Crazy Daysies get top pick of week at Music Mafia Radio

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”

Musician Jason Eady has perfect response to Taylor Swift’s anger over label sale

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”

Will indie authors and musicians catch the print and vinyl wave in 2019?

Robert Reed works at Geo's Music store, which sells LP vinyl records and compact discs featuring an assortment of musical genres in downtown Youngstown, Ohio by Carol M. Highsmith
For fun, I searched for vinyl record images at the US Library of Congress. The most relevant search return was this photo by Carol M. Highsmith. The caption read: “Robert Reed works at Geo’s Music store, which sells LP vinyl records and compact discs featuring an assortment of musical genres in downtown Youngstown, Ohio.”

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?”

Five indies heat up summer with classical crossover, Nicks tribute band, and more

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 ‘Love You’ a reminder success deals critics a powerful blow

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”

With Spotify going public, how should indie musicians proceed?

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. 

Continue reading “With Spotify going public, how should indie musicians proceed?”

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day: Meet Misty Posey

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”

Who’d have thought neo-folk rocker Eli Lev would hail from DC?

"All Roads East" cover; Eli Lev
Cover for new album “All Roads East”; photo, https://eli-lev.com/.

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?”

For Daysies, little song that could makes Spotify playlists

The Crazy Daysies (Photo: Joel Molotzak Photography)
The Crazy Daysies (Photo: Joel Molotzak Photography)

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”

Red Dirt Larue: From self-released album to more than a million record sales

Stoney Larue Twitter
Image: Stoney Larue on Twitter (@stoneylarue)

Once I learned about Red Dirt music, I wanted to know more. So I spent some time listening to some of the top figures in that genre. A Facebook friend turned me on to Stoney Larue.

Larue is considered one of the top musicians in this genre, and he’s seen success many indie musicians dream about. Larue went from self-releasing an album in 2002 (Downtown) to selling more than a million records.

Larue’s website said he plays more than 200 shows each year.

What makes him special?  Continue reading “Red Dirt Larue: From self-released album to more than a million record sales”