My Music Story and Why I Started Good Life Acoustic.
Hi, I'm Robin Creasman... your acoustic coach here at Good Life Acoustic. I've been a performing singer/guitarist for over 30 years either full-time or just for fun. But I've spent most of my professional career as a television producer & director, performance coach to speakers & musicians, and as a keynote speaker to corporate audiences, so I understand the importance of live performance.
Over the years, I've played in bands, duos, and as a solo artist and have shared the stage with some of my favorite bands. But most of all, I love singing and playing music for family, friends, and fans.
After college, I started playing professionally in an acoustic duo with my cousin Chris (ChristopherRobin). We played for two years then expanded to form a pop/rock band with our best friend called Backstreet. We were also featured on Ed McMahon's TV talent show, Star Search, but lost the $100,000 grand prize to country band, Sawyer Brown.
We played together full time for six years recording 3 albums, traveled throughout the southwest, were named Best Pop/Rock Act in Dallas 3-years in a row by the Dallas Observer Magazine, had our own nightclub called Backstreet, were voted one of the Top 10 Bands to Watch in Texas by Billboard Magazine, and were featured on the Miller's Rock To Riches Album & Tour. Some of the bands we opened for included: FireFall, Pure Prairie League, Starship, Restless Heart, Blood, Sweet & Tears, The Pointer Sisters, Huey Lewis, & others.
In 1985, we were featured on Ed McMahon's TV talent show, Star Search, but lost the $100,000 grand prize to the country band, Sawyer Brown. (We were called Dallas on Star Search (long story involving Stevie Nicks new record label called Backstreet Records). But with the help of Dallas' top rock radio station (KISS 106), we changed our name to Boyfriend and recorded our 3rd album.)
All to say, those years of playing music with my best friends was Awesome! It didn't matter if we "made it" or not, we just loved having the camaraderie of playing together and all being focused on a single goal. I miss those days!
Our music style was the songs, artists, and sounds that we loved listening to growing up in the 60's. 70's, & 80's. Beatles, CSN, Eagles, America, Doobies, Loggins & Messina, Beach Boys, Stones, Rick Springfield, Little River Band, Bryan Adams, Journey, and so much more. If it had a great melody and cool harmonies we were all over it.
After 6-years, the Backstreet/Boyfriend momentum ran its course and I took a position as national marketing director in the record industry with Home Sweet Home Records, a subsidiary of WORD Records. Chris Christian, who found, signed & published Amy Grant among others contemporary Christian artists, owned the label. After three years with Chris, I opened my own recording studio in Dallas, TX (Robin Creasman Productions) and produced contemporary Christian records and pop demos for three years.
Then a mentor of mine who was a successful television producer asked me to join his entertainment company to produce, write, and direct music television series - and - he'd teach me everything I'd need to know about the business of television. Ultimately, I spent 14 years producing 100's of hours of broadcast television (music documentaries and lifestyle programming) for TNN: The Nashville Network, CMT (Country Music Television), ESPN, NBC, FOX Sports, PAX TV, DECCA Records, MCA Records, and a host of others. Some of the artists featured in our series included: Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Graham Nash, Paul McCartney, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Jeff Gordon, Brooks & Dunn, Mark Knofler, The Hollies, Marty Stuart, Little Texas, Joe Diffie, and a host of others. Great times!(The photo collage covers only a few of the artists & personalities we showcased.)
After 14 years in television, I opened my own company and quickly got involved in the professional speaking industry as a producer and performance coach. Soon I was producing live corporate events, coaching best-selling authors on presentation skills, and helping speakers with their marketing and branding to grow their business.
After a few years of working with some of the top speakers in the world, I was getting invited to speak to local chapters of the National Speakers Association how on to be a rock star speaker. I always used music references and analogies with my speaker clients on how to stand out in their performance, marketing, and branding, and after speaking for the Canadian Association of Speakers, a magazine covering the event dubbed me as The Rock Star Speaker because my speech title was The ROCKSTAR Principles... Success Strategies from the World of Rock & Roll.
