"Howdy: To somewhat a great surprise, the Western Music Association's Wyoming chapter will be presenting a free outdoor program in Thermopolis on Friday, June 24 from 1-5pm. There are several individual and groups who have committed…"
"In regard to the CD, there are manufacturers who will do as few as 300 for somewhere in the neighborhood of a buck and a half to two bucks each. You don't have to do a 1000 or so at a time. Yes, if you do less, it's cost you a…"
"I started writing songs so I'd have some original material to put onto a CD when I can find the money to make one. I've got enough material to make one now, along with a few covers for which I would obtain mechanical licenses... just…"
"I think most will agree - easy to say, sometimes hard to do.
Having said that -- You have to believe in yourself, don't give up,
and have a plan, then work your plan.
Research the nuiances of cowboy poetry, and write what you know,
Hi there from Thermopolis! The sign has been upgraded, but basically says the same thing. I was sorry when Powder River stopped being the bus company here. I thought they did a good job and truthly the service hasn't been as good since. You mentioned something on the Cowboy Poetry site about starting out and such. And you are right! It takes several things to get started, but in my estimation, one of the most important things is a good head for recording events and activities. And that 'recording' shows up, then, in what might be called a media package. And in the package, which can be sent to prospective gigs would include that CD you mentioned, a VERY, VERY good picture of you doing what you do plus a list of all the places that you've performed.
A hint: always get as quote from the management of the last place you performed. And include those quotes, together with a picture of whoever said it, in the media kit. Your point about having to memorize everything is true to a point, but not universally true all the time. I do poetry and I'm so old now that I can't even remember my own stuff--let alone the material from other poets. So I use humor to diffuse the fact that I carry my book with me and after I've recited the first stanza or paragraph, I'll turn to my book. But ya gotta explain it and if you can do it with a bit of humor, you can get away with not having to memorize EVERY jot and tittle of the work you are doing. But, in my estimation, it HAS to be acknowledged--most Cowboy Poet Gathering attendees understand how difficult it is to memorize an hours worth of material and they WILL cut you as much slack as you need, if first you level with them about having to use a promp. And if you can do that with a bit of humor, it seems to me that it works well. In fact there is a poem called "Recalling the Rhyme" by Jay Jones (2000) that I use to lighten up the set and let them know that I can't remember all of the words all of the time. The poem talks to that fact and in the final part tells about the author being on stage, forgetting his lines, and in desperation, pointing his finger toward heaven, squaring his shoulders and saying, "Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera while strolling prooudly from the stage." I've gotten away for as long time by including that in my routine and letting the audience in on my spotty record at memorization. So that would be my only comment on your spot on take on how it all goes along. But I would recommend the media kit as a point that divides the wannabes from the doers. That's my take, and others may have their own ideas, but it seems to work for me. Keep in touch there Love! Dick