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The Colorado Sound S9|EP12 MARCH 2015

There are days when all you can do is laugh to keep from crying.  Right?  LOL.  Last Sunday it was an ER trip due to a “fainting” spell.  Last Monday it was an ER trip due to me taking a header off my bicycle.  The bike and I are on a bit of a respite until my physical therapist clears me to ride again.

What saved the week, and took my mind off my sorely sprained rib muscles was the 5 hours I spent with my friend Hazel Miller, who will be April’s featured guest on Offstage …Beyond the Music – and then dinner and some honky tonk with Casey Prestwood & the Burning Angels at the Park House in Denver – John Macy, this month’s OSBTM guest on pedal steel of course.

Hazel is a vibrant, funny, passionate, and compassionate soul with a heart big enough to cover all of us in her love.  2015 marks Hazel’s 30th year of making music in Colorado and over 20 years as a de facto member of Big Head Todd and the Monsters.  That’s one hell of a legacy … and with a new album on the way before year’s end and a lot of shows it’s going to be a great year for one of our most beloved entertainers (and friends). Editing down that 5 hours is going to be a chore, I swear.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK
SHEL – PLEASE COME HOME

For all the talk around the scene that the sisters have plugged in and added some “snap crackle and pop” to their sound, they give us one of the finest acoustic cuts of their career.

PLAYLIST S9|EP12

The Czars “Paint the Moon” from Goodbye (2004)
Reed Foehl “When It Comes Around” from Spark (2004)
Cary Morin “Tiny Town” from Tiny Town (2015)
Todd Adelman “Long Arm of the Law” from Highways & Lowways (2015)
OneRepublic “Something I Need” from Native (2013)
Megan Burtt “Better (w/the Epilogues)” from In Good Company (2013)
Mercury Project “On to You” from on to you (2007)
Esme Patterson “Tumbleweed” from Woman To Woman (2014)
Petals of Spain “I Gotta Know” from Soul Canon (2013)
The Apples in Stereo “Stephen Stephen” from Electronic Projects for Musicians (2008)
The River Arkansas “A Place to Rest” from Golden Light (2015)The Mitguards “Lookin’ for Something True” from Something True (2009)
Haunted Windchimes “Wanderin’ Heart” from Out With The Crow (2012)
Bill Frisell “Telstar” from Guitar In the Space Age (2014)

HOUR 2

Rare Silk “Up From the Skies” from American Eyes (1985)
The Samples “My Town” from Samples (1990)
(D) Fox St. “Something About You” [single] (2015)Leftover Salmon “Bluegrass Pines” from High Country (2015)
Michael Martin Murphey “Wildfire” from Blue Sky Night Thunder (1975)
Jon Chandler “I’m Going Home” from Sepia Soul (2002)
(D) SHEL “Please Come Home” from The Lab Sessions (2015)
(D) Toad In the Hole “Drifting” from Wallflower (2015)Peter Sommer “The Fruit” from Crossroads (2008)

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The Colorado Sound S9|EP11

7PM Sunday night.  Just got home from the ER at Longmont United Hospital.  Went for a bike ride at noon.  I wound up being taken by ambulance to the ER after passing out at a local Dairy Queen, where I stopped for a minute to go to the men’s room.  Fortunately it was something the dr called vaso vasil (?) .. not a cardiac problem (apparently the symptoms are the same?) as was told to me in the ambulance – basically it was a fainting spell.  A few hours in the ER … a nice nap .. some IV fluids and I’m back to being goat.  I’ll be trying this ride again on Monday.

Sometimes it takes awhile for a hit to emerge.  In classic rock history it was “Dream On” from Aerosmith’s first album (my favorite non-Colorado American rock and roll band from my youth). The album came out in 73.  The hit emerged in 76.

This week I debuted “Evil Eye” from Snake Rattle Rattle Snake.  Their latest album, “Totem,” came out in November.  Open Air has championed it since it was released.  It took a while for me to get it.   “Evil Eye” is one of this week’s new music shares along with Kramies’ “The Fate That Never Favored Us” produced by Jason Lytle (Grandaddy) and trending “hit” single “Now Leaving” from Rose Quartz.  Check em out below.

Andy Schneidkraut and I moved to Colorado at the same time – 1976. (I was stationed at Lowry AFB in Denver from SPT to DEC 1973).  In 1987, when he opened Albums on the Hill in Boulder, I was in between 99.1FM KUAD and 96.1FM KSQI in Greeley/Fort Collins.

