Would your favorite indie musician qualify for SoundCloud’s new ‘Promote’ tool?

image of cash currency, Indie Art SouthSound Cloud, a streaming service based in Europe, has a new tool for musicians, and it’s likely an aim for more market share. There’s a hitch or two, though, for indie musicians because you have to meet certain requirements to be able to use the new ‘Promote’ tool. Would your favorite indie musician qualify?

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Lady Antebellum reminds us of necessary tradeoffs for success

image of new album Ocean from ladyantebellum.com
Image of new album ‘Ocean’ from ladyantebellum.com

Lady Antebellum’s new song, “What I’m Leaving For”, is a reminder of what we trade off, by necessity, in order to succeed. Listening to it for the first time I was reminded of demands my own work, and that of my husband, placed on us, and the feelings inspired when either of us had to be absent from the family. The video, replete with scenes from the band’s personal life, perfectly illustrates the push and pull of necessity. Once you’ve ‘adulted’, you quickly figure out that work is a necessity, not a luxury, regardless of what you do for a living. Continue reading “Lady Antebellum reminds us of necessary tradeoffs for success”

Is it time to take a hard look at your relationship with Big Tech?

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Photo/Indie Art South

How dependent are you on Big Tech? If you’re like me, it’s an addiction. From online purchases to product reviews and news, we rely on our devices to purchase and to read. In the US, a handful of  big tech companies dominate the tech sector, and most of us, without hesitation or skepticism,  use one or more of their products or services. Who are these tech titans? Continue reading “Is it time to take a hard look at your relationship with Big Tech?”

In music whodunnit, reward increases for Junior Brown’s Big Red

Junior Brown photo from Facebook
Image of Junior Brown from @officialjuniorbrown on Facebook

In Massachusetts, a burglary has created a whodunnit that has rocked the music world. Big Red has gone missing, and a reward for its return has been increased. How did an iconic guit-steel go missing? And what is a guit-steel? Continue reading “In music whodunnit, reward increases for Junior Brown’s Big Red”

No manager, no label, but Vulfpeck sold out Madison Square Garden

Video snip from Facebook @vulfpeck.com
Video snip from Facebook @vulfpeck.com

Vulfpeck, a band from Michigan with no manager or record label pumping their brand, managed to sell out their Sept. 28 concert at Madison Square Garden. They didn’t spend one dime on advertising. The band has “never had a hit single”, according to an article in Billboard. How’d they do it? Continue reading “No manager, no label, but Vulfpeck sold out Madison Square Garden”

Versatile writer will share experiences at Ponte Vedra FOL author event

Dorothy K. Fletcher has received a number of awards, including an award from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. (Used with permission)
Dorothy K. Fletcher has received a number of awards, including an award from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. (Used with permission)

Author Dorothy K. Fletcher will share her stories at the launch of the new Friends of the Library speaker series at the library in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Dorothy has written nonfiction articles, a novel, books of poetry, a children’s book, and books on history. To say she is versatile is an understatement.

I’ve known Dorothy for quite some time, and she is a fascinating speaker. We shared the podium at the US Library of Congress for Florida Poets Arrive, and my publisher also brought out her poetry book, Zen Fishing and Other Southern Pleasures. Continue reading “Versatile writer will share experiences at Ponte Vedra FOL author event”

Bastiat Jax meeting at Posting House tackled bitcoin, touched on mystery of Nakamoto

Refreshments and libations at Posting House, San Marco area of Jacksonville
We enjoyed our cheese and fruit tray and drinks very much at Posting House in the San Marco area of Jacksonville. (Photo: Indie Art South)

Are you curious about bitcoin? I was, and that led me to attend the October meeting of the Bastiat Society, Jacksonville chapter, at Posting House on Wednesday. Guest speaker was Nick Baldwin, and his talk was very informative. Naturally, the topic of the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto came up. Discussion of “fiat currency” also arose. There is one absolute about meetings of the Bastiat Group Society in Jacksonville. Continue reading “Bastiat Jax meeting at Posting House tackled bitcoin, touched on mystery of Nakamoto”

Sturgill Simpson’s new tune just might blow your mind

Sturgill Simpson
Sturgill Simpson (Photo: Atlantic Records)

Sturgill Simson is possibly the most intriguing figure at the top of today’s US music culture. Outspoken, brash, and even off-putting at times, Simpson doesn’t hesitate to criticize the corporate music industry. He made his chops in country, but like so many others before him, Simpson used that platform as a springboard to building a massive base. I don’t know what genre I’d put him in. I do know the video for the single he just released, “Sing Along”, blew my mind. Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson’s new tune just might blow your mind”

North Florida music community loses a family member with Mike Hamilton’s passing

Flowers.Indie Art South photoSaturday was a pretty lousy day here all around. I came home late that afternoon after a situation involving a family member who’d been injured in a traumatic accident. I sat down to collect myself and look at my messages. I saw a text that said, “Damn. Mike passed away.” Continue reading “North Florida music community loses a family member with Mike Hamilton’s passing”

Demands of music slowed it down, but artist’s novel ready for release

Cover of Rebecca Day’s new novel, ‘Derelict’.

Most creatives are good at more than one discipline. I know photographers who can also draw and musicians who are great writers. It didn’t surprise me when Rebecca told me she was writing a novel. She and Jenn have both always been good writers.

I have to say it did surprise me when she told me the first draft was baked. I have to admit I had no idea what to expect. Continue reading “Demands of music slowed it down, but artist’s novel ready for release”