Cause A Scene For Drew Holcomb

Nashville carries the label of Music City as it offers opportunity to see live music any day of the week and pretty much any time of the day or night. Some of the shows are held in arenas, some in clubs/honkytonks and other shows even happen on horse farms under a full moon. If one is fortunate, they might just stumble across a secret show where they get to experience an unexpected intimate performance by one of their favorite artists.

One of the most intriguing concepts for secret shows in Nashville was created by a young fellow named Larry Kloess. Larry founded Cause A Scene a few years back with a house show in his parents’ living room. His entrepreneurial drive grew Cause A Scene into a unique “secret show” concept that has been instrumental in launching careers of several artists. Nashville based Judah & The Lion performed their first show at one of Larry’s Cause A Scene events. Once a person signs up for Cause A Scene’s mailing list, they receive email notices for secret shows with a link to grab tickets. The Cause A Scene shows offer limited tickets and normally sell out quickly so being quick on the draw is a good idea.

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend a super special Cause A Scene event. Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors performed an acoustic set at Nous Art House in East Nashville for a limited group of 80 people. Drew and the band picked a handful of tunes to share including a few songs from their new album, Souvenir. The pop-up show could have easily been confused with an evening at The Bluebird Cafe as the audience was so attentive to every note. Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors were celebrating the release of their new album which released on Friday.

I’d say that mission was accomplished and history was made as Larry Kloess once again Caused A Scene in Nashville and this time it was for Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors!

2017 Grammy Awards Usher In The Future


The 2017 Grammy Awards ushered in the future last night. Another year of music, another year of trend setters and another year of an evolving industry.

There were a few performance highlights for me this year. The Weekend showed the world that he can seriously sing! While I miss his sculpted hair, I’m glad it proved not to be his source of stardom. Ed Sheeran showed us how to perform solo but sound like a band without it feeling like karaoke. Side musicians could be in trouble? I was super impressed with Lukas Graham and Kelsea Ballerini. Lukas immediately earned space on my Spotify playlist. Guy Clark Jr and William Bell owned the night with their performance of “Born Under A Bad Sign!” It was great seeing Morris Day and The Time as they reminded everyone where Bruno Mars draws much of his musical inspiration. And speaking of Bruno Mars, he absolutely slayed the Prince tribute performance of “Purple Rain.” The Lady Gaga Metallica pairing was brilliant and added serious rockdom to the evening. But the most memorable 2017 Grammy performance moment will be when Adele stopped mid-performance, let a few explicit words fly, and re-started her George Michael tribute in the correct key. While I’m glad she found the right key, it felt somewhat like the redo I grabbed during my first piano recital at six years old. Sans the explicit lyrics of course.

The one big take away for me from this year’s Grammy Awards is that independent artists can find their way to the top of the music industry food chain. Chance The Rapper walked away with three Grammys without the backing of a record label. To top it off, his winning album Coloring Book is a streaming-only release. And that my friends signals a seismic shift in the music industry. That future we have been hearing about for the last few years just arrived.

 

Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve Lesson

Mariah Carey gave all aspiring music artists an invaluable lesson during the Dick Clark 2017 New Year’s Eve celebration with Ryan Seacrest. Performing in front of an estimated one million person audience proved to be the perfect classroom.

It’s no secret that most pop artists now incorporate some kind of backing tracks in their show. The level of track dependance varies from artist to artist but most use them at the very least as a click track and voice-over guide to cue band members on stage. Track technology has proven to be a great tool for live performance but many have become too dependent on the tracks. What happens when the tracks or in-ear monitors fail to work? Apparently, Mariah Carey didn’t have a good solution for her dilemma on New Year’s Eve.

I remember a moment when an artist we worked with was given a huge opportunity with a prime time slot at a prominent music festival. Unfortunately, his track interface failed just as he was to begin his set. The artist used 35 min of his 40 min set trying to fix the interface. I surveyed the stage and saw a band of A level musicians who could have played anything on the fly and made it sound amazing without tracks. The artist could have turned disaster into a huge win with a Plan B.

If you strive to be a professional artist and you use tracks, you are crazy to perform without a Plan B. I will guarantee you will encounter a show where the tracks won’t work or your in-ears will fail. A true professional should always have a Plan B.

