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”
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”
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?”
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”