Americana Conference 2006 - Nashville
Man it was nice to be back in Nashville. I'm still more comfortable in Nashville than anyplace on earth when I'm an artist. I was surprised and thrilled to see so many friends I'd left behind. The Fiddle & Steel Guitar Bar will always be my home there. Past memories aside - this week has been great (Where do I sign up for next year?) I attended as many panels as I could - my particular 2 favorites were Music Marketing For Americana Artists and 10 Most Important Rules of Publicity. My award goes to Kissy Black of Lotus Nile for being the most outstanding panelist of the conference. Kissy comes through with such enthusiam and passion for her work that I think it rubs off on those around her. When you see a performer singing and playing with all of their heart you get an idea of how Kissy is with the work she does and her dedication to the artists she works with..
My favorite performance (although it was steep competition) was the SESAC Writer's Round featuring and intimate show with Jim Lauderdale, Dana Cooper, Kevin Welch, Hayes Carll, and Ray Wylie Hubbard. Hayes Carll having made the biggest impression among these talented songwriters - buying the CD's when I get home. Also Darrell Scott was a great show at the Cannery Ballroom, Mountain Heart - a stunning bluegrass band, Tom Gillam's Tractor Pull (But No CD!??) Dale Watson, (who I met when we did the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jambouree a few years back) and Marty Stuart to name a few.