Death and destruction fell on Nashville as Super Tuesday dawned

Downtown Nashville before 2020 tornado; picture by Rebecca Day
Rebecca Day (The Crazy Daysies) took this photo of downtown Nashville on a previous trip there.

In the small Southern town where I grew up, stories of tornadoes abounded. My grandmother’s house actually burned during a tornado, so when I heard the news this morning, I had an idea of the fear people must have felt in Nashville early this morning. Continue reading “Death and destruction fell on Nashville as Super Tuesday dawned”

DJ Booth offers free primer on business side of being a musician

Crazy Daysies Rebecca Day and Jen Day Thompson (photo: Joel Molotzak Photography)
Crazy Daysies Rebecca Day and Jen Day Thompson (photo: Joel Molotzak Photography)

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a fulltime working musician or someone who does it as a hobby. If you derive income from your performances, songwriting, or other source, you will be on the hook to report that income when federal (or state, where applicable) tax time rolls around. That’s one aspect among many of doing music for pay.

If you are an aspiring musician, or know one, DJ Booth has an article that’s a virtual primer to getting started. While you might not do everything the article recommends, there are some great tips. Continue reading “DJ Booth offers free primer on business side of being a musician”

Jacksonville Film & Television forum was a must-attend for musicians

Before Jacksonville Television, Digital Media, & Music Forum 2-20-2020
Attendees filtered in ahead of start time for the inaugural Jacksonville Television, Digital Media, and Music Forum on Feb. 20. (Photo: Indie Art South)

Jacksonville’s Film and Television Office held a forum at the main library on February 20 and it was a must-attend if you’re an aspiring or working musician. The “inaugural” Television, Digital Media, & Music Forum featured a stellar lineup of panelists and hosts.

Even a musician who has already established a career learned a great deal about getting music into TV and film productions as well as streaming, capturing royalties, and the benefits of a Performance Rights Organization like BMI. Continue reading “Jacksonville Film & Television forum was a must-attend for musicians”

Indie musicians can help Loretta Lynn not let country music “die”

(Photo credit Loretta Lynn: Scott Schram)
(Photo credit Loretta Lynn: Scott Schram)

Loretta Lynn, as my grandma used to say, upset the apple basket. She joined country superstar Martina McBride on her podcast and said something that freaked out many media and many a country fan as well as some top country performers today. Continue reading “Indie musicians can help Loretta Lynn not let country music “die””

With new duet, is country crooner Shelton going full pop?

country music mural Dothan, AL
Country music mural in Dothan, AL with images of real country music icons; image from George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Mural artist is Wes Hardin.

Blake Shelton is traditionally thought of as a country music star, but with a new duet, it looks like the crooner is going full pop. A new release, “Nobody but You”, a duet with his heart throb Gwen Stefani, got tongues to wagging on social media. Are Stefani and Shelton getting married? Already married? Whatever.

The main question I’d like to ask Shelton, after listening to tepid lyrics and a score that sounds close to a Broadway musical number, is:

Are you going full pop on us?  Continue reading “With new duet, is country crooner Shelton going full pop?”