Hola to everybody in Internet land! Just wanted to give ya'll (yes, ya'll,
I am from Georgia after all) an update on the V to the Z.
Well, first off, I had my first interview with a country artist this
past Monday. It was awesome! Not only was it my first interview with a country
artist, it was also the first one-on-one conversation I'd ever had with
a celebrity. It was too cool! Later that day, I got a call from
I had called several labels trying to set up interviews with other artists
and Loudmouth works with Broken Bow Records, home to Jason Aldean. The conversation
started out kind of shaky but, by the end, both of us were quoting lines
from Tommy Boy and The Hangover. I may not be good at a ton of stuff, but
I sure am good at selling myself. Haha.
As the conversation was drawing to a close, she just happened to say,
"... so, yeah, I'll definitely add you to our press list so you can get
free albums to review and free tickets to shows in Nashville to do concert
reviews." As cliché as it is, I can't help but say OMG!
Tuesday rolls around and I would yet again get a dose of sheer exhilaration.
I got an email from Matt saying he didn't think a blog would be a good spot
for an interview since blogs are more opinions, sooooo instead he typed,
"if the interview is written well enough I'll publish it." I'm not exactly
sure about this, but does that mean what I think it means Matt? ($$$?) Matt
even said that if I keep doing these interviews and they're all good enough
to publish, he might give me a title with Chorus and Verse, something like
"Country Music Writer". Does that mean I'd have a real job? Fingers crossed!
Lastly, Wednesday was a big day. I called Warner Brothers and Lyric Street
Records to see about getting an interview with Blake Shelton (Warner Brothers)
and Sarah Buxton (Lyric Street Records). Warner Brothers said the message
was passed to media and is in negotiation.
Lyric Street wants me to send them information about Chorus and Verse.
If everything looks good to PR (public relations), they'll try and set up
an interview within the next month! Once again, OMG!!!
The cream cheese icing on this red velvet cake was the fact that I was
able to become Facebook friends with not only the owner of
but Emily West, a real country artist! Emily and I go back a couple years.
When she was just starting her career as a signed artist, I got the chance
to open for her at the annual rodeo in Ringgold, GA. Hopefully I'll be able
to set up an interview with her as well as a buddy of the Loudmouth owner
by the name of James Otto!
God has really blessed me this week. All I have to say is wow!!!!!!
As you may have noticed, country music is my main style, but that doesn't
mean it's my only style. I recently posted a new single on iTunes entitled
"Rolling Stone," an alternative, Radiohead-inspired rock song about a soldier
getting more than he bargained for. You can go directly to my iTunes store
by typing www.areyouwiththez.net
into your web browser. You can hear a full-length sample by going to my
website. The address is
And remember, ask yourself, "Are You With The Z?"