I love Steve Moakler. For his music. For his heart. He’s just a good dude. And you’ll see that when you watch this video. And right there in the middle, Steve slides this line in there that I have now written on a notecard and hung over my desk, because he just plain gets it.
“You can never control how many people are going to respond to you, at the end of the day, as an artist. But you can control how deeply you are present in your work.”
I go as often as possible. If you don’t know about the Bluebird, it is easy to explain. Artists in Nashville play at the venues around town. Songwriters in Nashville play at the Bluebird.
So last week, Laura, Marisa, Brooke and I headed down to hear some amazing songwriters. And, as sick-in-the-brain as this is, I thought, “I totally should blog about these dudes cause I’m not sure I have before.”[As Keith Urban says, “…cause you’re always in my heart, you’re always on my mind…”]
All four of these boys are great writers and I think you will LOVE what they do.
Here’s the setup- the songwriters sit in the round and for about 2 hours, they each play songs that they have written.
We got to hear
– Andrew Ripp. His voice is INSANE and he writes beautiful stuff. I love getting to hear him live. You should try to do the same.
– Steve Moakler. Steve’s a young guy, but he writes some fierce music. He’s one of those artists that sounds EXACTLY the same live, if not better, than he does on his records. Living in a city full of well produced artists, it is refreshing when people are just.plain.talented.
– Cary Barlowe. I bet you know his music. He’s written some big deal country songs, lots of stuff from Toby Mac. It was one of those surprising times at Bluebird where every time it was his turn, I recognized his music. I was happy. A happy happy girl.
Last but not least is a good friend of mine, Shane Stevens. You may recognize him as “the man who made me gorgie-poo at the Grammys.”
He said my hair was JUST like Sarah Jessica Parker’s hair and on that day, in that moment, he won my allegiance forever.
He’s an amazing songwriter, y’all. And I absolutely loved getting to hear him sing his stuff live.
Look at him go. Booyah.
So check these boys out if you are looking for great sounds and words.
Thanks to Music City Unsigned for hosting such a cool night at the Bluebird.
If you ever come to Nashville to visit, make sure you schedule in a trip to the Bluebird. You will not regret it.