This is a Guest Post by Doug Palmer
Until Late July, I had never heard of David Gideon. I had been digging around the internet for great new talent, and this particular week I had been striking out hard, I just couldn’t find anyone new who really pulled me in on first listen. That all changed when I heard the crying steel guitar of David’s song “Red Boots”; A quick listen to the rest of the EP reinforced what I had suspected, I had found my favorite independent country find of 2017.
Hang around long enough in music, and you’ll begin to learn about not just artists, but the musicians themselves. The people that may not be right out in the spotlight to the same level as a singer, but still every bit as important. With many upcoming artists, it’s in their best interest to have a professional band backing them for their studio recordings. In much of the Texas musical world, acoustic shows are the norm for these smaller acts and in time, they hope to be backed by a top notch band. So what about in the meantime? Record the best album you can afford with the best people. I’m a big supporter of guys like Doc West and Hunter Hutchinson, and kept noticing that Nate Coon, the drummer for Aaron Watson, has been playing on so many Texas albums. It continued to peak my interest and I had to learn more about him. Let’s dive right in.
Merrian-Webster defines “Authentic” as:
true to one's own personality, spirit, or character
It’s a word that has been discussed heavily in country music as of late, something that has caught the attention of many. Sometimes in music and the arts, we lazily take in what is given to us, failing to ever question the source. It’s a very thing I, myself have been guilty of because it can be difficult to see through the blurred lines of fact and fiction. In the current country music landscape, it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate what is real and what is essentially manufactured because of the current trends in independent music. The big machines of Nashville have realized that so many indie artists are rising in popularity because of the connections with fans, their personalities, and their commitment to producing authentic country music. While changing times do encourage evolution in nearly all styles of art, the root of a genre like country music, should remain. I had the chance to talk at length with traditional country artist, James Carothers, from everything to getting his start in Nashville, to the current outlook of today’s digital world.
Aaron Watson Talks to Pitstop for Country About Being a Leader, National Country Radio Play, and Supporting independent Music
Rejection can be a crippling experience for anyone. It can be like a weight, pulling you down further and further. Even worse, is if you begin to believe that you aren’t good enough anymore. You question why you waste your time doing what you enjoy, and soon it works its way into many aspects of your life. Then you give up. You walk away and think, “they were right, I suck.”
I’m a believer in success being glorified to a fault. We spend no time realizing what amounts of dedication, sacrifice, time, and mistakes go into someone ‘making’ it. I’m not talking about a viral video star or someone who lucked out. I’m referring to the real true talent - the ones that had to bust their ass to prove themselves and then do it another ten times before coming out victorious. I’m talking about people like Aaron Watson. Someone who was pushed down by the big machine of Nashville in his early 20’s and realized that nothing would be easy. He would have to pave his own way and 18 years later, he has emerged in a big way riding his loyal horse named Hustle.
Just a Massachusetts guy supporting Texas and other independent country/Americana artists.
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