Make It Up As We Go

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Following the death of her beloved father, Charlotte returns to her home state of Texas. Stricken with grief, and pulled in countless directions, Charlotte decides to attend legendary country songwriter, Liz Rose’s, writing retreat in Hill Country. Her experience writing at the Wayside Ranch pushes Charlotte to reach a turning point in her career. She pursues a deal with a big publishing company, and fights to balance work with her relationship with Marshall, seeking harmony between emotional stability and professional independence. Right when everything seems to be looking up, Charlotte is tested again, as the reverberations of “cancel culture” behind the scenes in the Nashville songwriting world are exposed, bringing to light the complexities of fame and fortune in Music City. Season 2 of Make It Up As We Go releases May 3rd from Audio Up and SiriusXM

Episode Date
Chapter 8: Forever Kind Of Love
00:30:23
Charlotte decides to speak out against Hunter Owen, a move that could squander all the inroads she's made in the Nashville music scene. Alone in her emotions, struggling to come to terms with her new reality, she finds comfort in her ride-or-die crew, and trusts that the universe with make things right.
Jun 14, 2022
Chapter 7: "Gain A Little Ground"
00:27:21
Charlotte endures a writing session with one of Nashville's top recording artists, whose toxic personality and inappropriate behavior drives her out of the room. Charlotte overcomes the shock of it all by writing with Liz Rose and Lawford Keane and receives some news from Big Knox Publishing.
Jun 07, 2022
Chapter 6: "Honky Tonk Disco Nights"
00:27:07
Charlotte gets gussied up for her first charity event performance, where she mingles with some of Nashville's top talent- Kat & Alex, Liz Rose, Tyler Rich, Abby Anderson, just to name a few. After a night of performing and navigating the ins and outs of various relationships, Charlotte and her crew hit the town for some good old-fashioned boot-scooting!
May 31, 2022
Chapter 5: "M.I.A."
00:29:23
Charlotte goes to Miranda’s show and sees her perform “Champion” live in front of the bright lights and screaming crowd. Looking at the adoring fans belting out the words to her song, she realizes she’s reached the pinnacle of a songwriter, and wants more. While Marshall works on producing the new album with Van, Charlotte negotiates with an increasingly distracted and overwhelmed Elliot. She thinks he’s got too much on his plate, but he’s too stubborn to give an inch. When he finds out she’s taken meetings with other publishing companies, he blows up on Charlotte about loyalty. She explains that however grateful she may be for the opportunities afforded by the chance Elliot took on her, she refuses to owe him forever, and deserves the respect and credit for what her talent has built. Marshall and Emily step in and convince Elliot to delegate. If they all want to succeed, they’re going to need help. They expand Charlotte’s team, and rehabilitate Carmelina Publishing’s relationships that Elliot has soured with his monolithic approach during his decade in Nashville. With the help and recommendations of her new team, Charlotte negotiates a record deal for her debut album. Marshall and Charlotte celebrate with a rare date night alone, where Marshall surprises both Charlotte and himself with a vulnerability and capacity to express his love with the same authenticity of his songwriting.
May 24, 2022
Chapter 4: "Mixtape (Writer's Room)"
00:33:01
Charlotte and Marshall return to Nashville, where Charlotte’s name is quickly gaining traction as an emerging act. The Carmelina boardrooms echo with differing opinions on the best way forward. Elliot digs in when they tell him he’s in over his head, and claims he can handle every aspect of her career, but Marshall and Charlotte take meetings with other publishing companies and major label A&R’s anyway. One of the songs Charlotte wrote at the camp gets cut by a big artist who’s rough around the edges, but the single comes out of the gate hot. Before they meet him in the studio, Marshall warns Charlotte about his reputation around women, but Charlotte insists she can handle herself. The session is rough, he’s creepy and disrespectful, but Charlotte sees it through. With attention growing and paperwork looming, Charlotte seeks advice from Emily and Miranda on record deals, touring, and management, and Miranda invites her to come to one of her Texas tour dates. We see Charlotte facing the big question of season two: do I want to be a songwriter or an artist?
May 17, 2022
Chapter 3: "Lovin' Heart"
00:37:45
As the writing retreat comes to a close, Charlotte and Co. prepare for a showcase at an upstart venue outside of Austin. Apollo and Elliot carpool down for the show, and Apollo delivers the news that he’s been tapped as a vocal coach on American Idol with their old pal Bobby Bones. Marshall makes things right with his brother, vows not to turn out like his fading father, and high tails it back to Texas just in time for the show. Emily hits the dating apps, Charlotte brings down the house, and Elliot fends off the competing publishing companies and major label wolves who take notice of Charlotte’s rising stock.
May 10, 2022
Chapter 1: "Gone in the Wind"
00:43:15
After Charlotte’s father dies suddenly of a heart attack, Apollo, Emily, and Elliot come to Canyon to attend the funeral and rally around Charlotte. Marshall shows up and surprises everyone, clean and recovered, ready to get back to work. Emily recognizes the weight of Charlotte losing another parent, and implores her to unpack her grief by doing what she does best: writing songs. So, she offers them a space at a writing retreat in the Texas Hill Country at the world famous Wayside Ranch. Charlotte is on the fence about the retreat, but a call from Miranda Lambert expresses condolences and encourages her to go write at Wayside. As they are packing up to leave, a tornado touches down in Marshall’s hometown outside Shreveport, so he peels off east to help his family. As the dust settles, and Charlotte is hit by the loneliness on a moonlit Texas front porch of a house that used to be a home, she starts writing “Gone in the Morning”...
May 03, 2022
Chapter 2: "Cantina Lullaby"
00:33:36
Charlotte heads to Wayside Ranch in Hill Country and Marshall arrives at his childhood home, while Elliot and Apollo hatch a plan to turn Charlotte into a star. Charlotte meets Lawford Keane, the humble heartthrob and caretaker of Wayside ranch, and they hit it off immediately. Marshall’s hometown was hit hard, and although his house has barely evaded destruction, the old family demons are still on full display. At an unsightly reunion, the skeletons in the Tracy family closet are paraded through the devastated Shreveport streets. His struggling parents, their dysfunctional marriage, and the younger brother he left behind to deal with it all take a heavy emotional toll on Marshall. While he is forced to reconcile his past and present, Charlotte is tested professionally and emotionally amongst the best and brightest songwriters in Texas.
May 03, 2022
Make It Up As We Go Season 2 Trailer
00:01:19
Following the death of her beloved father, Charlotte returns to her home state of Texas. Stricken with grief, and pulled in countless directions, Charlotte decides to attend legendary country songwriter, Liz Rose’s, writing retreat in Hill Country. Her experience writing at the Wayside Ranch pushes Charlotte to reach a turning point in her career. She pursues a deal with a big publishing company, and fights to balance work with her relationship with Marshall, seeking harmony between emotional stability and professional independence. Right when everything seems to be looking up, Charlotte is tested again, as the reverberations of “cancel culture” behind the scenes in the Nashville songwriting world are exposed, bringing to light the complexities of fame and fortune in Music City. Season 2 of Make It Up As We Go releases May 3rd from Audio Up and SiriusXM.
Apr 26, 2022
Acoustic Performances + Introducing Valentine's Day in Hell
00:21:00

