by Dave Carew
Recently launched in Nashville, Tune Ditty Records caters to both the independent artist and to the radio stations looking for their music.
The small indie label recently released its debut single, Jack Lawless’ and Rebecca Mae’s “It’s a Good Thing,” which is already receiving airplay around the globe.
Underground Nashville recently caught up with label head Rebecca Martin for this exclusive interview:
UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: Why was there a strong need for Tune Ditty Records?
REBECCA MARTIN: There is a need for indie artists to be heard. We found it is easier, from a personal experience, to get a radio station to play a song if it comes from a label rather than an independent person, generally. We also wanted to have a small business that will include a music studio where artists can come record in a comfortable setting for a reasonable price.
UN: Who are the label’s primary artists and what are their credentials?
RM: Jack Lawless and Rebecca Mae. Jack Lawless has performed across the U.S. and Canada most of his life, opening for major artists like Kenny Rogers, Larry Gatlin, Ray Price, and many others. He has also performed the cruise-ship circuit. Jack is a dynamite entertainer, keeping the crowds wanting more, and being requested for follow-up performances.
Jack has a keen ear for “anything music,” so when you are looking for the best sound on a record, Jack is the man to see. Jack also is a pro graphic designer, designing all Jack Lawless’ and Rebecca Mae’s websites, posters, flyers, album covers, etc.
Rebecca Mae started out winning local and regional music contests, then went on to front her own bands, playing across the U.S., including the American Lawnmower Racing Festival in Virginia and Illinois.
She has played many venues in the Nashville area, with follow-up performances requested.
UN: Do you plan to sign other artists?
RM: Absolutely! We will be looking for a few other select artists to sign with us when we get our studio up and running in the very near future. We are looking forward to working with a few others to help them further their goals.
UN: What is your dream for Tune Ditty Records?
RM: We’d like it to become a label that is known for helping indie artists achieve success. We’d like it to be known across the country as the go-to label, not only for the sound quality, but also for [offering] the more relaxed atmosphere that a big label may not have.
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David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available from Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer. ************
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