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Meeting Chef Christina of Hell’s Kitchen

Posted: Jun 25, 2008

I spent the past weekend in St. Louis for Bob Baker’s Indie Buzz Bootcamp and, since I was in town, couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have a meal cooked by Christina Machamer, my favorite chef from Season 3 of Hell’s Kitchen on Fox.

(Gotta admit, my producer Mandi and I are huge fans of Hell’s Kitchen.  We don’t watch a lot of reality TV, but this one has us hooked in by the eggs.  How timely too — since she just became a finalist with just two shows left.  She’s our pick to win it all.  But I digress…)

I took my buddy Charlie Cheney (from Indie Band Manager fame), and we drove down to one of St. Louis’ finest restaurants, Revival, where Chef Christina chefs.  I gotta tell ya — this place was classy.  It’s set in an old brick building that used to be a speakeasy back in the days of prohibition.  The days when St. Louis was a main watering hole along the Mississippi River, and gas cost $0.03 per gallon.  There is an amazing back patio that’s landscaped and uplit to set the mood just right.  You’d think you were in the jungle (so long as you can ignore the sound of the train 20 yards behind said jungle.)

Christina came out and introduced herself and told us about the food, fully detailing the ins and outs of her menu and highlighting her signature scallops and the house special hushpuppies.  (Yes, they serve hushpuppies in a fine dining restaurant.  And they’re awesome.)

Anyhoo, I normally don’t like scallops, but the way she described them sounded too good to pass up.  Glad I took a chance because they were SO amazing.  I mean, I’m not a food critic or anything, but those scallops made me want to start.  I’m telling you, the girl has talent.  Gordon Ramsey would be proud.

Christina was a delight to talk to.  She came back out after the shift and had a glass of wine with us.  We talked it up for an hour or more about life, music, cooking, travel, sudden fame, and Gordon Ramsey’s new restaurant in L.A.

I was struck by how friendly and down-to-earth she was, even while she’s on top of the [Fox Reality TV] world.  My new friend Christina — an amazing chef and a very cool girl.  She’ll go far.

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The Last Lecture and How To Really Live

Posted: Mar 21, 2008

I don’t normally post stuff like this, but for me, amidst the chaos of living in L.A. and traveling almost every week, living life in the fast lane, being a busybody, juggling a day job and a night career, dealing with roommates and agents and lawyers, and doing whatever it takes to make this CD the best it can be, it’s important to put it all into perspective once in a while.

This video brought a tear to my eye. Watch it — it’s a quick 11 minutes out of your day, but worth every minute.

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Stories Like This Make It All Worthwhile

Posted: Mar 17, 2008

Just got this on my Facebook page from a Marine named Anthony stationed in Iraq and had to share it.

I get caught up in my own little world sometimes, and it’s incredibly refreshing to hear that somewhere on the other side of the planet, all this work I’ve been doing on my music, and in the studio, on the business and on the website really matters to someone, even in the midst of chaos and terrorism.

“Hey came across your website and think you’re awesome. I’m going to be doing the same thing actually… But I’m taking a bit of a different path from you. I’m studying heavy into the business side of things and I realize now why you didn’t really care on 365 day whether you got signed…

I’m currently in Iraq, and I’m setting up a lot of contacts and resources for when I get back. I saw your story and I was like, “That is what I want to do with my life!” I’m coming into it as a business man first and a musician second because music is my passion and i would like to do just that, but in order for my goals to succeed I’m going to have to learn the independent business of things…

Anyway thanks for the inspiration man. I will keep you updated. 🙂
— A. Frank
PS. Iraq and my marines say hi… LOL”

Thanks for the letter, Anthony. And thank you for your service, from one veteran to another. Shout out to you and your boys in Iraq. Be careful out there, man.

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Out Of My League

Posted: Jan 1, 2008

Preview audio track (Jazz guitar version)
[audio:OutOfMyLeague_timjazz.mp3]

Status: Unreleased

How I wish that I could come to talk to you
If only I knew what to say
And I’m not ashamed to tell ya’ I’ve been stumbling around
tryin’ to think of something more profound than cliché

So maybe I’ll concede
That you’re out — just out — of my reach
But on second glance, it’s worth a chance
But I’m holding back to make my advance

Tell me, what am I you waiting for
‘Cause you’re the girl I’ve been aching for
Maybe you could love someone like me
But perfect as you seem to be
I still believe you’re OUT OF MY LEAGUE

Now I don’t know if I should run in this race
Or turn around and save faceand just go home
Wonder if you see that I’mat a fork in this road
Searching for a sign to show me which way to go

