August 29, 2007
Nashville via LA
Well, I'm in Nashville right now. Arrived yesterday via LA the day before and am struggling somewhat with a lack of sleep ...
But Nashville is an amazing place. The people are so friendly (especially compared to LA) and the environment is so different - plenty of space and greenery. Seems a different pace to LA - drivers give way to pedestrians here.
yesterday I interviewed the incredible Janis Ian. she was so obliging and forthcoming it was a relief. She gave me plenty of useful info, hints, tips and great quotes. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a photo. I will post a podcast of the interview after I have edited it, compressed it and turned it into a more useful format.
Last night I visited the Bluebird Cafe. I had hoped to play a song or two at the Monday Open Mic session but left it too late to register (I fell asleep). Still, it was great to get down there and check the place out. It was packed, and about 30 people played one song each on a little stage. I must confess to having been a bit intimidated when I first went there, but the people are so supportive and the standard is quite variable. there were some exceptional songs but also some ordinary ones. As a nice guy I met there said - "You never know what you're going to get. That's why I keep coming back". I think I'll have no hesitation playing there when I return.
Today I'm interviewing David Hooper about the independent music environment. Then I'm gonna try to have a BIIIIG sleep. Dad wants to check out some of the local churches ... ??? there's lots of them.Posted by Hughie at August 29, 2007 3:36 AM