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Wally Moyers


From:
Lubbock, Texas
Post Posted 23 Oct 2017 8:54 am     Reply with quote

Go give it a try, just know when to get out if you see the reality doesn't match your dream. There are lots of levels of making it, doing what you love is a big part of it. I'll never regret my time there in the early 80s, things are much different now.. Looking back all these years later I know that leaving there I made the right decision for myself and my family even though I had a great gig and offers for others.. My friend Don Kelly told me back when I was there that most musicians living in Nashville shouldn't be there. When we talked last week he told me that he is leaving and headed to Florida to retire. Don is one guy that made the most of playing on Broadway. I'm sure playing on Broadway was not his original plan or dream but he made the most of it for many years and in his own way made an impact on the Nashville music scene.. If you go at least if you will know the reality..
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Ron Hogan


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Nashville, TN, usa
Post Posted 30 Oct 2017 5:01 am     Reply with quote

I moved to Nashville 35 years ago, played for a bunch of the stars and even did Hee Haw with Faron Young. Back then, you didnt play Broadway as it was known for only bad players. You didn't want to be seen there.

The town turned it around to make it what it is. Just don't plan on making a career there as its not a real future in tips, no retirement or hospitolization. By career I mean 30 to 40 years. But you can have fun with it and get by. If you want to be a bar steel player all your life, go for it.
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David Mitchell


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Texas, USA
Post Posted 4 Nov 2017 2:15 pm     Reply with quote

I know of several monster/ somewhat legendary steel players that lost out road gigs with celebrities to mediocre players and I'll tell you why. It's just like any other field of employment. They just want someone to play the parts relatively close and stay with the band. Great players have a reputation of not staying anywhere very long. They are just passing through waiting on a bigger gig.
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Fred Treece


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California, USA
Post Posted 4 Nov 2017 4:08 pm     Reply with quote

I hope the OP has sorted through her regrets. The grass isn't always greener somewhere else, but it is different grass. If there is nothing holding you down where you are now, and as long as "disappointment after trying" doesn't qualify as another regret, why not give it a shot? Lucky is as lucky does. You can't win the lottery if you don't buy a ticket.
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robert kramer


From:
Nashville TN
Post Posted 5 Nov 2017 10:56 am     Reply with quote

I'm siding with Edmond O'Brien on this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6-LDKl3FOs
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Kevin Fix


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Michigan, USA
Post Posted 5 Nov 2017 5:21 pm     Day Job Reply with quote

Had a chance at it about 20 years ago. I am glad I kept my day job with a full pension. I retired 9 years ago. Now I play what I want and when I want. Working with a vintage country band now for the last 2 years. County Fairs and Festivals. Lots of fun. All out door gigs.
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Karen Sarkisian


From:
Boston, MA, USA
Post Posted 7 Nov 2017 8:12 am     Reply with quote

I dont know why I'm not getting notified of watched topics anymore, but this thread has gotten a lot of posts since my last visit. I have found a great band here in Boston to work with so I will stay put for now. If anything changes I will once again be on the lookout for a move. I appreciate all the feedback, I dont think I would like Nashville honestly. Maybe 20 or 30 years ago, but not now. Austin is more up my alley, but now that I've found a good band here I will stay here until further notice Smile
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Fred Treece


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California, USA
Post Posted 7 Nov 2017 10:36 am     Reply with quote

Congratulations, Karen. Glad you were able to find something without having to pack up and move out. The local music scene anywhere is what the local musicians make it. Wherever there is a good bass player, the possibilities are endless.
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Barry Blackwood


Post Posted 8 Nov 2017 10:03 am     Reply with quote

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I dont think I would like Nashville honestly. Maybe 20 or 30 years ago, but not now.

With that thought in the back of your mind, you are wise to stay where you are. Be happy.
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Chris Templeton


From:
The Green Mountain State
Post Posted 8 Nov 2017 4:12 pm     Reply with quote

Here's a video I started watching about songwriting and the scene in Nashville.
A nice advert for the Bluebird Cafe: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/videos/for-the-love-of-music-the-story-of-nashville-w510788
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