Texas singer-songwriter Kylie Rae Harris’ career was set to take off. She’d enjoyed attention from media lately and had gotten good reviews of her latest album release. Her heartfelt song “Twenty Years From Now” was written to her young daughter, and listening to it raises questions in addition to questions about the tragic wreck that took her life and the life of an innocent teen, Maria Elena Cruz. Continue reading “Questions, anger after tragic wreck kills Texas rising star and a teen in Taos”
Music Mafia Radio’s Rick Landstrom has selected Rebecca Day and The Crazy Daysies as Pick of the Week. On Monday’s Live Top 30 Countdown show, the pick will be announced. Continue reading “Crazy Daysies get top pick of week at Music Mafia Radio”
Yesterday I did a column about Taylor Swift’s reaction to Ithaca Holdings’ acquisition of the record label that made Taylor Swift a great deal of money. Swift was definitely not happy to see Big Machine Label Group acquired by Ithaca. Swift doesn’t have control over the masters to a number of albums that took her from country star to pop tart. Eady, who is an indie musician from Texas, gave his take and it’s very similar to what I’ve told my daughters since they decided to do music fulltime. Continue reading “Musician Jason Eady has perfect response to Taylor Swift’s anger over label sale”
There appears to be a print and vinyl wave in progress if news reports are accurate. Books and vinyl records are holding their own, with print book sales increasing last year according to Quartz. This is good news to me, at least on the books end of things. I love books. I declare I won’t buy another one every time I dust the shelves of books in various rooms of my house. Then I go buy another one. Or two or more. As for vinyl records, I haven’t jumped on that option yet, but I might. The latest report I could find claims vinyl record sales rose notably in 2017. What does all this mean for indies? Continue reading “Will indie authors and musicians catch the print and vinyl wave in 2019?”
Ever paid double digits for a concert and been disappointed? I have. I’ve also said you can often hear better music on the indie scene than you’ll hear on your device of choice. In writing about indies, I’ve come across bands whose level of professionalism and talent makes them worth following. Here are five of my favorites, starting with one unique singer trying to do what many used to believe impossible. Continue reading “Five indies heat up summer with classical crossover, Nicks tribute band, and more”
Jenn Bostic’s song ‘Love You’ was featured yesterday as song of the day at the website Belles and Gals. Bostic’s music and her success as an indie are dealing critics a powerful blow. Continue reading “Jenn Bostic’s ‘Love You’ a reminder success deals critics a powerful blow”
Now that the top dog in streaming music, Spotify, has chosen to go public, fans and artists may be asking themselves where the music business will go from here.
While Spotify is far ahead of others like Apple Music in terms of subscribers, Spotify’s business model has been described as “shaky” by the likes of CNBC.
Do you like Irish or Celtic music? I do. Next up on the holiday calendar is the annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. As I wandered around the cesspool known as Twitter, I ran into a beautiful voice. It belongs to Misty Posey who appears to be doing things her way in an industry experiencing much fluidity right now, in part because of social media. Continue reading “Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day: Meet Misty Posey”
I come across a lot of bands, but when I saw a new follower on Twitter, it caught my interest immediately. The follow came from Eli Lev & the Fortunes Found. The profile note read “Neo-folk rockers from Washington, DC.”
That was for me a first. I don’t think I’ve ever written about any type of artist who hails from Washington, DC.
So I rode a few links to see what Eli Lev & the Fortunes Found are all about. Continue reading “Who’d have thought neo-folk rocker Eli Lev would hail from DC?”
When Jen and Rebecca began performing together, one of the first songs they recorded was “Until I Win.” I’ve always liked the song, in part because of the lyrics and the message.
It’s consistently performed well in the download world, and now this little song that could actually did. Continue reading “For Daysies, little song that could makes Spotify playlists”