Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Great Recession Christmas

I was let go almost two years ago. Unemployment is so high right now for our nation - they may say we are out of the recession, but if you can't find a job that doesn't help. I wrote this song "Great Recession Christmas" to capture the mood of these times. Please give it a listen, and I would be extremely grateful if you would buy this and share it with your friends. Happy Holidays to all!

Buy it here:

http://www.reverbnation.com/store/index/artist_1017694



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My Muscial Goals for 2012

I have quite a few songs under my belt now, a CD, and I am in the process of learning lots of covers. Recently a bought a small PA system. Now I'd like to start playing out enough so that I can attract fans and also network with more musicians. I plan to approach some nearby taverns and bars and ask them if I could run an open mic on slow nights. I plan to do mostly covers, but I will also mix in some of my best original songs. I would not ask to be paid for this, but I would have a jar for tips and I'd bring CD's to sell as well. When I am more comfortable with the whole process of setting up the PA and performing for a couple of hours, I want to seek out paying gigs.

It seems that this is the only way to get music professionals interested in you these days, at least that is what I think I have learned through my limited experience. I don't think there are a whole lot of open mics in Smyrna, GA, so maybe there is room for me.

I wish all of you at there a healthy and prosperous 2012.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hilltop Records - Probably Not Legit

A few days ago, out of the blue, I received a letter from Hilltop Records, an independent record label in Hollywood. The letter requested that I send my best songs to Hilltop Records and then they would give them a listen and possibly include them on a compilation album. Hilltop Records would pay me royalties on any recordings sold. Well, I was considering sending them a CD, but then I googled Hilltop Records and found several posts that revealed that most likely Hilltop Records scams songwriters.

According to what I found online, after you send them your music, they follow-up requesting that you send $450 to have your song published and recorded in a studio. And that is how they most likely scam songwriters. You get a demo for $450, but will it ever be put on this supposed compilation CD? Very doubtful. Will you receive a penny of royalties? Again, highly doubtful.

The advice of people who have been around the block a time or two is to never deal with a company that asks you to pay money first upfront - and you shouldn't do it with some company that is contacting practically everyone who submits a copyright. It is obvious that they can collect a lot of money with no hard commitment to ever put your music on any album. Why should they worry about selling anything once they have bilked you out of $450?

For a more in-depth article regarding Hilltop Records, visit http://www.ripoffreport.com/recording-studio-record-producers/hilltop-records/hilltop-records-ripoff-approac-dp46f.htm. According to the article, another company, Amerecord, has a similar M.O. to scam songwriters.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

It's Been a Long Time Now I'm Coming Back Home

I'm going to try to make this blog live again. My last post was back in May. Since then so much has happened, The Cowboy Festival at Jim Miller Park, I put out my own CD, Walking in the Morning Rain, and played at Cartersville Pop. I also had a CD release party at Copper Coin Coffeehouse. I see some of my friends who stopped by to see me and one or another of my performances have joined The Seeds of Song as followers, thanks! When I started this blog, I thought it might be a way to make some money. Well, now I am older and wiser. So, I will do it for personal satisfaction. I am undecided as of yet on whether to continue the battle of the songwriters series I was posting.

I have enough songs to do another album if I ever feel like dropping another $1000 or so on it. I am continuing to write new songs, but my short term goal is to have enough material to play out and cover about three hours. That means learning lots of covers. To make this goal a reality, I recently purchased a Peavy Escort PA system. So if you ever want a musician for a party, give me a ring please! My rates will be very reasonable. D.B. Patterson, 404-353-4773.

Bye for now and stay tuned for further developments.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Liberian Orphan Aid Festival

Last Saturday I had the pleasure to attend a festival to benefit Liberian orphans in Cartersville. The festival was organized by Ernie Palmer and was held on the lovely grounds of Roselawn Museum. I decided to attend because many of my friends were among the performers. It was like a who's who of local songwriters. Many of these songwriters I had met through the Cartersville Songwriters Exchange. I was fortunate enough to see E.Z. Powell, Jim Haigler, Ernie Palmer, Debbie Grooms, Randall Collins, Michael C. Smith and Samuel Holladay perform. The Lacy Jags, a four piece electric band was playing when I arrived. Among the songs they performed were hits by the Black Keys, Lynard Skynard, the Allman Brothers.

