(I have some hotel time here in Cullman, Alabama, so I’m catching up on some writing 🙂 It’s hard keeping a journal of all the cool things you’re out doing when you’re busy out there doing them 🙂
October 10-12 was my official first trip to Nashville, TN. I was asked by a label called Indevo Records, who I guess found my Electronic Press Kit on Sonicbids, to sign up for a Band With A Mission showcase. This was back while I still worked at Crossroads in Music Ministry and was like… eh, I don’t know if I want to get back into the music business…?? So, I laid the thought down – said God, you tell me what I should do and I’ll either pass or I’ll go… A few days later, I got the go ahead and that, well, why not? I’ve never been to Nashville – I’ll make a weekend of it… SO, I did. I lovely girl through facebook that goes to my home church (Crossroads in Cincinnati) ended up hooking me up with some of her close friends from when she lived in Nashville. So, I stayed with them for the weekend and ran around seeing the sights. The Wednesday before my trip I went to the Mat Kearney concert in Covington, KY. He’s from Nashville, so I asked him where I should check out while I was there. He made me a list, so I tried to hit all the spots he suggested… I got most of them 🙂
The Next Big Nashville was going on (music festival), so I hopped around from The Anchor to the Rutledge, then to Mercy Lounge. I saw Lower Broadway (full of shops; eatteries; and band stages, of course :); walked across the walking bridge and took a nap on the cross across the river from downtown; hung out in Hillsboro; went to The Village Chapel and the Anchor again for a church service Sunday night. It’s always cool when a preacher says “That just Blows” in his serman 🙂 It was cool to be at church with a congregations full of musicians and artists! My kinda place…
Dave Eberhard; John Hurd; and Josh Seurkamp met me monday morning at Rocketown, where we ended up being the first band on stage for the showcase because, well, Josh is early for everything – which is a good thing… The BWAM panel Loved us! They were super encouraging; gave us a paper with grades in each area of things a band should pay attention to; gave us some critiques; and have been in contact with me since then. I have no idea what will happen next from it, but either way it was a super cool experience and I’m really thankful for their advice!
I’ll keep you posted…. 🙂