In 2008, I was invited to speak, perform, and host a panel of real rock stars (Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, Simon Kirke of Bad Company, and David Fishof, CEO of the Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp) at the national convention for the National Speakers Association on "What A Speaker Can Learn From A Rock Star."
This event opened the door for me to speak full time and it turned into four years of me traveling the world giving "motivational speeches" as The Rock Star Speaker teaching business leaders, salespeople, and entrepreneurs how to stand out, market, & perform like a rock star so they can get more business, make lasting impressions, and be more successful. I loved every minute of it. I incorporated live music into my presentations where I played hits from some of the artists I worked with and told many stories of my world of entertainment days... all coupled with business learning lessons course. 🙂 It was a great ride and I loved every minute of it.
Then in 2011, I was asked by my music mentor and former business partner, Bill Landers, to join him along with the formers CEO & CFO from TNN / Gaylord Entertainment to be supervising producer for 41 Entertainment (a subsidy of London Broadcasting Co.) and lead the production team in producing a new music television series for The CW Network called Troubadour TX... A docu-reality series of 22 one-hour episodes showcasing up-&-coming Texas based singer/songwriters on their journey to success.
Our two Nashville based partners were Tim DuBois (former VP of ASCAP Nashville, Chairman of Country Music Assoc., President of Arista Records, writer of 5 #1 country hits and CMA Writer of the Year, producer of Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Diamond Rio, Brad Paisley, and many others) and Michael Blanton (former President of Reunion Records, partner in Blanton & Harrell Management, manager of Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Kathy Troccoli, Rich Mullins, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Susan Ashton, and other contemporary Christian artists). It was an incredible experience to get to work with and learn from the amazing team at 41 Entertainment, Be Music!, & London Broadcasting Company.
Troubadour TX series ran for 4-years and featured a number of successful independent singer/songwriters and Texas Red Dirt country artists, as well as established artists including... Michael Martin Murphey, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Radney Foster, Robert Earl Keen, Walt Wilkins, Susan Ashton, Bill Crockett, Ray Wiley Hubbard, and award winning songwriters - Wayne Kirkpatrick, Gordon Kennedy, Bob DiPiero, Tim Nichols, and Brett James.)
ALL OF THIS TO SAY... I love music, I love playing music, I love working with musicians, and I have loved getting the opportunity to become friends with so many great artists over my career and wouldn't change it for anything!
So, What About Good Life Acoustic?
Today, I'm not traveling as much and I really enjoy just playing locally for fun covering many of the great acoustic songs I grew up with. After talking with other "middle-age" musicians who are no longer "chasing the rock star dream," they tell me they also love playing their acoustic more now these days, but they miss the camaraderie of having friends to play and hang out with. Also, many said they are tired of failed guitar lessons of theory and scales and really just wanted to be able to play and sing full songs instead of just knowing the hot licks from the hits.
This is why I built Good Life Acoustic. I wanted to build a private community of like-minded guitarists who long for fellowship with others who like the same type of music (pop/rock hits of the 60's - 80's) where they can learn full songs, practice them together, hang out together in a private FB group, talk about our favorite songs & artists, get performance tips, hear interviews with other working artists, talk about gear, learn how to record, and be able upload their song covers to the private FB group for others to hear and compare notes with. No competition! Just Camaraderie!
In truth, Good Life Acoustic is way more about a community of like-minded musicians hanging out together via the private FB Group talking, sharing, and enjoying playing music as a group, than it is about teaching guitar lessons. The point of the song list is for all of us to be on the same page playing the same songs and learning them together. This is where the accountability comes in to actually do the work of practice to learn the song. Before you know it, you'll have a full repertoire of great songs to play that everyone knows and loves!
If this sounds like you and you love the pop/rock hits of the 60's - 80's, then I invite you to join me! I'm here to partner with you on this fun journey. I look forward to meeting you inside the Club!