I got a chance to back up Debbie Grooms and Randall Collins on several numbers. I almost always carry harmonicas to performances where I know the musicians. Debbie and Randall write their own material and their voices blend beautifully. Lots of fun!

My friend Lonnie from Cartersville Songwriters Exchange was there too, and it was fun to have someone to hang out with. Lonnie is working on learning the guitar so that he can put music behind the lyrics that he writes.

The event raised about $1500. We can all thank Ernie for doing such a great job organizing and running this event. I'd also like to thank the performers and the guys who set up the equipment.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Our Songwriter Showcase in Cartersville

Our songwriter showcase was a hit last week. A respectable crowd showed to hear myself, Jeff Putnam, Allen Hicks and Cindy Smith play some of our original music. I did O.K. for the most part except for my final song that I flubbed because I forgot the lyrics midway through the second verse. I was very happy to see some of my friends from the Atlanta area in the audience. The staff of Antoninos Italian Grotto did a great job. Randy and Patricia Owens as usual did a wonderful job promoting and managing the event.

In addition to supporting Jeff, Allen and Cindy I was honored to join Ron Caird and Tom Hamlin of Elderly Brothers fame on one of Ron's original songs, playing blues harp. I always get the most compliments on my harmonica work, and I am considering teaching harmonica to make some extra bucks. After all, Patricia Owens gave a local Cartersville newspaper a bio on me that said that I was a well known Atlanta blues harmonica player. A bit of a stretch, but I will take it.

As of this post, I am planning on playing next Tuesday at an open mic Ron Caird runs at The Place in Woodstock. Spread the word! Until next time... Davey Bryans (My new stage name).

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Songwriter Showcase, Cartersville, GA April 30th

A few month's ago I was going to perform in a Songwriter's Showcase in Cartersville along with fellow songwriters Jeff Putnam, Allen Hicks and Cindy Smith. Unfortunately the event was cancelled the day the event was to take place. Thanks to Randy and Patricia Owens who run the Cartersville Songwriters Exchange, our showcase has been rescheduled and will take place on April 30th at Antinino's Italian Grotto in Cartersville. The show starts at 7:00 PM and we will perform in the upstairs room Antinino's reserves for special events. Jeff, Allen, Cindy and I each have different approaches to songwriting, so the show will probably appeal to those with a variety of tastes. We will play acoustic guitars, with accompanying rhythm provided by tambourine, maracas and bongos. I will also play harmonica where it fits. The turnout promises to be good, with several of our friends expressing interest in attending. Local newspapers also ran advertisements to promote the event. I would suggest coming early so that you can enjoy dinner. The food at Antinino's is very good. Tickets are only $5.00, so if you are looking for affordable entertainment, this may be just what you are looking for. I hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Songwriters Showcase and Special Performance by Marc-Alan Barnette

The Cartersville Songwriter's Exchange hosted a songwriters showcase last night at Antonino's Restaurant featuring four talented local songwriters, Rick McKee, Denise Barker, Jules Bloeth and Randy Owens. The event took place in the room upstairs in Antonino's. It was a very comfortable place in which to enjoy music, with better acoustics and more comfortable chairs than the City Cellar where the Cartersville Songwriters had been meeting. The food was very good too, I really enjoyed the chicken Antonino that I split with Kathy.

The Evening began with the songwriters showcase. All four performers were on the stage at the same time, accompanying one another as each took a turn to play one of their original songs. Each performer had a chance to play three songs. There was a good crowd on hand of about fifty people, and the audience was appreciative of the great music and enthusiastic performances.

Afterwards, Marc Alan Barnette really put on a great show. Marc is a Nashville based singer/songwriter/teacher who has written songs such as Shelby Lynne's Blood in my Alchohol Level and Georgia Country artist, John Berry's Rescued Me. Marc will be conducting a songwerteres workshop today at 10:00 AM. The workshop includes segments on song creation, presentation, live performance, demos, networking, building the songwriter's community locally, and the business elements of publishing and record deals. For information on future workshops, contact JulesBloeth@Sonramp.com or denise.songwriter@yahoo.com.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Singer-Songwriter Shawn Haney's Passion for Performance

Last night I got a chance to see Shawn Haney perform at the Mellow Mushroom on Chastain Rd. Shawn is a prolific singer-song who frequently plays at various venues and open mics around metro-Atlanta. Shawn was the entertainment for a three hour block of time. He has an extensive repertoire of covers and original material, and Shawn pulls them off quite well. He has managed to keep his repertoire fresh by learning newer music like hits from Coldplay and Five for Fighting. For those of us who still like the classics, Shawn usually includes hits by iconic singer-songwriters and classic rock mainstays such as The Beatles, James Taylor, Neil Young and Steely Dan.

