We Are Song Ranch.


Who We Are

Formed in 2017, Song Ranch is a progressive music publishing company that seeks to bridge the gap between the publisher and the songwriter. Like most businesses, the business of music publishing and songwriting continues to evolve, and Song Ranch presents a new way of conducting business designed to forecast and accommodate these inevitable changes. We hold that the songwriter should have the freedom to write from the heart and the encouragement to reach their full potential.

With this in mind, Song Ranch values art over profit. We value freedom, diversity and creativity. Our diverse collection of songwriters are talented, high-character individuals that bring their own unique writing styles. We seek to break songs...not writers.

Song Ranch Team


Tommy Conners

Tommy Conners is a singer/songwriter who has had songs recorded by artists including Willie Nelson, Ricky Skaggs, Kenny Rogers, Neil McCoy, Ty Herndon, Travis Tritt, Patty Loveless, Diamond Rio, John Michael Montgomery, Chris LeDoux, Trace Adkins, The Imperials, Burrito Deluxe, The Little River Band, Montgomery Gentry, and others. In 2003, his song “Git It”, written with Roger Brown, was nominated for a Tony Award for the Broadway musical, Urban Cowboy. His song “Halfway to Houston”, co-written with Danny Wells and recorded by James Lann, recently went to #1 on Billboard’s Texas Chart. In 2016 he was awarded the Country Music Association Of Texas Ambassador Award and 2017 Songwriter Of The Year.


Justin Weaver

Born in Texas, Justin Weaver grew up traveling and playing gospel music with his parents. Calling Nashville his home, he has toured extensively the past 14 years as a guitarist and vocalist with country and rock acts. Justin has played and collaborated with: CMA award-winning country group, Highway 101; Country artist, Joe Nichols; English rock singer, John Waite; Julianne Hough; Wynonna Judd; The Dixie Chicks; and Gospel/bluegrass greats, Jerry and Tammy Sullivan.


Austin Moody

Austin Moody is perhaps Nashville’s best kept secret. A prolific professional singer/songwriter, Moody is bringing a writing and performing style that is reminiscent of a more traditional, authentic brand of country music. As a true farm kid from the hills of East Tennessee, Moody cites legends Don Williams and Alan Jackson as his most prominent musical influences. At the early age of 14, Austin penned his first song and took to the road touring the Tri-City region with a well-seasoned bluegrass and gospel band. Fast forward a decade later, and Moody’s much anticipated debut record is in the final stages of completion and is being produced by Grammy-award winning producer and songwriter, Keith Stegall, whose production credits include Alan Jackson, George Jones, and Zac Brown Band.


Songwriting News & Resources

Welcome to Song Ranch

A new name in the music business emerges in Music City. Formed in 2017, Song Ranch is a progressive music publishing company that seeks to bridge the gap between the publisher and the songwriter. Like most businesses, the business of music publishing and songwriting continues to evolve, and Song Ranch presents a new way of conducting business designed to forecast and accommodate these inevitable changes.

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The Power (and Danger) of Quick Changes Within Songs

There’s a concept in music that applies to chord progressions called harmonic rhythm. That term is used to describe how frequently (i.e., how quickly) chords change, especially in relation to how many notes of melody happen between changes. As you know, some songs use progressions where each chord is strummed for a relatively long time before changing to the next one: a slow harmonic rhythm. (Source: secretsofsongwriting.com)

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Interview with J.D. Souther

J.D. Souther has had a legendary career as a songwriter, artist and producer. He is known co-writing three classic, number one hit songs for The Eagles: “Heartache Tonight,” “Best of My Love” and “New Kid in Town.” He has also co-written hits for Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Don Henley, and for his own artist career. And notably, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013. (Source: songwriteruniverse.com)

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I just don't see myself as a songwriter or a country singer or any of those things anymore. It's more trying to express ideas and emotional textures.

Sturgill Simpson

I’m just the postman, I deliver the songs...I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet.

Bob Dylan

Country music is three chords and the truth. I take a whole life story and compress it into three minutes.

Harlan Howard

I've come to appreciate how special a song is compared to other art forms, because you can carry it around in your head and your heart, and it remains part of you. It's the way singer-songwriters make sense of our lives.

Kris Kristofferson

To just put the truth on paper itself is hard sometimes, let alone to put it into a song. But when you do, those are the ones that matter.

Guy Clark

Of emotions, of love, of breakup, of love and hate and death and dying, mama, apple pie, and the whole thing. It covers a lot of territory, country music does.

Johnny Cash

I write a song because I want to. I think the moment you start writing it to make money, you’re starting to kill yourself artistically.

Pete Seeger

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.

Cyril Connolly

I don't know much about God. But if everything does originate with God, then certainly songs do as well.

James Taylor

I compare it to fishing. I always had a little routine of going into whatever room I was using at the time to write in, and just staying in there till I felt like I got a bite.

Tom Petty

I don't want to think that anything is off limits for me to write about, but I also don't want to intrude on anybody's life, which is why there's very little specificity or names in the songs I write.

J. D. Souther

There's so many other things to write about than unrequited love.

Lucinda Williams

I like it when songs develop in some way. Four minutes usually isn't enough time for something to develop musically.

Donald Fagan

The ability to provide just enough information in the lyric is what separates great lyricists from great writers.

David Mead

Nashville is the business center. They forget that the bottom line of it all is still the song.

Jerry Jeff Walker

Don't call my lyrics poetry. It's an insult to real poets.

Neil Diamond

When I'm stuck for a closing to a lyric, I will drag out my last resort: overwhelming illogic.

David Bowie

I try to write conversationally; I try to write like people speak and put the emphasis on the right syllable.

Don Henley

I don't like to write rhetorically or get on a soapbox. I try to make the stuff multi-layered, so that it always has a life outside its social context. I don't believe that you can tell people anything; you can only draw them in.

Bruce Springsteen

I'd like to write some songs that are so good that nobody understands them. Not even myself.

Townes Van Zandt

When you sit down to write something, there should be no guidelines. The main idea is not supposed to be, 'How many different ways can we sell it?' That's so far away from the true spirit of what music is.


I didn't choose a word or anything. I just wrote the song until it stopped.

Marty Robbins

I think I need the demons in order to write, but the demons have gone. It bothers me a lot. I've tried and tried, but I just can't seem to find a melody.

Brian Wilson

One of my biggest thrills for me still is sitting down with a guitar or a piano and just out of nowhere trying to make a song happen.

Paul McCartney

My songs are like my children - I expect them to support me when I'm old.

Dolly Parton

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8 Most Common Terms in Top 100
Country Songs for 2017*

1. "Whiskey"
2. "Beer"
3. "Love"
4. "Truck"
5. "Tractor"
6. "Highway/Road"
7. "Country"
8. "Drunk"
*Fictitious stats for entertainment purpose only.