Boulder always seemed like a different country to me.  There was never much of a reason for me to travel there from up north. The Finest Record Store in Greeley (and Fort Collins) ran a course from 1972-2008 and provided our record store fix. And we had stations like KTCL, KCSU, KYOU, and KSQI (K-Sky) when Boulder had KBCO and KGNU.  As a result, Andy and I have met only a few times in our lifetimes traveling parallel paths in our different worlds.  I admired it all from a distance.

The only thing Boulder really ever had over us was a vibrant local music scene that included many nationally famous musicians.  Tulagi and the Fox outlived venues like Sam’s Old Town Ballroom and Panama Red’s in Fort Collins, and the Library in Greeley.  .. and oh yeah, it had Caribou Ranch.  Albums On the Hill outlived the Finest … may it outlive us all.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

This week’s pick is the first time for a weekly co-bill:  Andy Schneidkraut & the Richie Furay Band.

“twice an orphan” by Andy Schneidkraut from the documentary about his life, “Old Man,” by his son Dan Schneidkraut.  The film premiered in Boulder at the Dairy Center’s Boedecker Theater.  Read the whole story in Westword by Adam Perry.  I look forward to seeing it.

Richie Furay’s “Hand In Hand,” hits the streets March 31.  The first official single, “We Were the Dreamers,” is the story of his life in music.  It is also the story of our lives with him.  “Hand in Hand” has to be in the discussion that it may be the most significant and important record of Richie’s solo career. Where hits like “Kind Woman,” defined his legacy with Poco and Buffalo Springfield, “We Were the Dreamers” defines the entirety of his career, as much a love song to the friends of his youth as “Kind Woman” is to his wife of over 40 years.  Congratulations Richie, you’ve brought us another tear-jerker.  Thanks brother ;)

PLAYLIST S9 EP11 

HOUR 1

Sweet Water Well “Zoeology” from Watermelon (1996)
Electric Swingset “Inebriated Witchdoctor” from Inebriated Witchdoctor (1996)
(D) Sean Curtis Band “Nowhere Road” from Kind of Like Wyoming (2015)
Stephanie Pauline and Joe Uvegas “I Don’t Dance” from When the Smoke Clears (2011)
Lionel Young Band “I Feel So Good” from On Our Way to Memphis (2011)
My Body Sings Electric “New Friends” from Part 1: the Night Ends (2014)
Safe Boating is No Accident “Lover/Undercover” from Bonus Features (2014)
Chemistry Club “Miranda” from Miranda (2014)
Jeff Austin “What the Night Brings” from The Simple Truth (2015)
Big Gigantic “The Night Is Young” from The Night Is Young (2014)
Beats Noir! “Hypnotic” from 13 Tracks From the Dark Side of The Beat (2011)
(D) H2 Big Band “Lynda B” from It Could Happen (2015)

HOUR2

Leftover Salmon “Baby Hold On” from Euphoria (1997)
Subdudes “Papa Dukie & the Mud People” from Behind the Levee (2006)
(D) Kramies “The Fate That Never Favored Us” from The Fate That Never Favored Us (2015)
(D) Snake Rattle Rattle Snake “Evil Eye” from Totem (2014)
The Congress “Minutes” from The Congress (2010)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Make A Little Magic” from Certified Hits (2001)
Richard Dean “Blue Coal Miner” from Accidental Human (2015)
(N) Rose Quartz “Leaving Now” from Axis of Love (2015)

Xiren “Ship of Fools” from Trip-R (2008)
Brad Goode “All Fall Down” from Chicago Red (2013)

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The Colorado Sound S9|EP10 March 2015

broken-computer-hiIt’s that season when flu and colds hit out of the blue .. kinda like operating system failures that cannot be restored.  My main pc went down last week this time, and my laptop appeared to on Sunday when Jesse Elliott (Ark Life) and Bryce Merrill were sitting with me in my dining room discussing the music scene here regionally.  Fortunately, that blip was just that – just a minor heart attack; my pc, not so much.

Ok, so I did save 99% of my music collection on an external hard drive, and two of my 1TB cloud accounts .. but noooooo .. not a lick of five years of business files.  Live and learn, at least the music is safe.

I live to discover new music, new songs, new voices – it’s the voices I crave, the unique, the inviting, the telling … live or recorded.  I crave new musical experiences. So when the sickening feeling hit me as Windows crashed in front of me, I momentarily felt like my life was swirling along with the rest of my files – far too much music to have to think about trying to put back together. I’m happy I didn’t lose my music collection.  I really do enjoy sharing it with you on the radio here in Colorado.

