Musicians living in Nashville; how is it?!

resohead

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I DO know that in '75 when I lived in Austin, my band played UT frat and sorority parties,
Man, you were here at a really great time to live here. I think Jerry Jeff said about that era, All we did is hang at Barton Springs or the lake. Then our biggest decision was which t-shirt to wear that night.

Willie and Jerry Jeff were at some well off peoples house one night partying and Willie said JJ pee'd in their pool. Not while swimming, he stood at the side of the pool and took a leak in it.

One more. I used to live on Bee Caves and woke up one day about 3 and headed to Blockbuster to get a movie. I was half conscious and didn't pay much attention to anyone in the store. Well, there was just one other person there and when I checked out the girl said did you see Willie? NOOOOO!

I just know I could have talked him into cruising down the road in his Range Rover for a little refreshment. Well, maybe not, but I would have tried.

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Destroy1

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There was one place we used to go, might be Barton Springs, maybe Lake Travis...it's been awhile, but there was this tree that hung way over the water and tied to it was a huge tractor tire which we would swing out over the water and drop or dive in. I also remember the fireflies. We have those out here as well as the cicada's, but of curse the Texas ones are larger! Clubs were booming and I fondly remember playing great music from The Doobie Bros, to Wishbone Ash to Johnny Winter And (Bobby Caldwell had some riffs on that album! Whew! Quick hands!) and most everything in between...man we had a blast!


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resohead

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Barton Springs is the one everybody screams at when they get in that cold water. I was there one day and there's all these people chilling on the hill. A guy that had to be 80yo walked by in a thong. As he went by the ewww's followed. Welcome to Austin where the men shave their legs and the women don't.
 

Destroy1

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Most of this post has been about making a living playing in Nashville. What's it like for the average drummer that has a day job and just want's to play and have fun on the weekends? Is that possible there? Are there too many "pro" drummers looking for a gig for the normal weekend warrior drummers out there to have a chance to play?
The club scene here is just about on a par with everywhere else, some places pay good money, other places want freebies, but the level of talent here is good, and it's not all just about country and blues. Plenty of rock and metal, alternative and bluegrass, some excellent bands out here and decent weekend work to be had for sure. Plenty of venues not only in Nashville, but the outlaying cities as well. Hendersonville, Cool Springs, Franklin, Murfreesboro to name four right off the top.

And no. I don't make my living playing music and managing bands and I didn't mean to imply that at all, not yet anyway. That remains to be seen inasmuch as this blues band gets the sustaining work to enable us to start to roll and we at T2 inc can sign up a few more acts. Same thing goes for my classic rock cover band which plays Casinos and Hard Rock Cafe's in Vegas in Sept and The Broadway Hard Rock in NYC in March, (Coming up! 3/25 with Lisa Loeb and I'm looking forward to meeting her and playing drums for her!) but that's not the same thing as a viable original band of any genre. And paid rehearsals and studio time do not a paycheck make...lol. but it's nice to get and I appreciate it.

Although I see us working the clubs around town for a minute, we're looking at taking this to the next level fairly rapidly and we're especially fortunate that my buddy Tony is such an astute businessman (CPA) and has some excellent contacts and knows how to work the angles. The reviews and people helping us are a god-send, so we'll see what transpires.

Getting in on the blues festival circuit would be nice, but when you add up tour expenses, per diem's, lodging, food, backlined gear, everyone from the promoter on down is going to get a piece of us before we see a profit. Tony, as a CPA knows how to work the contracts; my job will primarily be tour manager as well as the bands drummer, and it will take quite a few gigs lined up for any band member to 'make a living' playing music. A whole boatload of gigs in all probability. But one has to start somewhere and proceed to build on something that shows promise.

And frankly? I'm not looking to make a ton of money at this. Until we sign up more acts and keep everyone consistently busy while closely managing the money, I don't see any profit coming for a while. A good while. When and if it does I might just find myself spending more time managing than actually playing. But I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

For now I'm just going to have fun playing with the band, enjoying the camaraderie, and working toward our goals.


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http://www.myspace.com/tapoco
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Destroy1

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Barton Springs is the one everybody screams at when they get in that cold water. I was there one day and there's all these people chilling on the hill. A guy that had to be 80yo walked by in a thong. As he went by the ewww's followed. Welcome to Austin where the men shave their legs and the women don't.
LOL! That's crazy!

You know, I bet that was the place because I remember the water was brutally cold!


http://www.reverbnation.com/laurenzoellerbluzelightning
http://bluzelightning.webs.com/
http://www.myspace.com/tapoco
http://www.reverbnation.com/destroyer429
 
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