Shovels and Rope’s ‘Botched Execution’ a mind-blowing composition

Snip from Shovels and Rope album cover for 'Little Seeds'.

Snip from Shovels and Rope album cover for ‘Little Seeds’.

My family discovered Shovels and Rope a few years ago, and we’ve been fans ever since. Springing forth from Charleston, SC, this duo brings a uniqueness to music we don’t see a lot these days.

The band is often billed as ‘indie folk’ or ‘Americana’. But what they really are: two who are one of a kind. Continue reading

Yes, the Crazy Daysies are learning as they go with Facebook Live

Crazy Daysies at Waffle House

After a late night gig in Georgia, we were all starving. The first thing I said when we finally found a place open was, ‘Thank God for Waffle House’. (L to R: Jen Day Thompson, Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies)

When the Daysies started talking about doing a Facebook Live weekly show, I admit I had my doubts.

We’d already tried FB Live after the band collected a lot of food and supplies from supporters for a local pet charity. Jennifer and Rebecca delivered the food and supplies in person.

When I reviewed the video, I realized we had a few challenges.  Continue reading

For indie artists, the Emmy Awards herald opportunity

Mt. St. Helens erupted

Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980. Feelings in the country now are similar to political upheavals then.

Did you watch the Emmy Awards? I didn’t, but I read a lot of post-show coverage, enough to learn the show billed as entertainment was extremely political.

Regardless of your political leanings, the awards show indicates an abundance of opportunity in store for indie artists. Nothing illustrates my conclusion better than the symbolism of three ageing stars who appeared together on stage for the first time in many years.  Continue reading

After Irma, restoring property, schedules, and wallets

tree on roof after Irma

The top of a massive old oak crashed onto this roof. Such sights were common in Northeast Florida after Irma.

Hurricane Irma is one I will long remember. In the middle of the storm, I stood in the alcove on our front porch and watched the wind direct the trees like a conductor directs an orchestra. It was otherworldly, with the sounds the wind made and the constant green flashes in the sky from transformers blowing.

For many self-employed musicians, Irma was an assault on property, performance schedules, and wallets.  Continue reading

Take heart, indie artists: As Irma approaches, ‘happy’ music may aid coping

rainbow before Irma

As Hurricane Irma churned towards Florida, a brief rain delivered another rainbow. (Photo IAS)

It’s almost impossible to think creatively right now because those of us who live in Florida are facing a very angry Irma rolling her way towards the south end of the Sunshine State. As I multi-tasked this morning in an attempt to get things squared away, I came across an interesting article related to my current quandary.  Continue reading

What will Irma do to you?

Hurricane Irma cone

Early morning cone for Hurricane Irma Sept. 6, 2017. (Image: National Hurricane Center)

Those of us in Florida, as well as the Carolinas and Georgia, have our eyes on Hurricane Irma right now. If you’re an indie musician with gigs scheduled for the weekend, I imagine you’re fretting over what this massive storm will decide to do to your home and your wallet. Continue reading

Bella Donna Project lights up 1904 Music Hall, a gem in downtown Jax

Bella Donna Project

The Bella Donna Project delivered a tribute to Stevie Nicks in a performance worthy of the ‘goddess of rock’.

When the Bella Donna Project took the stage at 1904 Music Hall in downtown Jacksonville on Friday, some things were apparent immediately.  Continue reading

Booked and ready to gig, but short on creative time?

rainbow

Rainbow after the storm; photo IAS.

If you do music fulltime, you already have an idea of the challenges. Unless you have a team of helpers, you’re where the buck stops.

You do the promoting. And the booking. And the contract bids. And equipment maintenance. Press inquiries. Booking agency contacts. Taxes. Practices, and whatever else demands attention.

Amid all that, where is the creative time?  Continue reading

Double feature: Sturgill Simpson teams up with Fantastic Negrito

album cover Last Days of Oakland

‘The Last Days of Oakland’ Album cover from Fantastic Negrito website.

Sturgill Simpson’s indie music has catapulted him to the top of the mountain, but he hasn’t confined himself to his own efforts. Simpson co-produced Tyler Childer’s album Purgatory now ranked near the top of the Country Billboard charts.

Now some of Simpson’s shows will comprise a double feature—the music of Fantastic Negrito. If you haven’t heard this guy, and if you like raw blues, you are missing out on a phenomenal talent.   Continue reading

CD Baby conference a definite plus for indies

Tootsies Nashville

No trip to Nashville is complete without a trip to Tootsies Orchid Lounge. The CD Baby conference was about 2 blocks away.

The Daysie team returned from Nashville late last night and to say the CD Baby DIY Conference inspired them is an understatement. If anything, the feedback I’ve heard confirms what I’ve been writing about on this site.  Continue reading