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

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?

Familiar and not-so-familiar travel tips for the holidays

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Photo of open road/Indie Art South

We are frequent ‘road trippers’ because of out of state family and because of the Daysies’ travel schedule, so I’ve learned a few things along the way.

I thought I’d share my travel tips. Some are familiar and some are unfamiliar, but they have served us well. First, there’s the obvious.  Continue reading Familiar and not-so-familiar travel tips for the holidays

Will Trump’s EO on health insurance bill help artists?

blood pressure cuff CDCTypical rhetoric is coming from the Left and the Right today as President Donald Trump announces changes to regulations in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly called Obamacare.

Rhetoric aside, many who are self-employed may be wondering whether the changes will help them. What changes will be made and how will they impact you?

Continue reading Will Trump’s EO on health insurance bill help artists?

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 CD Baby conference a definite plus for indies

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

CD Baby conference has plenty in store for indie musicians

2017 conference notice CD Baby
Snip/Conference notice from CD Baby (via diymusiciancon.com)

CD Baby hosts the company’s third annual conference August 25-27 in Nashville. There’s plenty in store for indie musicians hoping to increase their earnings from music. Are you getting all the revenue you can?  Continue reading CD Baby conference has plenty in store for indie musicians

Indie artists might find gold in August solar eclipse

eclipse photo NASA
“This 1991 photograph captures the brief moment of totality when the Sun’s faint corona is most easily observed. It is made up of several photographs from cameras with different settings that were later combined into one image. Credit: Steve Albers, Dennis di Cicco, ad Gary Emerson.”

[caption, photo from NASA]

In August the sun and moon will be stars of the day when the first total solar eclipse visible to the US  in 38 years occurs.

The total eclipse will be viewed by Americans from Oregon to South Carolina. Those of us in states like Florida will see a partial eclipse.

Is there gold in that eclipse for indie artists?  Continue reading Indie artists might find gold in August solar eclipse

Band Mom: Hoby’s features indie crafts alongside popular honey and other wares

handcrafted jewelry Hoby's
Handcrafted jewelry at very reasonable prices at Hoby’s.

In the Mandarin community in Jacksonville (FL), Hoby’s Honey and General Store is a destination for many of us seeking honey, canned products like pickles and jalapenos, and other locally produced wares. Besides the quality of the products, the fact they’re unique is icing on the cake. There’s more to Hoby’s than things to eat, though. Continue reading Band Mom: Hoby’s features indie crafts alongside popular honey and other wares

What’s ahead in indie country and Americana?

Dylan St. Lawrence U Yearbook 1964
Few musicians have had an effect on music as profound as Bob Dylan. Shown here in 1964. (Via Wikipedia: 1964 Yearbook, St. Lawrence University)

Corporate country has pretty much gone cookie cutter, with musical offerings sounding as much like pop as country. Americana remains a hybrid, but that label gives an artist plenty of wiggle room.

What’s ahead for indie country and Americana, two genres often appearing to be joined at the hip?

Look at two trendsetters—both of them have indie in their past, and both are currently dominating the charts and awards circuit.
Continue reading What’s ahead in indie country and Americana?