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?”

Is iHeart Radio’s slash and burn an opportunity for indies?

radio image Indie Art South
Image/Indie Art South

If you haven’t read the sad tale of iHeart Media’s latest strategy and the impact on its stations and listeners, listen up. The nation’s largest owner of radio stations has resorted to a slash and burn policy affecting markets across the country, including in my home city. More than 850 stations are in the conglomerate, and a number of  top hosts have been laid off.

Did the hosts see this coming? Maybe.  Continue reading “Is iHeart Radio’s slash and burn an opportunity for indies?”

Bandwagon Network Radio faces challenges of surviving big biz control of Web

Bandwagon Network Radio logo; used with permission
BWNR logo used with permission

Before the Web came of age, a publisher or broadcaster could usually keep things going without spending a small fortune.

As large corporations began to control the Web, things changed. A big change came in 2015 when a little known entity named the Copyright Royalty Board let the Small Webcasters Act of 2008 expire. Why does this matter to indie musicians and to broadcasters like Bandwagon Network Radio? Continue reading “Bandwagon Network Radio faces challenges of surviving big biz control of Web”

Sheriff’s worst suspicions confirmed in country singer’s fatal crash

Maria Elena Cruz, 16, victim of Kylie Rae Harris
Maria Elena Cruz, 16, was killed by country singer Kylie Rae Harris who was driving at excessive speeds and impaired by alcohol in early September. (Image: Fundraiser for Ms. Cruz; page created by Nicole Cisneros Jederlinic)

Taos county sheriff Jerry Hogrefe had long suspected alcohol a factor in the fatal crash caused by 30 year old country singer Kylie Rae Harris near the New Mexico border in early September. Now Hogrefe’s worst suspicions have been confirmed. Continue reading “Sheriff’s worst suspicions confirmed in country singer’s fatal crash”