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

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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?

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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?

From Gunboat Diplomats, two songs released ahead of new album

Gunboat Diplomats album cover
Image: GunboatDiplomats.com

Gunboat Diplomats isn’t your typical band. As we reported in 2017, this band focuses on recording and distribution across various media instead of relying on group gigs to survive.

Our Christmas mail brought news of two songs Gunboat is releasing from the new album titled “Manifest Destiny.”  Continue reading From Gunboat Diplomats, two songs released ahead of new album

Can membership in a professional organization help an indie musician?

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Photo of stage at Cream of the Crop/Thomasville, GA. (Indie Art South)

If you’re an indie musician, it probably sometimes seems like you’re climbing the steepest mountain on our planet. It’s true you can network with other musicians, but it’s also true you probably have moments when you feel completely alone.

Can membership in a professional organization help an indie musician gain ground?  Continue reading Can membership in a professional organization help an indie musician?

Did Sturgill Simpson take his Facebook Live CMA protest show down?

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As the CMA Awards show commenced, media focused attention on Sturgill Simpson’s protest broadcast via Facebook Live. (Snip/Facebook)

[This article has been updated below.]

Sturgill Simpson has been on my radar for quite some time, and I noted his protest of the Country Music Association’s Awards show last Tuesday, November 7. I didn’t get to watch the live show he did on Facebook, outside the arena where the CMA Awards were taking place.

So imagine my surprise when I tried to watch the live video today. I couldn’t find it.

Did he take it down? Continue reading Did Sturgill Simpson take his Facebook Live CMA protest show down?

Tribute to veterans includes Nashville songwriter Rob Crosby’s prayer for peace

US government photo/Vietnam Era.
US government photo/Vietnam Era.

The Crazy Daysies chose to dedicate their weekly show on Thursday to America’s veterans. Among the songs they performed is a tune by Rob Crosby, “‘Til the Last Shot’s Fired.”

There’s a small bit of personal history for our family with Crosby, but there’s also a lot of history related to Veterans Day. Continue reading Tribute to veterans includes Nashville songwriter Rob Crosby’s prayer for peace

For the music world, Monday was a tragic day

Tom Petty pic by David W. Baker
Photo of Tom Petty by David W. Baker (via Wikipedia)

Monday, October 2, held enough misery to last a lifetime for music enthusiasts.

Americans woke up to news of horrific mass murders committed in Las Vegas as thousands converged at the Route 91 Harvest Festival to hear country music star Jason Aldean.

Roughly 28 minutes into the show on Sunday evening, the shooting started.

Shortly before midnight, the shooting ended with the presumed murderer’s death. Within approximately a two-hour span, hundreds had been injured, many of them fatally.

Thus far, we know very little about the shooter or his motive.

By Monday afternoon, reports about Tom Petty’s health began to come out. Bad news followed bad news. Continue reading For the music world, Monday was a tragic day

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

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