For Daysies, little song that could makes Spotify playlists

The Crazy Daysies (Photo: Joel Molotzak Photography)
The Crazy Daysies (Photo: Joel Molotzak Photography)

When Jen and Rebecca began performing together, one of the first songs they recorded was “Until I Win.” I’ve always liked the song, in part because of the lyrics and the message.

It’s consistently performed well in the download world, and now this little song that could actually did.  Continue reading For Daysies, little song that could makes Spotify playlists

Among my treasures, a record containing songs by Janis Joplin

1971 bio Janis
Tucked inside a 1971 bio of Janis Joplin: a 33 rpm record of the singer’s comments and songs.

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.

I found a treasure in my treasures. An old book, given to me by my husband, before we married, when we were both in college and living paycheck to paycheck, made all that tedious sorting worthwhile.  Continue reading Among my treasures, a record containing songs by Janis Joplin

Does your look impact your music brand?

Beatles 1964 Amsterdam press conference
The Beatles’ 1964 Amsterdam press conference showed them with their early look, bowl haircuts and suits. (Photo: the late Harry Pot; via Wikipedia)

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.

Does it matter how you look when you go onstage? Does your presentation help your brand?  Continue reading Does your look impact your music brand?

Crazy Daysies made lemonade for home team sendoff

Crazy Daysies Jags sendoff one
After the Crazy Daysies’ Friday gig at an outdoor venue got scrubbed due to rain, they did an impromptu live stream on Facebook to send good vibes to our hometown football team The Jaguars ahead of Sunday’s game. (Snip: The Crazy Daysies on Facebook)

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.

Yes, we are superstitious.  Continue reading Crazy Daysies made lemonade for home team sendoff

Americana Music Association partners with CDX to launch airplay charts

Robert Cray and Hi Rhythm
Robert Cray and Hi Rhythm performed at the Americana Music Association Festival in 2017. (Photo: AMA website)

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.

How will this work? An announcement from the Americana Music Association about a new partnership explains:  Continue reading Americana Music Association partners with CDX to launch airplay charts

Red Dirt Larue: From self-released album to more than a million record sales

Stoney Larue Twitter
Image: Stoney Larue on Twitter (@stoneylarue)

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.

What makes him special?  Continue reading Red Dirt Larue: From self-released album to more than a million record sales

Red Dirt music expands, but what is it exactly?

the late Bob Childers
According to Wide Open Country, the late Bob Childers is considered Red Dirt’s “first poet laureate.” Photo Credit: Kmzundel at English Wikipedia

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.

Above all, I’m trying to figure out exactly what it is.  Continue reading Red Dirt music expands, but what is it exactly?

What can help you plan ahead for extreme weather?

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Weather Band/NOAA; Jan. 8, 2018

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?

Is there anything you can do to improve your planning? How do you anticipate weather six or seven months out?  Continue reading What can help you plan ahead for extreme weather?

Frozen in Florida, but saved by an indie

space heater from Paschal Brothers in Jacksonville.
A beautiful sight: space heater from Paschal Brothers in Jacksonville.

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.

Little did I know we’d be saved by an indie business.  Continue reading Frozen in Florida, but saved by an indie

Great Valentine gift: Jax short film festival

Jax short film showcase
Image: Jacksonville Short Film Showcase/YouTube channel

Forget a box of chocolates or bouquet of roses. I can’t think of a better valentine than tickets to the Jacksonville Short Film Festival. The Festival comes just in time for pre-Valentine’s Day celebrations.  Continue reading Great Valentine gift: Jax short film festival