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Why It'll Probably Take You 7 Years to Break in Nashville

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Thousands come to Nashville every year with the hopes of making it big in a couple months. More often than not, they go home disappointed – not necessarily because they aren't talented, but because their expectations were completely out of proportion.

In my years here, I've heard repeatedly that Nashville is a “seven-year town,” and from what I've seen in my career, and that of others, the reality bears this out. In this article, I'll delve into why that's the case and what you might be able to expect.

5 Things All Musicians Should Be Grateful For This Year (And Every Year)

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Every year I like to take stock of what's happened — the good, the bad, the things I could have done better, and the things I excelled at. Now just two weeks from Thanksgiving, it seems especially appropriate to reflect back on 2017 and find gratitude in what the year provided.

Insanely Creative Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for the Whole Band

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Halloween is mere days away, and with it comes spooky ghouls, haunted houses, lots of candy, and of course, incredible costumes! As a band, it’s an awesome opportunity to have some fun, show off your personalities, and live out a fantasy if only for one night.

But coming up with a clever group costume, especially this close to Halloween, can be tough. So we’ve compiled a list of possible costume ideas complete with a little photo inspiration. Check it out.

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Sep 18, 2017 06:00 AM

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5 DIY Musicians Whose Writing You Should Read Right Now

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When practiced musicians with years of DIY know-how offer guidance, we listen, because we know that real-world experience offers some of the most accurate and telling lessons. There's no blueprint for newbie independent musicians to follow besides the histories of the folks who've carved that niche outside the mainstream before them — and the bands and artists who continue to cultivate it are the ones with the best foresight into its future.

We're thankful for the musicians who've documented their stories, and by sharing them have given a leg up to those just starting out. The list below is built around five musicians who broadcast their knowledge with the intent of uplifting others; it's a gesture so exemplary of DIY ethos that's another lesson in itself. Read on for our favorite stories they've written.

3 Reasons to Slow Down and Reflect on Your Music Career

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With everything that's expected of a DIY musician, it's common to feel the pressure knob go to 11 as you attempt to learn the business, build a fanbase, promote new music, write newer music, and balance all of your other obligations as a human.

Not to mention the fact that, since the beginning of time, the music industry has has a reputation pushing the 24/7-grind lifestyle regardless of whether or not one can go about it in a healthy way. (Spoiler alert: There is no way to grind 24/7 in a healthy way.)

But, rather than focus on the braggarts who claim to "get it all done" with little-to-no sleep, why not focus on building a career that's sustainable and that serve you for years to come?