The Blue Door began somewhat by accident. After living in Austin for nearly a decade where I was involved with the singer/songwriter community as a music journalist, publicist and host of Woody Guthrie concerts, I returned to my native Oklahoma in the fall of 1992, with no idea of ever becoming a music concert promoter. I was maybe going to move to Nashville to get an ‘industry’ job, or possibly write for the Nashville Scene or the Tennessean.
The music journalist angle I may have been able to pull off, but as for working for a label, publishing company or any number of music biz jobs I was gently reminded by my friend Kevin Welch of the pitfalls of such an idea. Knowing my taste and my temperament, he flatly said, “Brother I am afraid if you did come to Nashville, one of two things might happen. You would either get killed or kill someone.” He knew how much I hated what has happened to mainstream country music, and with my big ole mouth I would have pissed off someone along the way. Don’t get me wrong, I love Nashville and I have many songwriter friends there, but he was right regarding me being in the mainstream business there.
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