In The Round with Barbara Cloyd, Hasting and Co, Josiah Siska and Doug Johnson

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In The Round with Barbara Cloyd, Hasting and Co, Josiah Siska and Doug Johnson
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 6:00 PM
The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN
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  • $10 food/drink minimum per person
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  • When: Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 6:00 PM (Doors open at 5:00 PM)
  • Ticket Price: $0.00
  • Door Time: 5:00 PM
  • Show Type: Singer / Songwriter
  • Restrictions: No cover charge
    $10 food/drink minimum per person
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Early shows at the Bluebird usually feature the best up and coming songwriters (and the occasional hit writer). They may not have a lot of hits yet, but you will see a great show.

There are 20 tables and 10 bar seats available for reservation. Pew Seats for these shows are not reserved in advance. These seats are available on a first come/ first served basis when doors open..
Barbara Cloyd: Probably the most notable thing about Barbara Cloyd is how many songwriters she has helped over the years. She never set out to become one of Nashville’s most successful and respected songwriting mentors, but whenever she sees talent she instinctively does whatever she can to nurture and promote it.

Her music career began at the age of three singing “Frosty the Snowman” with the Sunday school choir and she’s been hooked ever since. After getting a degree in Theater from the University of Iowa, Barbara says, “Being an actress didn’t seem like a secure career so I became a musician instead.” She bought a four channel Peavy PA and spent a few years playing cover tunes in clubs in her hometown, St. Louis, Mo.
She realized that to have the kind of music career she wanted, she had to move to an industry center, and Nashville seemed like a better fit than New York or LA for a down-to-earth Midwestern girl with a love for songs that tell stories. In 1983 getting laid off from a day job gave her unemployment benefits that provided funding for the move. Barbara had never been to Nashville, didn’t know anyone there, didn’t have a job or a place to stay, but she sold everything that wouldn’t fit in the car and made the five-hour drive. “Within a few days,” she says, “I knew I had finally made it home.”

Her work with other songwriters began when she was hired to launch the Monday Night Open Mic at The Bluebird Cafe, which even by its third year, had become the “it” place to play original music. From the start, the open mic became a stepping stone for a steady stream of hopefuls, including artists like Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley, as well as countless songwriters who went on to major chart success. 

During her early years at The Bluebird, Barbara worked as a waitress at a health food restaurant on Music Row. A cook at that restaurant had just moved from California so her husband Jon Robbin, could pursue a songwriting career and she invited Barbara over for dinner to introduce them. Says Barbara, “I didn’t think his writing style would be compatible with mine, but they had just fed me dinner so when he asked me about co-writing, I was too polite to say no. I’m glad Mama taught me good manners because we ended up writing  ‘I Guess You Had to Be There.’” That song, regarded by many as a Country Classic, became a hit for Lorrie Morgan in 1993.

With her new status as a hit songwriter, other Nashville music clubs sought her services to host writers nights and more and more songwriters started asking her for feedback and advice. She discovered her passion for teaching and started a consultation service in 1998. Her years of experience on the front lines of the Nashville songwriting community have given her a keen understanding of what works and what doesn’t, and her insights are a blessing to songwriters who seek her out for feedback on their songs and advice on how to navigate the music business.

Hasting & Co:
In a genre where outside musical influence has easily overtaken priority to roots, Hasting & Co. founding members Kate Hasting and Josh Beale feel a welcomed responsibility to use other genres as a compliment to their Midwest country sound. “Country music is all about honesty, no matter how brutal,” explains Hasting. “We were both raised in communities driven by the genre, and know fans can call a farce from a mile away.” “The beauty of our band is in our willingness to be vulnerable for the sake of giving fans an honest taste of our upbringing,” adds Beale. “Authenticity has always been the core of country - and will always be the core of the Hasting & Co.”
The duo’s latest release, “One,” showcases lead vocals by Beale for the first time, and offers a welcomed relief from an emotionally taxing year for Hasting & Co. The light-hearted, mid-temp was co-written by Beale, Hasting and Swon Brothers duo Zach and Colton Swon. Produced by Zach, the former Voice contestant set the song’s messaging - about finding that “one,” and just needing one chance to show them they’re that - to a further elevated Hasting & Co. sound.

