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You wouldn’t think a musician who has played behind Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Kenny Loggins would have made any mistakes or second guessed himself along the way. But Chad Jeffers says the road to success is paved with plenty of pitfalls, and knowing the ropes in advance could have saved him a lot of time. That’s why Chad, a highly-respected guitarist, dobro and pedal steel player with worldwide tours and years of experience under his belt, has authored “25 Notes for the Successful Musician”, a self-help book packed with practical advice and guidelines for aspiring musicians, novice or seasoned.
In 2006, Jeffers went overseas on a USO tour with country singer Jamie O’Neal, John Popper of Blues Traveler, and radio talk show host Delilah. They toured the Middle East and ended up in Ramstein, Germany, performing at the Landstuhl Military Hospital. The experience there was so powerful for Jeffers that he’s written and recorded a unique musical narrative titled Miracles at Landstuhl, documenting the events of his visit to that well-known military hospital.
“People always tell me that I’m living the dream”, Jeffers says. “I’ve been blessed to play with world-class vocalists and musicians, people who are truly the best of the best, and they’ve given me a sense of pride in my own work. But now that I’m moving into a different chapter in my life with producing, songwriting and authoring this book, it’s important to me to take everything I’ve learned and pass it along. If others hadn’t helped me in my journey, I would not be here today. My hope is that aspiring musicians will read this, take it to heart and practice what they’ve read. And one day, maybe they’ll write their own book to inspire the next generation. To me, that’s what living the dream is really all about.”