn't make fun of his name in High School...Show More
24 | Mike McHargue aka Science Mike (author, speaker)

52:38 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Special guest this week! Got to chat with Mike McHargue (better known as Science Mike) and had him bring his science knowledge to the topic of music.  We chatted about having open and honest discussions about faith, what your brain is doing when you ...Show More
23 | Chit Chat Monday

46:38 | Sep 19th, 2016

Andrew and Bryce give a deep dive into what's going on in their music careers.     Andrew's new single: ---  Discover the 3 things the successful musician does
22 | Derek Webb (singer/songwriter and co-founder of Noisetrade)

1:14:12 | Sep 7th, 2016

A super helpful chat this week with Derek Webb (singer/songwriter and co-founder of Noisetrade) about how Noisetrade began, seeing the music business as niche business, how to use fan data to make a living, using creativity for music and business, gi...Show More
21 | Joseph DeNatale (singer/songwriter, Faint Peter)

1:10:14 | Jul 27th, 2016

Sat down this week with Joseph DeNatale (singer/songwriter) who's main project is called Faint Peter.   We chatted about living in Seattle, mushroom death suits, "Nashville Songwriting", his album Redoubt, what it means to be "spiritual", how we had ...Show More
20 | Annie Clements (bassist/vocalist for Jennifer Nettles, Amos Lee, Holly Williams)

1:10:32 | Jul 13th, 2016

This week, chatted with Annie Clements about playing for Sugarland, click track verses no click track while playing live, following the lead vocalist for "pocket", how to manage the relationship between the artist and the hired musician, her time at ...Show More
19 | Amos Heller (bassist for Taylor Swift)

1:18:53 | Mar 30th, 2016

This week we chatted with Amos Heller (bassist for Taylor Swift) about moving to Nashville, how Taylor Swift's 1989 tour differed from Swift's past tours, how to balance family and traveling, what he would do if he wasn't doing music, playing bass ju...Show More
18 | Chit Chat Monday (Thursday)

34:00 | Mar 24th, 2016

It's Chit Chat Monday time once again.  Check in with Bryce and Andrew and see what projects they are working on, what's paying the bills, what's working and what's not!      For a free ebook on creating a house show tour, go to: More
17 | Ellery Bonham (singer/songwriter, EZA)

1:10:57 | Mar 16th, 2016

Sat down with Ellery Bonham this week (EZA) to talk about staying motivated and busy as an artist, how to deal with trademark issues, her success on Spotify, recording a full length album vs. releasing singles, what life is like once you are Facebook...Show More
16 | Planning a House Show Tour (feat. Katie Basden)

1:12:20 | Mar 7th, 2016

Back in November, Andrew and Katie Basden went on a 1 month house show tour up the East Coast.  For this episode, they chat all about what they learned from their experiences and how to plan a house show from start to finish  If you are an artist loo...Show More
15 | Chit Chat Monday

46:40 | Feb 29th, 2016

This week, Andrew and Bryce start a new bi-weekly segment that gives a deep dive into their current journey in the music business.  What projects are they working on? How are they paying the bills?  What's working and what's not?  All that and more o...Show More
14 | Jarrod Morris (worship/ music pastor)

1:10:41 | Jan 4th, 2016

This week I sat down with Jarrod Morris (worship pastor as Crosspoint Church) to talk about doing music in a church setting, time management in a pastoral position, saying things you'll regret in ten years, how to engage a congregation from a musical...Show More
13 | Rich Redmond (drummer for Jason Aldean)

1:03:10 | Oct 28th, 2015

Sat down this week with Rich Redmond and chatted about playing for Jason Aldean, “The Three Kings”, how to do more than just play shows and drink beer, how to stay busy, why old people don’t like netflix, why he keeps a car in L.A., his “Crash Course...Show More
12 | Dane Schmidt (Jamestown Story)

