Female Songwriters in Nashville Say "Time's Up"

Kalie Shorr arrives at the CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE — Female musicians in Nashville have long complained about the lack of representation on country radio, but now a collective of female songwriters are singing "Time’s Up.” The Song Suffragettes were formed in 2014 in response to a growing concern that women were being excluded by labels and radio and spurred by comments by a radio consultant that compared women to tomatoes in a salad. Only 18 out of the top 100 country singles of 2017 had a female artist featured, a percentage that has been stagnating in the genre for years. Kalie Shorr is one of the original members of the collective that plays in a writer’s round every Monday night at the Listening Room Cafe, just a couple of miles away from Music Row. "We had all individually gone into a stuffy Music Row office and had someone say, ‘No,’ followed by ‘because you’re a woman,”’ said Shorr. "I have even had label executives say, ‘I am just really burned out on women right now.”’ But Shorr and her fellow singers said the (hash)MeToo and […]

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