New Offstage …Beyond the Music this week with award winning producer/engineer/pedal steel player John Macy.

PLAYLIST S9 EP10

HOUR 1

Gary Stites “Hey, Hey” from Lonely for You (1960)
Soul Survivors (Denver) “Have It All Your Way” from Have It All Your Way (1969)
(N) Todd Adelman “Ghost Train” from Highways & Lowways (2015)
Strange Americans “Engine” from A Royal Battle (2012)
Papa Juke “When Flood Waters Came” from When Flood Waters Came (2013)
AdrienneO “Take It In” from Lines EP (2014)
Foxfield Four “Weatherman” from Weatherman EP (2013)
Pandas & People “Out to Sea” from SpokesBUZZ Vol V: Band Together (2015)
(D) Juno What?! “Stranger” from Stranger (2015)(D) Modern Suspects “Told You So” from Modern Suspects (2015)
You Me and Apollo “Ghosts” from Sweet Honey (2014)
John Oates “Stone Cold Love” from Good Road to Follow (2014)
John Gunther’s Safari Trio “Sisters” from Surrender (2013)

HOUR 2

The Samples “Heaven” from Rehearsing for Life (2005)
Acoustic Junction “Think About It” from Acoustic Junction (1995)
(D) John Statz “Any Town Will Do” from Tulsa (2015)
Leftover Salmon “Walkin’ Shoes” from Aquatic Hitchhiker (2012)
Houses “Me & Mr Kelly” from Summer (2009)
Danielle Ate the Sandwich “Faith In a Man” from Like A King (2012)
Richie Furay “We Were the Dreamers” from Hand In Hand (2015)
(D) Analog Son “What It Is?!” from Stomp and Shout (2015) Rob Roper “Me” from Misfit (2011)
Josh Quinlan Quintet “Left Then Right” from Mountain Time Standards (2011)

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The Colorado Sound S9|EP9 FEB 2015

I don’t know how it is that my weekly playlist blog post and the 1st of the month coincide.  Grrrr.  LOL.  Okay .. so there was no new Offstage …Beyond the Music this week because the interview with John Macy did not happen until today.  We’ll start that one next weekend.  In the meantime – I extended the Wendy Woo segment due to the opportunistic publication of “The Making of Tipping Point,” the new Wendy Woo record coming out in April.  At the end of this week’s Video Pick of the Week, you get to hear the first new single from that upcoming album.  Enjoy.

PLAYLIST S9 | EP 9 FEB 2015

HOUR 1

The Samples “Did You Ever Look So Nice” from No Room (1992)
Martha’s Wake “Razor Blade Girl” from Time & Elements (1998)
(N) Drew Schofield “Open Season” from 150 Million (-1) (2014)
Longest Day Of The Year “Ride on the Carapace” from Carapace (2015)
Fierce Bad Rabbit “Time Machine” from Maestro & the Elephant (2013)
(N) Rose Quartz “Leaving Now” from Axis of Love (2015) Safe Boating is No Accident “Dye My Love” from Bonus Features (2014)
Dressy Bessy “New Song (From Me to You)” from Dressy Bessy (2003)
Catch Bees “Atlanta (feat Denison Witmer)” from Newman’s Open Choir (2012)
David Starr “Change Your Mind” from Alive Again (2013)
Todd Adelman “The Devil is for Drinking” from Highways & Lowways (2015)
Brad Goode “All Fall Down” from Chicago Red (2013)

HOUR 2

(D) The Moonrakers “I Don’t Believe” from Anthology (2007)
60,000,000 Buffalo “Callin’ You Down” from Nevada Jukebox (1972)
(D) The River Arkansas “A Place to Rest” from The River Arkansas (2015)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “Children of the Lord” from Cipher (2008)
Devotchka “Along the Way” from Live With the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (2012)
(N) Chris Daniels & the Kings “What A Day” from Funky To the Bone (2015)
Wendy Woo “Wide Awake and Dreaming” from Wide Awake and Dreaming (1999)
Harry Tuft & Friends “If I Didn’t Care” from Across The Blue Mountains (1976)
Cary Morin “When the Levee Breaks” from Tiny Town (2015)
Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams “Betty Boop” from Midnight Rodeo (2006)
Gerald Albright “Slam Dunk” from Slam Dunk (2014)

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The Colorado Sound S9|EP8 FEB 2015

Freezing-Cold-Man-Shiver-on-Winter-Season-Coloring-PageThe cold and snow have jarred my brain somehow.  Normally I spend my Sundays working on this blogpost.  Yeah – no.  Not this week.  Somehow I got stuck.

