Archive for February, 2013

Yes Dear launches Kickstarter campaign to fund debut studio album

February 26, 2013

By Dave Carew

Three years ago, three gifted singer-songwriters named Josh Jackson, Joey Boone, and Locke Sandahl got together and decided to start a band. But what should they call it? Well, each of the guys was happily married and busy raising beloved daughters. So the perfect name for the band jumped out at them. It was, of course, Yes Dear.

Now, after turning themselves into Nashville’s best and most entertaining acoustic covers/originals band, Yes Dear is set to record their debut studio album—and reaching out to the community, via Kickstarter, to help fund it. (Please see link below.)

“Even though we have been playing together for the last three years, it has been 10 years since any of us recorded,” Josh Jackson told Underground Nashville. “Our producer will be Steve Gibson, the Emmy Award-nominated Music Director of Country Music: In Performance at The White House, The Grand Ole Opry, and The CMA Awards. So we are very excited!”

The Yes Dear Kickstarter campaign is open until April 18. Although the band quickly hit its initial $5,000 pledge goal, it still hopes people will contribute.

“Anything contributed from this point forward just makes the product even better,” Josh Jackson said. “More songs, better packaging, more time spent on making it the best it can be. And we are also hoping to get some [additional] businesses to pledge, to be sponsors for our CD release party.”

Underground Nashville solidly supports this Kickstarter campaign, and urges all our readers to check out Yes Dear’s page. You’ll find it here:

www.kickstarter.com/projects/1074553914/yes-dears-debut-studio-album?ref=email

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,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit and “like” the page on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/EverythingMeansNothingtoMe?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

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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, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

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New folk duo “Folks & Ghosts” launches in Nashville

February 25, 2013

By Dave Carew

Two gifted singer-songwriters from opposite ends of planet Earth—John William Hayes from Mobile, Alabama and Kurtis Murphy from Dublin, Ireland—have joined forces to launch the new folk duo “Folks & Ghosts.”  We recently caught their debut set at the National Underground and asked if they’d have a few minutes to talk. They said yes; we said cool:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: Why are you launching Folks & Ghosts? Who do you want to appeal to?

JOHN WILLIAM HAYES: We met about a year ago at a gig on Broadway and immediately connected, musically. We began to perform on the streets together and it blossomed. The first tune we wrote, “Savannah,” came from a two-chord progression, and in about three hours we were playing it with a full band and knew we were onto something. Kurtis went back to Ireland for a time, and upon his return we wrote another two songs in two days. That’s when we started to take things seriously, and Folks & Ghosts was born. We wrote our EP in three weeks, and laid down five songs in 23 hours at Rivergate Studio in Hendersonville.

With the likes of Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers gathering such a huge following, I think we’ll appeal to a big audience. All we’re really looking for is open ears, and if you like what you hear, we’d love to see you at a show.

UN: Who are your primary musical and songwriting influences… and why?

JWH: Our influences come from very different backgrounds, so each of us has our own influences. From Mumford & Sons to Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, Ryan Adams, The Band, Van Morrison, and Dylan to name a few. It’s the coming together, though, of our different styles, influences, and backgrounds that give us our unique sound. We’re a band that appreciates other bands, but we are ourselves and not any other band, nor do we want to be. We value the importance of intelligent, relatable lyrics, and also the power of harmonies and melody in themselves, to uplift someone or inspire.

UN: How can people hear how you sound?

 JWH:  A few weeks ago we shot a live video in downtown Nashville for “Ghosts.” We did it as part of an Irish-based music web series called The Ceol Train, run by sought-after Irish videographer, Mark Doyle. We’re proud to be the first U.S. band that Ceol Train has done a video for. The next video we shot for them is for “The King” and you can find them both on YouTube through the links below. You can keep up to date with what’s going on with us, our shows, and life in general through our Facebook page (also below). We are due to release our debut single “Ghost” within the next couple weeks on iTunes USA, iTunes Ireland, and Amazon, and we are excited for everyone to hear it!

To check out Folks & Ghosts on FaceBook and YouTube, please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Folks-Ghosts/157284547753624 – Facebook Page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oqNPh8idXo – Folks And Ghosts – Ghost

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvDLxkeUAdk – Folks And Ghosts – The King


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,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit and “like” the page on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/EverythingMeansNothingtoMe?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

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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, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

 

How do you get your songs into TV shows and movies?

February 20, 2013

By Dave Carew

Over the past few years, I’ve met many singer-songwriters who have been able to get their songs placed in TV shows and movies. I bought my beloved Epiphone acoustic guitar (the one I still play) from Laurie Webb, who, at the time, had just placed a song in the latest Gwyneth Paltrow film. And my friend Shantell Ogden soon will have four of her songs played on the popular TV series “Hart of Dixie.”

This process has always been a mystery to me. Exactly how does one do this? How do you get your songs considered for, and placed in, TV shows and movies?

