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Aaron Siuda

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In this episode, Aaron Siuda with Live Nation Concerts pulls back the curtain and shows us what it’s really like to put on a show. He talks about what venues are best suited for which acts, what it’s like for the tour crew, and more.

In this episode:

  • Going from Finance to Sr. VP of Marketing
  • Behind the scenes of how tickets are sold
  • The evolution of the purpose of a live event
  • How cell phones changed live events
  • The costs of stadium shows

Quotations:

“It’s a really fun job.” ~Aaron Siuda

“Being kind matters.” ~Aaron Siuda

“It comes down to relationships between the promoters and the artists.” ~Aaron Siuda

“When you get known as a great performer, that’s the best thing you can do.” ~Aaron Siuda

Bio:

– Over 20 years of experience in entertainment marketing focused on social media, strategic planning, event marketing, promotional strategy, and interactive campaigns.

– Clients range from boutique agencies to high-profile artists.

– Well-versed in traditional media marketing (radio, print, tv) as well as interactive, mobile, and direct marketing.

– Very accustomed to extremely high paced, deadline-driven environments

– Exceptional negotiation skills

Specialties:

* Social Media Strategy
* Strategic Partnerships
* Media Negotiations
* Press Negotiations
* Interactive Project Management
* Media buying/planning
* Branding
* Event management

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaronsiuda/

Thompson Square

By Comedian, Fun, Music, Personal Growth, Philosophy, Politics No Comments

Shawna and Keifer Thompson of country duo Thompson Square join Gary Scott Thomas this week and let me tell you. This is a juicy conversation!

In this episode:

  • Why they moved so far out of Nashville
  • Their song “Are You Going to Kiss Me or Not?”
  • Their new song “Country in My Soul”
  • The peaks and valleys of being an artist
  • The odds of “making it”
  • Losing family & friends along their journey to the top
  • Their new team
  • Parenting in the music industry
  • Parents’ responsibilities to teach equality
  • Racism in America
  • How to judge someone
  • Defining what success looks like to them
  • Why they’ll never play 270 shows in a year again
  • The root of Country Music
  • The problem with appealing to the masses
  • The evolution of award shows
  • Why a show got canceled
  • Championing people who show value
  • Comedy and Country
  • Being divided as a country

I told you it was a juicy one! Dive in!

Quotations:

“I don’t feel famous.” ~Shawna Thompson

“We don’t feel like we exude the ‘famosity.'” ~Keifer Thompson

“You always feel like you’re clawing and scratching.” ~Keifer Thompson

“The crazy ride continues.” ~Shawna Thompson

“In the eyes of God, we’re all equal.” ~Keifer Thompson

“Anytime you force something, it’s not real.” ~Keifer Thompson

“People seem to be more open now.” ~Keifer Thompson

“There are some great artists you’re never going to hear, just because that’s the nature of the industry.” ~Keifer Thompson

“We have to continue to check ourselves and say, ‘I’m not better than anyone.'” ~Keifer Thompson

“I hate social media for all the hate it spreads.” ~Keifer Thompson

“He’ll pull a Will Smith real quick.” ~Shawna Thompson

Bio:

Thompson Square is an American country music duo composed of husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson, both of whom alternate as vocalists. They’ve won awards such as the Academy of Country Music Award for Duo of the Year and the Country Music Association Award for Vocal Duo of the Year. Their new single is “Country in My Soul.”

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://thompsonsquare.com/

Dave Wooten

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This episode is sponsored by:

After many requests, Gary Scott Thomas’ former co-host Dave Wooten joins Gary for an unscripted conversation about music, life, and careers.

In this episode:

  • Life in Montana
  • Evolution of Country Music
  • Being Yourself
  • Funny Bits That Piss Off People
  • Writing 5 Books
  • Kids in Sports
  • His Favorite Authors
  • Not Having to Talk in Soundbites
  • Life During COVID & How it Was Different for Him
  • Mr. Beast
  • How Something “Bad” Can Happen & Yet it Ends Up Being the Best
  • Parenting

Quotations:

“That’s what I love about Country Music. It’s new and it’s old.” ~Dave Wooten

“There aren’t many jobs where people say, ‘Hey, I love what you do!'” ~Dave Wooten

“You gotta be yourself.” ~Dave Wooten

“To be able to put sentences together is a big deal.” ~Dave Wooten

“It’s more to have written than to write.” ~Dave Wooten

“[until the pandemic] I didn’t realize how many people were so into power.” ~Dave Wooten

“I knew I was supposed to be his dad. It felt right.” ~Dave Wooten

“I get the full spectrum of emotions every day and that’s living life.” ~Dave Wooten

Guest’s Bio:

Morning Show Host on Montana’s Real Country, KSKY 106.9

Voted Bozeman’s Favorite Morning Show in 2022

Morning radio show host for twenty-plus years.

Worked with Gary Scott Thomas at KRTY from 1998-to 1999

Author of “Crazy Horse: Where My Dead Lie Buried”

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://Kskycountry.com

Julie Stevens

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Do you know which Country artist tried to kill his wife? Gary Scott Thomas and his morning show co-host Julie Stevens share mind-blowing stories about country music legends you probably haven’t heard before!!

In this episode:

  • “No Show Jones”
  • Meeting Johnny and June
  • Which artist burned through their money because they felt guilty for having it
  • How labels have changed
  • The transition of Country Music
  • Trying to say something on air in less than 7 seconds
  • Cancel culture
  • Charley Pride
  • Sam Hunt
  • Boyfriend music
  • Why kids struggle more today than ever before
  • What Julie wished she would have done differently as a parent
  • What women need

Quotations:

“It was one of my moments.” ~Julie Stevens

“Let talent do what talent does.” ~Julie Stevens

“If I had to do it over, I would not have given my kids a phone.” ~Julie Stevens

“People will criticize anything you do.” ~Gary Scott Thomas

“Those who criticize you would do anything to be you.” ~Gary Scott Thomas

“Women need other women.” ~Julie Stevens

Guest’s Bio:

Mom, Program Director of 95.3 KRTY, Co-Host of KRTY Morning Show

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://www.krty.com