- A versatile guitar player/singer/songwriter looking for an opportunity to achieve succes and helping others do the same.
Born in 1975, and got into guitar in my early teens. I've had success playing in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Florida. I have played a lot of acoustic solo shows, and have played some bass guitar, but most of my gigs find me as a guitar player/vocalist in a raucous band, or a mellow grooving band.
- rock, singer/songwriter
- Lloyd, Ky
Hey Ronnie, thanks so much for sharing. Your first line you wrote here says it all for me 'If I had a producer and a budget with some time invested, maybe i could get a beautiful sound' - thats the key here and thats really where you should be focusing your energy. Look for a plan at how you can get a producer and a budget - are you investing enough in yourself to get the things you really want? When i say investing in yourself, I mean putting some money down to make you better. We are stuck in the mindset that we save money to buy a thing to help us do a thing but actually when we are putting money into making us better, it becomes easier to swallow. Are you reaching out to people for support, how are you growing your musical connections? Is there anything you spend your money on that you could do without to invest in your music? I actually really like 'Side O' The Road' but in regards to this song, yes you can definitely tell its rushed, which then leads me to ask, why the rush? The timings are a little out here and there but theres some core skill in the mix as well. I love the 'americana' type stories you deliver. The overall track could be pretty decent and your voice is cool, i think you've got some decent wordplay in your back pocket as well so definitely a few positives to focus on. The track as a whole is not mixed very well or not mixed at all which is another cost you'd need to add when thinking about setting some cash aside for your projects. Theres a load of promotional stuff you can do as a solo unsigned musician to keep the momentum going that doesnt require any funding, just some time and energy. As a rule of thumb i like to relay to musicians is to always have something lined up, whether thats a live show, radio play, interview, jam session, whatever, you need to always keep the ball rolling for a while. If you have an organic fan base, they are looking for updates, they want to know what you are up to and its your job to keep them informed via social media. It seems like your live game is ok and you can go on stage and deliver so figure out a catchment area from where you live as to how far you're willing to travel to play a show, research online the live music venues in that catchment area and keep a note as to what type of shows and artists they put on. Be proactive and reach out to those venues and offer to play. You may get paid, you may not but all this time invested adds to your experience and hours delivering live sets to people. Also ask to support any artists that are similar to you, a good support set always goes down well when working with other artists higher on the ladder than you. Approach the promoters. Blogs - pick your best song and send it to a music blog for review. You can submit to loads if you want and really get an eye for who would be willing to write and share your tunes. Submithub is a decent platform to look for music blogs where you can easily submit your tracks. Maybe 'Side O' The Road' or 'One Of These Daze' would work well as your first submissions? Collaborate - this is where you can open doors and learn new things, do you have a group of other musicians you can write or jam with? If not, get some. A lot of tracks are made through connections to others, I cant tell you how many London based people have worked with each other and linked them to quality producers, session guys, vocalists etc. Its a big community and they're all striving for the same goal but working with each other to get there. You should be in a community as well. Trust me, its one of the most under rated tools an unsigned musician can have. I mentioned social media earlier, different people find music in different ways and you have the ability to share via many platforms, utilise them all. From an outsider perspective, i would be fascinated in your local tales and life in Greenup, theres a niche there where people not from the US can get a flavour from you as to what its like through your storytelling so go out and grab some listeners! All the best with it Ronnie, maybe catch you playing in a packed out bar on my next US road trip. Chris
Not really my style, but it's a good, well-written song with an important message. I would suggest including a brief bio about you as an artist and links to hear more of your music with your Fluence submission so that anyone who is interested can easily find out more about you and your music. Perhaps consider including the song lyrics as well. Depending on what your goals are, make sure your music is available on all the streaming services (Youtube, Spotify, Apple, etc.) and if you're looking to get more exposure, I'd suggest considering hiring a publicist and making a music video around your next release to start. Besides that, of course playing live and building a regional fanbase is an important starter too. Best of luck!