You know that old saying about seeing the same people on the way up as you do on the way down? I am not implying any particular movement in a northerly or southerly direction, though, I look at the winding road more like the Donovan song “… Happiness runs in a circular motion.” I love life’s coincidences, especially when you start talking to someone, and you realize that your paths have crossed. Sometimes it is hard to put your finger on where and when. You scour the corners of your brain for the answers. I got to talk to Andrew Colvin about a week ago, and so it was with him. When last I made contact with him, he was at a label called Rubric Records and I was at XM. I would be hard pressed to be able to tell you what artist we discussed way back then. But it was my pleasure to catch up with him on the phone. They say the business is not what it used to be, and I’d have to say that is true. But even if it was, you would still want Andrew on your team if you were seeking the brass ring in the music business. He is an agent at Ground Control, and they do a GREAT job of booking their artists.
Take Robert Ellis, for example. Robert has it all, the looks, the voice, the talent, the band. And boy, has he been on the road doing some awesome tours: with George Jones, Jamey Johnson, the Old 97s, Dawes, and now with the Drive By Truckers. It is a staggeringly awesome list, and the really cool thing about it, is that for as different as those artists are, I can see each of those audiences “getting” Robert Ellis. That is quite a feather in Robert’s hat. One of these days, we will do a session with the whole band, I promise you that. We have a solo performance today filmed during Americana Fest in October in Nashville, “Comin’ Home.”
- Jessie Scott