“Hell Yeah, Sounds Good, Turn it Up!” was the vibe at the gathering in Durango Colorado last weekend. I had a blast at the Durango Songwriters Expo. Oh where to begin?
First, a friend of mine that I didn’t know was going showed up, Don Campbell. If you haven’t heard of him then you best go to Don’s Website and check him out. He’s got a country flavor, but has a great song sensibility about him.
Second, got to get some one on one with several A and R types from some labels and with some other industry folk. I brought some of the new material for feedback. As of right now, I’m very excited about the contacts I made in the listening sessions. It’s prompted me to make some minor tweaks to a couple of songs. In two weeks I’ll know a little more.
Third, I got schooled in some new song writing skills by several artists I’d never heard of and now have a lot of respect for: Jeff Steele, Gary Baker, Walt, Big Al, Jimbo, just to name a few. As well, I witnessed a very cool live performance by Wendy Woo. She kicks ass live.
Fourth, I was singled out in one of the discussion panels. Over what? BuyMusic.com. Then again in the same panel when it was mentioned everyone should do a cover song by Jody Whitesides and then put it on their CD’s and up for sale at all the digital download sites. Thanks for that one, I think we all got a good laugh out of it.
I made friends with Gary Baker who has written songs for Lonestar, Backstreet Boys, N’Sync and many others. So much so that I let him borrow my guitar for the two performances he did there. I was honored when he announced it to the audience.
So, at the moment, I’m taking a little break from the live shows so that I can concentrate on touching up these songs and churn out about 7 more. In the mean time, check the videos and explore the CD sites. Ultrasound is currently working on the Booking of the tour for next year. Stay Tuned as I’ll likely book a few shows to start showcasing the new songs for y’all. I’ll also post some snippets of the new songs so that you can get a taste of what’s in store.
Stop by soon.