What fingerstyle guitarists are coming to conference-or not?
As usual, I need help in narrowing my auditions at the conference. Artists who get booked at Houston's Songbird Sanctuary nearly always:
1) Play guitar almost entirely by finger-style and not with simple thump-strum rhythm beat. The rolling finger-picking that lends a complex melodic background to a good ballad is our favorite style.
2) Write (or play traditional) real FOLK songs, which for my hosting purposes means the lyrics appeal to the brain more than the lower organs. We'd like your songs to be about ideas, society, politics, the people, interesting persons, history, murder, rivers, places, and things like that and void of examination of your relationships, your lovers and would-be lovers, your desires, angst, trucks, drinking, indulgences, and faith. Metaphor and allegory are highly regarded here. Our attendees spend more time in libraries than they do in bars.
AND (not or)
3) Have never before played in Houston—better yet, never in Texas—and are mature with 20+ years of professional experience and are well-known in your own region. (After 100 sell-out shows (50+ attendees) in 14 years mostly of introducing artists to our area, there may not be any of you left, so if you've played a gig or two in town but aren't yet fully appreciated, we might find a place for you.)
If you are such a remarkable artist, please reply in this new forum system and also contact me directly.
Tom Yeager, Songbird Sanctuary, Houston