No Hang Ups: Towne Credits Music Education Opportunities for Their Success and Shares Why They Named Their Van “Betty White.”

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Talking Up Music Education is a podcast from The NAMM Foundation about music education. Episode 37 includes an interview with Towne, a Nashville-based powerhouse duo featuring Steevie Steeves, a Pennsylvania-bred, music theater geek, and Jon Decious, a Kentucky boy and former bassist for a punk-rock band.

“We try to bring people together as much as possible through [music]. You just hope that it connects with people and that it's doing a good thing.” - Steevie Steeves

In this episode they share their musical beginnings, thank their favorite music teachers, and give a powerful LIVE performance of their song, “Hang Ups,” with Decious playing a left-handed Cole Clark acoustic guitar.

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“I was just really, really lucky because I had a teacher in middle school who heard me sing in a talent show and he was like, ‘You're really, really good. And I think you really need to audition for musicals. And I would be really thrilled if you did that.’ So shout out to Mr. Thorn who was with me all through middle school and high school and got me to break out of my shell.” - Steevie Steeves

“We try to get on the road as much as possible. We just got our van a few months ago.” - Steevie Steeves
"Named her Betty White." - Jon Decious
"Yeah, our van name is Betty White." - Steevie Steeves
"Cause she's never going to die." - Jon Decious

“The more we sang and the more we wrote music together, it was just kind of like this comradery that formed that I think came across when we were at theses rounds.” - Steevie Steeves

Talking Up Music Education is a podcast produced by The NAMM Foundation about music education. Host Mary Luehrsen chats with teachers, parents, students and community leaders who share stories about what they are doing to create music learning opportunities. Please download, share and subscribe to keep up with the stories that make a difference in music education advocacy.

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