For Cleveland, TN based songwriter A Man Called Bruce and his fellow songwriters, Nashville is about Music Row and the many song publishers, musicians and entertainment industry professionals who might hear one of their songs and show an interest. Their desire is that a song (or songs) will be recorded by someone who can bring their music to a much larger audience.
In the past year, A Man Called Bruce has performed live on TV (WRCB), radio (WUTC & WDVX) and at traditional music venues in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville, TN and their surrounding areas.
However, there are many other cities that offer important links in the chain. Places like Charlotte, NC; Athens and Johnson City, TN; Dahlonega, GA; Phoenix, AZ; and Corrales, NM.
We've all most certainly heard of Charlotte, NC, and maybe you've even heard that it is home to a bustling music scene. The Evening Muse has introduced thousands of original independent music acts to Charlotte for nearly a decade.
Phoenix, AZ isn't widely regarded for its music culture, but I assure you that one does exist there. Fiddler's Dream Coffeehouse is an acoustic music showcase bringing original music to the Valley of the Sun for the past 25 years.
And, did you know that Jim Benelisha, owner of The Acoustic Coffeehouse in Johnson City, TN has been bringing great music to his community for some time now? If you live in the area and you're into music, you already know this.
Athens, TN is located between Chattanooga and Knoxville. Angela's Deli there has a great sound system and offers music every Friday night.
According to their website, The Crimson Moon Café in Dahlonega, GA is known as "the southeast most intimate music venue," hosting a wide variety of regionally and nationally touring acoustic artists.
And what about Corrales, NM just north of Albuquerque?
You would remember it, especially if you've ever been to Corrales Bistro Brewery. Almost every day of the year they have talented musicians playing Jazz, Celtic, Bluegrass, folk and other popular musical offerings.
These and many establishments like them all over the country offer a place for up-and-coming songwriters to display their work in front of new audiences. Audiences made up of local music aficionados, enthusiasts and anyone who truly appreciates new music.
"I'm not a teen pop star and my music isn't for everyone," says A Man Called Bruce who, along with his management team (his wife), is in the process of booking shows between TN and AZ (and back) for the month of December.
Last month, Bruce was recognized by the Chattanooga Songwriters Association (CSA) when he was presented with the Songwriter of the Month award for July 2012 on August 9th.
"It's truly an honor," Bruce admits, "but, awards don't impress everyone in this business. I have to get out there and play my songs for anyone who'll listen."
So, that's what he is doing. With dates confirmed in all of the above mentioned cities and more to come, A Man Called Bruce is traveling beyond his local area looking for new ears to hear his songs. "I'm already going out west to see one of my girls graduate from college in December, so I might as well play music along the way," Bruce admitted. "I'll even play house concerts!" Visit http://facebook.com/
Songs by A Man Called Bruce are mainly in the Americana music genre and his solo act includes all original music featuring acoustic rock, country and blues.
Here is his current schedule, with more dates soon to be announced:
Sep 11 - 7:00pm Heritage House Arts & Civic Center, Chattanooga, TN
Sep 28 - 7:00pm Gabriel's, Cleveland, TN
Oct 13 - 8:00pm Acoustic Coffeehouse, Johnson City, TN
Oct 19 - 7:00pm Angela's Deli, Athens, TN
Oct 25 - 7:00pm Meo Mio's, Chattanooga, TN
Nov 13 - 7:00pm Heritage House Arts & Civic Center, Chattanooga, TN
Nov 26 - 7:00pm The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC
Dec 1 - venue TBD, Memphis, TN
Dec 2 - venue TBD, Oklahoma City, OK
Dec 3 - 6:30pm Corrales Bistro Brewery, Corrales, NM
Dec 7 - 7:00pm Fiddler's Dream Coffeehouse, Phoenix, AZ
(more December dates in Phoenix; Austin, TX and other cities TBA)
Jan 26, 2013 - The Crimson Moon Cafe, Dahlonega, GA
Thom Cavin, executive director of the Chattanooga Songwriters Association said, "We look at A Man Called Bruce as a cut above."
Steve Bogard, president of the Nashville Songwriters Association International said Bruce is, "...obviously a talented writer."
These are kind words from important people, but it takes more than kind words to make a career in the music industry. And nothing is more valuable than bringing the music to the most important people of all... those who enjoy it most... people like you and me.
For information on booking A Man Called Bruce go to http://AAAMediaLLC.com/
You can buy songs from Bruce's album "Tennessee" released in 2010 on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and other fine online retailers.
A brand new CD entitled "Live 8.10.12" is also available directly from A Man Called Bruce.
Visit http://ChattanoogaSongwritersAssociation.org for more information about the Chattanooga Songwriters Association.