‘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

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

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

First Swamp Haven fundraiser brings beds, food, and funds for pups

Crazy Daysies fundraiser Swamp Haven
The Crazy Daysies and their fellow ‘swampytonkers’ collected needed items for Swamp Haven, a rescue organization focusing on hard-to-place dogs. (Photo: IAS)

The Crazy Daysies did the first fundraiser for their 2018 charity of choice Swamp Haven on Thursday. Supporters, otherwise known as ‘swampytonkers’,  love animals, and that was evident in the generous donations.  Continue reading First Swamp Haven fundraiser brings beds, food, and funds for pups

For indie musicians, Christmas songs have long shelf life

Angel ornament by SC artist Valerie G. Lumpkin
Angel ornament by SC artist Valerie G. Lumpkin. (Photo Indie Art South)

Have you written a Christmas song? Maybe you should.  Continue reading For indie musicians, Christmas songs have long shelf life

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

open road
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

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

As holiday rush begins, Christmas Bird comes to visit

Christmas Wreath
Christmas wreath/Indie Art South

Every year I swear we will manage holidays better, and every year I fail. With Christmas approaching, our calendar is full of gigs, social events, and gatherings.

Most years we kick off Christmas on a quiet note. My husband and I decorate—well, I decorate and he assists with the hard stuff—and then we make coffee and a snack and walk around looking at our Christmas décor. We might watch a Christmas movie.

This year, our quiet moments were interrupted by a feathery visitor.  Continue reading As holiday rush begins, Christmas Bird comes to visit

Can membership in a professional organization help an indie musician?

Cream of Crop stage Thomasville GA
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?

In season of giving, Daysies to hold fundraiser for small charity Swamp Haven

Crazy Daysies Rebecca Day with rescue Rusty
Rebecca Day (The Crazy Daysies) with her rescued pup Rusty. (Used with permission)

Each year, my family contributes to different charities. Some are big. Some are small. It’s the small ones that often go unnoticed even in a season of giving like our Christmas celebrations.

Small charities don’t usually get backed by big corporations with lots of employees. Swamp Haven is a perfect example.  Continue reading In season of giving, Daysies to hold fundraiser for small charity Swamp Haven