The music and radio news seems flooded this past couple of months with articles and opinions about streaming vs downloading vs cd vs vinyl sales.  It is a very dense and complicated story, but basically it goes like this:  at a high level, cd sales and album sales are still declining globally, and in the US.  Vinyl sales continue to increase, although it is still a niche market.  Download sales are also decreasing in the face of accelerating use of streaming, as smartphones become more fully integrated into everyday activities.

According to a Monday morning post at Digital Music News entitled The End Of An Era: Starbucks Will Soon Stop Selling CDs, “Last year, Americans bought 257 million albums – an 11% drop from 2013. Of those, 140.8 million were CDs (a 15% drop from 2013)… However, 9.2 million vinyl records were sold – a 51.8% increase from 2013. And now vinyl accounts for 6% of ALL album sales.” The author goes on to say that, “In 2014 there were 476 million “albums sold” – according to Billboard’s new system of 1,500 streams = one album sale.”

Here’s the real takeaway.  Local bands still sell cds.  Local bands still sell downloads.  Local bands, promoters, and venues still charge an entrance fee.  Music is not free.  It is not free to make, it is not free to produce, it is not free to present.  It is not someone else’s responsibility to pay for it.

For all the years I’ve done radio we’ve always gotten the music for free – because advertisers were willing to pay for us to broadcast it.  But only the publishers/songwriters have ever gotten paid in this deal.

Musicians per se do not and have not ever made a dime from radio.  Nor do local bands earn income level revenue from streaming; certainly not enough to afford a cheap dinner at a local diner.  Locals make money off of door charges, tickets, and HARD merchandise and PAID downloads – particularly from sites such as BandCamp (the reason I utilize that service for new music shares).

BOTTOM LINE:  If WE don’t support it, who will?  Some who make music do it as a hobby.  Most do if you study the numbers.  But even hobbies cost money, and being a hobbyist doesn’t mean doing it for free or that you’re not any good at what you’re doing.  Making a full time living at music has NEVER been easy, in fact it’s always been damned near impossible.  That’s been true for all time.  It doesn’t mean we should ever take it for granted, or expect to receive it for free.

BUY LOCAL. BUY DIRECT.  BUY LIVE.  Most local shows charge $5-$10 to get in.  Figure 100 people = $500-$1000 at the door.  It’s been my experience that MOST local bands don’t get 100 paid through the door.  But, for the sake of argument let’s take a band that can earn $1000 per appearance (there are a few).  The band would have to play 200 shows to gross $200,000.00 (two hundred thousand).  Divide that by however many people there are to pay in that “small business.”

For the record, MOST local bands don’t get close to smelling $200,000 a year.

Now add the cost of producing a recording.

It’s pretty common to see $800-$1200 cost per song finished and packaged… but not effectively promoted.  15 songs = $12,000 – $18,000.  Average price sold per song = <$1.00.  Average price earned per unit of listen via streaming = <$.01 USD.

BUY DIRECT when you’re able.  BUY LIVE – see a show.  BUY LOCAL always.

A friend, Trinity Demask, sent out a reminder about her new upcoming album and attached was a link to the “Standing O Project.”  From the website:

standing o project logoThe Standing “O” Project is a network of music and delight that generates financial support for musicians.

In return for a small monthly contribution, fans get a ton of exclusive music, rare interviews, unusual content, and the opportunity to get to know artists on a personal level.

Every month, 50% of the membership revenue goes directly back to the musicians. The rest supports this site and the public radio program that spawned it.

This project was built by touring musicians who understand the challenges of living from gig to gig.

The site is populated by several BIG names among the 300+ singer songwriters, including from Colorado, Lisa Bell, Philip Bailey, Megan Burtt, and Katey Laurel to name a few.

VIDEO PICK of the WEEK 

Keep your eyes open to local media for shows from rising blues/rhythm & blues/rock guitarist/vocalist Taylor Scott – who is touring with Otis Taylor, as well as his own band that at least according to this video includes Jon Wirtz on keyboards and Chris Harris on bass (I don’t know the drummer).  RIYL Derek Trucks etc … Can’t wait to see Taylor at a festival event this summer.

