Born in the winter of '68 to a rather indifferent country music heritage. My father was a roving guitar picker who happened to have a way with the ladies, and my Momma was a young girl trying desperately to become one. Only one of them would prove successful in their efforts THAT night, I'll let you decide which is which! I learned my first chords from a 3rd, 4th, or even a 5th-hand Mel Bay book, on a guitar I received as a birthday present when I was 4! I played with my first band when I was 8, and never really looked back! Everywhere I've gone since, my primary piece of luggage has been a guitar case. I've recorded 4 indie original albums, as well as 2 Christmas albums, an Instrumental project (LOADS of fun, by the way!), and I'm working on Indie album number 5! Fighting stage 4 colorectal cancer, so I'm a bit static, right now, but you can bet, as soon as I'm able, I'll be right back in my studio, layin' those sweet tracks down! Welcome!
I think, like most, it gives me that extra special means of conveying feelings or ideas that I could never find elsewhere. I mean, I wrote a song about a guy getting his butt whupped by a woman he THOUGHT was a man, and then later falls in love with her! Just TRY and tell that story without music!
To have at least ONE of my original tunes recorded by a big-name Nashville star. Just to get it out there, so that it can be shared by as many people as possible!
Myself. I would erase this damned cancer, and give myself something of a do-over. Maybe that's selfish, but that's where I'd START.
"Mama Tried" By Merle Haggard.
Merle, Keith Whitley, The Eagles, Joe Nichols, Shenandoah
I kind of get "lost" in my music. I don't really notice the passage of time, and I've been known to play for eight hours at a stretch, without a break! Sometimes longer still!
That it's not too late to save ourselves, or our country. We just need to harken back, and pay attention to what Merle, and George, Lefty and Willie and Waylon were writing about back in the day. You don't have to jump a train, Merle's already done the heavy lifting for us! Just pay attention to what he wrote down afterwards. Lefty taught us how to really lament the loss of a good woman, Waylon taught us how to not give a damn!
It's an out-of-body experience, every time!
I think we've lost our unique taste and smell, we've (once again) lost our identity to Pop, Rock, and (this time) Hip-Hop.
A bit too early to tell, but I will certainly let y'all know!
Would-be musicians who confuse band rehearsal with PRACTICE time. Practice BEFORE rehearsal, polish the songs and the performance DURING rehearsal. This also holds true for song arrangement. Since you can't all be together to arrange the songs and how they will be performed during PRACTICE, use your rehearsal time (fastidiously, wisely) for this crucial element of live music presentation!
Make and maintain contact with as many local musicians as possible, even if they don't play your favorite genre of music. Social media has proven to be an invaluable tool for this. Pass along advertisements, send and re-send, in the (usually unspoken) understanding that they will do the same for you, when the time comes!
Same as it ever was! Do your homework. If you think you've practiced enough, practice 'em all, just one more time! Musicians NEVER stop learning, NEVER stop improving. As soon as you think you've got the tune down, that you're "good enough", some KID is gonna blow your doors off, show you something you've never heard before, and then tell you how he's only been playing a few months, and he's not really that serious about it, it's just something he likes to do on the weekend!
Nate Gross, Mark Sherwood, Dan Purdy, Sonja Lynn, and the great Mark Minnoe!