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

‘Guitar Aficionado’ bids us farewell

issue of Guitar Aficionado
Our last issue of ‘Guitar Aficionado’ featured one of our favorite actors.

Our family has some serious guitar enthusiasts, one reason my husband received the magazine Guitar Aficionado as a gift. Unfortunately, the glossy is bidding us farewell.  Continue reading ‘Guitar Aficionado’ bids us farewell

Indie artists, take note: Florida and Michigan top states for identity theft

The Sunshine State is tops when it comes to identity theft.
The Sunshine State is tops when it comes to identity theft.

If you perform frequently at public venues, it stands to reason a lot of people know your name. If you haven’t taken steps to secure your identity, and your data, it’s time you did.  Continue reading Indie artists, take note: Florida and Michigan top states for identity theft

Depeche Mode capitalizes on Deadheads model

Depeche Mode
Photo from Depeche Mode website; Hollywood, 2017

Depeche Mode isn’t technically an indie band, but the UK group known for its electronic music is a lesson in learning for any band aspiring to break out of the pop culture abyss.

Depeche hasn’t chalked up first place on US charts, but Bloomberg News said the band “is selling more concert tickets than the biggest pop stars in the world.” Step aside, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars.

What’s the secret? Continue reading Depeche Mode capitalizes on Deadheads model

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

Facebook posts on Sturgill Simpson protest CMA
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?

Mary J. Blige concert a bridge across the river ‘Turmoil’

Jen Day ThompsonBy Jennifer Day Thompson

I tend to avoid news sites. I even find myself staying away from social media some days. For a self-employed musician, social connections and engagement are everything. But every time I peruse Facebook or watch a local news broadcast, I’m bombarded with messages of hate and tragedy. I don’t report to an office each day.

My office is across the hall from my daughter’s bedroom. I may spend 3-4 days at home, working on music as I’m able while raising a two-year-old. When the end of the week arrives and our gig schedule kicks in, I venture out to towns in the  Southeast to make new friends and see old ones at our shows.  Continue reading Mary J. Blige concert a bridge across the river ‘Turmoil’

Indie artist Tyler Childers’ album off to rollicking start

Childers' album Purgatory
Tyler Childers’ album ‘Purgatory’ is due out in August.

In June I wrote about indie music artist Tyler Childers’ new album Purgatory.

Childers’ album has just been released, and he must be smiling. Sturgill Simpson, who helped produce it, is probably smiling as well.

It’s been a long haul for this country artist who did gigs in a couple of states before seeing the kind of success most indie artists would like to have.

The fact he’s an independent makes the story even sweeter.

Continue reading Indie artist Tyler Childers’ album off to rollicking start

If you’re ignoring Billboard, you’re shorting yourself

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

As the Daysies get closer to finishing their first full-length album, I’m getting closer to a basic education in Music Biz 101. I’ve learned a lot, and I came to one conclusion that is absolute.

If you’re an indie musician ignoring the opportunities in Billboard, you’re shorting yourself.

Until now, for instance, I didn’t realize Billboard has a chart for up and comers, the new artist Heatseekers chart. Criteria for ranking isn’t out of reach for indie musicians.

Another must-site for indies, CDBaby, hosts the DIY Musician Blog. An entry there is required reading.  Continue reading If you’re ignoring Billboard, you’re shorting yourself

‘Most viewed independent band in the world’: Boyce Avenue hails from Florida

Boyce Avenue photo via Wikipedia; Andy Rennie
Boyce Avenue photo via Wikipedia; Andy Rennie

Defying traditional means of building a music community, Boyce Avenue legitimately casts the band as “the most viewed independent band in the world.” How can they claim that title?  Continue reading ‘Most viewed independent band in the world’: Boyce Avenue hails from Florida

Sturgill Simpson helped produce indie musician Childers’ new album ‘Purgatory’

Childers' album Purgatory
Tyler Childers’ album ‘Purgatory’ is due out in August.

Sturgill Simpson, the indie musician who took his brand to the level just about any musician would love to enjoy, helped produce a new album for indie musician Tyler Childers.

The album ‘Purgatory’ comprising 10 of Childers’ songs will be out in August, and the backstory is interesting.  Continue reading Sturgill Simpson helped produce indie musician Childers’ new album ‘Purgatory’