Industry Ink: Doug Seegers, Tim O’Brien, Norman Productions, TM Studios

Doug Seegers

Doug Seegers

A blog called The Bitter Southerner offers an in-depth look at the life of longtime Nashville songwriter Doug Seegers, who went from being homeless in Music City to stardom in Sweden.

Among those interviewed for the piece are A&R vet Tracy Gershon and musician/producer Will Kimbrough.

Read the story at

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Musician Tim O'Brien

Musician Tim O’Brien

Nashville non-profit writers’ collective The Porch is celebrating its first anniversary in January 2015 with a fundraiser featuring National Book Award-winning author Tim O’Brien and Nashville Grammy Award-winning musician Tim O’Brien. (Yes, two Tim O’Briens). The evening will include performances from local artists, moderated by author Andrew Maraniss.

“A Tale of Two Tims” will take place Jan. 17, 2015 at Green Door Gourmet (7011 River Road Pike in Nashville). The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., with general admission seating beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, visit

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Norman De Vasure is holding a Music Row coat drive this week. Employees can place a box in their Music Row offices, and boxes will be picked up on Friday (Dec. 19). All coats will be given to The Mission and Room In The Inn. These organizations give coats to the homeless for free.

For more information, contact Norman De Vasure at 615-320-7300, or at [email protected].

Donations can be made to The Nashville Mission, 639 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN 37212.

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tm studios logoTM Studios, a division of Westwood One, has announced that its 360 Country Imaging Service has created Brand. Brand features fully-customized and infused sound-alike intros for program directors who seek another way to sonically own the music in their markets. Stations can imbed their brand directly into the music, instead of around it.

“As Country music continues to evolve, it makes sense that Country radio gets the tools and toys previously locked-up by our friends in CHR,” says Ryan Drean, Creative Director at TM. “While multiple Country stations are launching in competitive markets, a jingle package may not always be the solution. BRAND doesn’t place a station’s name around the music; it performs it in the music.”

Brand pre-launched on Detroit’s 99.5 WYCD. Brand is a jingle alternative or add-on to TM’s 360 Country Imaging Service, which provides imaging and regularly-updated jingles created by Nashville singers and musicians. Stations receive fresh content each month.


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