I recently made my first TAXI submission (3 songs) and unfortunately got my first return (all 3 songs). It was to a country listing for contemporary country:
I generally understand what's in the return and it was generally helpful. However, one thing that caught me a little off guard was the assertion that the songs didn't sound country enough. I'm country as a dirt clod, so I didn't even know I could sound "not country enough".S100407CO
CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY SONGS a la THE PARKS needed by the Sr. Director of A&R at a Major Nashville Label for a Father/Son Duo. For stylistic inspiration, take Southern Rock, Texas Outlaw, and Country Singer/Songwriter attitudes and blend them altogether. All tempos are OK. They are looking for two hits to complete this project! Vocal and instrumental demo presentation must be top-notch! Please submit one to three songs online or per CD, include lyrics. All submissions will be screened and critiqued by TAXI and must be received no later than Wednesday, April 7, 2010. TAXI #S100407CO
Specifically here are the relevant responses for each song:
Go Out With Me:
The Truth Is:"...not particularly Country in the actual craft of the music and presentation of it..."
What I Should've Done:"...clearly the basic music of this is more Country in intention, although in a more tried and true way to some other songs....same concerns about the presentation aspects of this..."
I'm not necessarily disagreeing with it, I just don't quite understand it and how I can improve upon it (hence my post). When I think of many of the recent contemporary country hits from artists like Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood, they seem much farther from traditional country than "The Truth Is". Similarly, Jason Aldean's sound (also several recent hits) I think is much more rock than "What I Should've Done", but it's also considered contemporary country."...same concerns as with the others in the overall level of presentation, and this being more of a Rock or hybrid thereof song, than contemporary Country..."
If you guys would be so kind as to listen to those songs at http://www.taxi.com/jwmullins and help me interpret this that would be awesome. Likewise, if you have any suggestions you have on how I can improve them, I would be most appreciative. Thanks so much!