Behind the Music with Cabela and Schmitt on Dancing Shoes

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Jacqueline Jax speaks with Tom Schmitt from the music group Cabela and Schmitt on their song 'Dancing Shoes'. They also discussed their approach to music trends, a 40 year catalogue of music and the parts of songwriting that most inspire an artist.


Music serves us in so many ways. We may not always be able to choose what life brings us, be can choose to put our dancing shoes on and stomp away. If you stumble, make it part of the dance. 'Dancing Shoes is about that free going spirit you get when you're stomping your feet and dancing to the beat of your own drum.

Band Name: Cabela and Schmitt (Rich Cabela, Wayne Schmitt, Tom Schmitt)

Person Interviewing: Tom Schmitt

Song name: Dancing Shoes

Music Genre:: Country rock

I live in..Wayne and Rich in Nebraska, Tom in Colorado

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Inspiration to make music is a funny animal, we never know what we will receive but we accept the responsibility to develop it and share it with the world.

This kind of upbeat energy is something we have included in many of our songs from the start 40 years ago. "Dancing Shoes" (and associated album of the same title) artwork is a step forward for us because we are introducing our newly created band logo!

We seem to hear the music ideas coming out of nowhere (or everywhere), so it seems as though we are creating something from nothing. As long as we all think that is great and a lot of fun, we keep making that music!  Of the instruments we play, I have especially enjoyed playing bass guitar since before our start over 40 years ago.

 The changes in the music business...

regarding methods of song distribution, particularly electronic, have opened up many opportunities for musicians like us who work out of home studios. Streaming seems to be the way of the future and something every artist must embrace. The way that music is consumed is very different today as opposed to yesterday but the effect is still a simple process. People hear the music and if it resonates with them, it's a perfect pairing. At the end of the day, it's still just about the connection between the artist and the fan.

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