Copyright hijack of Austin BBQ place a reminder country musicians often aren’t country

There’s not much The Washington Post could do to lower my opinion of their product even more, but the paper I refer to as ‘WaPoo’ has erred again. The paper dominating so many search inquiries on the Web’s most powerful engine ran a promo photo based on a hijacked copyright. That act involved a band who had already hijacked a country persona. Both are a reminder of the fact, among other things, many country musicians have no country in their heritage. Continue reading “Copyright hijack of Austin BBQ place a reminder country musicians often aren’t country”

Indie Music Bus: One site doing more than just talking

Indie musicians are dear to me for more than one reason, and a big one is the fact my daughters earn a living writing, composing, and performing their original works. There are many websites offering to help indie musicians, and a number of those are predatory. Some sites talk a lot but do a little.

One site that stands out for doing a whole lot more than just talking is Indie Music Bus. Continue reading “Indie Music Bus: One site doing more than just talking”

Live music back as Florida moves to Phase 2; bars, theaters, and tattoos

Gov. Ron DeSantis is greenlighting businesses in Florida as Phase 2 reopenings begin. The indie music sector will welcome the opening of bars and pubs, but the venues must stay at 50 percent of capacity for areas inside. DeSantis made the announcement on June 3 at Universal Orlando. Continue reading “Live music back as Florida moves to Phase 2; bars, theaters, and tattoos”

Alhambra emerges from shutdown to present classic ‘Cinderella’

How could anyone not love the music in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic Cinderella? Now The Alhambra, legendary dinner theatre in Jacksonville, will present the musical this summer. The show opens on June 11 and runs through July 26. I learned about this production this morning via a Facebook post by a musician I interviewed recently. Continue reading “Alhambra emerges from shutdown to present classic ‘Cinderella’”

Florida high school students deal with luck of the Irish and COVID-19 on international trip

How many times have I heard my family use the timeworn phrase, “Luck of the Irish” when something goes wrong? About as many times as I’ve heard it when something goes right. In early March, Florida students from The Providence School in Jacksonville, Florida confronted that kind of luck.

Music director Jennifer Hudson suddenly had a major problem, and she and her students were thousands of miles from home in Dublin, Ireland just as the world began to confront a pandemic. Continue reading “Florida high school students deal with luck of the Irish and COVID-19 on international trip”