Tom Jackson to speak on “How to Stay Relevant in This New Music Industry”


By Dave Carew

If you aren’t attending Indie Connect’s monthly luncheons, you’re missing THE most valuable networking and empowerment gathering for indie singer-songwriters and music-biz professionals. This month’s luncheon will be Thursday, September 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Belcourt Taps in Hillsboro Village.

The past speakers at these events have been so interesting that I find myself thinking about their talks for days afterwards. This month, the speaker will be Nashville-based live music producer Tom Jackson (Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Thompson Square), who will reveal how to stay relevant as an artist and music professional in today’s changing-at-warp-speed world. Mr. Jackson will show that staying relevant isn’t about your age, it’s about who you are as a person—how you think and live. Sharing four key concepts laid out in his book Tom Jackson’s Live Music Method, Mr. Jackson will show how to:


  • Understand (and exceed) people’s expectations . . . without changing who you are;
  • Manage fear . . . deal with it . . . and consistently overcome it;
  • Develop confidence, authority, and charisma;
  • Recognize when to take risks . . . and develop the courage to take them.

The cost of the luncheon is $20 if you register by September 23, $25 thereafter and at the door. Your registration fee buys you lunch and a soft drink.

To register for this month’s Indie Connect luncheon, please visit:

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 and 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:

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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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