It’s easy to forget that being a professional musician is about more than music. This is even more true for the independent artist who will spend the day doing everything from stuffing merch envelopes and hanging show posters to trying to coordinate tour logistics from behind the wheel of the tour van.
With that as a backdrop, Twangville is proud to present an evening with two of our favorite DIY performers:
Lucas and Blakeslee are masters at the art of being a DIY musician. Aside from being an outstanding songwriter and musician, Lucas has built his career by hitting the road and connecting with fans wherever and whenever possible. A YouTube survey reveals clips of him playing kitchens, record stores, parking lots and, well, just about anywhere. In all of these videos you’ll see fans, including fellow musicians, enraptured in the moment.
Blakeslee is among the most colorful people that you could ever meet. His enthusiasm for life, in person and in song, is infectious. Heck, even his most somber compositions will invariably illicit a smile as one gets lost in the genuineness of his writing.
Dan Blakeslee photo courtesy Sam Stambaugh.
About the author: Mild-mannered corporate executive by day, excitable Twangville denizen by night.