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Meet Nashville Duo, Salemtown!

Photo of Salemtown Credited to Michael Tedesco.

Introducing Nashville duo, Salemtown! During the 2020 Nashville quaratine, Patrick Cornell and Dan Harrison got together, wrote, and recorded a ton of songs.

During lockdown, Dan and Patrick did their best to be creative and with that, they ended up forming this duo.

Their EP, Pretty Wild, was released on January 18, 2021. Their debut single, “Pretty Wild” has been added to some popular Spotify playlists such as New Music Nashville, Fresh Finds Country, Next from Nashville, Wild Country and New Boots!

This duo is something special.

Get to know both Dan and Patrick better by checking out their interview below!

What got you started in music? 

We’re both solo artists and have been doing our solo music since we were kids. But, in 2019 a mutual friend in management suggested we write together. The write went so well that we kept writing and recording music together as a duo through the 2020 Nashville COVID lockdown and here we are!

Who or what inspires you?

We’re inspired by rock n roll greats like The Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Rolling Stones and Van Halen and Country greats like Willie and Merle and newer artists like Eric Church and Sam Hunt.

What is your creative process like? 

Typically Patrick writes the music and records all the instruments and makes a track. Then Dan listens to that and comes up with some vocal melodies. Once that’s solidified both of us write the lyrics. It’s a true 50/50 collaboration. 

Who would you most like to collaborate with?

We’re brand new, so anyone who’s interested haha. Maybe John Mayer, Post Malone or Justin Bieber. The Stones or the Eagles would be pretty killer, obviously. Can you get us their number haha?

If you’ve performed, what’s your favorite thing about performing?

We’ve only performed four times so far. Harmonizing our vocals is tough to beat. That seems to be what people like best too. 

What’s one of your favorite things about the music industry? What’s one thing you would want to change? 

There’s nothing good about the music industry! But, one of our favorite things about music is creating something from nothing. Like one day this song doesn’t exist, three hours later you can’t get it out of your head. That’s pretty special. If there was something we could change about the music industry it would probably be the objectification of women. Nothing wrong with singing about a girl you think is pretty, but they do do other things, like run companies, run countries, raise children and create amazing music. 

What’s next? 

We want to play as many shows as possible and release as much music as possible. We’re releasing six EP’s this year and already have all the songs we’re releasing in 2022 written.  

Photo of Salemtown credited to Michael Tedesco.

Check out the duo below!

By The A&R Guru

Kristi, founder and creator of The A&R Guru, graduated from Belmont University in April of 2021. She earned her BBA in Music Business and a minor in Production. She's passionate about A&R, digital marketing, event management, production, and touring. One of the most important things she wants her audience to know is that talent is everywhere, and as a music industry professional, she is determined to find it.

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