To get authoritative answers, Underground Nashville turned to Keegan Dewitt, a songwriter who has seen his songs placed in such popular TV shows as “How I Met Your Mother,” “Revenge,” and “Hart of Dixie,” and who wrote “Two Hearts,” the theme song for MTV’s “FriendZone.” Keegan recently was nominated for an Academy Award for his work scoring the film Inocente Carreño. Here’s what Keegan had to tell us:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE:   If you are a songwriter interested in placing your songs in films or TV shows, what is the first step you should take to make that happen?

KEEGAN DEWITT:  People should do the research and find out the main licensing houses (Zync, Secret Road, etc.), and then have management or a lawyer approach those licensing houses about representation. You should find a single, reputable licensing house to rep your music, and let them be the only ones submitting your work. There are a lot of people who have “boutique” licensing houses, which is essentially just a guy at a coffeeshop getting these email requests, and sending in any and every song he has on his iTunes. This not only makes the artist look bad, but it drives down the price of the track. “Boutique” houses mean well, but are rarely effective and don’t represent the artist with any real class or exclusivity.

UN: What additional advice would you offer?

KD: As with almost anything in the music business, never give up any exclusivity on anything. If someone is asking for it, there should be a considerable price tag involved. Exclusivity should be a life-changing amount of money. You’re very literally giving up that music’s revenue-creating ability for the indefinite future, so it better be able to make up for that, whether in the amount of cash involved, or the amount of profile-bumping involved.

Along with that, publishing and admin deals should be avoided unless they are also life-altering. If you’re doing your job as a hustling artist, with management alongside, it makes no sense to sign away publishing for a paltry $25,000 or what- not. It seems like great money, but suddenly a year goes by, you don’t own your creative work, and where are you at?

For more information about Keegan Dewitt, please visit WildCubMusic.com and/or KeeganDewitt.com.

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,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit and “like” the page on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/EverythingMeansNothingtoMe?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

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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, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

 

Courtney Leigh Heins releases outstanding “Bright Blue World”

February 14, 2013

By Dave Carew

Singer-songwriter Courtney Leigh Heins—who has performed everywhere from The Bluebird Café in Nashville to the SXSW Festival in Austin to the Viper Room in Los Angeles—offers her listeners an engaging musical gumbo that includes everything from Americana to country to folk to bluegrass to pop.

Courtney’s just-released album, Bright Blue World, recently crossed my desk, and I’m very, very glad it did. In 10 beautifully heartfelt, lovingly-chiseled songs, the album explores a heart landscape that will resonate with nearly every listener. From the poignant “Fear” to the bitter-sweet nostalgia of “Good Times” to the child-like joy of “Bright Blue World,” this album takes you on a soul-journey you will not soon forget, and that surely will enrich your own.

Because we were so impressed with this record, we requested a brief interview with Courtney Leigh Heins so she could elaborate on her album’s creation. Here’s how our conversation went:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: Why did you create this particular record at this particular time?

COURTNEY LEIGH HEINS:  I’ve been in writing mode over the past year and a half, and I knew I was ready to start recording again. I love the recording process, and I was lucky enough to find two very different producers to agree to work with me on this album. Jordan Higgins’ style is very mainstream, pop and radio-ready, and Bryan Dobbs offers a rootsy, homespun, organic vibe. I find both styles appealing, and they allowed me to exhibit different aspects of myself, as well as showcase the songs.

UN: How do you hope your friends and fans will be enriched by this record?

CLH: To me this record is a nostalgic piece. I found myself drawing a lot on my childhood in the Midwest, with my family as well as my current hopes and fears. My greatest hope is that these songs will resonate with my audience in some way. During a songwriting workshop with Judy Stakee last summer, I wasn’t sure why everything I was writing was about looking back. She offered that writing about the past or waxing nostalgic often means one is letting go. So with that, I let go, trusted the process, and four months later the album was finished.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.refolk.com/

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,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit and “like” the page on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/EverythingMeansNothingtoMe?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

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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, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

Get your FREE eBook edition of “Everything Means Nothing to Me”

February 5, 2013

By Dave Carew
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As a small way of saying “thank you” to the many people across the country who have purchased my novels (see below), I’m giving away 3 FREE eBook downloads of my novel Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville.

How do you become considered for your free eBook download?  Simple!

Before this Saturday, February 9, send an email with the subject line “eBook at the nice price” to me at  DaveCarew1964@gmail.com. (Note that this is a different email address from the one I customarily use.)

On Monday the 11th, I’ll pull 3 names from a hat, and each will get a free eBook download. (Winners will be notified via email on Monday.)

Reader response to “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” by Dave Carew:

“A good book catches my interest from page one. A GREAT book stays with me for days after I’m done with it. I relish that time, as it allows me to continue the story in my mind and reflect on what I’ve just read. A book that does ALL that makes it difficult for me to start a new book right away. Your book accomplished all that and more!”

– – Amy C., Swansea, MA

“A must read. I loved it!”

– – Sarah K., Louisville, KY

 

For more information visit:

http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-0123142049/default.aspx

 

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,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

************
Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit and “like” the page on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/EverythingMeansNothingtoMe?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

***********

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, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew