From: Patrick Haynes
To: Chris Stapleton
Date: Monday, April 4, 2016 at 11:44 AM
How’s it going, Chris? I’m in Nashville for a few weeks visiting from L.A. to see if I want to pursue songwriting full-time. I’ve been busking outside the bars on Division trying to meet some fellow troubadours, earn a few bucks, and score pub deals. I got some weird looks for setting up my iPad and Square inside my guitar case, even though that’s how most of us West Coast songwriters and bums get paid nowadays.
Anyway, I’ve been asking around town to see who’s hot these days and your name keeps coming up. You’re definitely at the top of my list of people I want to connect with while I’m in town, so I wanted to see how your schedule looks the next couple weeks. I bet if we got together in a room for an afternoon, we could knock out a huge hit.
A little about me: My style is a bit Sheena Easton meets Skrillex, with a dash of New Jack Swing for good measure. My mom sang at church and my dad was always playing the radio in the car, so I come from a very rich musical background. I definitely want to get into country music — Kid Rock and Hootie were formative influences on my songwriting.
Oh, and I have a beard and a hat that’s never been washed, too! Great minds, right?
And, hey, Chris, if you don’t have time this week to schedule a co-write with me, maybe we can just grab a beer with Dave. Would love an intro. What’s your cell?
The above is a work of satire. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental … although entirely likely.
Photo courtesy of Chris Stapleton