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How Soon Should You Work on Your Show?

Tom working with singer songwriter

I’ve gotten both kinds of calls — the kind where I’m asked to help an artist with their show 1-2 months in advance of a tour or showcase, and the kind where I’m supposed to be the “fix-it” guy working with someone a few days before a big, important show. So when is the best […]

Indie Artist Brings in $150K for Charity & $10K for Themselves

Doug and Linda Tidwell with ChildFund International

“Over 70 sponsors today, Tom!” The call came in after indie artists Doug and Linda Tidwell did a concert in a San Antonio, Texas elementary school for about 200 kids. As artists who work hard on their onstage appeal and advocacy for ChildFund International, it was no surprise they got a great response! But let […]

4 Rules to Follow So You are the Opening Act they Remember

Stacy Stone showcase

In 1991, Pearl Jam opened for the Smashing Pumpkins and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In Kim Neely’s Pearl Jam book Five Against One, drummer Dave Abbruzzese said, “We’d play for 30 minutes, and it was like the Smashing Pumpkins had to earn their 30 minutes, and the Peppers had to earn theirs. By the […]

Southern Rock Roots: The Remedy

The Remedy

Friends and brothers growing up on the same street in the same rural Georgia town, The Remedy connected as a group through a string of events. Although the boys had known each other for a lifetime, it was actually their passions that brought them together onstage for the first time when guitar player, Josh, needed […]

How Your Perspective Effects Your Success (or Your Failure)

The Audience

Looking out into your audience, it’s hard to know why they react the way they do — or why they don’t react at all! The reason it’s hard to know is because you’re facing the wrong direction. You’re not sitting in the seats out front like they are. Perspective is everything. And it’s not just […]

Spotlight: The Heart of Yvonne Hartman

Yvonne Hartman Music

If you’ve had “one of those days,” says singer/songwriter Yvonne Hartman, she’s probably got a song for you! Curling up with a hot cup of tea and one of Yvonne’s 50+ songs might just be the remedy for bad days and tough times, because her songs of inspiration pull from her own life experiences and […]

3 Ways to Get a Fresh Start

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 […]