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  • Be Our Guest

    Be Our Guest

    I am excited to announce a new project to be graciously hosted by the American Legion Post 82 here in Inglewood, on Nashville's east side.  "Be Our Guest...," a weekly resdiency, will feature myself, Matt Campbell, along with a house band, and of course, guests.  A steady stream of unique and talented artists will provide an ever changing musical landscape, while I'll do my best to make sure you feel right at home.  Shows will start Wednesday January 7, 2015.

    If you're a traveling troubadour, siren songstress, duo, trio, bluegrass band, country or western, and you'd like to Be Our Guest, please e-mail desired date (Wednesdays) and information to chicagotalkingmachine@gmail.com

    Thank you!

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  • Face For Radio

    Face For Radio

    During the last month of touring for the year, I had the privilege of working with a couple of small commercial radio stations in, likewise, small towns: KLMX 1450AM Crossroads Country in Clayton, NM and KAFF 930AM Flagstaff Country in Flagstaff, AZ.  Both were gracious enough to have me on to talk about my music and upcoming projects, to play some music, and to help build local audiences.  In both instances, a few folks listening on the radio made their way to the shows.  

    I've heard people say that radio is dead.  However, in rural areas and smaller communities that don't have or rely on the latest advances in technology, broadcast radio still plays an integral part in the local culture.  It functions as entertainment, as well as a voice for local news, issues, and business. Local advertising is a large component of commerical radio.  As it pertains to music, both stations recognized the audience's desire for something different, orginal, and independent.  They are occupying a place in media that is scarcely related to the throw away convenience of hand held devices and an endless stream of unfiltered data.  

    Thank goodness for that!

    Listen to the interview from KAFF in Flagstaff, AZ

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  • Back On The Trail

    Back On The Trail

    Howdy all!  Welcome to a revamped Chicago Talking Machine Co.  Whether you've been following along a while or you just started listening, thanks for stopping in!  During this summer's "Believe In Country" tour, I was again reminded of the best part of doing this. Meeting people.

    I relish the opportunity to listen to folks talk about themeselves, the places they live, the work they do, the dreams they have, or the setbacks they've encountered.  I like to hear a good joke as much as a strong opinion.  I like to learn something new.  I like bits of wisdom.

    Traveling is always good for perspective.  It nudges you out of your comfort zone and causes you to engage each new destination.  Each town is different.  Each audience is different.  Each is another chance to reach out and to relate.

    Be on the lookout as I add more dates to the calendar for this fall and, stay tuned for new music and projects.  Thanks, as always, for your support!

    Peace,

    Matt

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