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Amy and The LoneStarlets

A band I’ve worked with gave me a call a couple weeks ago to ask for help. They didn’t have a lot of time or a lot of money, so hiring me again for a day or even a half-day wasn’t going to work.

But they had a pretty big upcoming show, and they knew from experience what a difference it would make for their show if they had help from a Live Music Producer.

So, they did what would fit their schedule AND their budget…they paid for a Video Critique.

In my critique, I addressed some key issues, such as the importance of their front man maintaining control and authority onstage, talking to the audience, and some moment and arrangement ideas. Since we’d worked together before, I didn’t have to spell out a lot of the details for them…they already knew the language and the basic principles of what we teach.

Now, did that critique make a big difference?  The guys were excited about the feedback; but it depends on whether or not they take the ideas I gave them and apply it to their arrangements, and really take to heart some the of core issues we discussed. Part of it is reinforcing what they’d already been taught by Tom and me in earlier sessions, and encouraging them to follow through and keep refining!

What we teach artists is a process and not an instant fix! These guys know that, but they’ve seen firsthand the difference it makes in their show.

They also know, just like anything else you do, certain things are on-going, but with each session, each rehearsal, it gets better and better.

That’s why, when this band had less than $250 in their budget, they called me instead of spending it on another guitar pedal! They’ve adjusted their priorities to include things that are going to help keep them on the road and continue to attract more fans!

How about you? Is your show really working? I mean, when you watch yourself on video, do you really connect with that artist you see and enjoy watching them? Would you buy their CD or come back to see them again? If your answer isn’t a wholehearted ‘Yes!’ then shift your thinking and your budget and let us help!

Do something NOW to make a difference in your music career and book a one-on-one session or a video critique.

Amy Wolter

As a trained Live Music Producer for Tom Jackson Productions, Amy Wolter brings her years onstage as a lead singer & keyboardist - along with her experience as a producer, arranger, and songwriter - to singers and bands who won’t settle for ‘good enough’. She’s worked with artists at all levels, and genres ranging from Rock to Celtic, empowering them to have confidence and authority onstage, and put on memorable live shows, a few of whom have been on two of the largest US tours in recent history. Some of her clients include Grammy award winners The Band Perry & Lacrae, CMA and ACM –winning country acts, Gloriana & Thompson Square, 2016 The Voice contestant Mary Sarah, CCMA (Canada) winners High Valley, Jess Moskaluke & Chad Brownlee, and Winter Jam Tour veterans Sidewalk Prophets & Love and The Outcome.

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  1. Amy Wolter says:

    Hey Greg! A unique situation for sure. Asher is right in saying you need to vary it up with sitting options. Do stand when you can, but make the most of your SIT-uation (ha –sorry!). You should play it up…use different type chairs, stools at different places on stage…maybe they are the same stools, just painted differently. Or make the chairs fit the feel of the song, ie: an easy chair for a laid-back tune, a metal chair for a driving rock song…you get the idea. You could become known as ‘the chair guy’ – it could be part of your ‘thing’! Make sure the mobile people on stage come and interact with you at times. Above all though, make sure you arrange your songs to create some moments, then make the visual match the feel of the song.

  2. To Greg from Crossroads Band Here’s what I’ve learned from TJ, use what you’ve got! Get a stool up front when you sing lead and get a rocking chair back for when the other singer is up front. Put a mic in front of both and switch every three songs. Sit on the edge of the stage. Get a wireless and go sit at a table with a pretty girl.

    Tom Jackson best money I ever spent except my strat;-)

    Asher Wood, Lost Highwaymen Band

  3. Amy,
    How are you ? You know that I understand the importance of having a live producer but I had someone ask me “So how will that help me get bookings ?” the person went on to say “if I can’t get the bookings then how can I show them the great show I have ?” What support does On stage success provide for securing bookings ?
    Emo LeBlanc

  4. We have a 4 piece band, and myself and the lead guitar player are the singers (and front men so to speak). We are trying to put more stage presence in our shows (we are a country band BTW), but we are limited in that I was injured in a bad auto accident and can not move easily on the stage, so I have to sit most of the time (if not all). Is there anything you can suggest on how to “jazz” up our show? I can stand for short periods of time, and both he and I play guitar.

    I know this is out of left field, but I thought I would ask!

    Thank you for you time.

    Crossroads Band

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