"A Conversation with Chris Stapleton"

"We're all a part of the same community, and music in general is a broader spectrum to me, like, if somebody's being successful and somebody's selling tickets to shows, it's good for the health of the whole thing," Chris Stapleton told the Nashville Scene. "And out of that, the commerce pays for the art, and the art lends some credibility to the commerce. To think that they're all separate things is just a ludicrous idea."

Stapleton graces the cover of the Scene's 16th Annual Country Music Critic's Poll Issue. The singer/songwriter topped four categories; Album, Artist, Male Vocalist, and Songwriter of the Year. He's also the subject of an insightful Q&A, in which Stapleton discusses the massive success of his recent album, Traveller. The #CMA Award-winning, #Billboard Chart-topping artist is also nominated for four #GRAMMYs this year.

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.

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