I started working as a volunteer with Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in 2002, prior to the third annual event. I co-chaired the festival’s marketing committee and later became chair. When the opportunity to become an employee presented itself in 2010, I never looked back.
I equate my job at BCM as that of a professional cheerleader. Between sending out press releases, working on newsletters, and updates on web and social media, I am constantly shouting praises for our organization and urging folks to visit Bristol. You gotta be clear, flexible, and fast on your feet. I just can’t do the splits.
My background is actually in media, an experience that began as a broadcasting student at East Tennessee State University when I thought it would be fun to work at the campus radio station. I ended up in television working for WCYB-TV, the NBC/Fox/CW affiliate here in the Tri-Cities. From running camera to directing, I eventually joined the marketing and promotions department there. One of the best parts of my job now is having the opportunity to call on my former TV colleagues to pitch story ideas.
As a proud Bristolian and daughter of a musician and luthier – and as a former struggling singer myself – music has always been a big part of my life in one way or another. Sometimes I feel fate has drawn me here, and I am very proud of my work, our organization, and my hometown.
My proudest accomplishment in life is being a wife and mother. When I’m not working, you’ll usually find me out and about with my husband Tim and my daughter Callie – the two loves of my life. We do our best to take part in everything Bristol and our region has to offer, from live music to the great outdoors.
As Virginia and Tennessee reopens, locally we’re seeing more and more people in restaurants and shopping centers, and some local music venues are starting to test the waters of hosting live music after a three-month draught. The opportunity for musicians to get back to work is a great thing, right? But I can’t help asking, is it safe?
The emotional and financial devastation of the global COVID-19 crisis is TBD – like so many gigs that musicians and venues have cancelled until further notice. The lives and safety of humans is priority one, and social distancing has become the catchphrase for 2020. But with the sheer volume of full-time touring musicians out of work, the pandemic is forcing artists to get creative with new revenue streams now that touring – their numero uno source of income – has ceased.
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