Archive for April 2014 | Monthly archive page
It has been an exciting few weeks for me as I prepare to release “Songs of Home, pt. 1” on May 29th. In addition to preparing the details of the release and organizing release parties, I have began playing more shows in Arkansas and Tennessee and working on booking more shows once the EP is released. While I have been playing music most of my life, a lot of this stuff is new to me, or at least enough time has passed for it to feel new. With that said, it seems like I spend a lot of time just being confused about how things work (haha). The experience, though frustrating at times, has been a valuable one that I am hopeful will leave me with a basic foundation for growth in the future.
I was fortunate last week to be offered the opportunity to open for The Randy Rogers Band at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, Arkansas. A while back I wrote a post about the ways that we hear “new” music, meaning music that is “new to us”. As a live performer, there are many times that we perform for a new audience that, try as we may, is not responsive to music that they don’t know. It is an interesting subject that I love talking about and look forward to learning more about as I perform for new people. With that said, though, there are times like the other night at George’s, when people are open to it, interested in it, and respond well. It is a great feeling of encouragement and carries with it a bit of confirmation that I am doing the right thing. So, to all of you who were at The Randy Rogers Band show last Wednesday, thank you for listening. Thank you for making me a part of your night out. Thank you to George’s for the opportunity to be on stage, and thank you to Randy Rogers for cultivating a community of people who love hearing new music. I am grateful.
I have recently gotten my newsletter set up and am looking forward to communicating with you through that. There is a box at the top right of the page where you can sign up. If you are interested in receiving updates on shows, new music, and other news, please sign up. As an independent musician, there is nothing more valuable to have than your email address. We are all constantly exposed to music through advertisement by companies with much larger marketing budgets than myself and other independent artists, so to be able to communicate directly to your email when I have something new to offer is more valuable now than ever. I am constantly seeking new avenues to expose people to my music, but as we all know, the best advertisement is from you, the people who have taken the time to listen to what I am creating and look at the website to find out what I’m doing. In other words, if you enjoy what I’m doing, please share it.
As I mentioned earlier, I am working on booking shows through the year. I will keep them listed in the booking section of this site, and they will always be on the sidebar as well. While the internet is a great tool for researching venues in different places, it is difficult to predict the odds that a show will be successful as I don’t know the landscape and the culture of many of the places I’m trying to book. If any of you have a place that you like to go to hear live music, I would love to know about it. You can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I check it regularly and would enjoy hearing from you. Have a good week.
Ain't I Lucky (Acoustic) Play
On May 29th I will have my first EP, “Songs of Home, pt. 1” available to you. It has been a great experience seeing this project become a reality since I began writing last summer, and I am excited to be able to offer it to the music listener. Though I’ve been creating and performing music for most of my life, I have never released anything to the public. In the weeks to come before the release, I will be filling you in on the background of the project, who is involved, and what I have planned for future projects.
Today, I am sharing an acoustic version of a song off of the EP, titled “Ain’t I Lucky”. This is a song that I wrote to perform at a friends wedding this past fall. I like the light hearted nature of the song and the playfulness of the narrator, trying to put an economic value on “love”. As excited as I am to bring you this song, I am equally as excited to have Jillia Jackson accompanying me on background vocals. Jillia is a Fort Smithian and long time friend (we go back to first grade…) who has been in Nashville making music for years. When I played this song for her a few weeks ago she was excited to sing it with me and I am honored to have her. It is inspiring to share music with people who’s talent you admire. There is a kinship to it that I don’t know of in any other facet of life.
So, enjoy the song, and the album cover. The picture was taken by Jade Howard and the text was done by Bryce Harrison. I look forward to bringing you more information in the coming weeks. Take care.