 PLAYLIST S9|EP8 FEB 2015

(D) = debut of lp, ep, or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

The Apples in Stereo  “Signal In the Sky (Let’s Go)” from Let’s Go (2001)
Sherri Jackson “Liberation” from Moments in Denial (1996)
(D) Dearling “Do You Love Me” from Do You Love Me (2015)
Arthur Lee Land “Cracked Open” from Cracked Open (2013)
(D) AMZY5 To Midnight” from  We Don’t Walk We Dance (2015) Jeff Austin “Fiddling Around” from The Simple Truth (2015)
Mosey West “Gone” from Merica (2012)
Equally Challenged “Like It Was” from EQC2 (2015)
Esme Patterson “Valentine” from Woman To Woman (2014)
(N) Land Lines “Help” from Natural World (2015)Eldren “We Just Want the World” from SpokesBUZZ Vol V: Band Together (2015)
Claymore Disco “Light Ahead of Me” from Light Ahead of Me (2014)
Tia Fuller “Descend to Barbados” from Angelic Warrior (2012)

 HOUR 2

The Moonrakers “Love Train” from Together With Him (1968)
The Astronauts “Crawfish Song” from Rockin With The Astronauts (1964)
Reed Foehl “Rodeo Clown” from Lost in the West (2014)
Brothers Keeper “Why Do You Fall” from Todd Meadows (2014)
Alan & Martin “Missin’ Kissin’ You” from Only Boys Back Then (2012)
(N) Selasee and the Fafa Family “Yes I Know” from Time for Peace (2015)
Wendy Woo “Hold On” from Live (2013)
(D) Michal Menert “Your Ghost” from Elements (2013)(D) Pan Astral “You Need” from Color Field (2015)Ben Markley ~ Clint Ashlock Quintet “The Return” from The Return (2014)

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The Colorado Sound S9|EP7 FEB 2015

valentine dayI am unabashedly in love.  Happy Valentine’s Day (after).  Today (Sunday) is a video day.  There’s no football, and I need to find something non-sports to fill the void.  I picked The Colorado Sound TV.  A nice 60″ tv through a Technics receiver w/ KLH speakers (yeah, old school shit for sure) and a wifi hookup from my laptop … and as I hit the new Medic video “If I Could Stay,” and reminisce on last night’s show at Herman’s Hideaway (Chris Daniels & the Kings cd release show, and a date night with Mrs Goat), I feel an intense rush of what I can only describe as love for the brilliance I see and hear around me every single day.

Crime Scene albumCongrats to Lance Bakemeyer (bass) for getting back up on stage last night with Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene at Herman’s after sustaining serious back and wrist damage from a fall this past November.  Mrs Goat and I bumped into Kerry and Paul from the Crime Scene at a late night breakfast joint…both very excited about the energy that the revamped rhythm section brought to the show.  Could be a new record on the way.  The band straddles a real fine line on “the Other Side” of rockabilly and blues, and during the course of their opening set also featured a driving calypso infused arrangement of the Informants hit, “Salvation.”  This is a hot rod car show band that doesn’t pander to our sanitized perceptions of the past.  In a different era these guys would have been thought of as criminals, hence the perfect application of the name.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

Happy Valentine’s Day release from Medic.  Sometimes a hit is just what it is to begin with, a hit.  Added immediately to video rotation, and as soon as I get the song file from the band it will immediately be added to both the radio show rotation and The Colorado Sound Live365.

PLAYLIST S9|EP7 2015

(D) = debut of new lp, ep, or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep

HOUR 1

Beast “Communication” from Higher…&…Higher! (1970)
Sugarloaf “Tongue in Cheek” from Spaceship Earth (1971)
(D) Chemistry Club “Like Lions” from Copia 1 – The Electric Hush (2015)Magician In the Machine “Resurrection” from Resurrection (2014)
Calder’s Revolvers “See To Believe” from Sunday Morning (2014)
H*Wood “One Love” from One Love (2013)
OneRepublic “Love Runs Out” from Native (2013)
(N) Land Lines “Limb from Limb” from Natural World (2015)
Tennis “High Road” from Young and Old (2012)
Drag the River “Wichita Skyline” from Drag The River (2013)
Todd Adelman “Right Before You Said Hello” from Highways & Lowways (2015)
Ben Markley~Clint Ashlock Quintet “For What It’s Worth” from The Return (2014)

HOUR 2

(N) Dianne Reeves “I Want You (feat. Sean Jones)” from Beautiful Life (2014)
(D) Gerald Albright “Slam Dunk” from Slam Dunk (2014)
Chris Daniels & the Kings “Cool Breeze” from Funky To the Bone (2015)
Cassie Taylor “New Orleans” from Out Of My Mind (2013)
The Samples “Boulder” from America (2014)
Wendy Woo “Sundrops” from Wide Awake and Dreaming (1999)
(D) Gipsy Moon “Surrender” from Autumn’s Retreat (2015)Leftover Salmon “Kentucky Skies” from Aquatic Hitchhiker (2012)
Yonder Mountain String Band “Complicated” from The Show (2009)
Jim Stranahan Little BIG BAND “Straight from the Source” from MIGRATION TO HIGHER GROUND (2014)

