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Former Oklahoma lawyer gives up practice for Nashville dreams



After graduating from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Dameon Allensworth has given up his legal practice to live the life of a struggling country music songwriter in Nashville, Tenn.
He spent his spare time writing songs in college and being in the band Briar Branch Road, which gained a fan base throughout Oklahoma and Texas.
After completing law school in 2005, he joined the firm Heron, Sweet, Fox & Trout, P.C., in Oklahoma City, but just couldn't keep music off of his mind.
"After about a year, (practicing law) was just so unsatisfactory to me," he said. "I couldn't wait to get home to start writing songs. I couldn't wait for the weekends to get out to the clubs to play. It was something I really needed to do."
It was at this point that he decided to go solo and make the move to Nashville.
Allensworth loaded his belongings into a U-Haul on Feb. 28, ready to try his luck in country music's most competitive songwriting scene. To make up for the loss of income, Allensworth has taken a substitute-teaching job.
"I want to have the time to sort of focus on my craft and I want to keep a little bit of that hungry aspect to it. I think if you get too comfortable, it gets too easy to sort of not be out there every day pounding the pavement," he said. "Chris Willard 
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