By Ali Bartlett
I've been listening to Matthew Perryman Jones since his Swallow The Sea album came out in 2008. I was a 12 year old aspiring songwriter at the time, and would go back and forth from Atlanta to Nashville to go to writers' rounds and to experience new music. My music tastes began to broaden from what my friends were listening to (at the time probably a lot of Miley Cyrus and The Black Eyed Peas), and started to lean towards writers like Bon Iver, Amos Lee, and, of course, Matthew Perryman Jones. Singer/songwriters like MPJ influenced not only my writing but also the music that I listen to today. I'm forever thankful that I drifted away from the Top 20 and into a world of music filled with even more emotion and creativity than one might normally find on the mainstream charts. Matthew has an extraordinary way of combining effortless melodies with gripping lyrics that just tears you up a little bit inside. Here's a playlist of my faves!
By Ali Bartlett
Nashville is a city with a never ending abundance of record stores. From new to used, every size, any decade, you have an option. I've been collecting vinyl since I was about 16, and I started my collection back home in Atlanta. In my hometown, there was only one record store within a 20 mile radius, and it had super weird hours and a very limited selection. When I moved up here, I was so psyched that I had what seemed like limitless access to records. There's way too many to rank 'em all (I don't think I've even been to all of them), but here are some of my go-to's!
Grimey's is the first record store I visited in Nashville. It's super homey and the staff is really cool and knowledgable. I can usually find anything I'm looking for here, and if not they'll kindly order it for you! Grimey's Too is also awesome for used records or even finding a good book! AND Frothy Monkey has a store inside the building, which makes Grimey's Too the ultimate chill spot to listen to some music, drink coffee and feed your record collecting addiction.
2. THIRD MAN RECORDS
Do I like Third Man just because I'm obsessed with everything Jack White touches? Yep. But I'm cool with that. Jack has a select roster of artists on his label, so if you're looking for a large selection of artists, this really isn't the place for you. However, it's a super cool place and you can even make your own record! You may even find an old record by our very own Secret Sisters there. Definitely recommend checking it out.
3. FOND OBJECT
I actually just visited Fond Object for the first time a few weeks ago. It's a cool, vintage shop located in East Nashville that sells not only records but retro clothes, furniture, and memorabilia! This store has a unique vibe. You may never know what you might come walking out of Fond Object with!
4. VINYL TAP
I mean ... what goes better together than records and beer? This place is genius and also a really fun time! They have a pretty wide selection of records and have a lot of seating to hang out with friends, chill, drink, and listen to some good music! If you're looking for something different to do one night, try Vinyl Tap.
By Callie Paige
We're keeping our artists busy this summer with shows at our favorite spots in Nashville! For those artists who live in the South (we wish we could be in Portland too, Fort Atlantic!), we love getting them to play some of the best concert series that Nashville has to offer each summer. Come hang out with us while it's still warm!
The Secret Sisters
Grand Ole Opry, July 21st
If you missed The Secret Sisters at The Opry last time, have no fear because they are back and we are thrilled about it. We, at Olivia Management, absolutely love The Opry. There is always, without a doubt, good people playing good music there. Once an artist plays at The Opry, it is like they have joined this big, happy, country family. The Opry is a Nashville staple, so be there on Friday, July 21st to see The Secret Sisters...and more. You won't regret it.
Musicians Corner, August 12th
Can't make it to The Opry on July 21st? That's okay because The Secret Sisters are also playing Musicians Corner on Saturday, August 12th! If you haven't heard of Musicians Corner, it is a series of FREE music events in Centennial Park. We love Musicians Corner because of the sense of community that it creates. They also do an incredible job of showing their support of emerging artists and their passion for the arts.
Matthew Perryman Jones
Musicians Corner, August 5th
If we didn't convince you before that we LOVE Musicians Corner, then this should do the trick because we have another artist playing this wonderful series. Matthew Perryman Jones will be playing Musicians Corner on Saturday, August 5th. We can guarantee that you will not want to miss it! Come and hang with us if you find yourself wanting to hear some great live music that is free on a Saturday in Nashville.