Hey Make It Up As We Go fans! If you love the music-based storytelling in this podcast, take a listen to the trailer for the second installment in Audio Up’s “In Hell” series. Valentine's Day In Hell is a horror comedy musical podcast that twists the knife on love; satirizing social media influencers, hype houses, and classic teen horror flicks.. Take a journey to Hell and back with Oliver Tree, iann dior, jxdn, phem, Carlie Hanson and Adam Carolla as the Devil. The first two episodes are out today; listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, or where ever you get your podcasts.

Plus, take a listen to Scarlett Burke performing acoustic versions of "Breathe," "My Dove," "Here's Lookin' At You," and "Make It Up As We Go."
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Feb 10, 2021
Made It Up As We Went
01:26:07

Star and co-creator of Make It Up As We Go Scarlett Burke joins her star-studded collaborators to recount the making of this one-of-a-kind country musical podcast, exclusively presented by Unilever's Knorr and Magnum brands, and in support of She Is The Music.
Tune in for interviews with cast members Dennis Quaid and Bobby Bones as well as an exclusive look into how the cast, which includes Billy Bob Thornton, Craig Robinson, and Miranda Lambert, came together to complete this unique Nashville-based musical drama, during this year’s Covid lockdown through never-before-heard footage. Scarlett also leads a peek into the process of writing and recording the original Miranda Lambert song “Champion,” which was featured in the series finale, Chapter 8: Champion. Lastly, the special concludes with a preview of the new Christmas single “Howdy Christmas,” from Scarlett Burke and country songstress Hailey Whitters.
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Dec 11, 2020
Chapter 8: Champion
00:49:30

Marshall and Charlotte are closer than ever. Rising country star Lindsay Ell records one of Charlotte and Emily's tracks. They gain momentum as a songwriting force to be reckoned with. Charlotte is in complete shock when a country superstar wants to record one of her songs. A radio interview with Bobby Bones is the culmination of all her hard work and dreams.

Charlotte Sayles, Scarlett Burke
Miranda Lambert, As Herself 
Van Tyler, Billy Bob Thornton
Emily Turner, Bre Blair
Marshall Tracy, Michael Raymond-James
Apollo Joiner, Craig Robinson
Elliot Lieberman, Zach Selwyn
Apollo Joiner, Craig Robinson
Bobby Bones, As Himself
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Nov 19, 2020
Chapter 7: Back Alley Boo
00:42:04

Charlotte and Emily score a coveted spot at Whiskey Jam. Charlotte's impromptu performance of "Back Alley Boo" - which was clearly inspired by Marshall - leads to a romantic encounter.

