By David B. Pruett
In October 2001, an not likely collecting of musicians calling itself the MuzikMafia happened on the Pub of affection in Nashville, Tennessee. "We had all been beat up beautiful stable by way of the 'industry' and we advised ourselves, if not anything else, we would to boot be enjoying muzik," explains huge Kenny of massive and wealthy. For the following yr and a part, the MuzikMafia played every one week and garnered an ever-growing, committed fan base.Five years, a number of nationwide excursions, six Grammy nominations, and 11 million offered albums later, the MuzikMafia now features a kin of artists together with founding individuals large and wealthy, Jon Nicholson, and Cory Gierman in addition to Gretchen Wilson, Cowboy Troy, James Otto, Shannon Lawson, Damien Horne (Mista D), Two-Foot Fred, Rachel Kice, and several other extra in development.This publication explores how a collection of shared ideals created a bond that remodeled the MuzikMafia right into a renowned tune phenomenon. David B. Pruett examines the artists' coalition from the interior viewpoint he won in 5 years of operating with them. all facets of the collective, MuzikMafia records the issues encountered alongside the ascent, together with enterprise problems, tensions between participants, disagreements with list labels, and miscalculations artists necessarily made prior to the MuzikMafia unofficially dissolved in 2008. a last part examines wish for the longer term: the beginning of Mafia kingdom in 2009.
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Let’s just do it together. Let’s go play music ’cause we want to play music and see what comes out of it. ” Cory also said that the Mafia reference was first used in a joking manner. The four godfathers liked the toughness that the Mafia connotation suggested and welcomed the term’s association with secrecy, illegality, and the underground. According to Cory, “It wouldn’t be just John Rich going in to talk to a record label; it would be all four . . we wanted to use intimidation . . ” In actuality, the godfathers probably demanded nothing from major labels on Music Row at the time, but Cory’s sentiment clearly expresses the godfathers’ wish to exchange power roles with industry executives.
At the time, Kenny’s friend Cindy Simmons knew John’s girlfriend Debbie Sorenson. According to Kenny, Cindy convinced Debbie to bring John to see Kenny perform at a local Nashville bar called the Douglas Corner Café. John had just left the popular country group Lonestar in January and had embarked on a solo career. Following a brief introduction, Kenny and John arranged to meet the following month after which they became friends and songwriting partners. Although they regularly performed in each other’s Nashville shows and co-wrote numerous songs together, the two did not form a commercial duo until several years later.
John completed the album Rescue Me in 2001, and because he had no corporate funding, he sold the recording independently from his website, donating the proceeds to the Darnell family. In spring 2002 Darnell’s cancer went into remission, and she returned to high school in her hometown of Princeton, Kentucky. , John and Kenny accompanied Darnell to her senior prom. The following year Wynonna recorded “Rescue Me” and included the song on her album What the World Needs Now Is Love that Curb/Asylum Records released in August 2003.
MuzikMafia: From the Local Nashville Scene to the National Mainstream (American Made Music Series) by David B. Pruett