Industry Ink: Jack White’s Third Man Records, Walker Hayes, Songwriting University

Jack White’s Third Man Records Launches Quarterly Print Magazine

Third Man Records launched a full-color, quarterly print magazine, Maggot Brain, edited by Detroit music writer Mike McGonigal. The inaugural issue features Alice Coltrane, Swell Maps, Malls Across America, Mia Zapata, Dilla’s ‘Donuts’, Luc Sante, Vibrant Detroit Sign Painting, Mayakovsky, Index, Big Joanie, How To Resist Ice, Daniel Johnston, Les Filles Des Illeghidad, Swampfest, The KLF’s Greatest Pranks, and more.

The December/January/February issue is available now, and yearly four-issue subscriptions can be purchased at Third Man’s online store.


Walker Hayes Donates $10K To HOPE International

Pictured (L-R): Walker Hayes, Craig Cooper, Laura Cooper (HOPE International), Kristin Vinton (HOPE International). Photo: Robert Chavers

In honor of Giving Tuesday (Dec. 3), Walker Hayes played to a packed house at Nashville’s Listening Room Cafe, with 100% of the proceeds going to HOPE International, via Walker’s Be A Craig Fund. In addition to proceeds from the show, the Be A Craig Fund donated a total of $10,000 to HOPE International – an organization that invests in the dreams of families in the world’s underserved communities through services, and loans that restore dignity and break the cycle of poverty.


Michael Blanton, Gary Glover, Billy Sprague, Joe Beck Launch Songwriting University

Former A&R Executive/Producer Michael Blanton (Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith), entrepreneur Gary Glover (founder of Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine), and songwriters Billy Sprague and Joe Beck have teamed to launch the Nashville-based online platform Songwriting University. The service offers one-on-one access to top songwriters, allowing users to book a two-hour session online or in-person with a hit songwriter.

“Co-writing with great songwriters is one of the best ways to hone your craft. Collaborating with experienced professionals not only broadens your musical and lyrical scope, but it can also expand your network to get songs heard and possibly recorded,” says multi-award winning songwriter, producer, playwright, and musician Wayne Kirkpatrick. “Songwriting University creates the opportunity to connect with seasoned songwriters you could never connect with otherwise and help raise your game.”

Songwriting University is kicking off its launch by hosting an online songwriting competition with a $10,000 grand prize. Other cash prizes will be awarded to the winner and runner up in each genre category. Original songs can be entered now at


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