The San Antonio Troubadours - A Texas Music Documentary

I've always really associated San Antonio with art and films. One of my favorite is Sam Peckinpah's The Getaway, with Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw, it was shot all around the waterway there.

Butterflies. I don't know if you ever stop getting 'em.

I think I'm really just here 'cause I had a really cool guitar and...

I've been performing most of my adult life and I definitely still get 'em.

I immediately regret going first. I didn't know there was a speaking part, and I don't talk very good. [laughter] Last year... If I don't say this, my wife's gonna kill me, last year I won male vocalist of the year at the Texas Music Awards.

And even though we tried to make it crystal clear that there's no competition going on here...

Before I met my wife, I was afraid I'd never ever would find someone to share it with, because...

I could see butterflies all around the room. Playing for strangers, well, that's one thing. But performing in front of a bunch of fellow artists that you respect musically, well, that's a whole different animal.

I'm gonna wait 30 seconds. Not that the nerves were any harder.

From your first chord or your first lyric, you know that this crowd, no matter how friendly, is gonna quietly be sizing you up. And you know that those first impressions can last a long time.

It is kinda cool how they tell you that you get one song, and with that one song, you have to be able to tell everybody who you are and what you're about. So I enjoy that, that's kind of a challenge. I've always had two or three hours to play music, and now I have one song.

And I'd like to thank Troubadour, TX for beating a pathway to these doors, because that's really special.

The impact of that opening salvo can make that impression or break it.

Album for... I promised I'd write this album, it's called the Rock Bottom Choir. And had a great time. This is a song called LA's On Fire.

Oh, I was recently commissioned to write a promo for that new show The Voice.

Alright, nerve-rack number two. Alright, take two.

So I was excited to discover how much really great musical talent there is in San Antonio.

I think the thing that jumped out at me in San Antonio was this is a tight community, that feels like they're not Austin, they're not Nashville, but we've got a rich musical community. And they really celebrated each other in a pretty amazing light.

I've had to listen to that song myself. It's come right back at me. Yeah. I was driving in New Mexico and I was really down, and I heard that song singing back to myself, it was really cool.

And it felt like there was a camaraderie spirit that was really, "Alright, we're all in this together." But I was blown away that there was some of that rich talent that was kinda popping up there in San Antonio. Of course, I mean, we know there's music everywhere, but I thought it was an amazing discovery for me, 'cause you're typically you get one thing from San Antonio once every so often that you kinda pay attention to it.

If I have any words of wisdom for struggling writers that are trying to make it and haven't quite yet, it's remind yourself why you do it in the first place. You do it because you love music. You'd be doing it anyway. And you do it for the love of the craft. You do it for the joy of making music. And as long as you remember that, and hope for the best, and do the best you can to get your songs placed or to make money at your craft. But remember, at the end of the day, you do it because you love music, and you'd be okay.

You know that was not right.

This is part of a documentary series that I worked on as a photographer, videographer and social media strategist. On the show we went behind the scenes & follow Texas-based singer-songwriters living the Troubadour life.

A note to my fellow internet content creators: one particularly interesting element of this documentary is the gear we used. For all the content I shot during the production of this documentary, I used a mish-mash of consumer level cameras from GoPros to Canon DSLRs, Point & Shoots to Fujifilm mirrorless cameras. You can see all the current gear I use here:

The primary camera I used on this shoot was a Canon 7D DSLR - look at this episode and tell me what you think about the overall production quality of this piece with the 7D mixed into shots from several other videographers who shot with pro Sony cameras and Canon C100/C300's.

** This video is posted with permission as part of an agreement which allows me to publish videos that include my own copyrighted works (photos & videos) on my own websites and social media channels for marketing purposes.