TAC Spotlight: Eve D.

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The TAC Spotlight is a weekly focus on members of Tony’s Acoustic Challenge who have posted at least one performance on the forums and are especially active in the community by showing exemplary support or inspiration for other TAC members. All TAC Spotlight featured members are nominated by other TAC members.

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Say hi to Eve D.!


A very small town in Montana

# of years played

About four years on guitar (I played other instruments before)

Favorite 3 Bands:

My top three right now are probably Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, The Steel Wheels, and The Stray Birds, but they keep rotating!

How many guitars do you currently own?

I have an Eastman, which was my first steel string guitar, and a Martin HD-28 SS MV Custom.

Why is it important for you to improve at guitar?

I am considering pursuing music for my future career, so the progress I make daily is very imperative. It’s just important for me to play, I can’t imagine life without music!

Why are you an active TAC member?

I like the feeling of accomplishing something on guitar every day, even if it is just a little thing. It’s nice to feel like you’re doing something and working hard to make progress.

What convinced you to submit your first performance video?

After I learned a couple of songs, I wanted to submit a performance video because everyone on the forum is so encouraging, and I wanted to contribute to everything that was going on. Thanks everyone for making this such a fun and safe place to share, it’s a very rewarding experience!

Tell us the story of your first open mic…

I went with my family to a bluegrass festival in Miles City, Montana, which is a nearly four hour drive for us. We arrived at nine p.m., which was barely in time for the open mic, but I was fortunate enough to be invited to play a few songs! It was a great experience!

What’s the one thing you’d tell other TAC members who don’t think they’d be good at writing songs?

I’m definitely far from an accomplished songwriter, but I would say that it’s not all about having perfect inspirations, circumstances, motivations, ideas, etc. If that was the case, no one would ever write songs, because no one is perfect. The truth is it’s hard work, and while some very few people might be more “talented” than others, you really just need to spend a lot of time doing it, and I think it’s beneficial to read books about it to improve as well. Don’t let your desire to get better slow down your progress! Let each success be an encouragement and a reason to continue.

What else would be cool for people to know about you?

My family is an agricultural family, and all of us help put up hay for a living. I have broken a colt, and now my little brother has one that he is going to break. I also love to play games: card games, board games, just about any kind of game.


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    Dom T

    Hi Eve. Congratulations! My wife would probably trade a few on my guitars for one of your horses, haha. You are very talented and so worthy of this recognition. Keep showing us your songs. C U @ the TAC Retreat?

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    Duane W

    Eve, congratulation on your spotlight selection and best of luck with any future endeavors. I relate most to and enjoyed your comment about songwriting especially “you really just need to spend a lot of time doing it” and “Don’t let your desire to get better slow down your progress! Let each success be an encouragement and a reason to continue.” Great advice! I’d love to hear some of your songs.

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    James A

    Congratulations on your spot light Eve your posts are all way nice to listen to
    and your smile is obvious you love what you are doing,
    Good luck on your music career

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    OSM! Keep the dream alive… EVERY… DAY… Congrats on he spot light and thanks for sharing some “Art Eve Facts”. haha…

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    Eve D

    Thanks everyone very much! It is so great to have such encouraging people on this website!

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    simon thorpe

    Congrats on the spotlight Eve!and all the best for your future in music,you are a great player with a solid technique,i enjoy your performances.

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    Robert G

    Looks and sounds like small town MT is destined to make a big, global statement in music. Rather amazing to me that you can be living and studying in an ag lifestyle and already making a musical music. Wish you the best for taking your career beyond this very nice Spotlight. Congrats Eve!

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    Michael D

    Enjoyed learning a bit more about you Eve. Congratulations on the spotlight, and I truly enjoy hearing your performances 🙂 Good luck your musical journey.

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    Tim F

    Congrats! So happy to read your story! Good luck in all your pursuits!!

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    Fred R

    Congratulations Eve:

    The small town/ag life has given you great values, and your comment about making small improvements every day is part of that!

    Board games are the greatest thing for the mind and attitude, so keep up that fun focus!

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      Eve D

      Thank you;) Yes, small towns and ag lifestyles are pretty good!

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    Nice to see you in the spotlight, Eve. I start to smile every time I see your posts, because your smile is so contagious! It’s great to hear you are pursuing a musical career. You will do very well, I’m sure. Hope to see you at the retreat.

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    It’s been very inspiring and fun to watch your performances. Being a professional musician is not an easy path to follow (my 2 sisters both went that way). Building up a network of musical friends is pretty important, plus I think makes it more fun. You’ve definitely got such a network here! I wish you much continued success and enjoyment.

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    DeeDee L

    Hi Eve,
    Congrats on the spotlight! Way to go! You look so much like someone I know. You could be identical twins. I enjoy watching you play and you have an infectious smile; makes me smile.

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    Jason T

    Congratulations, Eve! Keep following your dreams and don’t lose that smile!

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    Steve H

    Congrats on your week in the Spotlight Eve! Your videos are great to watch. Your enthusiasm for music is contagious. Keep it up!

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    Vic G

    Hi Eve, congratulations on your spotlight. It’s great to learn more about you. I enjoy watching your expertly played videos and marvel at the talent that you possess. Keep practicing and playing and best of luck in your music career. Maybe one day when you’re rich and famous, I’ll be able to say “I knew her when she was just posting videos on a little website called Tony’s Acoustic Challenge!” 🙂

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      Eve D

      Haha, I don’t think that I’ll be rich and famous, but thanks for the kind wishes!

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    Andrew D

    Congratulations Eve! Sorry to hear about your Colt. Same thing musta happened to our puppy when I was much younger, but we got him fixed.

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    jumpin' jeff s

    Nice spotlight Eve, I look forward to your posts. After reading your narrative I was willing to bet you don’t watch much T.V.. I figured anyone who loved music and boardgames did not have time for T.V. Glad you are here at TAC. Are you coming to the Jamboree?

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      Eve D

      You’re right;) I don’t have TV, although I do occasionally watch a movie. That’s not my favorite thing to do, however, I usually like to do something useful;) I haven’t thought about the Jamboree yet, but maybe I’ll look into it:) Thanks!

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    Stephen M

    Eve…you are an inspiration. Thanks for being part of this community and I truly hope that you realize your dream.

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    David Cagle

    Congratulations Eve and I already believe that you are a very talented and hard working musician. Follow your passion and your dreams because that is what our life is truly made of. Keep up the good work and I look forward to more of your videos.

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    Roger L

    Nice to read your bio. Best wishes in your pursuit of the music career. Good that you follow your dreams

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    Heidi H

    Congrats Eve, and best wishes from a small town in Washington! 😀 Training horses, the hard work in ag-related tasks, combined with the nourishment of your soul with music.. sounds like you have an excellent foundation for LIFE, as well as career paths! 😀 Reminds me a tiny bit of a fairly well-known musician that shared some of those life lesson foundations.. (anyone else think of Jewel when reading Eve’s bio? :D) Just a guess, but I’ll bet you love to share many aspects of music with others.. not just the “performing” aspects, but also sharing what you’ve learned! 😀 Keep up the awesomeness and smiles! 😀

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      Eve D

      Thank you! Yes, I enjoy sharing what I know about music with other people whenever I can!

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    Congratulations on your spotlight Eve! It’s nice to learn a little more about you. Your posts are always memorable to me because you often smile when you play – it’s obvious that you really love what you’re doing. It’s a reminder for all of us to have fun while we’re working hard to improve. Very best of luck to you.

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      Eve D

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad that my love for music shines through;)

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