Susan Toney to perform at Save The Music America benefit tonight at Douglas Corner


by Dave Carew

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Susan Toney will perform tonight at the Save The Music America (STMA) benefit to be held at Douglas Corner Café. The benefit begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free, with donations to STMA greatly appreciated.

The mission of STMA is to change the perception and commonplace practice of downloading and sharing music illegally. A Nashville-based 501(c)(3) charity organization, STMA was founded as a national initiative to protect copyrighted music- work product and to educate the public about responsible and legal music downloading.

Asked by Underground Nashville why she believes so passionately in this cause, Ms. Toney responded, “Writing music is not only a passion for many ‘creatives,’ like myself, but we give our heart and soul to our livelihood. Writing music is how we make our living. Much like the art in museums and galleries, the paintings enjoyed by those visiting are not free—artists are paid for their work. Music in its art form is not free; it’s a worldwide treasure that has monetary value. Music on CD’s and vinyl are purchased and support the writers’ and artists’ livelihood and careers . . . . The best way you can support a musician or songwriter today is to buy our music, not borrow it. I have faith in mankind—that when they understand the SAVE THE MUSIC mission, they too will return the gesture in giving back to artists and writers, for the rich, timeless treasure received in their music.”

Joining Ms. Toney for tonight’s benefit performance will be singer-songwriters Jimmy Charles, Mark Dreyer, AJ Engstrom, Dave Gibson, Lucas Hoge, Shawn Mayer, Nolan Neal, Bernie Nelson, and Jeff Williams.

For more information about STMA, please visit:

For more about Susan Toney, 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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