"Words of wisdom from the original Honky Tonk Hero: I
had the honor and chance to work with Mr. Shaver last winter and we had a
few hours before show time to catch up and compare notes on mutual
friends and talk about life in general. When the subject of my current
situation and the music business came up he laid a few pearls of wisdom
on me, I’m glad he drove the point home. Billy Joe said "the record label works for you , you don’t work for them son and don’t ever forget it”.
These words never rang truer, in the age of DIY labels and the fall of
the majors, its still a “tough row to hoe" finding your way through the
gauntlet of bottom feeders and folks willing to throw you under the
bus. You can spend a whole life trying to please folks who’ll never love
you. Now there are a lot of great indie labels out there and promoters
who put blood sweat and tears into the acts and never make a dime. My
hat is off to them and I can see the tide is turning, until then we may
only rely on our loyal fan bases and ourselves. Do yourself a favor and
support independent artists and respect those who paved the way for us.
We are part of what makes our culture unique and so are the fans,
grassroots labels and artists." - Stevie Tombstone Do yourself a favor and keep up with Stevie's Tumblr page, as he is one stand up dude. Proud to call him my friend!