The Road Book: A Musician's Guide (How To Navigate The Road Before You Even Leave The Driveway)
Soooooooo, you want to be a touring musician. You feel you've got the passion, the willingness, the desire, and the drive, and you want to go out and see what life on the road is really like. Right on This book contains useful information from 3x Grammy winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band/Bela Fleck & the Flecktones) that he has gathered from his over 25 years on the road as a touring musician...such as...
What's the road like? How do I get on it? Who do I take with me? How do I get where I'm going? How do I get back? What are some steps to booking my own gigs? What are some creative ways of being creative on the road? How do I make financial ends meet and come back with money in my pocket? How do I decide how many players to take, or how much I can pay them? Who will be in my band? What's a rider? How do I deal with merchandise? Do I need a road manager? What do I need for merchandise, how do I get it, and much does it cost? How do I deal with press and promo? How do I figure out a budget before I leave? What about contracts? What about the van rental? What do I include in an itinerary?
These are just some of the questions, with real-life suggestions, that are covered here. This book includes lots of things to think about on your journeys, as well as Jeff Coffin's professional and personal suggestions (like make a budget before leaving, and don't eat lots of fast food on the road ). Don't leave your driveway without this book