Jumping Someone Else's Train: A Unique Take on Cover Tunes
You know how some people say they came up with a great idea in the shower? That doesn't really happen, right?
In September of 2016, I spent a week in Nashville, working as a photographer at AmericanaFest. During my week, I spent a considerable amount of time with musicians, watching them perform, but one thing really stuck out to me...they always went to see their friends play. I remember hearing stories of Seattle, back in the 90's, when things were exploding. Members of Soundgarden would go watch Alice In Chains, who would go see Screaming Trees, who would go see Mudhoney and so on. Nashville had a very similar vibe for me and it was refreshing to see bands support bands, as opposed to looking at them as competition.
A few weeks after I got back, I kept thinking about how cool and supportive the Nashville community is. Then, one day in the shower (yes, the idea really happened in the shower), it all occurred to me: What if I created a page where bands or musicians could support their friends by covering one of their songs? It would be a great way for the performer to further get his or her name out there, along with the opportunity to expose people to one of their friends songs. I bounced names around for a day, until my friend Scott came up with "Jumping Someone Else's Train."
The page has now been live for a couple of months and we've had some great performances. You can find us on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, where we announce and promote the clips. We are actively looking to post more videos and are always looking for submissions. Should you have an interest, all you have to do is upload a video to YouTube (or you can email the clip to us and we will post it). We always include the information for both the artist and songwriter, along with where to purchase. If you immediately thought of a song you want to play or if you want to check out the performances, we'd love for you to stop by.