As they continue to evolve, both apart and as a whole, the focus of the Hasting & Co. remains finding a sound true to their roots - regardless of where the journey takes them. “What makes music ‘country’ is the honesty behind it, regardless of the production. I still believe Luke Bryan has done and seen everything he’s described in his songs, and we aim to do the same,” says Hasting. “There are times we’ve compromised ourselves and our music,” adds Beale. “But for us, this isn’t a ‘make it at any cost’ mindset… This is a ‘make it with integrity’ plan.”  “We decided a while ago that we’d go home before we did something that wasn’t true to our Midwest country sound,” continues Hasting. “Moving forward, it’s important to us that we honor our sound and deliver to fans a story we can back up.” That is country music.

Josiah Siska: 21 year old Josiah Siska is a skilled musician, playing the electric, acoustic and classical guitar as well as the banjo and piano. Surrounded by music his entire life, this singer/songwriter has been compared to the likes of Johnny Cash meets Chris Young bringing classic country and the standards of yesteryear to his generation.

In 2015 he found himself auditioning for the Farewell Season of American Idol, with "Ghost Riders In The Sky", receiving the highly desired “Golden Ticket” and on his way to Hollywood. His audition clip received over 6 million views on Facebook and YouTube combined on top of the millions more that viewed his performance live on TV making his deep bass voice the trending topic around the world. 
Doug Johnson: Whether it’s behind the pen as the writer of record-breaking hits like the recent Billboard “Song of the Year,” Love Like Crazy (Lee Brice) or the CMA and ACM “Song of the Year,” Three Wooden Crosses, (Randy Travis), at the console as the producer of artists like Lee Brice, Hank Jr., Clay Walker and Michael Montgomery, or behind the desk helming an A&R department, Doug Johnson knows his way around a hit.
In 2011, Doug Johnson joined the team at Black River Entertainment as the V.P. of A&R and is currently working with the artist roster of Kelsea Ballerini, Abby Anderson, Carolina Story, Hannah Kerr and Josh Wilson.

Throughout his 30-plus year career as a songwriter, Johnson has had over 100 cuts, including 7 Number One Hits and 10 Top 10’s by everyone from Bertie Higgins and Alicia Bridges to George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Wynonna and Kenny Rogers, among others. Johnson recently made history when he broke a country music record with new artist Lee Brice with the hit, Love Like Crazy, which spent an amazing 56 weeks on the charts.

His production credits are equally notable as well: as VP/A&R for Epic Records in the early 90’s, he oversaw the careers of Patty Loveless, Collin Raye, Doug Stone, Joe Diffie, Ty Herndon, the Sons of the Desert and many others. He later moved to Giant Records as President, where he guided the careers of Clay Walker, The Wilkinsons, Blake Shelton, Joe Nichols and Neal McCoy among others. 

Following his time at Epic Records, Johnson lead the A&R department of Curb Records, whose roster included Tim McGraw, Leann Rimes, Wynonna, Rodney Atkins Lee Brice, Clay Walker and Heidi Newfield, among others. Over the past three decades Johnson has carved out impressive niches in all aspects of the business as an engineer, mixer, musician, producer and top executive, but it’s his passion for creating or finding a well-crafted song that continues to inspire and motivate him with an energy and enthusiasm that is unparalleled in this business. “By far my greatest love is the song. Everything else is an attempt to powerfully capture and express the song in its truest sense to get it to the listener. I’ve been fortunate to be involved in several different aspects of the music business but if I could only do one, it would definitely be songwriting,” says Johnson, “Every other job I’ve had means absolutely nothing without a great song.”