Thoughts from the shadows of a great American city

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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“Underground Nashville” soon to post the “Grow Your Following” series

by Dave Carew

Back when I was writing my “Guerilla Publicist” column for the (now defunct) rock magazine Snakeskin, I ran a story idea by my editor. I told him, “I’ve been booking and publicizing musicians in Nashville for several years. When I first started, I was absolutely clueless as to how to get people to come to gigs…how to grow an artist’s following. But I’ve learned some basic, real-world strategies that actually work. I’d like to share those with the struggling, up-and-coming singer/songwriters and bands who read your magazine.”

Thus was launched the first incarnation of the “Grow Your Following” series. Now updated, “Grow Your Following” presents a series of fast-read interviews with Nashville-based artists, each describing how they successfully promoted gigs and built a buzz about themselves or their bands. In every interview, you’ll learn simple, low- or no-cost ways to grow your following—things that actually have been tried and proven to work.

Watch for the “Grow Your Following” series in upcoming posts on Underground Nashville.

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.”


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