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Hit Writer Working on Lyrics Looking for Music/Tracks Collaborators

Post by bobbyltaylor » Sat May 22, 2021 9:28 am

Hello,

I've had hits by Montgomery Gentry "Hillbilly Shoes" and Ty Herndon "A Man Holdin' On To a Woman Lettin Go" and a lot of cuts. I went back to school when the business tanked and got a few degrees including an MFA in Creative Writing. I've taught songwriting on the college level. Even though I write lyrics and music, I feel my strength is in writing lyrics so I'm looking to partner with collaborators who feel their strength is in writing music and or tracks. Nashville is my home turf, but I feel a great song transcends genres.

Let me know if you'd like to take a shot at writing a song!

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Post by superblonde » Sun May 30, 2021 10:33 am

Here's a question. Hillbilly is a highly derogatory term so it is strange that the industry adopted it as a genre label. Why has the term not been rejected by industry and the musicians themselves?
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Post by bobbyltaylor » Sun May 30, 2021 11:23 am

From Wiki: "Scholars argue that the term "hillbilly" originated from Scottish dialect. The term "hill-folk" referred to people who preferred isolation from the greater society, and "billy" meant "comrade" or "companion". It is suggested that "hill-folk" and "billie" were combined when the Cameronians fled to the hills of southern Scotland."

From my own experience: I hated brogan shoes growing up--the kind my dad bought for me. They represented the hillbilly culture. But I had not learned yet that the hillbilly culture was made somewhat more palatable by the scholars behind the "Foxfire" books that teach readers how to live off the land and be self-sufficient. I've done a lot of theater and often worn brogan (hillbilly) shoes because they fit the character I was playing. One day I realized that I was hating he very culture that was keeping me employed. My own personal evolution involved me coming to terms with that and accepting the label as being something one could take pride in--hence the seed of the idea for "Hillbilly Shoes."

Country music was originally thought of as an alternative music to the pop music of the times. And many of the stars were hillbillies. Hillbillies are what made the Grand Ol' Opry successful. So, it can be intended to be used as a very derogatory term, but there's more to it than ignorance and anger--there are indeed iconic figures (Dolly Parton) who have had a massive impact with their willingness to accept and take pride in the fact that they were born hillbillies. I can't speak for others, but I am grateful to those who paved the way for people like me to have a chance at making a mark in the music business.

That's a long answer to a short question. I hope I came close to giving you an answer.

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Post by funsongs » Sun May 30, 2021 12:35 pm

To some... maybe in 'Mountain" or "Appalachian" styles (i.e. Dolly Parton) - "Hillbilly" might be considered as an endearing moniker for the folks and the music they bring from those regions;
and what they contribute, in a huge way, to Bluegrass, Country, Blues... among others.
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Re: Hit Writer Working on Lyrics Looking for Music/Tracks Collaborators

Post by Producer » Wed Jun 16, 2021 3:58 pm

Yes Bobby, let's write..... I build tracks.......

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