Hootie and the Blowfish new album ‘Imperfect Circle’ pending, but who’s the real Hootie?

Hootie and the blowfish
Hootie and the Blowfish (photo: hootie.com)

Hootie and the Blowfish became a South Carolina legend, with the band achieving success on a level most musicians dream about. The band gave way to lead vocalist Darius Rucker’s solo career for awhile. Now they’re back with a second act and their forthcoming album “Imperfect Circle.” Continue reading “Hootie and the Blowfish new album ‘Imperfect Circle’ pending, but who’s the real Hootie?”

SCM: Church single ‘Monsters’ reportedly to be released as single; perfect for the times

Country star Eric Church extended his Double Down tour because it's been so popular. (Snip: Facebook page @ericchurch)
Country star Eric Church extended his Double Down tour because it’s been so popular. (Snip: Facebook page @ericchurch)

Eric Church’s Double Down Tour is so successful, he’s extended it. Again. Via the website Saving Country Music, it looks like a song from his album released in late 2018, Desperate Man, will soon be released as a radio single. The song “Monsters” was new to me; I hadn’t heard it yet. After listening, I came to the conclusion now is a perfect time to release it. Continue reading “SCM: Church single ‘Monsters’ reportedly to be released as single; perfect for the times”

Swift blowup: Scooter Brown backlash case of mistaken identity

Pop star Taylor Swift’s recent blowup over the sale of the label her first albums belong to made national headlines. Swift held nothing back in complaining about the label sale although she’s now worth hundreds of millions of dollars partly because of that label. Swift targeted Scooter Braun, the man at the helm of the purchase of her label, for allegedly bullying her, among other reasons. Rising country star Scooter Brown had no idea what would come at him as a result of mistaken identity. Continue reading “Swift blowup: Scooter Brown backlash case of mistaken identity”

‘50 States’ graph indicates musicians have a big money pie to target

50 states of music graph BMI
50 states of music graph/BMI

Be forewarned. The chart is definitely addicting.

BMI, along with other industry partners, has published a new graph and data indicating musicians in the US have a big money pie to target. It doesn’t matter if you’re a known brand or an up and comer. The market share for the industry is huge, and the state I live in has enough revenue churning to fire up the ambitions of any songwriter, performer, or other industry professional. Start with the overall US market–$143 billion in annual value and 2 million jobs. Continue reading “‘50 States’ graph indicates musicians have a big money pie to target”

Singer writes firsthand about mystery of ‘Murder on Music Row’

photo credit sammy sadler website
Photo credit: sammysadler.com

Sammy Sadler’s story, one he is recounting firsthand in a new book, is one of those cautionary tales about life in the corporate music fast lane. Sadler, a breakout country artist in the late 1980s, had every reason to expect success in his industry.

His voice commanded a wide range and his voice had something lacking in so many–character and uniqueness.  He had the looks, and his songs were charting nicely. Then came the night when he and his friend Kevin Hughes were leaving Sadler’s record label offices. A gunman emerged from the shadows, killing Hughes and seriously wounding Sadler.

Though a song by the same name would chart, the murder mystery is often referred to as the ‘Murder on Music Row’. The song wasn’t about the murder. It was about the pop takeover of country music.

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Lil Nas X on a roll as Keith Urban covers ‘Old Town Road’ (on Twitter)

I wrote about the dustup over the song “Old Town Road” as debate about the song’s “country-worthiness” took place on social media. I remain perplexed about why country music gatekeepers would deem the song not country when it  is, in fact, as country as anything I hear on radio stations or anything I see on the TV channel that airs country videos. In fact, Lil Nas X the rapper has produced a song that’s more country than most of what I hear these days. Continue reading “Lil Nas X on a roll as Keith Urban covers ‘Old Town Road’ (on Twitter)”

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? Continue reading “Genius of Lil Nas X: 20 year old rapper topped country charts, then controversy burned”

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? Continue reading “Ek interview raises questions; how do you stack up as an indie musician?”

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. Continue reading “Lefty Frizzell, who died young, gets a slice of immortality from the LOC”

CD Baby gets a new mom and dad—Downtown Music Holdings

CD Baby is getting a new mom and dad. Downtown Music Holdings is acquiring the group that owns the 21 year old music publisher and online seller. How will this affect indie artists who rely on CD Baby for distribution? Continue reading “CD Baby gets a new mom and dad—Downtown Music Holdings”