‘Ragtag roots artist insurgency’ set for Grass Roots Festival in Grass Valley

California will welcome indie musicians to Grass Valley October 19-21 for the Grass Roots Festival. At a time when packaged music dominates airwaves and streams, the organizers of this festival view it as a “ragtag roots artist insurgency.” What, exactly, does that mean?  Continue reading “‘Ragtag roots artist insurgency’ set for Grass Roots Festival in Grass Valley”

Advice to musicians: Don’t beat up fans like this singer allegedly did

Depending on the type of music, concerts can sometimes go south very quickly. Now there’s a story breaking about a punk rock singer who allegedly spit in a fan’s face and then allegedly proceeded to hit the man too. The dustup was about politics, ever-present today in some music scenes partly as a means of the band catering to the corporate machine controlling their revenue. How’d it all get started? Continue reading “Advice to musicians: Don’t beat up fans like this singer allegedly did”

Who knew San Jose had a Dancing Cowboy and country radio?

Confession time. I didn’t even know San Jose (CA) had a country music station. That’s embarrassing. What’s more interesting? I didn’t know the West Coast had a “Dancing Cowboy” who’s all over country music.  Twitter, despite being a cesspool, does have some bright moments. Dancing Cowboy’s Twitter feed turned out to be a bright moment for me.  Continue reading “Who knew San Jose had a Dancing Cowboy and country radio?”

Rebelle Road tackles issue of women in country, Americana

Female artists were very critical of a major radio consultant’s decision in 2015 to discourage stations from playing country music by women. In 2018 Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow told women to “step up”, implying I suppose that they haven’t.

Now a California startup is challenging the status quo. Rebelle Road will tackle the issue of women in country and Americana.  Continue reading “Rebelle Road tackles issue of women in country, Americana”