Posts Tagged ‘singer/songwriter’

Interview with roots-rock singer/songwriter Pat Anderson

March 11, 2010

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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More than 4,000 men, women, and children now are homeless in Nashville—a significant increase since The Great Recession began. To make sure these human beings have the food, shelter, and love they need, please donate to the Nashville Rescue Mission by calling (615) 255-2475 or by visiting Nashvillerescuemission.org.  Thank you.

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Interview with roots-rock singer/songwriter
Pat Anderson

By Dave Carew

Pat Anderson is an indie roots-rock singer/songwriter based in Nashville. Over the past few months, Pat has showcased his music at the world-famous Bluebird Café and at other Nashville venues, and currently is working on his debut album, due this spring. Although Pat’s prime focus these days is working on his album and building his local fan base, he’s already capturing attention beyond Nashville’s city limits. Roots Revival Radio in Belgium hailed Pat “a very talented young artist who deserves highlight attention.”  And GreenManReview.com said of Pat: “This is a singer who is going to be BIG . . . . You will be hearing a lot more of Pat Anderson.”

Underground Nashville recently caught up with Pat for this interview:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: How would you describe your music? How is it distinct from the commercial (primarily country) sound people associate with Nashville?

PAT ANDERSON: I guess I’d say it is singer/songwriter roots rock.  It probably fits under the Americana label pretty well [too].  I’m pretty sure that right now I’m not writing or producing music bound for the commercial country market.  For one, my budget’s not big enough!  For another, I think my stuff is a little dark for today’s commercial country radio.  It’s not necessarily typical Monday morning on-your-way-to-work “drive time” music meant to keep folks tuned in through the commercials. What attracts me to other artists’ songs is when I feel a real vital human element in the story and performance, and I think, for all of its strengths musically and production-wise, I miss this in a lot of commercial “Nashville” stuff—not all, but a lot of it.  The soul behind the music and songwriting is often buried under a pop marketing sheen that obscures it for me.  That’s definitely not to say that there aren’t bright spots, because the cream of that crop is just as good as anything put out by anyone, period.

UN: What topics particularly interest you as a lyricist?  Why?

PA: I was born in Oklahoma and raised there, and in Virginia close by the Blue Ridge Mountains, and my family all come from Mississippi and Louisiana originally. So it comes naturally to have a rural/smaller town setting for most of my songs. Topically, I think I just try and key in on something vital that I can hook into emotionally.  [On my forthcoming record] there are songs about love, hard work, murder, drug abuse, hope, the pursuit of happiness, loneliness, etc.  The songwriters I most admire tend to be able to capture a pretty wide swath of what it means to be human, both good and bad.  I try, with widely varying degrees of success, to live up to that.

UN: How are you attempting to capture the interest of fans and/or the industry with your music? Are you playing out a lot?

PA: Right now I’m just trying to make the best record I can and then kind of take stock and see what I can do with it to get it out there.  I haven’t been playing out a bunch lately, but hope to change that once the record is done and I have something to offer folks.

UN: What is your ultimate “dream” for your music?  How do you hope to touch people’s lives with it?

PA: I guess I have a two-pronged dream.  One is that I just want to make good enough music that it affects people in the same way that the music I like affects me. There’s something comforting and strengthening in the best music, and it makes the world a little bit more habitable place to me.  The other is that I get to a point where enough folks support what I’m doing so that I can really do it full-time and continue to make records.

UN: Finally…Is there anything else you’d like to tell people about your music?

I guess just how excited I am about this new record.  I was really lucky to get some incredible musicians together and they did what incredible musicians do—played some great music.  Tim Marks (bass), Nick Buda (drums, percussion), Rob McNelley (electric guitar), Jen Gunderman (piano/organ/electric piano/harmonium/accordion), and Will Kimbrough (electric guitar/mandolin/resonator guitar/banjo/bouzouki) all did a wonderful job.  Chad Carlson and Gordon Hammond did a great engineering job in capturing the tracks.

For more information about Pat Anderson and/or to sign up for Pat’s e-mail list, please visit Patandersonmusic.com.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.

Thoughts from the shadows of a great American city

November 24, 2009

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a Nashvillian” or the Nashville experience. “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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As we head into Thanksgiving week, please do not forget those less fortunate than you. The Nashville Rescue Mission just released a statement declaring “about 5,000 people will find their way here on Thanksgiving Day alone.” To make sure they receive love, friendship, and a comforting meal, please call (615) 255-2475 or visit Nashvillerescuemission.org.  Thank you.

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The “Grow Your Following” Series
for Singer/Songwriters and Bands

Part 1:  Getting the Media to Cover You

by Dave Carew

Let’s face it: If you’re an “indie novelist” like me—or an indie singer-songwriter like you or one of your friends—it’s not easy getting the media to cover you.

But here’s the deal: When my latest novel was published, I received positive media coverage in The Tennessean, The City Paper, The Vanderbilt Hustler, and Dish.com.

So how did I do it? More important: How can YOU?

Let me share a few publicity secrets I’ve learned over the years. First, don’t overlook what I call the “gimme’s.” This is the publicity you get when you’re automatically listed in the “club listings” of your local newspaper. Determine the e-mail address for submitting club listings (it’s often something self-evident, such as “listings@tennessean.com.”)  And make sure you e-mail a JPEG photo (at least 350 dots per inch) of yourself/ your band. You’ll “pop” in the club listings a lot more if your photo is there, next to your listing.

Next, move on to the next level of PR. Get the specific name, e-mail address, and phone number of every journalist in a given city who covers music. Then, at least 10 days before your gig, e-mail each journalist the essential information about your upcoming gig, starting with the “who, what, where,” but also sending interesting information about yourself or your band. In that information, try to quickly address the question” “What is unique about me or my band? Why would a music journalist and his or her readership find me/us interesting?”

Then, two days later, call each journalist, introduce yourself and say you’re briefly following up on the information you sent him or her. Specifically ask if he or she might like to write an article about you, in conjunction with your/your band’s upcoming performance. If the journalist says “no” this time, don’t give up. Implement the same PR strategy around your NEXT gig in your city, or when you travel to other cities.

The truth is, no one can predict how much publicity you’ll land thanks to any given PR effort. But using the strategy described above, I’ve helped artists land publicity in every single newspaper in Nashville, plus many others throughout the Southeast. Keep trying, and this activity will secure publicity for YOU, too.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.


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