“The Producer’s Chair”

by Dave Carew

Back in the day, the talk show could be one of the better forums for ideas and insight. Before the format experienced a massive dumbing down (sorry Jay, sorry Dave), talk show hosts such as Dick Cavett and Jack Paar offered experiences that actually—at least on occasion—delivered the “take away” of intelligent reflection and conversation on cultural and/or artistic issues.

Something of that is now going on at Douglas Corner once a month, thanks to host James Rea’s popular live talk show The Producer’s Chair, which places in the spotlight the thoughts, ideas, and advice of some of Nashville’s premier music producers.  James Rea recently granted this exclusive interview to Underground Nashville.

UNDERGROUND NASHVLLE: In your own words, what is The Producer’s Chair ?

JAMES REA:  The Producer’s Chair is the first live “all music” talk show that puts a behind-the-scenes spotlight on the inner workings of the music industry through the eyes of the guys who run the show: the most celebrated producers in the music industry.

I created The Producer’s Chair for every[one] who ever aspired to be a singer, songwriter, musician, music publisher, song plugger, producer, engineer, studio owner, or music business professional.

UN:  What is the particular value of the show to your targeted audience?

JR:One must first comprehend the knowledge and power that major producers, alone, possess. They are in charge of every aspect of music production—from concept to completion—at the very highest level. They find the hit songs, oversee the musical arrangements, decide on the instrumentation for each song, select the musicians and back-up vocalists, choose the studios and are responsible for  scheduling, budgets, and delivery of the finished album to the label. In addition, producers are the talent scouts responsible for discovering and developing new talent.

How the whole process works—from artist and songwriter development, acquiring record deals, publishing deals and project funding, to the never-ending struggle between the creative and corporate sides of the industry—are only a few of the never-before exposed topics, openly disclosed by the producers, as they share their knowledge and the history of the biggest songs, artists, musicians, songwriters, and music execs on the planet. The Producer’s Chair is the highest and most credible source of that education.

UN: What accolades has the show garnered thus far?

JR:  Since The Producer’s Chair monthly series began six years ago, over 60 of Nashville’s A-List producers have appeared on the show. I have received countless testimonials from those who have attended the live show. SPIKE TV calls The Producer’s Chair “The best show in Nashville, if you want to know how to get a record deal.”  In 2010, The Producer’s Chair was the recipient of the Tennessee Songwriters Association International “Hallman Award” for “The most outstanding contribution to the songwriting community.” And for the past year Music Row Magazine has featured my monthly column “The Producer’s Chair” in ROWFAX.

UN: What is your dream for the show?

JR:My dream at this point would be to identify a corporate sponsor, so that I can format The Producer’s Chair for radio, TV, and the Internet. This would also allow me to archive the historical significance of The Producer’s Chair.

For more information, please visit theproducerschair.com and/or    Facebook.com/theproducerschair

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.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.


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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew




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