Whether the medium is newspapers, magazines and websites or television programs and documentaries, I’m a storyteller. Great stories begin with interesting characters and through the years I’ve made a concerted effort to cultivate a diverse range of storytelling from professional bull riding and mixed martial arts to filmmakers, musicians and bestselling authors as well as other thought-provoking and noteworthy folks who live in teepees and build rat rods.
Freelance; Profile Writing and Features, Bio Writing (June 2014 to present)
Hamptons magazine (New York), The Tennessean (Nashville), UFC magazine (international), MonsterEnergy.com, PBR.com, 8 Seconds program (national), American Bucking Bull magazine (national), Skating magazine (national), Austin Way magazine (Texas), CBS Sports Network, Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), GoBlueRaiders.com, Savannah (Ga.) Morning News, Average Joe’s and Alliance Sport Marketing.
Freelance; Story Producer and Writer (Fall 2003 to present)
Kenny Chesney Live at the Flora-Bama; CMT; 2014; Story Producer; TackleBox / Forward
The Next Great American Band; FOX; 2007; Associate Producer; 19 Entertainment
Country Music Across America; GAC; 2007; Segment Writer; Travis Television
Sexiest Videos of 2006; CMT; 2006; Co-Producer / Writer; Cloudland Filmworks
Greatest Moments Hank Williams Jr.; CMT; 2006; Co-Producer / Writer; Cloudland Filmworks
20 Sexiest Southern Women / Men; CMT; 2006; Co-Producer / Writer; Cloudland Filmworks
Greatest Moments Shania Twain; CMT; 2006; Co-Producer / Writer; Cloudland Filmworks
20 Sexiest Videos of 2005; CMT; 2005; Co-Producer; Cloudland Filmworks
Buck Wild (docu-soap / unaired); 2005; Associate Producer / Director; Cloudland Filmworks
20 Greatest Cowboy Songs; CMT; 2005; Co-Producer; Cloudland Filmworks
20 Greatest Bands; CMT; 2005; Co-Producer; Cloudland Filmworks
20 Sexiest Women; CMT; 2004; Co-Producer; Cloudland Filmworks
20 Sexiest Men; CMT; 2004; Co-Producer; Cloudland Filmworks
Greatest Road Trips; CMT; 2004; Co-Producer; Cloudland Filmworks
Country Music Across America; GAC; 2004; Segment Writer; Travis Television
Tennessee Roads: The Melonie Cannon Story; GAC; 2004; Prod. / Director / Writer; Collective
We Love These Bars; CMT; 2004; Associate Producer / Writer; Cloudland Filmworks
XS (pilot only); 2003; Co-Creator / Producer; Collective
Professional Bull Riders, Inc.; Senior Writer / Editorial Director (January 2008 to June 2014)
Co-authored “The Official Guide to the Toughest Sport on Earth” (Triumph). Throughout my time with the PBR I was a contributing editor for various publications, contributing writer for “The American Bucking Bull magazine” and provided PBR features and previews for outside publications throughout the country.
Responsible for managing and creating web-based content related to the top professional bull riders in the world as well as the rankest bulls used on the elite Built Ford Tough Series. I covered bull riding events in three countries, including the United States, Brazil and Canada. I was also involved with story planning for televised events on CBS, CBS Sports Network, NBC, ESPN2 and Versus.
On a daily basis I provided news coverage, in-depth feature stories and live event blogs that were re-posted throughout world in Brazil, Canada and Australia. Stories also contained video components and Podcasts.
I appeared regularly on call-in segments for Rural Radio 80 Sirius XM (“Western Sports Up” and “Outside the Barrel”), provided on-camera and off-camera interviews for television broadcasts and appeared regularly on several local and syndicated radio programs. I also previously had a weekly call-in segment on RFD-TV (“PBR Now”).
Freelance; Features Writer and Critic, Bio Writer (May 1990 to January 2009)
ESPN.com, insidetherockies.com, Skating magazine (national), The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC), American Cowboy (national), Heartland USA: Journal of the American Outdoor Lifestyle (national), The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO), The (Nashville) City Paper, The Tennessean (Nashville), Country Weekly (national), Nashville Rage (national), Country Music Today (national), Warner Bros., RCA Records, Sony Records, Sports Nashville, HITS (national), Revolver (national), CMA Close Up (industry), Music Row (Nashville), CCM Magazine (national), Malibu (CA) Times, Music Connection (Los Angeles), Movieline (national), Sarasota (FL) Herald Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS), Appleton (WI) Post Crescent, Grand Rapids (MI) Press, Oshkosh (WI) Northwestern, Entertainment Today (Los Angeles), Radio Active (Los Angeles) and Night, Sights & Sounds (Madison, WI).
Tour Manager, Co-Manager and Merchandiser (1992 to 1996, 2000 to 2003, 2007)
Spent five years from 1992 through 1996 working with the rock band TUFF (Atlantic, Mausoleum, R.L.S.) providing them with publicity, co-managing and tour managing the band. Originally tour managed five national tours and then returned in 2000 for a U.K. tour and a sixth regional tour in 2001 through the Midwest. Organized all aspects of TUFF tours including production, collection, tour budgets, personnel and logistics associated with travel and advancing shows. Also assisted with the launch of R.L.S. Records; handling all aspects of distribution and publicity along with coordinating the filming of music videos, home videos and the recording and production of several full-length albums. Spent parts of 2002 on tour handling merchandise for Tommy Shane Steiner (RCA Nashville) in support of Brad Paisley and periodic dates in 2003. That was followed by one more national tour in the summer of 2007 with the Swedish rock band Vains of Jenna (Filthy Note, Fontana, Universal) in support of Poison and Ratt. Handled all aspects associated with being tour manager on a major summer tour as well as all publicity requests.
Harvard University Extension School
Currently a candidate for a Master of Liberal Arts, Journalism with a combination of on-campus and distance courses.
Middle Tennessee State University
Bachelor of Science, Mass Communication (May 2001)
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Middle Tennessee State University; College of Mass Comm.; Wall of Fame inductee (April 2013)
Oshkosh North High School; Hall of Fame inductee (April 2012)
Keith Ryan Cartwright Day in the City of Oshkosh, Wisconsin (April 2012)
Presented with key to the city by Oshkosh, Wisconsin, mayor Burk Tower (April 2012)
Southeast Journalism Conference; Best In-Depth Story, first place, 2000
Southeast Journalism Conference; Best Feature Story, first place, 2000
Rolex/Golf Digest College Sportswriter of the Year; finalist, 1999
Southeast Journalism Conference; Best Sports Story, first place, 1998
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING…
“Where Keith’s success has come from is not only his talent, but his passion for what he does.”
Ty Murray; nine-time World Champion rodeo athlete
“I don’t care what you write because you can’t write all that bad for me. You’re going after my art. You gotta be one weird dude.”
Chuck Barris; TV host, The Gong Show
“I felt like we had a true conversation (and) I want to compliment you and hope that you take it sincerely. It’s getting rarer and rarer and rarer, so thank you and please stay around for a long, long time. I was married to a great journalist so, believe me, I know the difference.”
Michelle Shocked; singer / songwriter
“There’s not many journalists that get it. You’re one of the few.”
Violent J; rapper, Insane Clown Posse
“Talking with Keith is always a good time. Maybe it’s because he’s worked with musicians all his life, but he’s always at ease and has a way of making people feel comfortable around him. Well, there’s also the fact that he called me a legend in one of his stories.”
late-Merle Kilgore; singer / songwriter / manager