Positively West Virginia
Episode 161 - Joshua Swiger - Blues Alley Studios and Records
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Joshua Swiger is a producer, engineer, performer and music industry professional from Morgantown, West Virginia. Joshua has been active in the national and regional music industry for 25+ years. His emphasis has been in record label management, recording engineering and live event production and management. 

Joshua has owned and operated Blues Alley Studios & Records since 1993. His studio work as an engineer and producer has allowed him to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company, The New Relics, The Argument, The Joseph Sisters, WVU, Huey Mac and other regional and national artists. 

As a record label owner, Joshua has produced albums across multiple genres, emphasizing country, rock and Americana. His work has landed artists on the Billboard and Music Row Charts, The New Relics, “Beautiful” and “Real Love” #54 Billboard Charts, and The Joseph Sisters “Crazy in Love” Top 100, Music Row Charts. Artists under his management have appeared on country music radio stations nationwide, including nationally syndicated Radio Disney Country and in industry printed publications including Billboard Online and Music Row Magazine. 

Joshua is very active in the regional music scene. As an Executive Producer with RMA Presents, he has produced shows for fair and festival events across West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, with nationally and internationally touring artists including Marty Stuart, Sawyer Brown, Restless Heart, Blackberry Smoke, Ricky Skaggs, Walker Montgomery, Marcus King Band, Whiskey Myers, Tyler Farr, Lindsay Ell, Jason Crabb, Trace Adkins, Jason Michael Carrol, Bobby Nicholas, Joe Diffie, 1170 Band, The Gin Blossoms, Blessid Union of Souls and others.

As a bassist, he has performed with regionally touring Americana band The New Relics since 2001. The band has released five albums, two live albums, and in 2021, a new album is to be released. Joshua is a Professor of Music Industry at West Virginia University. Joshua is also an active voting member of the Country Music Association (CMA).

As a bassist, he has performed with regionally touring Americana band The New Relics since 2001. The band has released 5 albums, 2 live albums and in 2021 a new album is to be released.

Joshua is a Professor of Music Industry at West Virginia University.

Joshua is an active voting member of the Country Music Association (CMA).

SHOW NOTES:

  • 3:40 Joshua, take a minute, fill in some gaps from that brief intro and give us a little behind the curtain look into your business.
  • 5:43 What is your 30 sec. pitch for your business?
  • 6:46 Can you tell us more about how you help artists produce and record music?
  • 8:45 Does your background as a musician help you when you’re producing and recording music?
  • 10:18 Can you tell us more about the new studio you just built for Blues Alley?
  • 14:13 Would you say that Blues Alley is the best equipped recording studio in all of West Virginia?
  • 16:10 Where do most of your artists come from? Are they mainly from WV?
  • 19:03 What been your best business moment so far?
  • 20:52 What has been your worst business moment so far?
  • 22:23 PWV Commercial Break
  • 23:47 Aside from Covid-19, what is one of the biggest challenges you’re facing in business right now?
  • 29:23 Do you work with the Department of Agriculture?
  • 29:55 What is one piece of advice that you’d give to young business owners and entrepreneurs in WV?
  • 32:32 What is one thing that you do every day in your personal life that you think contributes to your success?
  • 33:13 What is one book or podcast that you’d recommend for aspiring entrepreneurs?
  • 36:30 Is there anything else you’d like our listeners to know about you, your story, or your Blues Alley?
  • 39:09 Outro

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