Ladies and gentlemen, the American Dream music video is now live! Please feel free to watch it with your friends... and maybe your family over Thanksgiving dinner. *thumbs up*
I'd been working on this idea since June and it's a wonderful feeling to finally be able to share it. Big thanks to Bryan & crew, the East Troy Electric Railroad, musicians, and all of our actors and extras for bringing my vision to life.
ALSO! I received word yesterday that I am a top-5 finalist for the RadioMilwaukee "Solo Artist of the Year" award. This is good news! THANK YOU for voting! Winners in all categories will be announced at the Awards Party next Thursday, December 5th.
Greetings from my new HQ here in Nashville, TN! Nothing too crazy to report yet, but life has been good. Hopefully you were able to catch some of the recent social media bits, as that's a great way to keep up on the latest.
Last Friday my good friend (Bud) and I first rolled into Nashville right around 5 o'clock and unpacked my stuffed-to-the-gills Honda Civic coupe at my new place of residence on the south side of town. It's a great location; within 10-15 minutes of downtown and just about anywhere around the city I could want to go. I wound up meeting songwriter, Joel Shewmake (whose credits include Craig Campbell's 2010 hit, Family Man) when he was in Wisconsin just a couple weeks before I planned to move. We got to talking and, long story short, I'm here now renting a room in his house. As so much of this journey has gone, these details fell into place at just the right time. Last weekend was spent setting up my room, buying a mattress and groceries, and hanging out with Joel and his girlfriend. I took Bud to the airport early Sunday morning, thus marking the end of a long week of parting ways and letting go of what's been "home" for the last 26 years. It was one of the most difficult weeks of my life in more ways than one.
Monday night I stood in line at the Bluebird Cafe to play the open mic. Three solid lines of people crowded the small parking lot til names were taken at 5:30 and the doors were opened at 6:00. Out of the 34 entries I was picked #11. Not a bad spot. It felt great to play such a renowned room, and a video of my performance can be found on my Facebook music page.
Tuesday night I hit the Douglas Corner Cafe open mic and, contrary to the night before, I did NOT have such good fortune in what spot I played. Turns out at Douglas Corner, the order in which you perform is the order in which you left a voicemail on the house phone earlier in the day. I called around 1:45 that afternoon to sign up... and was #44. By the time I got on stage in was nearly 1am Wednesday morning. Ouch! Oh well. If I do it again, I'll know better next time. When they say call after 1pm, you best call AT 1pm.
Wednesday night Joel played a couple songs at the Commodore Grille as part of an annual birthday party for Nashville songwriter legend, Jerry Foster. I stopped out to hear Joel with the idea of sticking around for the Commodore's Wednesday night open mic. I quickly found that it was cancelled due to the party, but it was a good night nonetheless.
Thursday night (last night) I went out to Cafe Coco with my almost-roomate, Bentley (long story!) to play their singer/songwriter night. A smaller deal for sure but of the three open mics I played this week, it was the best one. Really solid talent through and through (and hey I was #9!).
Open mics aren't something you want to get stuck playing in Nashville, but for my first week it felt great getting my feet wet in town, seeing some new venues, and meeting plenty of new faces. Speaking of "new faces," I'm getting excited to play the New Faces Nite at The Basement this coming Tuesday. Kinda marks my first "real" performance here in Music City.
Tonight I'm cooking dinner over here, so I should probably get to that.
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With the Autumn of 2006 came the meeting of Zach Steinbach and drummer Frank Babeck. The two began arranging and recording a few songs Zach had written, and quickly the dream of forming a band was born. Lead guitarist Dave Streese and bassist Dana Nielsen rounded out the positions, and rock/pop band The Color Truth was made official one year later. The quartet would go on to record and release two EPs and perform at many fine clubs and venues including Milwaukee's own Summerfest, Shank Hall, and Historic Turner Hall Ballroom. The Color Truth performed for the final time in August of 2010.
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