Josh Farrow performs at Marathon Motor Works in Nashville, TN.
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A few words from Josh about Nashville:
September 3, 2013
I’ve been living in the Nashville area for five years this month. In those five years I’ve watched as the music industry here has been shapeshifting, twisting and turning into some mangled mess of folks scrambling to climb over one anotheron the proverbial ladder. Once the attention of major publications and press hit our little community of East Nashville, I wish I could say the musicians’ community here has in turn gotten stronger, but that would be a plain old lie. More competition exists than ever in such a small area and, aside from your musician beer-buddies, it still feels more like a ladder-race than any kind of substantial community or coalition. Sure, we all play in each other’s bands. Sure, we all go to our friends’ shows (if they’re at The 5 Spot and you know the door guy). But there isn’t much of anything except competition within the circle of local, eager-to-break artists.
With that being said, I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the most talented neighbors in the music industry today. It ain’t like LA here. It ain’t like New York. You can walk down the street and run into your favorite artist at any moment. It’s still exciting that there’s a TV show being filmed here, blocking our streets and taking over our favorite breakfast joints. It’s an exciting time to live in Nashville, and an exciting time to help out our local music community.
So, this week starts a new trend for me. I’ll be going to the local record store (or if nothing physical exists then it’s to iTunes I go) and I’ll be purchasing a local release each week, once a week (I have to save my remaining six days for buying Emmylou Harris and Squeeze records). I’ll share with you every week what I’m purchasing. If you like it, buy it. If you don’t, fine. You can steal major labels’ money, trust me I couldn’t care less. This is about people spending their hard-earned money on quality recordings for you to enjoy, and they should be able to expect a little something in return.
And so it goes, the first artist on my list: Patrick Sweany Music and his album “Close To The Floor.” Killer album, killer artist, even more killer show. Go check it out if you know what’s good for you.
Buy local music. It’s only like $10-$20. That’s a bar tab for a night of Coors stubby bottles at 5 Spot. Seeya next week.