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Know When To Hold ‘Em

“Just because you know a lot of chords and can play really fast doesn’t make you an expert.” – Aunt Bee Aunt Bee…a wise woman indeed.  She says this to Andy after he hears a guy play guitar better than he can, and it leaves Andy feeling inferior.  (Plus I think Helen is the target […]

5 Onstage Distractions You Should Dump NOW!

When we’re helping artists with their shows, we’re teaching them what to do to make their shows come alive. But at the same time there are things they need to STOP doing as well.  Some performers have developed bad habits over time and don’t even realize they are doing them!     Here are five…check […]

What Do I Say? – Talking to Your Audience

When I ask artists what they need the most help with or what their weak spots are in a live show, the most common answer I get is “talking to the audience.” I can relate. Many times when I was playing live I would want to say something to the crowd; but when I started […]

Would You Want Free Publicity Like This?

I recently was sent a live show review from one of my artists that blew me away. The band is called Nikki’s Wives and based near Toronto.  I’ve talked about them before but this review was one I just HAD to show you, because of its focus on the live performance. The band had played […]

The Super Bowl, Lady Gaga and YOU

Up until late in the 3rd quarter, the most exciting thing about Super Bowl 2017, would have been the halftime show…but the Patriots came from behind and won in overtime…the first overtime in Super Bowl history! Yes, Lady Gaga put on an entertaining show, and by the looks of my Facebook feed that night, an […]

Owning It!

We’ve all had people in our lives probably, telling us to ‘own up’ to something or other.  Or to ‘own’ something – meaning, ‘make it yours!’ Grab on to it and TAKE it. I’m often telling artists while rehearsing that they need to really own it. After we make changes and map out a song […]

Wondering Why You Wander

Ever see artists on stage, constantly moving, pacing back and forth across the stage?  Me too…A LOT! Makes me nervous to watch them because they never seem to ‘land’ anywhere.  It can be frenetic and unnerving.  And if the stage floor is eye level, it’s even worse to watch, since the artist’s feet and legs […]

Moments or Musicality?

There is a mindset that we Live Music Producers have to combat when it comes to educating musicians on the importance of a good live show. It’s basically the belief that they must be musically perfect.  Every note correct, every lick and scale stellar, every voice flawless.  And so the artist must stand still with […]

To Mess or Not to Mess

     I’ve had the opportunity to work with some military bands over the last decade and these are always fun sessions for me…I feel privileged and honored to hang with quality musicians who are willing to serve our country. Amy WolterAs a trained Live Music Producer for Tom Jackson Productions, Amy Wolter brings her […]

Why CeeLo Green Loves Nikki’s Wives

     I started working with London, Ontario artist Nikki Whitehead several years ago as a young solo artist.  Since then she’s formed an alt-pop band called Nikki’s Wives, and I’ve been able to work with them and their amazing songs several times, as we worked toward putting together a solid set.      They’ve […]