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Nashville Explores Country/Rock Concoctions on Podcast 16

Posted in News on December 4, 2006

BMI continues to share tomorrow's music today with its groundbreaking "See It Hear First" new artist podcast series - the first of its kind in the music industry. Available at bmi.com/podcast, edition #16 samples a trio of new sounds emerging from Nashville. Songwriters and artists Eli Young Band, Stephanie Chapman and Trent Summar's collective sounds may stray from those of Hank Williams, but he's always in the back of their minds.

BMI's "See It Hear First" podcast has become an important tool for exposing new BMI songwriters and artists to key industry professionals and fans alike. Since its release in May 2005, millions of listeners from around the world have tuned in to discover new music from a broad range of genres and regions. Past 'cast artists like singer/songwriter Brendan James, rockers somedaynew, Latin hip-hop artist Cosculluela, Canadian crossover band Soul Kid #1 and country-pop combo the Zac Brown Band have all grabbed the industry's attention through the BMI podcast, with some landing major recording and publishing deals, and others on the verge of being signed.

In addition to hearing great music from an array of new talent like this edition's three rising Nashville stars, podcast listeners can also vote for their favorite artist to help them win a CD duplication package from Disc Makers, the leading CD manufacturer for the independent musician. Winners get 1,000 discs, a prize with a promotional value of more than $10,000.

Tune in to bmi.com/podcast to hear all 16 editions of the BMI podcast, the first in the music industry to be listed in Apple's podcast directory. The "See It Hear First" series is also available from iTunes, from Yahoo!, or though Pod2Mob.com.

Podcast #16 Featured artists

The Eli Young Band loves a good honky-tonk song. Mixing dance hall nostalgia with admiration for peppy rock and roll comes naturally to the Texas-based quartet, and they pull off their infectious country/pop rock hybrid with ease. Co-founders Mike Eli and James Young attended primo music institution the University of North Texas at Denton, where they met future bandmates Chris Thompson and Jon Jones. Graceful lyrics explore everyday scenarios with honesty that stems simply from living the songs they sing. Get hooked on Eli Young Band here on "So Close Now."

Virginia native Stephanie Chapman's distinct vocals turn heads from the get-go, ensnaring listeners with their ethereal delicacy. As a songwriter, her voice is developed and unique, visiting universal themes of heartbreak and loss, as well as dipping into homespun, lighter fare from her own happy childhood. Cuts with luminaries Bonnie Raitt and Trisha Yearwood illustrate Stephanie's country/rock versatility and maturity as a writer. Hear this skilled poet tell one of her stories on "Bulletproof."

Trent Summar smirks at expectations and the status quo, finding humor and poignancy in exploring the unexpected life lessons that hit everyday. Trent calls his music "farm rock," and with help from his band, the New Row Mob, he coolly personifies the moniker. From penning Jack Ingram's brassy single "Love You" to his own "Pink John Deere," the native Tennessean packs an inimitable punch with every syllable. Summar's live show emits an energy that is both contagious and raw. Learn more about Trent Summar here in BMI's exclusive interview with the singer/songwriter, and listen to his single "Horseshoes and Hand Grenades."