I really enjoy Shawn's own material as well. He writes and sings with an enthusiasm and optimism that is unique. Shawn's music is full of surprises. It is unique in its deviation from the typical formulaic sound that is far too easy for the songwriter to rely upon to quickly turn out new songs that lack originality and creative innovation. Shawn believes in having faith in your gifts and never giving up on your dreams. He hopes to have some songs sent to tv and film placements, and is working on making and completing a solo singer/songwriter record within the year.

To hear Shawn's music, check out his page on Reverbnation, http://www.reverbnation.com/show/4096237#!/shawnmhaney.

Friday, March 4, 2011

What Five Albums Would You Pick if You Were Stranded on Island?

Ok, this is a little bit of a lame post. But it is always fun and maybe has some relevance for those who want to write music that is timeless - what makes some songs or albums stay popular generation after generation? Some of the stuff you love immediately might quickly grow old - maybe the sound is too trendy like eighties synthesizers maybe the lyrics are too closely associated with a very narrow point of time.

For what it's worth here are the five I would pick - of course if you asked me a year from now my picks might be different.

Pick One - The Who, "Live at Leeds" - This album has such great intensity and flows so well. It also features a lot of classic songs. It is perhaps my favorite live album, pure rock and roll. If you were left all alone on a desert island, you might appreciate the sounds of a live concert.

Pick Two - Bob Marley, "Babylon by Bus" - It helps to have a variety of sounds, and if you were on some tropical island why not jam a little reggea? Many Bob Marley and the Wailers greatest hits are on this album, and the musicianship is superb. This album is very soulful, and would help ease the mind of a lonely soul.

Pick Three - The Beatles, "The White Album" - Because The White Album was so experimental with many of the less commercial sounding Beatles classics on it, there is a subtly to many of the songs that is refreshing. I have always loved "Glass Onion", "Happiness is a Warm Gun", "Julia" and "Helter Skelter". The sound collage of "Revolution Number 9" is full of audio that is ripe for open-ended interpretation.

Pick Four - The Rolling Stones, "Let it Bleed" - The Stones really capture the essence of rock and roll, period. There are so many great hits on this album that bear the test of time.

Pick Five - Dave Brubeck Quartet, "Time Out" - The interesting compositions on this album and odd time signatures as well as its laid back cool would definitely make the long hours alone less stressful. You could always sip coconut milk and listen to "Take Five" to get your chill on.

So there it is. There are many other close contenders, particularly Pink Floyd, Van Morrison and perhaps classical music like Beethoven sonatas. What would albums would you pick?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Latest Local Songwriting News

Last week's songwriting showcase was cancelled due because of a disagreement with the owner of The City Loft. The Cartersville Songwriters Exchange is meeting at the home of Randy and Patricia Owens for now. The search is on for a meeting place where we can perform our music. If you have an establishment and would like to help out the local talent, please contact us. Visit www.cartersvillesongwriters.org to find out more and to contact Randy.

I wrote a song this morning inspired by the Gershwin classic "Summertime". I hope I like it tomorrow. I found a handy website for songwriters struggling to find the right rhyme. It is an online rhyme finder that will provide one, two and three syllable rhymes as well as phrases that end with a rhyming word. As songwriters we are extremely fortunate to live in these times when so much is right there at our fingertips to help us develop as musicians and songwriters. The link to the online rhyme generator site is www.rhymezone.com.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Part One of Job One for Aspiring Songwriters by Rand Bishop

Taken from Indieconnectmagazine.com

I find that I really don’t know exactly what I know until I express it, sometimes verbally, but more often via the written word. My compulsion to keep reminding myself of the many things I’ve learned over the course of more than four decades in the music biz (went quick, believe me), has led me to author two published books for songwriters, along with numerous essays, articles, and blogs on the subject. And, during those 40+ years, I’ve observed some patterns as to how songwriters become successful—and stay that way.

Read more - http://indieconnectmagazine.com/job-one-aspiring-songwriters/

Friday, February 18, 2011

Protest Songs - Will Anyone Want To Hear Them These Days?

