About Tom Moran

I’ve been in the music business for 43 years working for eight different record labels, an independent country music promotion company, and a major trade magazine. I’ve seen a lot and feel eminently qualified to comment on the music business, the country radio business, and various other things that being on the planet this long has allowed me to experience.

I started in the business in the early 70’s at Billboard magazine in the music chart department in Los Angeles where I did the country, r&b, classical, and jazz charts while assisting my boss with the pop charts.

After a few years, I moved on to what was at that time a fledgling label called Arista Records as the local promotion rep in the Cincinnati area and then Chicago. I worked for the legendary Clive Davis and promoted artists like Barry Manilow, Melissa Manchester, Air Supply, Billy Ocean, The Kinks, Grateful Dead, The Alan Parsons Project, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Ray Parker Jr., Flock of Seagulls, Milli Vanilli, Kenny G, Whitney Houston, and many, many more.

After about 13 years or so I moved on to Geffen Records in Chicago working with Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Robbie Robertson, Don Henley, Tesla, Cher, Joni Mitchell, and many others.

I moved into country music promotion from there going to work for Polydor Nashville bringing Toby Keith and Chely Wright music to country radio.

After just a couple of years I was lured away by an offer from Warner Bros. Nashville where I worked for the legendry Jim Ed Norman and promoting the music of Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Little Texas, Tracy Lawrence, John Michael Montgomery, Faith Hill, Trick Pony, Blake Shelton, along with many others.

After a brief stop at an independent company called Equity Music where I worked with Clint Black and Little Big Town, I went to Sony Music Nashville where I worked with a legend in the making named John Grady and artists like Gretchen Wilson, Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, Van Zant, Ashley Monroe, and others.

After a corporate merger forced me out I went to the Toby Keith owned Showdog Nashville Records followed by a stint at an independent promotion company called Nine North.

I then reunited with John Grady and we reintroduced IRS Records as a Nashville company. Universal Music owned it and pulled the plug on the company before we could get off the ground.

That brings me to INSIDE NASHVILLE….I hope you like it and stay with me.

About the Podcast

INSIDE NASHVILLE with Tom Moran will pull the curtain back on the country music business and how it relates to country radio. It will also provide useful information to those that might be thinking of heading to Nashville to chase their dream of being a performer, songwriter, or part of the business on some level.

I’ll have guests from every part of the business…label heads, promotion executives, managers, publishers, booking agents, songwriters, artists, and more. Not all episodes will have a guest. I’ll sometimes be giving my thoughts on things with candor that can only come from someone not looking to get a job in the industry. INSIDE NASHVILLE is now my job. Giving you honest perspective is now my job.

Listener feedback will also be a part of the podcast. Questions and comments…both positive and critical will be addressed so please let me know what you think. You can do so here on the website, the INSIDE NASHVILLE with Tom Moran Facebook page, or Twitter.

I hope you like it and subscribe. Hell…subscribe even if you don’t like it. Stick around and straighten me out.

Thanks for listening,

Tom Moran

Moran in the Studio