Jacksonville singer-songwriter is in it for the art

I first met Nancy Wilson Buckler through my daughters’ music. Nancy lives in Jacksonville (FL), and I know her son and daughter-in-law and their children. Some time ago my own daughters told me they’d had a great time listening to Nancy play the guitar and sing. They said she had a fantastic voice. A new CD Nancy produced is a testament to that voice, and one song in particular touched me in a way that few songs do. Nancy has no idea I am writing this. And she has no idea about something in my past that figured heavily in

Genius of Lil Nas X: 20 year old rapper topped country charts, then controversy burned

Because of technology, we live in an age where, if you’re an artist, you can’t just be talented or hard-working. You also have to know how to work the system. A rapper from Atlanta, 20 year old Lil Nas X, did all of the above, and now he’s the topic of many a conversation in the music industry. How did a rapper get a song to the top of country Billboard before it was removed from country? Was this racist?

Amazon fake reviews controversy reemerges; the company isn’t alone

From time to time media publish stories about fake reviews of products on sites like Amazon, Wal-Mart, and others. Right now there’s a story bouncing around from site to site about fake reviews specifically at Amazon. A British consumer group is the source. What’s an online shopper or artist in search of reviews to do?

Ek interview raises questions; how do you stack up as an indie musician?

Go to a workshop on making money with your music, and you will hear how valuable streaming is. Spotify is supposed to be one of the magic roads indie artists should take. For consumers willing to pay for music, Spotify is a deal. For artists hoping to gain exposure via Spotify, the service can be a frustration. In an interview with Spotify founder Daniel Ek, Stephen J. Dubner (Freakonomics podcast) makes some interesting points. For starters, how much money can a professional musician expect to make in a year?

Music City quirk: Nashville honky-tonks form PAC as mayoral race approaches

The Golden City of country music is about to hold a race for mayor, and although it’s an interesting race, national media have given it scant attention. The race follows a major sex scandal revolving around Nashville’s previous mayor. Amid the campaigning, a daily newspaper even noted “honky-tonk” owners in the city have formed a PAC. Seems like all this would be great fodder for national stories considering Nashville’s importance in country music.

‘Florida Man’, ‘Florida Woman’: Arts potential crosses all genres

Five or six years ago I remember the meme “Florida Man” popping up on social media. There was a rebirth recently with ‘memesters’ recommending people input the term “Florida Man” into a search bar and add their birthday to see what popped up. The term is now part of the pop culture media canon, with the equivalent “Florida Woman” gaining ground as well. These themes have potential for all manner of art. There is, however, a serious equality problem with these memes.

‘Best coffee on the Interstate’ truck passed as I drank some out of necessity

In life there are those quirky moments you remember simply because they’re quirky. I was traveling to Fernandina Beach with Rebecca. She was playing tunes with Wes Goode at The Green Turtle. I was doing a bit of work while she drove when I saw the truck. Right in front of us. The back had a slogan: “best coffee on the interstate.” I realized I was drinking the same kind of coffee the truck was advertising.

Combat flip flops—a “mission” to manufacture “stoke”

During a TED talk in 2015, Matt Griffin told the audience he and some of his fellow military veterans bet they could “manufacture stoke.” He’s talking about the same term we use when we say, “I’m stoked!” After serving in war zones and seeing combat up close and personal, Griffin and his fellows turned that stoke into a fashionable item popular in my home state of Florida and in others too—the combat flip flop. I didn’t know about Griffin’s venture until we experienced it personally here at home.

Buzz explodes for ‘The Joker’; naturally Twitter is ground zero for gold

Once the trailer for the new film The Joker was released, fans emerged with enthusiasm. Well, not all fans. Some on Twitter bemoaned what media are calling a “character film”, perhaps to explain how the Joker became a villain. One individual, Alan Zilberman, self-described as a “Tattooed freelance film critic”, found gold in his comments about the film no one has actually seen yet. Overall, as with many matters, Twitter became Ground Zero for buzz about The Joker.

Lefty Frizzell, who died young, gets a slice of immortality from the LOC

The US Library of Congress selects 25 sound titles each year for special preservation because of their importance to our culture and history. Among the diverse titles selected in 2019 are works by artists like Cindy Lauper, Jay-Z, and Richie Valens. What prompted me to write about this, however, was the induction of Lefty Frizzell, one of the greatest influencers on country music in my lifetime. If you’ve ever heard “Long Black Veil” covered, you can thank Frizzell.

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