Gator Hole Friends


This is a website set up by Curb/Magnatone staff writers Sara Light & Danny Arena. Just about everything you’d ever need to learn about songwriting, demos and pitching etc. is available in course form on this website. Check it out and start “hitting the books”!!!!

Guitar Playing For Songwriters

Gary Talley is one of Nashville’s most respected guitarists. An original member of “The Boxtops” ( Cry Like A Baby / The Letter ) Gary has played on albums from Willie Nelson to Tammy Wynette. He is an in-demand teacher in town and has taught many artists and writers including Pam Tillis and Sherrie Austin. This is the best instructional video for the intermediate guitarist I’ve seen. Gary covers the basis for the Nashville number system as well as proper strumming technique for the country sound. Also included are: fingerpicking, percussive playing, and passing chords that give your song life. He includes tips on the most common mistakes that songwriters make when they structure the rhythm of their song. If you can already play chords but need to add that extra lift to your playing then this video and accompanying chart book is a must. It might be the best investment you could make early on. To purchase the video call or write to:

Gary Talley
P.O. Box 121023
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 292-4040
Tell Gary that Gator sent you!

BUDDY JEWELL……..former Gator Hole demo singer extraordinaire and winner of the first Nashville Star contest. Great guy to boot!!!!!
Check out his song “This Ain’t Mexico” ….one of my faves!!!


The Independent A&R Vehicle connecting unsigned artists, bands and songwriters with major record labels, publishers, and film & TV music supervisors.

NSAI – Nashville Songwriters Association International

This is the grandaddy of all songwriter’s groups. They have workshops all over the country and provide plenty of info for the novice and pro writer. Check them out at:

SAW – Songwriters Association Of Washington (DC that is)

Good people….good links.


This organization run by Nikki Hornsby is a consulting group for performers and songwriters. Designed to help those who have questions about the music industry. Check it out.


Bob Dellaposta offers music tracks for vocalists and services for songwriters that include song critiqueing and melody writing for lyricists.

Singer/Songwriter Directory