An Open Letter To The Songwriters Of Country Music – Never Leave Nashville

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First of all, I’m not a songwriter.

The only songs I’ve ever tried to write were when I was drunk and they’re garbage. That’s why I have such a respect for the songwriters that make the country music world turn. It’s not easy. I never knew how much I loved country music until I went to a CMA Songwriter Series with Brett James, Lee Miller, Jim Collins & Ryan Hurd. It was amazing.

I was first inspired to write this after hearing Charles Kelley’s “Leaving Nashville” and after listening to it 8,000 times I can really resonate with it. Not because I write songs, but because I know what it’s like to grind day in and day out to make a name for yourself.

That being said, don’t give up.

When you first get to Nashville and don’t have a clue how to even begin, keep going. When you’re spending hours and hours pouring out your heart, just for people to tell you your’re shit, keep going. When you’re spending hours and hours writing songs that nobody wants to cut, keep going. When you’re spending Friday night inside because you want to write more and more songs, keep going.

When you get that first hold and then don’t get another for six months, keep going. When you are performing at writer’s rounds and people have no idea who you are, keep going. When you get that first cut and it’s track 9 on some album that nobody is going to hear, keep going. When you have no money and your friends do, keep going. When you feel like quitting, keep going. When you lay in bed, staring at the ceiling wondering if it’s all worth it, keep going. It is.

Never leave Nashville.

We need you.



Country music fans.

A beer bottle on a dock


A beer bottle on a dock