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Nashville Performance Bootcamp 2014

We just had an awesome Bootcamp here in Nashville; one of our best, if not the best ever. Great speakers, great talent, great teaching & a fun time had by all! I walked away being freshly challenged in my own pursuits. I was reminded of something a musical mentor said to me when I had […]

Bootcamp 2014

Tom Jackson at Bootcamp 2014

Thanks for coming to Bootcamp 2014! I could write a long article about the entire event, what happened, who was there, how much fun it was, and more. But I’d much rather hear from you. Can you help me tell the story of Bootcamp 2014 in Nashville? Comment below and tell us: 1) What was […]

Get Creative Before the Show

Get Creative

Most people think planning their live show will make it less creative or even make it boring. They’re “artists,” after all, and real artists are spontaneous, instinctive, organic, led by the Spirit… you name it. Really, it’s what I call “winging it.” Unfortunately for most musicians, planning and preparation means to: learn the songs in […]

#1 Reason to Get Out of Music

Lang working with a singer songwriter

I know you’ve heard it before — I’ve heard it as long as I’ve been alive: you can’t expect “things worth having” to happen immediately. So, no disrespect meant to anyone here, but if you don’t want to invest in your future music success by being committed to work on it… then get out. Saving […]

Why Knowing Your Audience is Crucial to Planning Your Success

Audience at festival

What are you focused on? I mean with your music. On songwriting? On how well you play your instrument? On booking shows, getting a manager, or handling your social media? Most of you know my main focus is on the live show. That’s because I believe it’s where an artist gets the most satisfaction, fulfills […]

You Can Learn Charisma

Dez Dickerson and Prince

It’s 1979 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Newly signed Warner artist Prince had just finished a showcase. Warner had a problem. Prince wasn’t good enough to take out on tour. So what’s a label to do? They sent him into the studio to record a second album. (And that’s a whole-nuther subject which I won’t get into […]

Which ebook Format for Tom’s Book?

Tom Jackson Live Music Method Book

I’ve been tasked with the job of getting Tom’s Live Music Method Book ready for ebook publishing. Yikes! Where do I begin? There are numerous kinds of formats to use. For instance, the Kindle version is called .mobi. And then there’s the ePUB format which works for anyone who wants to read it on iBooks, […]

Should I Be Spontaneous – or Plan My Show?

Will McFarlane of Blues Counsel

It’s a question we get a lot. And the answer is yes. “Don’t confuse me, Tom!” Sorry! But the real answer depends on multiple things. I can count on one hand (maybe two) the artists I’ve worked with over 20 years who don’t think they are great with spontaneity. I admit, I really don’t understand […]

Share a Bit of Yourself Next Time You Perform

People come to see people

We listen to music through ear buds and stereo systems, on our laptops and iPhones, and in restaurants and elevators. We buy downloads, CDs, and albums. The majority of music we experience on a day-to-day basis comes through recorded music. But there is nothing that compares to seeing your favorite artist live! Being in the […]

Free Studio Demo Recording for Top Performer at Bootcamp

Roger Ryan

Grammy/Dove nominated, Juno Award winning producer Roger Ryan has generously offered to give a Top Performer award to one of our Bootcamp Showcase artists this fall: a free studio demo recording! Roger’s work has run the full spectrum of the music industry and spanned a wide range of genres. Roger says for him, “music is […]