A few weeks ago when I wrote a piece entitled “Livin’ Large” in which I used a quote from my good friend Mark Hubbard. After reading it, Mark called to ask, “When are you going to write about the time we got stuck in a bar in Nashville? You know, when we were trapped there because of an ice storm and you were driving me crazy with that, “Ain’t it a shame stuff.”
Mark at the time was the president of both the Fairmont and Osborn Communications groups and because I was his programming consultant, we made a lot of market visits together. In fact, we’d just finished one up at K101 in San Fransisco and were on a flight to Nashville to meet with the folks at WLAC. However, upon arrival, an ice storm was hitting Nashville which made our plane the last to land before they closed the airport. After getting our bags, we learned that the freeways were also closed so there was no way we were getting to our hotel downtown. Luckily though a van from the Holiday Inn near the airport was parked at the curb so we jumped in hoping that they had a couple of rooms.
The hotel was wide open, so after putting our bags in our rooms and freshening up a little, we met downstairs in the bar where we ordered up some drinks and a couple of burgers. As we sat there eating, we couldn’t help but notice that we were the only ones in the bar and Mark said, “I bet on any other night we wouldn’t be more than 30 feet away from a dozen demo tapes in here.” Then all of a sudden a pretty little lady wearing tight fittin’ jeans, cowboy boots, and carrying two acoustic guitars that looked like Martins, climbed up on the small stage in the corner and began to sing. Mark claims that he still remembers me turning to him after she sang a couple of tunes and said the words that he’ll never forget, “Ain’t it a shame Mark?”
He now says that he uses those very same words during a few of his business lectures at Notre Dame. However, back at the bar in Nashville that night, he just said, “What the hell are you talking about?” Look at that pretty girl up there I said, “Singing just for us, she’s probably from some small town where she’s a star and all the folks have told her that she’s good enough to make a record. Finally, after hearing many stories about how folks like Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, and others all being discovered in bars like this, she moved to Nashville.” I get that Mark replied, “I’m just not getting the shame part?” Ok I say, she’s only up there singing in an almost empty bar because she’s been told a thousand times that you never know who’s watching you, so always sing your heart out.
Well, guess what Mark, they were right, she’s hit the jackpot, we’re here, and we’re sitting right in front of her. Not only are you the president of two big radio groups but you also have a ton of music connections. I consult radio stations all over North America, know a bunch of record guys, even had my own records out, so I kinda know how it works, and if that’s not enough, my daughter Candis is a big deal at Warner Brothers Records. Either one of us could probably make a phone call tomorrow and get her a record deal, so tonight’s the night she’s been praying for. She’s been working long and hard for this moment, and it’s finally here. However, the shame is, neither one of us is gonna make that call tomorrow. She ain’t good enough!
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