‘Buckshot’ film hits on the great debate in country music

At present there’s an informal debate going around many country music sites and message boards. Bro country is all the rage, and there’s no denying pop has encroached on country in a way thought impossible a decade ago. Now the film Buckshot takes on the issue, and one thing is apparent just by watching the trailer.  Continue reading “‘Buckshot’ film hits on the great debate in country music”

Spotify ‘experiment’ shakes up the Big 3; opportunity for indie artists

Spotify has big record labels in a tizzy over a policy that may help indie artists. Before this new initiative, if you wanted to get to the top of the charts by traditional means, you had three options. Now it appears indie artists will have another potentially better option, and the labels who’ve controlled the industry are not too happy about it.  Continue reading “Spotify ‘experiment’ shakes up the Big 3; opportunity for indie artists”

What does philosophy have to do with music and art?

By Rebecca Day

During a series of lectures on her style of fiction writing, Ayn Rand concluded, “Every writer is a moral philosopher.” I discovered this passage as part of that lecture series only recently in a book published posthumously, The Art of Fiction, a Guide for Writers and Readers.  If I’d read it a decade ago, my life might have taken a very different path.  Continue reading “What does philosophy have to do with music and art?”

Twitter redemption: Today I ‘met’ Charlie Shafter

If you know me, you’ve heard me call Twitter a ‘cesspool.’ That’s one of the few absolutes I believe. Yet every day I do a drive-by (or a few) on that site to keep up with music and news. I often roll my eyes at some of the Tweets. But every now and then Twitter redeems itself because I learn about musicians I probably wouldn’t have come across otherwise. Today I ‘met’ Charlie Shafter, and once again, I proclaimed Twitter’s (temporary) redemption.  Continue reading “Twitter redemption: Today I ‘met’ Charlie Shafter”

Late to the table on Burns’ Vietnam epic, but surprised by the politics

Vietnam War. (Vets Helping Vets)
Vietnam War. (Vets Helping Vets)

I’m late to the table when it comes to Ken Burns’ epic film series The Vietnam War. I hesitated to watch it for several reasons. First among them: politics. I lived through that era, and although I was young, my uncle, who was like a brother, served three tours. Another boy I’d gone to school with for years lost his life in that war. I wasn’t in the mood for negativity towards those who were required to serve.  Continue reading “Late to the table on Burns’ Vietnam epic, but surprised by the politics”

Jamey Johnson stood in line to get Willie to sign his guitar

Jamey Johnson bought his famous guitar “Ole Maple” shortly after he finished boot camp in the US Marine Corps at Parris Island (SC). Johnson said he walked into Bailey Brothers in Montgomery (AL) in 1995, and he said he played every guitar on the wall before making up his mind. Johnson’s guitar is famous among his fans, but what many of us didn’t know is what he did to get Willie Nelson to autograph it.  Continue reading “Jamey Johnson stood in line to get Willie to sign his guitar”

Imagination nation: World UFO Day is July 2

Four UFOs sighted above the Salem, Massachusetts Coast Guard Air Station on July 16, 1952. Photo by Seaman Shell R. Alpert. Also present was Hospitalman Thomas E. Flaherty. (US Naval Institute pic and caption)
Four UFOs sighted above the Salem, Massachusetts Coast Guard Air Station on July 16, 1952. Photo by Seaman Shell R. Alpert. Also present was Hospitalman Thomas E. Flaherty. (US Naval Institute pic and caption)

July 2 is World UFO Day, and it’s a given that many Americans are interested in mysteries the heavens hold. Mysteries in the sky have intrigued mankind dating to antiquity. Power brokers have expressed interest in unidentified flying objects, and a famous author whose works date to the 1950s is now considered a visionary. Even the US Naval Institute has documented photos of objects that haven’t been identified. The USA is an imagination nation for sure, but governments traditionally weren’t exactly forthcoming about such mysteries.  Continue reading “Imagination nation: World UFO Day is July 2”

CDs still staple for country fans; streaming services took note at CMA fest

A story at Billboard about a recent effort at CMA Fest in Nashville confirmed what we’d already learned. CDs are still a staple for country fans, and probably for indie fans as well. In an effort to up their share of the market, streaming services like Amazon, Spotify, and iHeart Radio took action and had a larger presence at this year’s Country Music Association event. Crunching numbers leads to some interesting insights. Continue reading “CDs still staple for country fans; streaming services took note at CMA fest”

Indie blogging faces new challenges in social media wars

Unless you are completely off the grid, chances are you’re aware of the controversy Facebook is dealing with over user data. Facebook isn’t alone—different social media and news entities face challenges domestically and globally.

Amid the uproar, there’s something to consider if you’re an indie blogger.  Continue reading “Indie blogging faces new challenges in social media wars”