We had the good fortune of connecting with Georgia Parker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Georgia, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson that I’ve learned from being a self employed musician is to relax, and not try to force the outcome. The business is so much like the creative process. It’s just that, a process! It will always take time to build a genuinely interested audience, and will always take time to build relationships with the right people, and it will always mean so much more when these things happen naturally. I feel that people around you can sense when you’re doing something because you love it and because it’s what you need to do for yourself, not just because it’s your business. I’ve spent years in the past working 24/7/365 on marketing, booking, and trying to connect with the right people at the expense of my creativity and happiness. Even though this is the biggest lesson I’ve learned as a musician, I still practice implementing it all the time, just as i practice my instruments.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
There are a lot of great people making a lot of great music in the world today. An overwhelming amount, honestly! It can easily make any one artist feel insignificant, and pose a lot of challenges for trying to be noticed by your target audience. All that being said, i think it’s important not to let it feel like a rat race. Every artist has something special to offer and everyone deserves a chance to he heard without comparison. The thing to know about my music is that we’re playing songs that make us happy and we hope that that happiness will spread to any and all open minded listeners out there. It makes me happy to keep an old art form alive (western/texas swing) and to expose a new generation of folks to a slice of history. It isnt “the best music in the world” or the only style that matters, but it definitely deserves it’s place on the stage alongside all the other great genres!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
What is life without friendship? The friends ive made along the way are what make the whole journey worth the time. If it weren’t for these people to take the pressure off an important moment, or help you up when things feel stagnant and futile, and to make you smile when you get to make art together, I would have quit a long time ago. The real heroes in my story are my bandmates and all the other players in my music scene that keep the magic alive, Nick Lochman and Ian Lee, members of Big Cedar Fever Greg Harkins, Katie shore, James Gwyn, Ethan Shaw, Eddie Dickerson, Kris Wade, rotating members of the Georgia Parker Swing Band Sophia Johnson, Asleep At The Wheel, Dale Watson, Lonesome Heroes, Garrett T Capps, these are bands/artists that dedicate their time and love to keeping the magic alive for everyone
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