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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 […]

There Must Be Some Misunderstanding

     I HATE being misunderstood.  Things I say that didn’t come out right, or something I did being taken the wrong way…maddening!  Makes you just want to buy a TV ad and shout to the world, ‘NO! That’s not what I meant by that!’ or ‘That’s NOT what I do!’      It’s somewhat […]

Your Show, Your Vision

     I realize I risk critique from writers everywhere with this blog, in that it goes in many different directions and doesn’t have one specific subject. But, I don’t care.  Fact is, there were so many things touring artists need to be reminded of, that came up in a recent week of rehearsals, that […]

Three Things Instrumentalists Can Do (to Create a Better Show!)

     You’ve decided no singers for YOUR band, after all, who wants to deal with those divas anyway, right? They never help set up and tear down! (Kidding….I was a lead singer and I loaded in, loaded out and wrapped cords for days…but I digress.)      You instrumental groups might be asking how […]

 Six Ideas for Your ‘Different’ Moment

     So you get to that fourth song in your set and you’re wondering just what to do to surprise the audience a bit…you need something different.  (See set list blog here) A somewhat ‘left turn’ at this point in your show, will shake things up for the listener. Let me throw you some […]

 Transitions: How the Pros Do It

     Once your songs and your set list are in place, the last piece of the puzzle – the finishing touch, the frosting on the cake – is how you transition from song to song.  Many artists get to this point and just wing it, thinking it’s not that important.      Without this […]

Finding Your Niche

     While walking through the airport recently in Charlotte, NC, I was pleasantly surprised to hear someone playing a grand piano.  His name was Harper Hicks.  After he finished playing some Journey covers, I went over to drop 5 bucks in his tip jar and say hi.       Harper said he loves to […]