Music City Roots, July 19th
Last, but most certainly not least, we have Jill Andrews playing Music City Roots in just ONE WEEK on Wednesday, July 19th. Music City Roots is another one of our favorite local music series. What is Music City Roots? It is a weekly radio show that is broadcasted live from The Factory in Franklin. The cool thing about Music City Roots is that it features four different artists for about 25 minutes each along with short interviews. Then after each artist has played, all four artists collaborate to close the show with a "Nashville Jam". It is going to be a lot of fun, so come join us!
I'm going on vacation later this week, and while composing my out of office auto responder I decided I wanted to include a link to a video. But then I couldn't decide which video...
So, for your viewing pleasure, here's a bunch of my favorite videos from our artists and consulting clients! If you are looking for a 30 minute escape from your day with amazing music, here you go!
By Jalena Noakes
By Ali Bartlett
Need some new music? Here's a playlist of some of my favorite new releases! I like listening to a variety of artists, so there's something for everyone! There's so much awesome music being released right now, From sister rock band Haim with cool Cali vibes, to The 1975's "By Your Side" cover. Not to mention, amazing artists are stepping onto the scene with brand new albums, like Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy, and The Secret Sisters, a powerful Americana duo (that I get to work with). Make sure to check out these artists' records too!
By Callie Paige
I have no idea what your plans are for the one and only, Independence Day. What I do know is that you are going to want to listen to some tunes. At least I hope you will want to. I have created a playlist of thirty songs that relate to America in some way, shape, or form. Some may make you chuckle and some may just make you proud to be an American. I hope this playlist can serve as a soundtrack to your celebration this 4th of July. Enjoy and God Bless the USA.
"And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me."
- Lee Greenwood
By: Jalena Noakes
One of the greatest things about living in Nashville is that we are surrounded by creatives everywhere we go. In Music City, musicians are inevitable- but there are some other creatives in this town that deserve just as much recognition.
It's almost impossible to ignore the line of tourists waiting to take a picture by the wings mural in the Gulch, or by the "I Believe in Nashville" mural on 12 South. A few more murals have gone up in the past few months that will be all over your instagram feed this summer. SO, if you're interested in seeing these murals outside of the 'gram...look no further.
1. I Believe In Nashville
2. What Lifts You
3. Abstract Walls in the Gulch
4. East Nashville Mural
5. Hillsboro Village Dragon Mural
By: Jalena Noakes
Fort Atlantic never ceases to amaze us with endless outlets and ideas for their creativity. While continuing to work on new music, Jon Black (from Fort Atlantic) also posts weekly vlogs and has started a new video series, "Super Force Atlantic". We love getting to work with such talented and creative folks like Fort Atlantic! Check out some of their more recent releases:
Fort Atlantic released their latest single, "Just Hold On", on May 19th.
NEW LYRIC VIDEO
Jon filmed this video in a 1971 Volkswagon Super Beetle with a Go Pro Hero Black 5 on Sauvie Island just north of Portland, OR. He says he almost hit a possum and a police office drove past him slowly while he was adjusting my camera in a parking lot.
I know you want to watch this.
SUPER FORCE ATLANTIC
In this more recent series of videos, Jon from Fort Atlantic hosts a video game playing/coffee drinking segment with guest artists. In this video, you can play Contra with Evan Way from The Parson Redheads! UP-UP-DOWN-DOWN-LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT-RIGHT-B-A-B-A-SELECT-START!
Jon and his family fly to Colorado to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Red Rocks. They may or may not have snuck their GoPro into the Red Rocks.
Matthew, as you may know, nearly always has a calm, cool, and inviting demeanor. He's a great hang, he's a genuine person, and he makes music that tugs at your heart strings. But despite always giving off an air of relaxation, in reality, he's a very busy guy these days. We marvel at how he juggles being a good dad to three daughters, writing for Razor & Tie, working on a new album and practicing for upcoming shows. Thankfully, MPJ is good at all of those things, which makes our job that much better.
COMING UP: CITY WINERY NASHVILLE - TUESDAY, JUNE 20TH
We're super excited about Matthew's show with Songs Against Slavery on Tuesday night, June 20th benefiting Thistle Farms. Not only do we love both organizations involved in the event, but this is also the first time we'll get to see Matthew headline a show in Nashville since we've had the pleasure of joining his team. Check out all the info and purchase tickets by clicking here.
