The 20 Best Pieces of Advice Bluegrass Musicians Have Received…

At IBMA 2016 I had the amazing opportunity to talk with many performers and bluegrass professionals on the Red Carpet before the Awards show. I asked one question of everyone, “What has been the best advice you have been given in your career?” People I talked with ranged from everyone from the founders of Rounder Records, to Sierra Hull, to Jens Kruger. Here is the 20 best pieces of advice people have been given in their careers.

  1. Be true to yourself, be true to your music.
  2. Practice (until your fingers bleed).
  3. Be nice and kind to everyone on your way up because you don’t know who you’ll see on the way down.
  4. Keep trying, don’t give up.
  5. Stay flexible.
  6. Stick with your friends.
  7. Be prepared for new opportunities so when doors open you are ready to walk through them. (Also know when to not walk through them.)
  8. Work hard.
  9. Follow your heart, and let your music come from your heart.
  10. Always have an education to fall back on.
  11. Have fun.
  12. Know when to play, know when to not play.
  13. Love what you do.
  14. Don’t stop.
  15. Ask for advice and you get a favor, ask for a favor and you get advice.
  16. Write, write.write.
  17. Don’t take it to seriously.
  18. Listen first, play second.
  19. If you’re not having fun give it up.
  20. Stay humble.

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