Umphrey’s McGee pianist Joel Cummins can now add published author to his list of career accomplishments. Today (Tuesday), Cummins celebrates the arrival of his first book with the official release of The Realist’s Guide to a Successful Music Career, a how-to on the ins and outs of the modern music industry.
Cummins co-penned the 283-page book alongside GigaBook founder and CEO Matt DeCoursey, who’s past publications include Balance Me: A Realist’s Guide to a Successful Life and Million Dollar Bedroom: Scrappy Lessons of Success, Setbacks, and Other Surprises Not Taught in Business School. In addition to featuring Cummins’ own thoughts and strategies for how one can make it in today’s tech-driven music industry, the book also features conversations with musical colleagues including Huey Lewis, Susan Tedeschi, Chuck Leavell, Victor Wooten, Taylor Hicks, Ivan Neville, and more.
“During the Summer of 2017 I realized that, along with the rapidly approaching 20th anniversary of Umphrey’s McGee, it was also my own 20th year of working in the music industry,” Cummins said about his book with its initial announcement earlier this year. “With that came a flood of memories about that journey. I couldn’t help but think about how much easier our path could have been if someone had just told me a few things along the way that seem pretty obvious now … My hope is that what we have created can do exactly as the title says and act as a guide for others to follow their dreams.”
Umphrey’s McGee recently announced more shows as part of the rock band’s upcoming fall tour schedule with the addition of six new dates throughout the Southeast come September and October.
The Realist’s Guide to a Successful Music Career is now on sale via Amazon here.
The Realist’s Guide to a Successful Music Career is now live! It features all kinds of advice from people like @HueyLewisNews @DerekAndSusan @ChuckLeavell @VictorWooten @TaylorHicks @IvanNeville & many more. Pick up your copy today via @amazon right here: https://t.co/3l303TfLTh pic.twitter.com/ItW3XBNTxj
— Joel Cummins (@goldlikejoel) July 30, 2019