RECENT EVENTS: 615 DAY WITH LIGHTNING 100
Last week, one of our favorite holidays took place! A good old Nashville favorite, that is. 615 Day is celebrated in Nashville, annually, on June 15th the way we celebrate best - with live music. This year, Lightning 100 booked Matthew to play a set on the Pavilion East stage that was broadcasted live on 100.1 FM. A great time was had by all, and MPJ was kind enough to enlighten everyone about how they could see his full set in Nashville soon (ahem...see above...).
ONGOING: MATTHEW'S NEW ALBUM
If you haven't seen/heard already, we've been pretty stoked about the fact that Matthew's working on new music. He has some pretty cool merch and interactive content that you can get in on by purchasing any item from his Pledge Campaign. An easy start would be purchasing the All Access Pass, which will get you a download of the new album when it's released, as well as access to all the frequently posted, exclusive updates. For example, if you're a pledger, you can see MPJ's full mini doc about his visit to Tehuacana, TX, before anyone else. What's interesting about Tehuacana, TX? I have no clue, but if he was able to make a documentary about it, then I have no doubt there are some juicy secrets that lie secretly in the dusty tracks of those Tehaucana deserts...(edit: do not quote me on the assumption that there actually are secrets, dusty roads, or deserts...I'm not super familiar with Texas). All that to say (my boss is probably reading this and deleting every single bizarre word (lots of coffee today)) - Matthew's got some awesome music in the works here and it would behoove you to check it out.
By Ali Bartlett
If you've turned on any pop or hits station within the last few days, you are probably aware that Lorde's latest album Melodrama dropped on June 16th. As we've come to expect from Lorde, this album is full of hauntingly truthful lyrics about growing up, coming into your own, and all of the mess along the way. Not to mention it is beautifully written and produced by some big names including Lorde herself as well as Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff (by the way Bleachers just released a new album that is also worth checking out). Here are some of my favorites off of Melodrama, but make sure you listen to this unique creation for yourself.
To me, this song has a very dream-like quality. The sound is more airy and successfully captures the feeling of starting a new relationship with someone: The rush of excitement, becoming entranced with everything that they say and do, and even feeling like your love is so beautiful and special that it should hang in a museum.
Hard Feelings encompasses the moment after the excitement wears off. Lorde depicts the emotional effects of struggling to hang on to something that is already broken. It's easy to relate to these experiences because we've all been there. We've all outgrown someone or knew it was time to end it. But it's easier said than done.
Not to pick favorites, but this song is my favorite from Melodrama. With a driving piano riff and funky back beat, it has a playful sound. Yet the subject matter is more solemn. Lorde describes perceiving a relationship as perfect and lighthearted while that is really just an altered depiction (or supercut) of the relationship. You see what you want to see.
I'm obsessed with this song for many reasons. First, the melodies are insane. Lorde has figured out the exact algorithm of chords and notes to give me cold chills. Second, the twist. Her first rendition of Liability earlier in the album was about how she is an outcast and a liability to her friends. The reprise is turned around and told from her perspective to someone else who is the liability (in my opinion, a guy). This version is darker and more powerful.
By Ali Bartlett
While it's been streaming on Rolling Stone Country early for the past few days, The Secret Sisters' third studio album You Don't Own Me Anymore is now available to stream and for purchase everywhere! We're super psyched and proud of these insanely talented women. This album is an exciting mix of traditional Americana and folk roots with a bold message and vibe that only The Secret Sisters can bring. Make sure you check it out for yourself here!
By Callie Paige
Artist Management is a whole new world for me. It is unfamiliar, but intriguing. It is hard work, but worth it. It is new, but I am learning. So, I thought I would share a few of the MANY things I have already learned my first two weeks here at Olivia Management.
1. Hands on is the best way to learn. When you sit in a classroom all day and listen to teachers lecture, you are definitely learning, don't get me wrong. But there is something different about taking what your teachers have taught you and applying it. At Olivia Management, they do an incredible job of making sure we are doing hands on work and for that, I am grateful. There is just something about applying what you have learned in school to real life situations that makes all of your learning feel important. It makes all of your learning feel worth it. If you couldn't tell, I am a huge fan of hands on experience because it just feels so much more personal.
