Pay attention to trends, but never be a follower. Be a leader, not a follower. Push the envelop, but don’t let it break. I like to stay in front of the curve, but I never like to be too cool for the room. -Tony Brown
Just when Jacy and I think we’ve experienced the best interview EVER, another country music icon comes along and blows us away. Meet Grammy, ACM & CMA award-winning producer Tony Brown. A pillar of the country music scene for 40 years, Tony came to Nashville with a dream to be a session player. The son of an evangelist minister, Tony started playing piano in church by ear and knew that music would be his life. In this interview, he shares stories about what it was like to play piano for Elvis Presley both on tour and in the famous jungle room at Graceland. He recounts his first #1 song with George Strait, the experience of producing Lionel Richie’s live duets album and the surprise invitation to fly to Los Angeles to produce a track to be sung by Barbra Streisand. As an A&R guy with a feel for musicianship AND hit-making, Tony rose to become president of MCA records and co-founded Universal South. His work with Reba, Vince Gill, George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Patty Loveless, Sara Evans and so many more artists has yeilded 100 #1 singles and record levels of sales over 100 million dollars. For a tutorial on how to make it in Nashville, this episode is required listening!