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Mind Coffee: A career made of 'in-your-face country soul'

Article by Shawn Ryan

As a songwriter today, the goal is pretty simple.

"You want to get the song that's in the singing fish on the wall at Christmas," Marc-Alan Barnette says, followed by a huge laugh.

He's only half-kidding. After 30 years in Nashville, he's written about 5,000 songs and landed cuts with Frankie Ballard, Shelby Lynne, David Ball, John Berry and others. None, though, have been popular enough to deserve the dulcet tones of Big Mouth Billy Bass.


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