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
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
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
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
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
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.
Is there anything more inspiring to an artist than a beautiful Florida day? Despite a long run of fair weather, quite a few of us find ourselves with a bit of cabin fever these days. Why?
Wildland fires. What can you do if you’re trying to perform as smoke wafts across the stage? Continue reading
I have memories of doing book tours, and some of those memories aren’t the stuff sweet dreams are made of. Even though I had a traditional publisher, if I was speaking at a small event, it was up to me to transport books, bio materials, and any other handouts related to my work.
I quickly learned the importance of transport, a matter I’d never thought about as a budding writer. Continue reading
When I was in college, I took a job with a successful businessman. I worked for him for years, until I got a job in media. I often joked I should have paid him for an education instead of the university I went to.
I learned many things from him, but one of the most valuable was also one of the simplest. Continue reading
Regardless of the art form you work in, there’s a resource for your inspiration or blog right under your nose, and it’s completely free. Continue reading