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Salute the Songbird with Maggie Rose

Potomac-born country singer Maggie Rose wants to showcase her fellow women in the music industry. To do so, she’s launched a podcast entitled Salute the Songbird, a weekly program featuring conversations between Rose and a wide assortment of guests. To date, Rose has chatted with artists including Martina McBride, Mickey Guyton, and Jennifer Hartswick, and, given that everyone involved can compare stories of what it’s like to be a woman working in the industry, the conversations can be simultaneously eye-opening and jaw-dropping. Guyton, the artist behind the hit “Black Like Me,” discusses touring with Brad Paisley and being confronted with the Confederate flag or being called the n-word by audience members. What’s worse, as Guyton was starting out in Nashville, her label implied Guyton would not be seen as an authentic country artist because of her race. “This common conversation in every room was ‘We’ve got to make sure she’s really country because people are going to think she’s not genuine,’” Guyton says. In another episode, country music veteran McBride discusses her involvement in the Equal Play movement, a campaign pushing to have women artists played on country radio just as often as men. “I just did a voice over for a radio entity,” says McBride. “I’m introducing songs … and the first 15 acts were men and none I had heard of. When I see something like that I wonder, ‘How fast is this changing?’” The podcast is available at osirispod.com, Apple Podcasts, and other streaming services. Free.