What’s important about your music?


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.

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:

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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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