Let me say I have no experience but I know a few folks who have "made it" in Nashville and a bunch who make a living staying home and playing in NC, SC, Virginia, and Georgia. One young guy left here after playing at one of the local theaters and is now playing in Kellie Picker's band. I've seen him on "Ellen" and "Dancing With The Stars." Another young guy left here and he plays drums for Craig Morgan. I've seen him on Conan O'Brien. I know another guy who is the star performer at one of our local entertainment venues. He's as good a singer as I have ever heard. He's made several trips to Nashville for showcases, etc. but nothing ever happens. I have another friend who plays in a country band that plays all over the state and other states in the southeast. They play some big shows, just bought a big tour bus, and sell CDs and t-shirts at their shows. He has a house and family and takes care of his kids at home during the week. I know lots of other guys who play in "beach bands" that play all over the Carolinas. They make $200+ per gig and play 2-3 nights a week in the winter and almost every day in the summer.