Maybe it’s time to concede
That you’re out — just out — of my reach
But there’s no reason why I shouldn’t try
Got nothing to lose but my pride

Tell me, what am I you waiting for
‘Cause you’re the girl I’ve been aching for
Maybe you could love someone like me
But perfect as you seem to be
I still believe you’re OUT OF MY LEAGUE

Then you looked over and you grinned
And I threw caution to the wind
Cause I was on the borderline
All I needed was a sign

Tell me, what am I you waiting for
‘Cause you’re the girl I’ve been aching for
You say you could love someone like me
And perfect as we just might be
I don’t believe you’re OUT OF MY LEAGUE

Lyrics and music © 2008 Nick Daugherty Music (ASCAP)

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Robot Guitar

Posted: Nov 18, 2007

Dear Santa,
I’ve been a good boy all year…

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Four More Songs

Posted: Nov 16, 2007

Forgive me, father, it has been a long time since my last post…

A few months back, Mandi and I were in the studio, editing tracks for my upcoming EP CD (which I had hoped would be finished, pressed, and mailed out to you by now). Turns out there’s a lot more work to do than I ever realized.

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Guitar Picks and Drumsticks Made From Wheat?

Posted: Sep 26, 2007

Wheatware Guitar PicksI’m really excited to write about this, because I know I’m breaking some major news to many of you. Kids, my music just got a lot more organic.

True, we’re only using real instruments with real players on the new CD, but we’re using some new organic gear that you really ought to know about.

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Nick featured on the Musicians Cooler Podcast

Posted: Jul 16, 2007

Just did one of my first interviews with a world-renowned podcaster by the name of Jammin Dave Jackson.

Dave hosts a show called the Musician’s Cooler that regularly gives away tons of great info in the form of audio podcasts you download right to your iPod.

(Perfect for those long roadtrips between gigs.)

I got into podcasts a few months back when I discovered I had 30+ Gb of free space left on my Video iPod, and didn’t know how to fill it. That and I’m just always hungry for good content.

They say you are the sum total of the 5 people you spend the most time with, so for the past few weeks, I’ve been soaking up as much knowledge from Jammin Dave as I could, listening to all the archived podcast episodes. I highly recommend you check it out.

So here’s my interview with Dave. He called me up and grilled me for a half hour on everything I’ve learned in my 365 days. Just push play!

Or you can download the whole show

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DAY 365 – i quit

Posted: Jul 7, 2007

Exactly 365 days ago, I threw myself whole-heartedly into an industry I knew nothing about.

Don’t get me wrong; I knew a good bit about playing the guitar and writing songs, and I knew in my heart that playing music for people is one of the greatest jobs in the world. But I didn’t know squat about how the industry really worked. It’s terribly glamorous, until you dig a little deeper.

Nevertheless, you’ve seen me shamelessly broadcast my plans to the world. You’ve seen me learn how to build a website, how to develop a mailing list and build a following of interested fans. As of today, 07-07-07, nearly 120,000 of you have logged in to see what this crazy pipe dream was all about.

I learned how to edit video, and you’ve seen me drag my camcorder around the U.S. with me for the majority of the year. I gave you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into me, my life, and my mission to make it as a singer/songwriter in the crazy mixed-up world of the modern music industry. More than 3,000 of you have seen my silly “Nick’s Journey” videos on YouTube, MySpace, Revver, LiveVideo, Google, and on this very site.

On top of that, you’ve seen me write (and re-write) 10 of the best songs of my life. With the help of music producer Mandi Martin (who I met in August of last year), I’ve put together an A-list band and also built a team around me to help create, market, and promote this record once it’s complete. I have put countless hours into this project, not to mention my own money, blood, sweat, and tears.

No, I don’t sleep much.

After a year of hard work, I’m proud to announce that

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DAY 363 – the final countdown

Posted: Jul 5, 2007

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year already!

We’ve laughed. We’ve cried. We’ve had an unbelievable time and worked harder than we ever thought we could. We’ve also learned that the music industry is in trouble these days, and that getting a record deal is not all it’s cracked up to be. However, I’m happy to announce that the record is coming along soo well. I can’t wait for you all to hear it.

As I promised, there will be a live webcast on Saturday, 07-07-07. I’m playing a benefit concert in Hermosa Beach, CA and will have the whole studio band with me that night to put on the show of my life. Also, we’ve got a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT planned for the end of the show, so please tune in.

Thank you so much for your unending support.”

Please join me Saturday night at 9pm ET/8pm CT/6pm PT for a live webcast at www.nickdaugherty.com/webcast

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