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Indie Connect empowers musicians through one-on-one coaching

May 28, 2015

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by Dave Carew

If you’re an aspiring musician or music manager, there are plenty of books, videos, etc. you can watch on “How to Make it in the Music Biz.” But—explains Vinny Ribas, CEO of Indie Connect—those resources only go so far. In the following exclusive interview, Mr. Ribas explains the extra value offered by one-on-one coaching, and reveals why musicians and their managers can especially benefit from it.

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: Why did Indie Connect decide to offer one-on-one coaching, specifically? 

VINNY RIBAS: In the past seven years we’ve amassed a huge library of over 400 video and audio workshops, articles, and tools. But a library that size can be overwhelming for a lot of people, especially when you don’t know exactly what you need next.  Also, what an artist needs can’t always be learned from a video because it’s more personal and individualized than that. For example, a video can tell someone repeatedly they need to brand their website and their act. But if they don’t know what that means, what their brand is or what it should be, it’s a useless piece of information. So this program is designed such that I can listen to someone’s story, assess their needs, point them in the right direction, give them advice and some action steps to take and then point them to the video or article, if needed, that goes into the detail they need.

Also, I have been fortunate to build a lot of great music industry relationships at all levels. Through this program I can make connections and open doors for people when they are absolutely ready, and have complete confidence that they will not embarrass themselves or me.

UN: Over the years, what type of artist/musician/manager has particularly benefited from your one-on-one coaching, and why? 

VR: I have helped everyone from former #1 artists and songwriters all the way to the parents of young musicians. But the ones that benefit the most are those that have some experience in the industry, have a lot of positive things in place, but have gone as far as they can with what they know and who they know. So for instance, I helped one unique and extremely talented artist move from performing mostly benefit concerts to getting paid well over $2,000 per show (after the band was paid) in a matter of four months. I did it by helping him develop and tighten his show and then introduced him to the right booking agency. Then we had him participate in a couple of prominent showcases for larger theaters.

Of course, not everyone is going to move that fast. But the bottom line is that he only needed a few tweaks to go from where he was to where he wanted to be. He just didn’t know that he needed to make those changes and he didn’t know the right agency.

UN: Musicians often encounter the following Catch 22: You can’t get a gig if you have no following, and you can’t get a following if you have no gigs. How does your coaching help musicians (or their managers) break through that impasse?

VR: That’s a great question. Musicians need to realize that there are two kinds of gigs. “Hard ticket” gigs are the ones you described—where you have to have a large fan base and draw a crowd. But there are also “soft ticket” gigs. Those are venues that have people coming to them already and just need a great entertainer. These include hotel lounges, fairs and festivals, clubs in tourist areas, theme parks, cruise ships, working as an opening act, clubs with little or no competition in their areas, conventions, private parties, and the list goes on. Wise musicians start off playing in the soft ticket venues and build their fan bases there. Once it’s large enough they can move into the hard ticket venues where the pay is often higher.

UN: How can someone receive more information about your one-on-one coaching services? 

VR: The information is on our website at http://www.indieconnect.com. They can also email me directly at info@indieconnect.com. 

For more information about the wide range of products and services available from Indie Connect, please visit:
http://indieconnect.com/ 

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the acclaimed novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and 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:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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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 (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/ ***********

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 releases humorous “Love Me Like My Guitar” video

May 22, 2015

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By Dave Carew

What? Are you kidding me? Some chick would rather romance her guitar than her man?

That’s the all-in-good-fun premise of Chakra Bleu’s latest video, “Love Me Like My Guitar.” (See YouTube link below.)

The video release coincides with some monster activity by the beloved, Nashville-based Americana/rock/pop artist. Her recent single “The Shadow” reached number four on New Music Weekly‘s mainstream Top 40 chart. And last week WBHC-FM in South Carolina reported that Chakra Blue’s “All of Me” single had hit their #1 position, garnering more spins than the latest releases from such hit artists as Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, and Ed Sheeran.

Put all this together, and you create some pretty joyous times for Chakra Bleu.

“I’m having a fantastic time,” she said last week, particularly highlighting the joy she felt in making her new video. “My guitar is my constant, loving companion…the true love of my life. So, why not make a unique play on something that’s close to my musical heart and soul?”

The “Love Me Like My Guitar” video, co-starring Pal Sheldon, was shot in Franklin, Tennessee, and produced by Ray Boone of Music City Video.

To check out the video, please visit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvs05GYuARc

For more information about Chakra Bleu, please visit:
http://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 Amazon.com and 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:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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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 (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.
http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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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: “The Last Full Measure” by Jeff Shaara

May 21, 2015

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Editor’s Note: Roy E. Perry reviewed books for “The Tennessean” and “Nashville Banner” for more than thirty years. “Underground Nashville” is always proud to post Mr. Perry’s latest review.

BOOK REVIEW BY ROY E. PERRY

The Last Full Measure is an engrossing novel of the last two years of the Civil War. The story begins on July 13, 1863, nine days after Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg (both on July 4). On Palm Sunday, April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Five days later, on Good Friday, April 14—the annual observance of Jesus’ crucifixion—Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth and died the next morning, April 15, at 7:22 a.m. After Lincoln’s assassination, Robert E. Lee said, “I surrendered as much to Lincoln’s goodness, as I did to Grant’s Army.”

But what happened in the two years preceding Lee’s surrender? In vivid detail, Jeff Shaara describes the bloody conflict between the armies commanded by Grant and Lee: the battles of the Wilderness and Cold Harbor; the nine-month-long siege of Petersburg; and the battles of the Crater, Five Forks, and Saylor’s Creek. In this “war of attrition,” time was on the side of the Union army, as Grant’s forces, like a boa constrictor, slowly squeezed the life out of Lee’s exhausted and starving troops.

In his prefatory remarks, Shaara writes: “It is the job of the historian to tell us what happened, to provide the dates and places and numbers, all the necessary ingredients of textbooks. It is the job of the storyteller to bring out the thoughts, the words, the souls of these fascinating characters, to tell us why they should be remembered and respected and even enjoyed. While this is a novel, it is not false history. The time line, the events, and the language are as accurate as I could make them. It has been my great privilege to become close enough to these marvelous characters to tell their story, and so, to bring them to you.”

Mr. Shaara has succeeded admirably in combining the best qualities of the historian and the storyteller. He privileges us with revealing “interior views” of the main characters involved, especially Lee and Grant. The fifty-eight chapter titles alternate (mainly) between “Lee” and “Grant,” permitting us to eavesdrop, as it were, on the thinking and feeling, hopes and fears, joys and sorrows, of these two commanders. (Several chapters are also titled “Chamberlain,” referring to Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the hero of Gettysburg’s Little Round Top.)

Shaara is surely the most talented and entertaining contemporary writer of Civil War novels. The Last Full Measure is another of his excellent entries into this genre. I recommend it highly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

For many years Jeff Shaara was a dealer in rare coins, but sold his Tampa, Florida, business in 1988 upon the death of his father, Michael Shaara, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Killer Angels, on which the movie Gettysburg was based. Jeff “took up the torch” passed to him by his father; his other Civil War novels include Gods and Generals; A Chain of Thunder; A Blaze of Glory; The Smoke at Dawn; and The Fateful Lightning.

For other book reviews by Roy E. Perry, please visit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A2MVUWT453QH61/ref=cm_cr_auth/002-6294896-4602409?%5Fencoding=UTF8

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 Amazon.com and 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:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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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 (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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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