Sunday, March 28, 2010

Can You Get Paying Gigs Playing Your Own Material?

Yesterday was the second meeting of the Cartersville Songwriters Exchange, founded by Randy Owens. Even though just Randy, his brother Billy Owens and I were the only ones who showed up, it was a good meeting. We all have strong original material and we got a chance to bounce ideas off of each other and play our songs. Still there are doubts - will people pay to hear unfamiliar songs? Can we get gigs as we try to build a following? I guess we will find out. We wrote down a list of songs that we would like to collaborate on, develop and record. I would like to accomplish three goals in this order:
  1. Record quality demos with Randy and Billy of my three best songs.
  2. Register the copyright of the three songs.
  3. Start getting gigs and performing my stuff live.
  4. Promote the songs on websites such as YouTube and etc.
Any feedback is appreciated.


  1. Hi Dave- just to let you know I've bookmarked your blog. Not a musician, but my bro-in-law is; I'll call his attention to this, and see if I can get him to come to the party in May.
    John Barnes.



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