Book Review: “The Nashville Musician’s Survival Guide” by Eric Normand

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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Book Review:  “The Nashville Musician’s Survival Guide” by Eric Normand

by Dave Carew

Nashville is a weird city for professional musicians. Although we’re busting at the seams with unbelievable talent, the sad fact is not one in 1,000 actually can make his or her LIVING playing music here.  Eric Normand’s The Nashville Musician’s Survival Guide is for everyone who’d like to bump up those odds and actually make MONEY—heck yes, a LIVING—at this wondrous thing that drives us all batty: music.

The beauty of Eric’s book is that it is so damn relentlessly “Nashville-specific.”  Covering “everything you’ve always wanted to know about making a living playing music in Nashville,” it also covers LOTS of music-playing and music-career opportunities even wily Nashville vets would never think about.

This book is like having your own personal, guided tour through the Nashville music industry. Wanna get a gig at a Nashville club?  Play as a musician on a road tour based out of Nashville? Get an inside look at dozens of other music-related jobs in Music City?  It’s all here (plus a heckuvalot more) . . . all presented to you by an author/musician born and raised far from Nashville who had to learn the in’s and out’s of the city mostly on his own.

Remember that credit card slogan, “Don’t leave home without it?”  I’d say exactly that about this book, to everyone who wants to turn his passion for music into an honest-to-God, earn-a-living job.

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/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 book editor, publicist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.


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