Plan B

  • require  a couple wedge monitors in your rider as a back up
  • pre-pare an unplugged type set and be ready to transition at any moment.
  • when issues arise, act quickly and explain to the audience that you are experiencing technical issues but will do something special for them instead of the normal show

If the artist has an ounce of talent, they should be able to pull off an unplugged set on the fly. Imagine what could have happened if Mariah Carey would have quickly transitioned to an unplugged or even an A cappella set?

 

Live In The Vineyard 2016


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Live In The Vineyard 2016 is in the history books. This past weekend marked the 18th Live In The Vineyard event produced by its founders and music industry veterans Claire Parr and Bobbii Hach-Jacobs. As always, the Napa, CA event delivered some pretty incredible music moments paired with amazing wine and food.

The opening reception kicked the week off with a memorable single song performance by The Head and The Heart. The lead singer made an abrupt exit from stage in protest that the crowd wasn’t being attentive. Apparently, the crowd was paying attention as their one song performance and abrupt exit created quite the initial buzz for the weekend. Attendees’ went on to show huge appreciation for the other artists who delivered an abundance of love for the audience and event.

The magic of Live In The Vineyard are the special moments created by intimate acoustic performances from the artists at the various wineries and evening concerts. Highlights included an acoustic performance by Colbie Caillat and Justin Young at St Helen’s Brasswood where they shared stories and songs in a intimate living room style atmosphere. I then had an opportunity to see Universal Republic’s new artist, Stanaj, perform a a few tunes including a jaw dropping performance of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” where he ended the song stepping away from the piano for a surprising a cappella ending. The evening concert at the Uptown Theater showcased newcomer Taylor Dukes, stellar vocalist Callum Scott, JohnnySwim, Wrabel, Phillip Phillips and O.A.R.  I must say I was quite impressed with Callum Scott’s vocal performance! Phillip Phillips performed his hits and new single as an acoustic trio which included the most rock and roll cello player I have ever seen.

On Saturday, I was wow’d watching Spencer Ludwig work a small group of 50 people into a dance frenzy at Eleven Eleven winery. Ryan Corn closed out the Live In The Vineyard event with his full band set rocking the attendees into the wee hours of the morning.

I’ve had the privilege of attending three Live In The Vineyard events and this year proved to be one of the best loaded with memorable moments!

 

Feel The Pressure!

Ryan Corn Releases New Music

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. October 7, 2016 —Curb Records releases new Ryan Corn digital single, The Pressure. Available immediately at all digital outlets including iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Playand AmazonMusic, The Pressure introduces a new grittier Corn. Best known for his Billboard® charting radio single, Wonderful Things, a song that logged 4 million+ Spotify listens establishing Corn as one of Curb Records’ top streaming artists. Listeners are sure to feel The Pressure while getting a taste of what to expect fromRyan Corn’s forthcoming record. 

Self-producing Ryan Corn delivers the familiar thought provoking lyric style that listeners have grown to expect from him but Corn’s new production approach reveals a grittier sound with a hint of throwback. Enlisting the mixing skills of Grammy Award® winning Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys ) and vocal producing skills of Ben Shive (Colony House, Dave Barnes) brings a new feel to the singer songwriter’s sound. Corn shares “I’ve never been more proud to put my name on a project! With the help of some amazing people (Vance Powell, Ben Shive, Richard Dodd) I’ve made the record I’ve always strived for.”

Corn is currently featured on The Gray Havens college tour where he is introducing new songs from the forthcoming record at universities across the country. He will be performing at Napa’s Live In The Vineyard event this November and currently finalizing a spring college/club tour.

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Curb Records artist and Missouri native Ryan Corn is making music that hits on every level. It’s infectious, brimming with hooks and style. Corn is also a producer, so he knows how to craft songs that bend genres and eras to full effect while injecting heart undergirding the formula. It’s a reflection of the soul of an artist whose desire is not just to get a song stuck in someone’s head, but to get it stuck in their heart, too.

For further information, visit ryancornmusic.com  or contact Artist Garden Entertainment.

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Last Minute Merch

t-shirt-294078__180 So you’ve worked hard at mastering an instrument, writing a catalog of hit songs and are about to hit the road gigging all over the country. As you calculate the expenses you will incur touring, you begin to wonder how you could possibly make any money in the music business. Then you remember the article you read somewhere about artists making money from selling t-shirts and cds at their live shows.  Your tour begins in a week and you frantically call merch companies to see if you could get t-shirts printed and cds pressed in time to take with you. Sound stupid?

