I am back home now after spending a week in one of the greatest cities in America: Nashville, TN. The reason I was there was for the Summer NAMM Show, an annual event that sees some of the worlds premier musical instrument manufacturers, retailers, & artists gather under one roof.
It was my first time at the show and as the U.S distributor for Sela Cajons, we were there to bring the word of Sela to the American market.
The NAMM staff were always there to help with what ever we needed and most people who came to our booth over the weekend were very friendly and interested in what we were showing.
We managed to gain a lot of media attention while we were there, including a spots on ABC morning news in Nashville, Balcony TV, Drummer Cafe, & Drum! This was most unexpected and added an air of excitement and exposure to the show that brought even more interest our way.
One of the coolest things that happened at the show began at the Wells Fargo bank on Music Row, Nashville. While in there I met a man by the name of Christian Wolf who is the drummer with Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves, a Nashville country band who are fast gaining some major attention.
I met Christian later that weekend at NAMM and we ended up endorsing Christian as a Sela Cajon artist. Christian is excited to use the cajon for smaller acoustic shows as well as on radio and TV appearances.
Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves will release their new single July 30th.
We were also honored to be recorded for Balcony TV Nashville and after meeting with the shows host Crow Lee Belcher who plays with Nashville folk/rock/hip hop band IIIRD Class, we decided to sign Crow to the Sela artist roster too. What a top man!
In the booth at NAMM with Crow
Another highlight for me was meeting Bart Elliot from Drummer Cafe. Bart asked me if I would come to his studio to record an interview for his up coming show. We spoke about everything from cajons to Shetland Sheep. It was a pleasure to hang out. Stay tuned for the episode.
I must say that having been fortunate to travel to many American cities, Nashville now sits as one of my favorite. I am sure there is an underside as there is with any place, but over all people were genuinely friendly, it was clean, had a great vibe, and there was music every where you turned. We will be back.
Jamming with Crow & Christian Wolf at NAMM