"The thunder rolls in Nashville, it's just another day.
I'm walking up and down these streets, see the stars come out to play.
I've been here once or twice before, I know I'm always welcome back.
It's good to see your friends are doing well, you know,
I love your latest track."~Scott Kubala, "Nashville"
Nashville has been a great love of mine for awhile now. But it's not the bricks or the mortar that make up a great city; it's the people. And in what is rapidly approaching a decade in working with the people who make up this wonderful city, I've made a host of great friends and business acquaintances. I realize, of course, sometimes that line between friend and business associate can get a little fuzzy in any other town anywhere in the world, but somehow it's all very clear in Nashville.
On Saturday, January 29th at 7:00 p.m., my friend Josh Pruno will celebrate the culmination of years of hard work in an effort to achieve his dream, with a CD Release Party at the Hard Rock in Nashville. Josh hails from Crystal City, Missouri. There will be an enthusiastic crowd from back home supporting him. Josh has been blessed with a large group of supporters over the years, made up of both family and friends. Some time ago, he caught the eye and ear of Bob Minner, who grew up in Southern Jefferson County, Missouri, and made a name for himself as a member of Tim McGraw's Dancehall Doctors. Bob's a guitar and dobro player, and as it turns out, quite a songwriter, producer and perhaps manager in his own right. They worked together with some other talented professionals to put together the project that we'll be celebrating on Saturday night.
Being a broadcaster, professional host, and singer-songwriter, I was in a great position to cross paths with Josh the last time he called Missouri his home. I was impressed with his talent, sincerity and his ability to get a crowd on it's feet in celebration. Josh always said, "If I make it, we all make it." It's a pretty wise business model, to say the least. But it's also evidence of Josh's philosophy of teamwork and loyalty.
Because Josh doesn't forget his friends and believes the concept of helping others as you've been helped which seems to be a prevalent attitude in Nashville, I've been invited to open his show along with another talented singer-songwriter from town, Jessica Roadcap. This promises to be a great night of entertainment, and while this is clearly Josh's night, I believe it to be so much more. It is truly a celebration of all the things that make music one of the best professions ever, in a town that reminds the world of that fact every day. I hope you can join us.
Josh Pruno, with special guests
and Scott Kubala
Live at the Hard Rock in Nashville
Saturday, January 29th, 2011 7:00 p.m.