Charlotte Sayles, Scarlett Burke
Miranda Lambert, As Herself 
Van Tyler, Billy Bob Thornton
Marshall Tracy, Michael Raymond-James
Elliot Lieberman, Zach Selwyn 
Emily Turner, Bre Blair
Apollo Joiner, Craig Robinson
Ward Guenther, As Himself
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Nov 12, 2020
Chapter 6: Here's Lookin At You
00:41:12

Charlotte is confronted by Davis, eager to reconcile. A meeting with agent Dan Barnes leads to Charlotte reeling an inappropriate advance.

Charlotte Sayles, Scarlett Burke
Marshall Tracy, Michael Raymond-James
Elliot Lieberman, Zach Selwyn 
Emily Turner, Bre Blair
Joe Sayles, Dennis Quaid
Lindsay Ell, as herself
Liz Berry, Kristen Ariza
Jacob (assistant), Jameson Moss
Davis Gabbert, Rob Mayes
Dan Barnes, Lee Dawson
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Nov 05, 2020
Chapter 5: Dream Small
00:38:02

Charlotte and Emily reconcile after they realize their shared experiences as female songwriters in Nashville. Marshall and Charlotte bond over their songs.

Miranda Lambert, As Herself
Van Tyler, Billy Bob Thornton
Charlotte Sayles, Scarlett Burke
Marshall Tracy, Michael Raymond-James
Emily Turner, Bre Blair
Elliot Lieberman, Zach Selwyn 
Dan Barnes, Lee Dawson
Bobby Bones, As Himself
Kendall, Natalie Gelman
Missy Goodson, Shelly Siebenberg
Apollo Joiner, Craig Robinson
Roman, Jesse Siebenberg
Simone, Nasheka Siddall
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Oct 29, 2020
Chapter 4: Workin Out
00:35:48

For the first time in years, Charlotte is on her own, navigating a new city and the high-stakes of songwriting in Music City. She draws strength from her faith and takes a big chance partnering with Marshall.

Charlotte Sayles, Scarlett Burke
Davis Gabbert, Rob Mayes
Jacob (assistant), Jameson Moss
Elliot Lieberman, Zach Selwyn 
Joe Sayles, Dennis Quaid
Emily Turner, Bre Blair
Apollo Joiner, Craig Robinson
Marshall Tracy, Michael Raymond-James
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Oct 22, 2020
Chapter 3: Make It Up As We Go
00:39:05

Davis has been sidelined and feels betrayed by Charlotte's welcome into the most exclusive writers' room in Nashville.

Charlotte Sayles, Scarlett Burke
Elliot Lieberman, Zach Selwyn 
Apollo Joiner, Craig Robinson
Davis Gabbert, Rob Mayes
Emily Turner, Bre Blair
Joe Sayles, Dennis Quaid
Madison White Bluegrass Trio, The Salty Suites 
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Oct 15, 2020
Chapter 2: Poison
00:37:57

After a disastrous first writing room session, the duo must confront the odds of their music dreams becoming a reality. Charlotte's talent begins to outshine Davis. She's given a choice to write without him or go back to Amarillo. Jealousy and doubt plague the couple. 

Charlotte Sayles, Scarlett Burke
Elliot Lieberman, Zach Selwyn 
Marshall Tracy, Michael Raymond-James
Jacob (assistant), Jameson Moss
Emily Turner, Bre Blair
Joe Sayles, Dennis Quaid
Davis Gabbert, Rob Mayes
CMA Presenter, Jared Gutstadt
Weston Turner, William Siebenberg
Jen Lieberman, Wendy Selwyn
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Oct 08, 2020
Chapter 1: My Dove
00:34:33

Nashville producer Elliot Lieberman discovers Charlotte and her boyfriend, guitar player Davis Gabbert, at The Golden Light in Amarillo, TX and invites them to Nashville to test out their songwriting legs. After a cross-country drive and a night of no sleep in their new dump of a duplex, Charlotte and Davis land a writing session with well-known Nashville songwriter Marshall Tracy. 

Charlotte Sayles, Scarlett Burke
Bobby Bones, As Himself
Joe Sayles, Dennis Quaid
Davis Gabbert, Rob Mayes
Elliot Lieberman, Zach Selwyn 
Marshall Tracy, Michael Raymond-James
Jacob (assistant) Jameson Moss
Jeff (songwriter) Brooks Hudgins
Paul (songwriter) Phil Bogard 
Roadie, Dub Cornett
Radio announcer, Jesse Siebenberg
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Oct 08, 2020
Introducing: Make It Up As We Go
00:02:05

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Sep 28, 2020