Every other week, Kelleigh Bannen will provide behind-the-scenes analysis, stories and insight into Music City’s No. 1 export, with help from some of Nashville’s top songwriters, artists, executives and producers. Taste of Country will debut each new episode of her This Nashville Life podcast, and Bannen herself will introduce it as a guest writer. Thoughts and opinions expressed by Bannen are hers alone and do not reflect the opinions of Taste of Country, unless she’s talking about #TomatoGate, in which case, yeah … she’s spot on.

Part two of our interview with songwriter Nicolle Galyon is up now, and it will be the last episode of the year. While part one focused on “the process,” part two is really about the songs themselves: how they got written, where the ideas came from, and what they mean to Nicolle.

She’ll talk about RaeLynn’s “Love Triangle” and the way in which that song finally being released after four years really reinvigorated her passion for the music business. Nicolle says, “sometimes what you thought was a dead end was just a full circle.”

We’ll talk about the original inspiration for Miranda Lambert’s “Automatic,” and she’ll share some anecdotes from that writing day with Miranda and Natalie Hemby. Hint: one of them includes a breast pump.

And — in what is probably my most vulnerable commentary so far — I’ll tell you why I recorded Nicolle’s song “Church Clothes” twice. Growing up, Nicolle was actually the pianist at her church back in Sterling, Kan., and it’s pretty fascinating to hear how Nicolle’s perspective (sitting at the piano facing the congregation) shaped the way she approached writing that song.

Thank you so much for joining us during our maiden voyage into podcasting!! Kevin and I have had a blast bringing you this show, and we can’t wait for what 2017 has in store!

Listen to This Nashville Life Ep. 9: "More Words Than Chords" Pt. 2

About Kelleigh Bannen: Kelleigh Bannen’s This Nashville Life Podcast offers an authentic, vibrant look at the journey of someone trying to “make it” in country music. Bannen is admittedly still learning what that means. After a short career as an independent artist, the “Famous” singer signed a major label record deal and recorded two-and-a-half albums that were never released. She’s honest, but not bitter about the obstacles female artists face in country music, but her blog and podcast go much deeper.

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