Indie Art South has followed recording group Gunboat Diplomats for quite some time, reporting favorably on their compositions. Now the Jacksonville Beach (FL) group has reasons to celebrate something besides Christmas. Keith Holmes, who does lead vocals on the song, “Crazy About You,” told IAS the song will be included in content for use in M. Night Shyamalan’s new film Glass. Holmes isn’t shouting the news from the rooftops—he shared it as an aside in an email exchange in response to my mentioning song licensing opportunities.
If you read here at Indie Art South, you know how I feel about radio content. Regardless of genre, it all sounds the same to me. Country, pop, rock, and rap have all been homogenized in the interest of profit. That’s perfectly legal, but also perfectly boring. Now Shania Twain has added her voice to those of other high profile critics, although her focus is country.
Ok. I’m a sucker for a Christmas song. My daughters know this too well. I’m always bugging them to learn more Christmas songs. Sometimes they accommodate me, sometimes they don’t. So it made my day this morning to get an upbeat, kicking Christmas tune in my email from Gunboat Diplomats.
By now you probably know Hootie & the Blowfish have announced a new tour and a new album, their first together in a decade. What some fans may not know is that the band began on indie footing, and according to frontman Darius Rucker, it took about seven years for them to get signed by a label.
Misty Posey has released a new original, “Moon, Oh Moon”, and she’s aiming for more. In an email, she told me, “I am currently getting my recordings and artwork together for a full debut CD.” She’s doing this after selling out of her EPs at a Celtic-Renaissance festival. This week Posey will head to Dallas to a concert I’d love to hear. Posey will perform in two concerts on Dec. 7 and 8. “Celtic Christmas with the Selkie Girls and Friends” promises an evening of holiday sounds you can bet are honed to perfection.
Christmas and the winter holidays are, for many of us, definitely the “most wonderful time of the year” as the popular tune says. It’s also a time when people travel and welcome travelers to celebrate. It’s also the time of year when you might be gifted with something you definitely don’t want, like a virus. I travel with the band, and I’m always reminding everyone about taking steps to avoid getting those nasty bugs looking for new hosts. It’s also a wonderful time for those bugs, and it’s a good idea to think ‘gig-giene’ or hygiene in general.
Jared Rush, with Third Man Entertainment, is on the road (and in the air) a lot these days as he travels to places on behalf of an industry that’s a perfect fit for him. Rush is a familiar when it comes to local arts of any kind, from music to film to visual art. Now the Mosaic Film Festival has tapped the Jacksonville native for social director ahead of the 2019 event.
November 27 is Jimi Hendrix’s birthday. Because he died just shy of his 28th birthday, his image is forever imprinted on our minds as one of eternal youth. Considering his genius, you’d think he’d studied music from an early age. You might think his love of music was nurtured by all who knew him. That’s not the way it was, though. Besides that, Hendrix didn’t begin his musical journey with a guitar.
World Market is holding a contest to determine the best presentation of a Christmas classic. All you have to do is make a video and submit it. The winner will receive a number of prizes, including a recording session at a Los Angeles studio with engineer, song mixing, on-site vocal coach & producer. It’s important, if you are going to enter, to read the rules and make sure you comply. The deadline for the Cost Plus World Market Star Maker Song contest is 12-8-18, but that competition isn’t the only holiday option coming your way.
Over the weekend, Rebecca performed solo at Amelia Island Coffee, a shop smack in the middle of the central district on the island. A group of us decided to head that way to spend the afternoon and maybe get in a little early Christmas shopping. Amelia Island has always been one of my favorite places in Florida. The town is friendly, picturesque, and very accommodating to visitors. While she was setting up equipment and everyone in our party was getting settled, I strolled Centre Street. There’s something there for everyone. As I shopped, I encountered people from all over the