Steve Markland on Downtown Publishing's First Two Years In Nashville

“My strategy always starts with the songwriter and the song first. I try very hard to focus on developing a balanced roster of writers, including developing new writers, veteran writers, producer-writers, and developing artist-writers as well. I try to find that balance, and that adds a great synergy. It makes you a more versatile publisher.”

It's been almost two years since Steve Markland set up Downtown Music Publishing's shop in Nashville as VP of A&R. In that short time, Downtown Nashville has signed Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson and Old Crow Medicine Show, and fashioned a multi-functional space that allows Downtown writers to "to come and connect with other writers, work, do emails, work on anything they need to."

Read Music Row Magazine's exclusive interview with Markland. Congrats to him and the whole Downtown team.