2. Always strive for excellence. This is important in every aspect of life, but I have continuously seen this at Olivia Management. Everyone here always strives for excellence in everything they do, especially in the small and even the unnoticed details. They don't want credit for what they love to do; they genuinely just want excellence for what they love to do. I firmly believe that striving for excellence in what you are doing can only come from unconditionally loving what you are doing. That, to me, is truly what is happening at Olivia Management.
3. Your dreams matter. Sometimes the music industry can be scary. Sometimes it can be cut throat. Sometimes it makes you feel like your dreams are too outrageous. I have quickly learned here that it is important to stay true to your dreams and not to change them for someone else. Everyone here is constantly following their dreams and everyone, without a doubt, is encouraging me to follow mine. I don't feel ashamed; I feel confident. Olivia Management makes me feel comfortable, important, and encouraged. The culture here is truly empowering. I have learned to not doubt my dreams and instead see the beauty in them.
By Callie Paige
We have great news - you don't have to wait anymore because it's New Music Friday! We are so excited to share some new music with you from The Secret Sisters. We hope you enjoy these new tunes as much as we do. Don't forget to check out their new record that comes out NEXT FRIDAY, June 9th!
2. "You Don't Own Me Anymore"
3. "He's Fine"
4. "Tennessee River Runs Low"
When Jalena told us she was staying on as our intern for another semester, Erin and I were ecstatic. That's no exaggeration. It's a busy time for us, so to think that we would be able to entrust her with training new interns, as well as giving her more responsibilities was incredibly relieving. Already she's been such a great asset to us - a quick learner, diligent, aware and talented in many ways! Not only are we excited to have her back, but we're also excited to see how much more she grows with us this semester. Read up on Jalena and her time with us thus far!
1. What do you want to get out of this internship for the second time around?
I’m so happy that I’m with Olivia Management for a second semester, I love interning here! Last semester, I was able to learn a lot about myself through different tasks I worked on, or issues that I worked to find solutions for. I think that’s what I’m definitely hoping to get out of this internship a second time around- discovering the ways that I operate best, and how I can use that to be beneficial to the company! Learning what projects I love to work on and learning what projects I struggle with help me to understand my strengths (and weaknesses) and ways I can be a better intern!
2. If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
Lingus- Snarky Puppy.
I debated so much on answering this question. But Lingus is a 10 minute song, so if I had to listen to it for the rest of my life, then I probably wouldn't get bored because I could pick out something different to focus on each time. Plus, Snarky Puppy is just amazing and insanely talented so they deserve it. Not sure why I felt the need to justify my answer...but there it is ;)
3. What are you most looking forward to this summer?
With The Secret Sisters on tour this summer promoting the release of an incredible album, I’m excited to be on the management side of tour/album promotion and marketing. As Erin and Maggie have said from the beginning, every day is different for management. I’ve experienced some of the challenges that may unexpectedly arise while managing artists, and I’ve learned so much by watching how Erin and Maggie handle these conflicts! As our other artists are also writing and releasing their new songs, I’m looking forward to brainstorming creative ways of promoting their careers and seeing the success of implementing those ideas.
4. What is one thing you've learned since interning with us?
Since interning with Olivia Management, I’ve learned how important it is to pay attention to little details and how important communication is. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook details or assume that something is unimportant, but when an issue arises, those details that you thought were not important turn out to be very important. :’) Communication is key to ensure that mistakes are taken care of as soon as they are discovered, and also to make sure that we're all on the same page and making progress.
5. What made you decide to intern with us again?
Interning for a second semester with Olivia Management didn’t require much thought on my end. When the opportunity presented itself, I knew I wanted to stay with this company. The culture that Erin and Maggie have established at Olivia Management is a culture that enabled me to grow as an individual and further develop a work ethic that promoted integrity and excellence at its core.
6. What's one piece of advice you'd give to a future intern at Olivia Management?
To a future intern at Olivia Management: You're in the right place. Make sure you take full advantage of the leadership that Erin provides and the opportunities that will come your way because of this internship. Make sure you take pride in your work, and that everything you do is double and triple checked. Also, HAVE FUN!
The Secret Sisters will be performing on "Saturday Sessions" with CBS This Morning! It will air Saturday morning, May 27th. Make sure to check your local listings to see what time the show airs in your city. You don't want to miss!