I’m surprised how often I run into artists who claim to be serious about a music career but wait till the last minute to think about the merch they will take on tour. Merch is one of the only money making areas left in the music business. Should it really be an afterthought? Artists who understand the importance of merch and treat it as such are the ones who create sustainable careers in the music business.

 

 

 

Great New Wedding Song!

The Gray Havens Release Band Of Gold Video

Well, its June, and as usual, many folks are getting married or attending weddings. Nothing makes a wedding more special than a beautiful wedding song. While some lean to old favorites, millennials tend to look for something new and fresh. The Gray Havens have served up just the song for those millennials and hipsters at heart with their new song, “Band of Gold.”  The song was produced by Ben Shive (Colony House, Andrew Peterson, Rend Collective) and the video was filmed/directed by Evan Bourcier at Valo Visuals.  This new wedding story video from The Gray Havens is sure to stir some emotion and draw a tear or two from even the tough guys!

Seth Godin’s Favorite New Album

Seth Godin’s favorite new album is remarkable. An album that stands out amongst the plethora of new music being offered. Something with an independent spirit that raises the bar for future music offerings. Songs written with intelligent lyrics causing one to think and ponder. Unforgettable melodies that linger long after a single listen. An album that allowed the producer freedom to create outside the rules of the normal radio establishment. Seth Godin’s Favorite New Album is impossible to ignore. Its an epic experience that begs for a complete listen. His favorite new album is significant.

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The Gray Havens have recorded a new album, Ghost Of A King. The new album holds many of the traits Seth’s new favorite album would most likely hold. The Gray Havens have been intentional about making music that stands out among the rest. Scribing lyrics that attract those who enjoy reading and weaving them into infectious melodies that can’t be forgotten. The husband/wife duo have created something quite remarkable with their new album Ghost Of A King. The Gray Havens’ devoted tribe of music loving book readers will not be disappointed with this new collection of songs.

When significant albums comes down the pike, readers of this blog generally want to be in the know. You will want to experience The Gray Havens Ghost Of A King .

The Grammy Awards In Thirty Seconds

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Every February, many in the world gather around their television sets in hopes of catching a glimpse of something spectacular at the Grammy Awards. A music moment that leaves it’s mark in history giving us new “water cooler” discussion material to usher in spring. The Grammy Awards celebrate and close out a year of music signaling the end of the yearly race for the coveted  trophies.

My take on The 2016 Grammy Awards in thirty seconds.

Taylor Swift, the new boss of the music industry, delivers a glamorous opening that ends with a soaring vocal letting any remaining haters know she can sing.

Tori Kelly and James Bay duet together giving us a glimpse of music’s future. And I must say the future looks and sounds swell.

Kendrick Lamar gives the obligatory angry “black lives matter” performance that falls right in formation with Beyonce’s Super Bowl statement. He did use some cool glow-in-the-dark paint.

Alabama Shakes front woman, Brittany Howard, gives one of the most grateful acceptance speeches I’ve heard inspiring all those young kids jamming in their garage.

Adele showed how even the golden voice of the music industry can have a poor performance when left in the hands of a faulty sound engineer. The boring song choice didn’t help matters.

Our bad kid turned good kid, Justin Bieber, opened with an acoustic guitar performance showing the world that it is possible to Learn How to Play Guitar in a few days and play nervously on the Grammy stage. But smashing that acoustic guitar when not in a serious rock moment left the audience a bit confused about his new maturity? But he does have two new friends with weird names, Skrillex & Diplo, who make some pretty cool music.

Meghan Trainer accepted her “New Artist” Grammy Award leaving me wondering how voters missed James Bay, Sam Hunt and Tori Kelly?

Lady Gaga then took the stage for a David Bowie tribute. Very creepy!

And then, that moment tv viewers were hanging on the edge of their seats for. (Or at least I was) Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr and Bonnie Raitt delivered a B.B. King tribute performance that will go down as one of the best all-time Grammy moments!

The Grammy Award night ended with Taylor Swift’s Album of The Year acceptance speech delivering a classy coded message for Kanye West who thankfully we didn’t see all evening.