Archive for May, 2013

What’s important about your music?

May 30, 2013

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by Dave Carew

I recently had the honor of leading a workshop for singer-songwriters at a music festival.  The title of my workshop was “5 Tips for Getting Publicity,” and an important facet of what I taught was how to work most effectively with the media.

One of the crucial things I explained was how vital it is for musicians to be able to talk clearly and intelligently about their own music. I asked the singer-songwriters and band members to take some “down time” and truly reflect on these three questions:

* What is your music “all about”?

* What’s unique about it?

* Why do you believe people should care about it?

Anyone who can answer those three questions—clearly, concisely, intelligently, and without arrogance—will have a decided advantage in cultivating positive relations with the media . . . and, by extension, with current and prospective fans.

I am now available to teach the workshops “5 Tips for Getting Publicity” and “How to Get Gigs in Nashville . . . Even If You Have No Following” to individuals and organizations. For more information, please email me at  DaveCarew1964@gmail.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 is also 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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Chakra Bleu offers the world a “Souvenir”

May 17, 2013

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By Dave Carew

How does an artist hope to affect the world? What impact does he or she hope to have? In the case of Chakra Bleu (pronounced Shock-ruh Blue), the passionately desired impact is to bring more beauty, peace, hope, and inspiration to the world. That alone makes “Bleu” an artist worthy of our respect and attention.

Back in the day, Chakra Bleu was a full-fledged, Fleetwood Mac-esque rock band, playing to large and enthusiastic audiences at clubs like Douglas Corner and the French Quarter (ah . . . the good ole French Quarter). The band now has been stripped-down to its roots and soul, with just lead singer / songwriter “Bleu” carrying on as Chakra Bleu. That transition has resulted in music more Americana and country in feel—in fact, several songs from Souvenir have already charted on Country and Indie Country charts—yet “Bleu”’s musical journey still retains its impassioned embrace of love, spirit, and the mystic.

Among the stand-out tracks on this record are “Sabotage,” “She Walks Alone,” and “Addicted to You,” all of which have recently charted. Produced by Chakra Bleu and David Henry (Cowboy Junkies, Indigo Girls), Souvenir is the latest contribution from an artist whose talent and spirit have brought new hope and beauty to our world for more than a decade.

For more about Chakra Bleu, please visit:

http://www.chakrableu.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 is also 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

Random thoughts from the underground

May 9, 2013

By Dave Carew

A few random thoughts on a Thursday morning:

I find it amusing that everyone suddenly feels the urge to use the words “eclectic” or “iconic” every other sentence. What is even more amusing is, virtually every time you hear someone use one of these words, he or she is using it incorrectly.

Back in the day, left-wingers made statements like, “America is run by money. There’s one set of rules for the wealthy, another for everyone else.” Now, sadly, almost everyone seems to believe that.

One extremely negative consequence of the Great Recession is that everyone is whoring after money worse than ever. You cannot communicate with ANY (for example) customer service representative without their trying to “up-sell” you on everything under the sun. Ironically—for me, and I would guess for most people—this actually makes you LESS likely to want to deal with that company.

I recently read the novel Silver Linings Playbook after seeing the (fantastic) film. In the book, the protagonist repeatedly declares his new creed: “Practice being kind, rather than right.” This country would be in a much better place if more people lived in that spirit.

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

 

Book review by Roy E. Perry: “Saving Grace” by Lee Smith

May 6, 2013

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Editor’s Note:  Over the past few weeks, Roy E. Perry of Nolensville—who wrote book reviews for The Tennessean and Nashville Banner for more than 30 years—has been enthusiastically making his way through the novels of Southern writer Lee Smith. Underground Nashville is always proud to post Mr. Perry’s reviews, and we hope you’ll enjoy his latest:

BOOK REVIEW BY ROY E. PERRY:

Published in 1995, Saving Grace by Lee Smith is the story of “Gracie” Shepherd’s tortuous pilgrimage, an embattled journey between the works of the flesh and the fruit of the spirit.

Gracie’s father, the Rev. Virgil Shepherd, is a charismatic preacher at the Jesus Name Church of God who takes up serpents—timber rattlesnakes, copperheads, and moccasins—as a “sign” of God’s miraculous presence. A plaster saint, scalawag, and compulsive womanizer, Virgil alternates between the passionate preaching of God’s Word and periodic backslidings with hussies.

Confused by her father’s hypocrisies and by the tragic death of her mother, Gracie is seduced by her half-brother, Lamar; marries a dour “saint,” Travis Word—a man 25 years her senior, by whom she has two children—and, deserting her husband, has a torrid affair with a married man, handyman Randy Newhouse.

A feisty gal who has too much animal nature, Gracie suffers from a lack of constraint, and is unable to control her emotions. Although indulging in trashy behavior, she is a person searching for hard ground in a world of shifting sands. One pulls for Gracie—that this lost soul might be saved, that she might find light in a world of darkness.

In a note following the end of the novel, Lee Smith offers a personal and most revealing comment: “In a way my writing is a lifelong search for belief.” Although she claims that Saving Grace is entirely a work of the imagination, Ms. Smith forces us to wonder if she has experienced in her own pilgrimage a similar soul-wrenching conflict of unbelief and faith.

Saving Grace is a powerful tale of Gracie’s struggle to free herself from her father’s rigid fundamentalism and find emotional stability in a world full of devilish temptations. The conclusion of the novel is ambiguous: Will Gracie yield to her mother’s suicidal despair or finally find peace of soul?

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.

***********

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