Did you watch the Emmy Awards? I didn’t, but I read a lot of post-show coverage, enough to learn the show billed as entertainment was extremely political. Regardless of your political leanings, the awards show indicates an abundance of opportunity in store for indie artists. Nothing illustrates my conclusion better than the symbolism of three ageing stars who appeared together on stage for the first time in many years.
Hurricane Irma is one I will long remember. In the middle of the storm, I stood in the alcove on our front porch and watched the wind direct the trees like a conductor directs an orchestra. It was otherworldly, with the sounds the wind made and the constant green flashes in the sky from transformers blowing. For many self-employed musicians, Irma was an assault on property, performance schedules, and wallets.
It’s almost impossible to think creatively right now because those of us who live in Florida are facing a very angry Irma rolling her way towards the south end of the Sunshine State. As I multi-tasked this morning in an attempt to get things squared away, I came across an interesting article related to my current quandary.
Those of us in Florida, as well as the Carolinas and Georgia, have our eyes on Hurricane Irma right now. If you’re an indie musician with gigs scheduled for the weekend, I imagine you’re fretting over what this massive storm will decide to do to your home and your wallet.
When the Bella Donna Project took the stage at 1904 Music Hall in downtown Jacksonville on Friday, some things were apparent immediately.
If you do music fulltime, you already have an idea of the challenges. Unless you have a team of helpers, you’re where the buck stops. You do the promoting. And the booking. And the contract bids. And equipment maintenance. Press inquiries. Booking agency contacts. Taxes. Practices, and whatever else demands attention. Amid all that, where is the creative time?
Sturgill Simpson’s indie music has catapulted him to the top of the mountain, but he hasn’t confined himself to his own efforts. Simpson co-produced Tyler Childer’s album Purgatory now ranked near the top of the Country Billboard charts. Now some of Simpson’s shows will comprise a double feature—the music of Fantastic Negrito. If you haven’t heard this guy, and if you like raw blues, you are missing out on a phenomenal talent.
The Daysie team returned from Nashville late last night and to say the CD Baby DIY Conference inspired them is an understatement. If anything, the feedback I’ve heard confirms what I’ve been writing about on this site.
Yesterday, at 1:34 p.m. here in the southeastern sector of Jacksonville, I got to see something remarkable. The sun was directly overhead. As I viewed it through my special glasses, that big orange orb looked like a mouse had nibbled at the upper right quadrant. By 1:49, the bite got bigger. Then things went south.
In June I wrote about indie music artist Tyler Childers’ new album Purgatory. Childers’ album has just been released, and he must be smiling. Sturgill Simpson, who helped produce it, is probably smiling as well. It’s been a long haul for this country artist who did gigs in a couple of states before seeing the kind of success most indie artists would like to have. The fact he’s an independent makes the story even sweeter.