This has already been an outstanding past 2 years and I cannot wait to see what the future holds! In that time frame I have gone from playing one man acoustic shows for a $20 bar tab, to being nominated for several different awards and putting a full band I could call my own in front of some of the biggest names in country music. Though in that time frame I have seen musicians come and go from the band, each and every one taught me either something about the music we are playing or even some things about myself. I am proud to say that I now have one of the best lineups anyone could ask for. They are dedicated, loyal, and damn fine musicians! We all have our quirks and differences but we are truly a brotherhood. When it comes down to it, we always have each other.
Something that fans don’t always see is what goes on behind the scenes. It takes an entire team to keep a band playing and the wheels moving on the road. Until the last 6 months or so I never knew how important that was. From square one I’ve always had the upmost support from my immediate family and beautiful girlfriend which helped me tremendously to get off on the right foot and make a great initial impact into the music scene.
During this time frame my dedicated, do everything it takes to make a show happen, attitude ended up getting me connected with 7th Planet Entertainment (i.e. the Corpus incident), which later on helped me to land some dream gigs. Booking the right shows was a good start but at this time we didn’t have a marketable product (CD), but thanks to the connections my dearly departed grandfather had made while he was still alive we were able to find a great new friend and producer, Glenn Wheeler at Tierra Studios, to help us launch our debut album.
Tom Garrett at The Sam Houston State University Film Department stepped in to help us film our very first music video which in turn helped us to launch our very first radio single! Enter Texas Tones Entertainment.
The good people at TTE were recommended to me by my brother and they have done a great job pushing my first two radio singles and as we gear up for to push the 3rd and final single from our debut album “Let ‘er Buck!”, as we gear up to go into the studio and cut our second album, I cannot thank them enough for the hard work they have put in. I know I can be strong minded and stubborn at times, but they can butt heads with the best of them. Which I believe sometimes is necessary for growth and development.
But like I said It wasn’t until about six months ago that it started to take shape of how important the people behind me and my music were to me. About this time I had gotten a call from a friend that knew we were looking for a new drummer due to some unforeseen circumstances. I made the connection with the prospective new member and set up an audition time. The time came for the audition and to my surprise he showed up with, what seemed like, an army of people, all family. I was a bit taken aback at first, because this was totally unexpected. Once the audition was said and done of course their little Mathew made the cut. But this was just a small taste of the type of love and support we were going to be receiving.
The Finley’s have been such a blessing to me and this small little enterprise that is quickly developing into a big lifelong dream come true. They truly are a second family to me and have done more than anyone could ever expect of anyone. They are at every show and always willing to lend a hand. Whether they are simply helping to sell/organize merchandise for the evening and future shows, loading equipment in and out, learning to run the soundboard, or changing the alternator on the band bus in the parking lot after a show to help get us home. They have done nothing but provide and support and I cannot be more grateful.
Some of the more established people in the industry have told me what they believe is the “cold hard truth” about being successful in the music industry is and that’s “It’s all about who can spend the most money effectively.” Although yes money is a factor in this industry, I have found that it doesn’t have to be the deciding factor. To me it’s about how strong your support network is, and I haven’t really met anyone else’s support network, but I think it is fair to say I have one of the strongest in the industry.
It’s the Fans, Friends, Fellow Musicians and Family that keep me going and I guess I just had this undying urge to thank you all. If I have left out anyone it wasn’t intentional I promise.
In our first two years we have:
Been nominated for 9 different awards
Recorded and released our debut album
Placed 2 radio singles in the top 100
Supported/Opened for 15 notable artist in Country music (both Texas and Nashville)
Have over 290 shows on the books
Picked up our first official sponsor (Standard Hat Works)
But most of all, have had a ton of fun and love doing what we do!
I promise I’m not trying to brag or gloat, I am just really excited about my career and the people that are a part of it to make so much happen in such a little time!