1:00:57 | Sep 2nd, 2015

This week, chatted with Dane Schmidt (of Jamestown Story) about being an independent artist, his songwriting process, his pet pig, moving to Nashville knowing no one, how he got into TV/Film sync, how to stay motivated, his other entrepreneurial ende...Show More
11 | Jill and Kate (singer/songwriter duo)

1:00:07 | Aug 13th, 2015

This week sat down with singer/songwriter duo Jill and Kate and chatted about how they aren’t actually twin sisters (or are they?), what singer/songwriters actually do during the day, harmonizing games for road trips, singing background vocals for Ke...Show More
10 | Zach Runquist (utility player for Lee Ann Womack)

1:10:05 | Aug 5th, 2015

This week, sat down with Zach Runquist (utility player for Lee Ann Womack) and chatted about positive thinking, creating multiple income streams, taking action, how reading has changed his life, staying physically healthy, his line of leather apparel...Show More
9 | Josh Collum (artist and partner at Sorted Noise)

54:53 | Jun 10th, 2015

This week, sat down with Josh Collum (parter and Business Developer at Sorted Noise, as well as lead singer of “Secrets in Stereo” music group) about whiskey, being in a show in choir, how to write songs for TV/Film, making friends with supervisors, ...Show More
8 | Brian Johnson (season 8 of the Voice)

54:52 | Jun 4th, 2015

This week, sat down with Brian Johnson (top 12 on season 8 of the Voice) and chatted about his experience on the voice, calling the winner from day one, #hosanna, his new EP, trying to put some authentic music out in the Christian music industry, his...Show More
7 | Seth Penn (bassist and producer)

1:01:03 | Apr 15th, 2015

This week, chatted with Seth Penn (freelance bassist and producer) about owning a studio, high  school garage bands, Super Smash Bros, majoring in music, LOST and much more!   If you are enjoying the show, please take a moment to review on iTunes.  M...Show More
6 | Kristen Rogers (background vocalist for A Thousand Horses)

1:16:18 | Apr 9th, 2015

This week I chatted with Kristen Rogers (background singer for A Thousand Horses) about singing rap hooks, starting singing at a young age, turning the podcast into a competition, whether or not she was the favorite child and much more!  Ending song ...Show More
5 | Josh Hawkins (composer for TV/Film)

58:41 | Apr 1st, 2015

This week, sat down with Josh Hawkins (composer for TV/Film) and chatted about New York City vs. Nashville, breaking into the composing world, doing music in a 9-5 routine, his side project Super Duper, his DAW of choice, LEGO movie and much more!   ...Show More
4 | Caleb Gilbreath (drummer for Brett Eldredge)

50:57 | Mar 25th, 2015

Caleb Gilbreath is the drummer for Brett Eldredge and a freelance musician. We chatted about being a freelance drummer, how to stay productive in the down time of tour life, how to transition from one gig to another, string theory, the Patriots using...Show More
3 | Jamelle and Brandon Fraley (Two Story Road)

1:21:00 | Mar 16th, 2015

This week, chatted with Jamelle and Brandon Fraley about their years as background vocalists on the road with Carrie Underwood and Gretchen Wilson, setting out to record their first album as a country duo, how to network without being "that guy", the...Show More
2 | Aaron Krause (singer/songwriter and producer)

1:03:18 | Mar 16th, 2015

Aaron is a singer/songwriter, producer and freelance musician living in Nashville, TN.   We chatted about having an entrepreneurial approach to being a musician, producing/recording your own music, time management, the "driving with the windows do...Show More
1 | Holley Maher (Music Licensing)

1:03:08 | Mar 16th, 2015

Holley is singer/songwriter with credits on TV shows such as "The Fosters,", "The Vineyard," "the Real L Word," "Gallery Girls" and "The Real World".  Not to mention songs placed on national advertising campaigns for companies such as Cheerios, Ikea,...Show More
0 | Introduction

07:39 | Mar 16th, 2015

In recent years, the music industry has been flipped on it's head due to advances in technology and a massive shift in how people consume music. The  The middle class musician is the music professional who is still finding a way to make a living in t...Show More