I've written a sixties style protest song that I think has pretty decent lyrics and a good chorus. The song actually had its genesis back a few years ago after it became more and more clear that the Iraq war was turning out to be a debacle based upon lies. In its original form it was in a different key and I attempted to make it have a three-four time signature like a waltz. I wasn't too happy with my lyrics, and the waltz time signature made it sound a bit too sing-song, but I did like the chorus. There it sat for quite some time. Lately I have been trying to extend my playlist of original songs, so I thought to myself it would be a shame to scrap this one entirely. With this in mind, I changed the lyrics, chord sequence, melody and time signature. Now I am happy with it.

I sang it acapella at the last Cartersville Songwriters Exchange meeting (last Wednesday). I guess they liked it, but I wonder how many people were thinking "Oh great, a protest song...". It was cool I got some compliments on how my singing. One of the guys said I sounded a lot fuller and more resonant vocally than I usually do when I sing and play guitar. I am still developing as a singer so this is encouraging.

Here is the chorus of the song:

My country right or wrong

Don't ever ask yourself why

My country right or wrong

While the fire rains down from the sky

So what do my readers think? Are politically charged protest songs dead?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cartersville Songwriter's Exchange Meeting Now at Antonino's Italian Grotto

Last Wednesday evening marked the first Cartersville Songwriters Exchange meeting at Antonino's Italian Grotto in Cartersville. The owners of Antonino's have agreed to let us meet and perform inside the restaurant on Wednesday nights. This has been a slow night for business. We will also be able to hold special events in the upstairs room. Patricia Owens is hard at work trying to make the room look more like a venue to hear live music and she also has encouraged CSE members to try to think of a name for it.

I enjoyed the meeting, and I thought the food at Antonino's was very good. For dinner I ordered Chicken Francese with a side salad and a glass of chardonnay. The meeting began a few minutes after 7:30 to allow people who were still eating to finish their meals. We did not have the benefit of having a P.A. system in place, so performers generally had to strum their acoustic guitars harder and play material that didn't have quiet sections. As usual, it was a treat to hear local songwriters play their stuff.

CSE always encourages the general public to come out and attend our meetings. Admission is free.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Most Useful Things for a Self-Taught Guitarist To Know

I was fortunate to attend an elementary school that still taught music. I have fond memories of that class and the songs we sang together. I am also glad that I learned the basics of musical notation. I used to play violin until the 8th grade - I gave it up because of a crappy 7th grade music teacher and lack of inspiration. And also because to my adolescent mind I didn't look very manly carrying a violin on the bus.

That being said, my musical interests re-asserted themselves after I left home, joined the USAF, and started buying albums. I bought a guitar and started to teach myself how to play. Since then, I have continued my musical pursuits and I now write and perform my own original songs. I have been playing now for about 30 plus years. So I'd like to impart some of the wisdom that I have acquired over this time. I am still a long way from being a virtuoso, but I am fairly adept at figuring out the chords to songs and being able to improvise both with guitar and harmonica.

Don't spend too much time learning complex note for note performance of your favorite songs. - Spending a lot of time trying to learn something complex when you are just beginning to play is a way to quickly become discouraged. I'd recommend just learning chords at first - pick a fairly basic song that you like to sing and work on changing chords fluently and training your ear for chord changes.

Know the basic musical scales, major and minor
- Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do - seven notes in the major scale. Know they are one step apart in a major key, except for "fa" which is a half step, and that Ti is only a half step from Do. Know that in a minor key, the third is a half-step lower as well as the seventh. Know the key of C has no sharps or flats and neither does its relative minor, A minor.

Become familiar with the 1, 1V, V Chord progression - This chord progression is used in so many popular songs and in so much of the blues. Also learn the relative minor for each key. You will then soon be able to figure out the chords to a lot of popular music. Train your ear to recognize these changes - listening to blues songs is an excellent way to do this.

Practice playing first postion chords - First master first position chords, chords that you don't have to "bar" with strings that are open that are formed down low on the neck. Get comfortable making E, Em, A, Am, B7, D, Dm, C, F and G. You should also try to learn the 7ths of most of these chords as they can be made without "barring" - holding down all the strings with one finger which can be difficult for a beginner playing an acoustic guitar.

Learn to play an acoustic guitar first - Acoustic guitars allow you to listen without distortion. They can be taken everywhere. You can sing while you play without being drowned out. And because it is harder to push the strings down, you develop strength and calluses.

