Trying to cut down on clutter, I spent a weekend combing through boxes labeled “Keepsake”. Most of us probably have these “walk down Memory Lane” moments when we’re going through old stuff and land on something that stops us cold.
Indie artists, like those signed to corporate interests, usually develop a look that’s all their own. I’ve found, courtesy of meeting many musicians over the last few years, that men are often just as discerning as women when it comes to how they dress and present themselves on stage.
It’s no secret we’re a family of football fans. College ball. Pro ball. Arena ball. We like it all. So when the Crazy Daysies’ Friday gig got scrubbed because the venue is an outdoor deal, and the rain just kept coming down, Rebecca and Jennifer took sour lemons and made lemonade for our Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Daysies decided to do a livestream on Facebook and dedicate it to our team. The girls were ready to sing and play, so the livestream seemed a good idea. That’s only half of it, though.
There’s a new monitor in town when it comes to country music airplay. Expanding the options for monitoring will be a good thing for the music industry, and hopefully for indie musicians as well. Move over, top ten charts.
Once I learned about Red Dirt music, I wanted to know more. So I spent some time listening to some of the top figures in that genre. A Facebook friend turned me on to Stoney Larue.
Larue is considered one of the top musicians in this genre, and he’s seen success many indie musicians dream about. Larue went from self-releasing an album in 2002 (Downtown) to selling more than a million records.
Larue’s website said he plays more than 200 shows each year.
I hadn’t heard about Red Dirt Music until recently. I read an article that mentioned it in connection with a Texas radio station expanding its broadcast capability. Once I found time to take a deeper look, I learned some things.
If your work puts you in an outdoor setting, regardless of your genre, chances are you’ve been affected by extreme weather. When an event is canceled, musicians aren’t the only artists disadvantaged. Crafts makers selling wares, food trucks, and others feel the pain.
In Florida, indie artists dealt with hurricane and storm cancellations in 2017. As 2018 arrived, our state experienced far colder weather than usual. How do you cope with revenue that gets canceled along with the gig?
You move to Florida, even in the northern part where I live, you pretty much take weather for granted. While it’s true we do have concerns during hurricane season, in our area we have been very lucky. Extreme weather events are rare here.
Until recently, we forgot what frozen felt like.
All that changed with this week’s weather. New Year’s was fun, but cold. When the temp drops into the 20s, you start to remember what real cold feels like.
When your HVAC system experiences sudden death, you really start to feel that real cold.
That’s what landed my husband and me at Wal-Mart late last night, in search of space heaters. “This is probably a fool’s errand,” I told him as we headed out. We did our best, but no one open at night had any heaters. By this morning, I felt sure no one in Jacksonville had any.