We have a whopping THREE interns with us this summer! We feel lucky and excited to have so many awesome gals with us, especially this one! Callie stumbled upon our post on Belmont's Career Connector website, and thought she'd give me a shout. I met Callie through sorority life at Belmont, so I knew her to be a hardworking, fun spirited human that I would love to have around the office. She's had experience interning for a couple other entrepreneurial minded business women, EvaMore, and also managed our sorority's social media accounts back in the day. Callie has an eclectic music taste, a knack for creative social media curation and giver's heart.
What do you want to get out of this internship? I want to learn. I always say that I don’t care what I am doing, as long as I am gaining experience. I am a growth oriented individual and I am focused on adding to my skillset, especially at this point in my life. The music industry is intriguing to me, so I want to learn as much about it as humanly possible.
What do you love to do? Hobbies? Activities? I love going to concerts. It brings me so much pure joy. I also love the beach, Dave & Busters, and karaoke.
If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be? Sweet potatoes fries. 100%.
Favorite musicians, artists, genres, equipment, shows you’ve been to...tell us anything you love about music. Chance the Rapper. No doubt about it. Some of my other current favorites are Jon Bellion, The Lumineers, The Head and the Heart, Ingrid Michaelson, Johnnyswim, and Bruno Mars. What I love the most about music is that it allows people to share their story because everyone's story deserves to be heard.
Why did you choose to intern here? I chose to intern here because I love what Erin and Maggie are doing. I am passionate about helping people share their stories through music and that is exactly what they are accomplishing here. I also have dreams of starting my own business in the music industry, so I believe I can learn a lot about that here from Erin and Maggie.
What is your favorite part about Nashville? My favorite part about Nashville is most definitely the people. Everyone has a passion here. Everyone has a dream. It is not a cookie cutter town. It is truly inspiring to be surrounded by the people of Nashville. The people here push me to be the best I can be.
What do you want to be when you grow up? My ultimate dream is to open a concert venue back home in Savannah, Georgia. I am passionate about live music and the city of Savannah, so why not combine the two?
Meet our wonderful summer intern, Ali Bartlett! When this gal interviewed with us, I immediately knew she would be a great fit. Down-to-earth, experienced and diligent, she makes a great addition to the team. Ali hails from Atlanta, GA and now attends Belmont University. She's had past experience in jobs and internships working with independent artists, venues and record labels. We're lucky to have her! Read on to find out more!
1. What do you want to get out of this internship?
I want to learn everything that I can about the operations of an independent artist management company as well as the strategies and tools necessary to promote an artist and to make an artist more successful.
2. What do you love to do? Hobbies? Activities?
I like to write music and poetry, eat a lot of Mexican food with my friends, and I love to relax with some yoga or meditation.
3. If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
Well, obviously Mexican food. I'm all about the enchilada suizas at Taco Mamacita.
4. Favorite musicians, artists, genres, equipment, shows you’ve been to...tell us anything you love about music.
Wow I love so much about music. As a writer, I'm definitely drawn to good lyricists. I'd say my favorites are Ryan Adams, Dawes, Amos Lee, Ben Howard, Daughter, The 1975, and Bon Iver. I love all kinds of music, but right now I'm really interested in artists from the UK. The dream is to study music in London sometime in the future.
5. Why did you choose to intern here?
I was really intrigued with the fact that Erin started this company on her own. I respect a business that takes the time to actually invest in their clients. I think that Olivia Management is unique and I'm excited to learn from Erin and Maggie.
6. What is your favorite part about Nashville?
I love that there are so many like-minded people who share a love of good music. I feel like there's always a house show or a concert going on somewhere.
7. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Good question. I think I'm still trying to figure that out. I think I ultimately want to share my passion for music with people, whether that be writing music or helping an artist I believe in to become more successful. I'm excited to see what opportunities are out there.
We're so excited to be hosting a special night at The Bluebird Cafe to benefit Musician's Corner! We've got two of our artists performing as well as two very talented local acts. We can't wait for The Secret Sisters, Matthew Perryman Jones, Hannah Miller, and Mary Bragg to perform for us tonight! This show is SOLD OUT, but we hope to be hosting another show similar to this one in the future...so be on the lookout!