My Backstage Pass

Danny McCloskey Co-Founder/Publisher of The Alternate Root Magazine, Record Business Veteran and Entrepreneur Shares Secrets of His Success

March 17, 2024 With Hosts Lee Zimmerman and Billy Hubbard Episode 34
My Backstage Pass
Danny McCloskey Co-Founder/Publisher of The Alternate Root Magazine, Record Business Veteran and Entrepreneur Shares Secrets of His Success
Show Notes

Lee and Billy welcome Danny McCluskey, Co-owner of The Alternate Root music magazine, Desert Roots Music and a thirty-year-plus veteran of the music industry. From 1979 to 1985 he wrote and developed radio shows, developed programming and organized the yearly local music event ‘The Rock and Roll Rumble’ for legendary radio station WBCN in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1985, Danny joined Atlantic Records, handling services for Island and Virgin Records when under the Atlantic umbrella, as promotion manager for the Boston / New England region where he remained until 1990. Moving on to San Francisco in 1990, Danny managed a publicity firm, The Madera Group. He started his own firm, Next Step Promotion and Publicity in 1996 which later became Next Step Music Management handling artist management, music supervision, publishing and artist development. Songs With Vision started operations in 2002 focusing on film and television music placement for labels and independent artists and acting as a Music Supervisor for a number of film projects as well as in-house for Hallmark Films. Songs With Vision joined forces with The Artist Development Group in 2007, going on to form The Media Guide, The Alternate Root magazine, ADC Films, Alternate Root TV, and other arms of The Alternate Root. The common factor in all the endeavors has been music. Luckily, what Danny does for a living and the way he lives have never been separated.  Check out The Alternate Root on line and subscribe at http://www.thealternateroot.com

Host Lee Zimmerman is a freelance music writer whose articles have appeared in several leading music industry publications. Lee is a former promotions representative for ABC and Capital Records and director of communications for various CBS affiliated television stations. Lee authored "Americana Music - Voices, Visionaries & Pioneers of an Honest Sound," as well as his recent book about legendary producer and engineer Jim Gains "Thirty Years Behind The Glass. Lee also played a key role in securing airplay for Jimmy Buffett’s first major hit, “Margaritaville.” During his time at Capital records Lee also worked with such legends as Paul McCartney, Bob Seger, the Steve Miller Band, and others. You can contact Lee at lezim@bellsouth.net

Podcast producer/cohost Billy Hubbard is a Tennessee based Americana Singer/Songwriter and former Regional Director of A&R for a Grammy winning company. Billy is a signed artist with Spectra Music Group and venue developer/booking manage and co-founder of the iconic venue "The Station" in East Tennessee. As an artist Billy is endorsed by Godin's Simon & Patrick Guitars and his YouTube channel has over 3 million viewers. Billy's new self titled album was released on Spectra Records October 2023 on all major outlets! Learn more about Billy online at http://www.BillyHubbard.com

My Backstage Pass intro & outro music credit:
Intro - Billy Hubbard "Waitin' on The Wind"
Outro - Billy Hubbard "Lonesome When I'm With You"