There's been great energy generating in the Alameda Local Music Vibe Meet-Up I started hosting earlier this month at High St. Station. In just two meetings, two projects with serious legs have sprung up: a new songwriter showcase in Alameda kicking off in April and what's going to be a cross-country adventure in March. The latter development I couldn't have predicted as it involves me hitting the road to Austin with Local Music Vibe founder Shelley Champine...in Chuck Prophet's van. If anyone out there doesn't know, Chuck Prophet is perhaps San Francisco's preeminent rockin' songwriter. Chuck's touring Europe leading up to his appearance(s) at SXSW so he reached out to the San Francisco Bay Area music community and Local Music Vibe stepped in. Shelley and I are going to be blogging about the trip at Local Music Vibe and searching out local music scenes along the route. If you've any tips for us about musicians or venues in the Southwest, we want to hear about 'em. Stay tuned for more here or at Facebook or follow me and LMV on Twitter: twitter.com/deborahcrooks and twitter.com/LocalMusicVibe.