Learn to tune your guitar - the benefits of this are that you train your ear and that if you play with others you can always play together without relying on an electric tuner.

Well, that does it. I know all of this is pretty basic, but I still see people trying to learn guitar who quit because they set the bar too high at first and quickly become discouraged. Anything readers can add is encouraged!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Beach Boys v. Crosby Stills and Nash - Songwriters Match-up #8

 

This match-up is between two classic rock bands known for their beautiful harmonies.

Lyrics - The Beach Boys 5, CSN 5

I am calling it a tie here. CSN wrote lyrics that were perfect for late sixties counter culture, emphasizing peace, free love and a breaking from tradition. But The Beach Boys had so many great songs that so perfectly summed up an “endless summer” eternal teenage themes such as girls, cars and surfing. Compare CSN’s Teach Your Children with The Beach Boys’ God Only Knows – both are so different and both are so good.

Composition – The Beach Boys 7, CSN 3

Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys is widely regarded as one of the most talented composers and arrangers Rock and Roll has ever seen. Although both CSN and The Beach Boys are known for vocal harmony, the harmonies and vocal arrangements of songs that were composed by The Beach Boys are hard to beat. There is also more of an orchestral quality to the work of The Beach Boys from the mid-sixties onward as they began to move away from the simplicity of their earlier material. The Beatles and The Beach Boys were both trying to out do the other in the late sixties, each exploring the most innovative new studio techniques and complex arrangements. The Beatles released “Rubber Soul” and The Beach Boys answered with what many consider their best album, “Pet Sounds”. Paul McCartney of the Beatles had this to say about it.

It was Pet Sounds that blew me out of the water. I love the album so much. I've just bought my kids each a copy of it for their education in life ... I figure no one is educated musically 'til they've heard that album ... I love the orchestra, the arrangements ... it may be going overboard to say it's the classic of the century ... but to me, it certainly is a total, classic record that is unbeatable in many ways ... I've often played Pet Sounds and cried. I played it to John [Lennon] so much that it would be difficult for him to escape the influence ... it was the record of the time. The thing that really made me sit up and take notice was the bass lines ... and also, putting melodies in the bass line. That I think was probably the big influence that set me thinking when we recorded Pepper, it set me off on a period I had then for a couple of years of nearly always writing quite melodic bass lines. "God Only Knows" is a big favourite of mine ... very emotional, always a bit of a choker for me, that one. On "You Still Believe in Me", I love that melody - that kills me ... that's my favourite, I think ... it's so beautiful right at the end ... comes surging back in these multi-coloured harmonies ... sends shivers up my spine.

Influence – The Beach Boys 6, CSN 4

The Beach Boys had more influence I believe because they set the bar for so many other bands. It is just as Paul McCartney described in the excerpt above.

Originality – The Beach Boys 6, CSN 4

The Beach Boys take this category as well. Just listen to the song “Good Vibrations”. I can’t think of almost anything like it.

Durability – The Beach Boys 6, CSN 4

The romanticized endless summer immortalized in the music of the Beach Boys has a way of resonating with youth of any decade and living on in the hearts of those who are older but still like to revisit their teenage years through good rock and roll music.

In conclusion, The Beach Boys win this songwriter match up 30 to 20 mostly due to the greater compositional complexity of their music. Still, in certain frames of mind, I'd rather listen to CSN.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mike Watson of The Mike Watson Band - "Biscuit On My Mind"

Last night I got a chance to catch up with my old friend Mike Watson who was playing at Doc's in Smyrna with his band, The Mike Watson Band. Mike is a seasoned musician, who has opened for, or performed with, the Freddy Fender Band, Confederate Railroad, Cheap Trick, Darlene Austin, Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds, Bill Haley's Comets, Janie Frickie, Melva Montgomery, Allen Frizzell, and Doyle Grisham, just to name a few. Mike and his band really do a great job interpreting the blues, and a MWB set might also include country, classic rock and southern rock standards, by artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Dylan, Santana and Merle Haggard.

Mike also writes his own songs and does commercial jingles. I asked Mike about how he goes about it.

I am a mood writer. I don't just sit down and write, the mood has to be right. The hook always comes first, the music falls into place.

He explained how he came to write one of his favorites "Biscuit On My Mind".

I was inspired by my bass player. We had a room together in Nashville. We'd only slept about three hours and he said to me, "get up Mike, I have a biscuit on my mind!" and I told him to go back to bed.

