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LUBECK KNOWS HOW TO MOVE CAREER FORWARD
Originally Posted: 08-03-2012 4:32 PM
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Last Saturday night, Latin guitarist Bryan Lubeck had his CD release party for his newest album “Tuscan Sky” at the Box Factory For The Arts in St. Joseph. This year marks 22 years since Bryan & I first recorded together in my first incarnation of a recording studio in my upper apartment at the corner of Michigan and Niles Ave. Bryan's 4th full length release marks the 3rd I've contributed to in one manner or another, continuing a musical relationship that was only put on hold during my time on the west coast.

Bryan and I first crossed paths at the college graduation ceremony of a mutual friend at Aquinas College. Noelle's words to me were, “you two will definitely hit it off”, and we did, in a post ceremony, no-name Big Boy restaurant knockoff. The wisecracks bounced back and forth off the curve-seated, padded booths while Noelle's rafter-filling laugh encouraged us. Little did I know that day that Bryan wanted to be a recording artist.

Over the next year, he contacted me and began travelling from Florida to work with me on his first demo, a song called “All Because Of You”. The song featured wave sound effects behind acoustic guitars, my bass guitar playing, and coins shaken in our hands for percussion. Like an earlier Jack Johnson-type, Bryan officially began his musical path acoustically with vocals, but with jazzier chords.

A few years later, I connected Bryan with a friend who was selling a beautiful home in the Sodus countryside, and he moved here, and we began producing songs in earnest for him to included on his first full length, ‘Mysterious Woman'. Before the album was finished, I moved to New York but Bryan never stopped. As of 2012, Bryan's established himself very well as a live performer in Southwestern Michigan and Northern Indiana, appearing regularly at Smooth Jazz events in the region.

He's aligned his brand with Tabor Hill Winery and Hobby Lobby, allowing him to put out new albums with regularity. His sales numbers are numbers any indie artist would die for. One major factor working in his favor is that instrumental music allows him to avoid lyrical conflicts with his corporate sponsors. Bryan's success is a great lesson for any indie artist. His teams are built of the best and most experienced, and each release defines his style better and better. Tuscan Sky may well be his best and most focused instrumental album to date.

But I think the real story in Bryan Lubeck is the way he continually took action toward his goal. He met a stranger in a strange diner in a strange town and used that one speck of an opportunity to start doing something. That something turned out to be a great collaboration and he kept building on it, which led to where his artistry is today. He FOUND ways to fund his records AND sell them. He developed a sound financial plan.

I meet people with regularity who have the raw talent to make it in an entertainment career, but lack financial support, lack a plan to secure that supoort and lack a great team to enact that absent plan. Some surround themselves with the wrong people and wonder why things aren't moving the way they want. There's nothing more tragic than seeing great talent and potential left behind, bitter and unwilling to make decisions or compromises that could lead to success.

It's a humbling feeling to know that my energy and talents helped Bryan get started along his self-forged path. His story continually inspires me, as I hope it inspires you, Faithful Reader. As Bryan recently told me, “we've come a long way baby.” Ain't it the truth!

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