More than 3,200 people enjoyed a lively conversation about songwriting and perseverance Wednesday night as country music stars Garth Brooks and Ashley McBryde participated in an in-depth conversation for an upcoming podcast series. The Tennessean’s Cindy Watts moderated the podcast recording, interviewing Brooks and McBryde about their path to becoming songwriters, their process now and the musical heroes –and songs–that have inspired them along the way.
The forthcoming podcast series, “Country Mile,” is being produced by The Tennessean (part of the USA TODAY NETWORK) and Belmont University in support of the September release of the new Ken Burns’s documentary on “Country Music.”
Garth Brooks is the top-selling solo artist in U.S. history thanks to the songs he sings – many of which he wrote. Ashley McBryde, the Academy of Country Music’s reigning New Female Vocalist, is one of the hottest voices in country music and one of the genre’s most compelling storytellers.
The multi-part “Country Mile” podcast series, recorded at some of Nashville’s most iconic venues, will also feature Marty Stuart, Chris Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, High Valley, Vince Gill, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Tenille Townes and more participating in conversations about the genre. “Country Mile,” which is scheduled to be released next month, will be available on iTunes, Spotify and online throughout the USA TODAY Network.