The Unstarving Musician's Podcast
Summary: This podcast features conversation for musicians of all types and genres, a curation of expertise intended to help all musicians be better at marketing, business, the creative process and all the other things that empower us to do more of what we love–make music.
Shannon Curtis has made house concerts the anchor of her music career since 2011. She tried the traditional route of touring cafes, college shows, and clubs. Her assessment of that traditional route is that it was really a slog. In this episode, we talk about the business of house concerts, personal songs, merchandising, and of course connecting with her audiences at the shows.
Austin area native Ginger Leigh is a life long entertainer and performer. She comes from five generations of music biz professionals. Her music is a blend of gritty, sassy rock and blues goodness. In our conversation for this episode 75, Ginger and I talk about touring, marketing, recording, performing, giving and much more. Hear the title track of her latest release Hey Funky You at the end of this episode. Check out her bio and music at Gleigh.com.
Lannie Flowers is a DFW based indie musician. In this 2nd appearance for the podcast, Lannie discusses the long process of making his forthcoming album "Home." The project has been wrought with challenges. It's been 8 years in the making, as of the time of this interview. The studio that Lannie is using had a 3-month shutdown for renovations. The band he’s working includes a couple of the busiest performing musicians in DFW. We discuss these and other challenges, some of which you may be familiar with.
Lance Harvill’s guitar work is featured on Rex Brown’s 2017 solo release "Smoke on This." Most of his work, however, has been produced for use in film and TV. In our conversation Lance speaks about his friendships with Pantera guitarist Dime and Rex Brown, Arms of the Sun, writing music for film and TV, Nashville, country music, Dallas, and much more. At the end of this episode you’ll hear Lance’s guitar and vocal work on a track called Wasted Me from the Arms of the Sun sessions.
Jon Christopher Davis (aka JCD) is a Dallas-Fort Worth based artist. He’s written songs for the likes of Dolly Parton, Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles, Billy Ray Cyrus, and many other noteworthys. He's a fine example of what it takes to make it in music, and it’s not as complicated as you might think. That said, he’s clearly had his heart, mind and eyes wide open throughout his career. This openness has empowered him to see, pursue, and capitalize on opportunity. That and his talent.
Lindsay White is an award-winning who’s earned recognition from Teullride Bluegrass Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Guitar World, and American Songwriter Magazine. In this chat Lindsay shares that she’s had a life long thing with anxiety. We also discuss songwriting, a songwriters book club, festivals, her desire to tour smarter, side hustles, journaling, her first 2 albums (released in 2010 and 2017), her forthcoming album, rebranding herself as a solo-artist, self-talk, hope, perspective, and heali
Eli Lev is genrefied as neo folk. He's finding success on Patreon, YouTube and Spotify, all of which we discuss in this conversation. He shares the details of a creative Spotify experiment that has garnered him more plays than anything that’s been prescribed by others. He also shares tips on getting started with Patreon, and how he got comfortable with the the camera by posting on YouTube. He’s leveraging a small team of experts, growing his community, and doing things by setting intentions.
Lee is currently on a roll with a #1 single on iTunes in Australia and New Zealand. He comes across as grounded and wise for his years, artistically and as a person. Our conversation covers difficult times that began with a Sirius XM’s Coffee House gig, the story of a very supportive super fan, balancing authenticity with professional appearances, the live video premier for "We You Me," his work as a writer of children’s books, and more.
Danny Wilkerson isn’t exactly in the full-time game of music, but for the past five years he’s been busy writing and recording songs. He’s also been busy recruiting talent and fundraising, all for his first solo album Wilkerson. Our conversation covers a bit of reminiscing, the making of Wilkerson, and the challenges he faced along the way. You can hear the track Let it Go Tonight from the album at the end of this episode. The full album is available on iTunes and DannyWilkerson.com.
Abe Partridge discovered music when he first heard Nirvana’s Nevermind. Life would take a few interesting turns before he would begin sharing his own music and art. He's served as a preacher as a member of the US Air Force. Life and a personal awakening forever changed his path, driving him to create art and music. He says he writes songs and paints for himself, but also to bring beauty into the world. He also creates as a means of countering parts of his life he views as hate filled and violent.
Lisa Sanders was once signed with an indie label, which gave her the gift of an indie mindset. Her latest release Shiver is her eighth CD. She's worked alongside The Truckee Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Rait, Al Green, BB King, and Babyface among others. Our conversation covers the San Diego music scene, touring, the thought process behind her career decisions, tips for fellow artists, her good friend and musical companion Brown Sugar, working to help the homeless, and more.
Chris Taylor creates music and art like a madman. He's a man of 100o faces in my eyes. Check out his website to see what I mean. In this episode we talk about why he creates so prolifically, how he's connecting with fans, his latest release, upcoming projects and much more. His latest album is an acoustic trip through his music catalogue, and a postcard of sorts to his fans. Then there's his artwork, which is as passion filled as his music.
Jace Everett's music career has span several albums and collaborations, the most recent of which is the 2017 release, Dust & Dirt. He’s the touring bassist for Tonic as of late, and he wrote Bad Things for HBO's True Blood. He says that Dust & Dirt was released to little or no fan fare, a statement telling of how he views today’s music business. In discussing the album, Jace reflects on signing with EMI Nashville in 2003, the Sony record deal that followed, and how the music business has changed.
Music marketing is synonymous with the name Mike Osborn. He’s still figuring it out like so many other indie music artists, but Mike has always been heavily invested in how he markets his music and brand. This hard working musician talks about his latest marketing endeavors, his forthcoming album, pickup bands in the blues community, and more.
I've had an increasing interest in house concerts, and in this episode I share what I've learned from guests and outside resources. You'll learn how to tap into the scene, about the audience growth opportunities, and how artists get paid. You’ll also get insights into the fan and host perspectives, an important aspect for artists to understand. There are also tips for aspiring hosts, and several resource mentions.