The next evening we were rehearsing at the club and I said "I have a new one. It is just a I, IV, V blues." It was supposed to be just a joke, but people who heard liked it and started requesting it, so I had to finish it.


Go to Mike Watson's website at www.mikewatson.net to listen to or purchase MWB music and more.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

White Boy Writes a Blues Song

This morning I think I finally wrote my first blues song that I am satisfied with. My challenge has always been that I am not in a band and I am not a good enough finger-picker or slide guitar player to pull off that Robert Johnson sound. In addition, it is really hard to make something that has at least somewhat of a fresh sound so that it doesn't sound completely predictable and therefore boring. One of my strengths as a performer is my skill playing blues harmonica. And I love the blues.

I didn't intend to write a song this morning, but for some reason I was thinking about music and that phrase "The blues ain't nothing but a good man feeling bad" popped into my head. So right there the songwriter in me said "that's a good lyrical starting point." Within a half hour the lyrics fell into place along with a chord sequence that avoided the usual three chord 1, IV, V twelve bar blues structure; as much as I love it, it can be such a bore at this point since it has been done sooooo many times before. If I still think it sounds good tomorrow, I'll have to give it a trial in front of my fellow musicians and songwriters to see how they respond. I guess the phrase should probably be in the public domain, it is old enough - I did a Google search, and some songs are already out there using the starting lyric or something close to it, but I think that is OK because I know that there are sometimes totally different songs with the same title.

If there are any musicians out there reading this who can share how they approach writing a bluesy song that isn't just another cliched, soul-less imitation please share!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Open Mic Mania Final Show - A Win for Live Music and Entertainment

Last night I attended the final Open Mic Mania which was held at The City Loft in Cartersville, Georgia. It was a resounding success! A large and appreciative crowd showed up to see local musicians perform their own original songs and music and stuck around to see who would ultimately win. Twelve songwriters competed in this final Open Mic Mania event. Several members of the Cartersville Songwriters Exchange were among the twelve contestants including Cindy Smith, Allen Hicks, Gavin (EZ) Powell, Debbie Gains, Ron Caird and Shawn Michael Haney. Each performed a song and then the judges picked five winners. Then these five winners each performed one more song and the judges picked the final winner from this set of five. At the end of the night, local musician Rick McKee was pronounced the winner. Mr. McKee is very talented, and I would highly recommend him to anyone who likes to catch live music.

We were also treated to performances of the Owens Brothers who were joined by their beautiful and talented daughter Amanda who sang "All Around the World", a song written by a friend of the Owen's who passed away several years ago. It was an emotional and passionate performance. Later on, I got a chance to play harmonica with Randy and Billy as they performed a couple of Randy Owen's original songs "Go Away" and "It Don't Matter to Me".

What a great evening. Thanks to all the musicians with the pluck to put their talent on the line in front of a live crowd and a special thanks to the Owens - Randy, Billy, Patricia and Amanda who give so much of themselves to promote local musical talent. Make sure to read The Seed of Song to find out more about upcoming events such as the "Songwriters Showcase" in February in which a circle of four of the Cartersville Songwriters Exchange members will play and join in on their own original songs. The first showcase will feature myself, Allen Hicks, Jeff Putnam and Cindy Smith. I hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Songwriter Showcases in Cartersville - Great Live Entertainment

The Cartersville Songwriters exchange will be hosting two songwriter showcases in 2011. The first will be in February and will feature four songwriters, each performing about a half an hours worth of their own material. What a great way for aspiring musicians and songwriters to garner some attention! This event is relatively unique because it differs from a typical open mic in that the music is new, and right from the source. You can find a ton of places that have an open mic night, and most of the performers at these open mics play covers of songs that the audience has heard over and over again. Randy Owens, the founder of the Cartersville Songwriters exchange, and his wife Patricia are working with the local media in Cartersville to help promote the event. The first showcase will feature Cindy Smith, Allen Hicks, Jeff Putnam and myself. Look for these Artists on ReverbNation to hear some of their original music. The showcase will take place in The City Loft in downtown Cartersville. This is a great venue for acoustic music. There is lots of room, it is separated from the City Cellar restaurant, so there isn't much background noise to distract the listener and the wooden floors make the room nice acoustically. Keep reading The Seeds of Song for more information about upcoming shows and future events. 2011 looks to be an exciting year.
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