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The Colorado Sound S9|EP6 FEB 2015

goat on boardIn Offstage …Beyond the Music EP7 | PT1 Wendy and Charles and I spent a fair amount of time discussing the “industry” of music; that is to say, how does how often a band or artist perform affect their career standing?  Does a band that plays every week, often two or more times a week, suffer from overexposure and how does it affect popularity and earnings?

This issue of earnings is prevalent among musicians today, all the more so now that the U.S. Copyright Office has released a 245 proposal, Copyright & the Music Marketplace, transforming the fundamentals of music copyright concerning both recorded works and the underlying composition/publishing rights.

“The Copyright Office’s recommendations address almost every aspect of the music landscape, including the existing statutory licenses, the role of performing rights organizations, terrestrial performance rights for sound recordings, federal protection for pre-1972 sound recordings, access to music ownership data, and the concerns of songwriters and recording artists. These recommendations present a series of balanced trade offs designed to create a more rational music licensing system for all.” http://copyright.gov/docs/musiclicensingstudy/

Equally, a story in Westword this past week, that also appeared in other “Westword” publications around the country, raised the ire of many in the local scene when the author lists six reasons Why Musicians Don’t Deserve to Get Paid …including:

6. Most Music Sucks
5. Art Has Never Made Money
4. You Are Already Rich
3. Feeling Pain Makes You Better
2. No One Deserves Anything
1. You Care Too Much (about financial compensation)

Nobody practices law, medicine, or plumbing as a hobby.  Perhaps ironically, most who pick up an instrument do just that – take up music as a hobby.  So to use the example comparing plumbers to musicians appears to be a non-sequitur to my mind.

Far less than 1% of all the musicians I’ve ever known in my life have taken up music as a lifelong professional career – and there are as many examples of how they earn their living as there are examples of those who have tried.  The freeway to profitability in music, dance, acting, art is littered with the forgotten names of tens upon tens of thousands of those who have stepped onto a stage, or drawn or sculpted an image.  And that’s just in my lifetime.

I can’t say with any degree of confidence that I know what’s fair when it comes to how much to pay someone for a performance, or for the right to access their music via publicly available means such as the internet or broadcast radio or television.  My hope is that those who wish to establish a full time sustainable career in music (art) are able to navigate what is simply a chaotic and overly confusing and sometimes frightening life as an independent businessperson selling something that too many take for granted as available for free.

VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK

PLAYLIST S9|EP6

HOUR 1

Dan Fogelberg “Stars” from Live From Ebbet’s Field Vol. 4 (2010)
Townes Van Zandt “Snowin’ On Raton” from E-Town Live Two (1999)
(D) All Chiefs, No Indians “Union (Zack Dare Remix)” from The Danger Mission (2015)Fierce Bad Rabbit “Do You Want Me Now?” from Do You Want Me Now? (2014)
The Sound and Color “Tug of War” from The Sound and Color (2015)
(D) Selasee and the Fafa Family “Mama Africa” from Time for Peace (2015)
Drew Emmitt “Take the Long Way Home” from Long Road (2008)
Whiskey Blanket “Dinner with Ghouls” from From the Dead of Dark (2014)
(N) Bill Frisell “Surfer Girl” from Guitar In the Space Age (2014)
(N) Gasoline Lollipops “Homesick Remedy” from Spokes Buzz Band Together Vol.5 (2014) (N) Chris Daniels & the Kings “Joy” from Funky To the Bone (2015)
Ben Haugland “Point of No Return” from The Point Of No Return (2012)

HOUR 2

Super Band “Acid Indigestion” from Psychedelic States: Colorado in the Sixties (2007)
Sugarloaf “Rusty Cloud” from Spaceship Earth (1971)
(N) Blake Brown & American Dust Choir “White Rose” from 3 (2014) (N) Brother’s Keeper “Chamberlain” from Todd Meadows (2014)
Strange Americans “The Scene” from That Kind of Luster (2014)
Jeff Austin “The Simple Truth” from The Simple Truth (2015)
Churchill “Change” from Change EP (2012)
Wendy Woo “Drunk In Love” from Austerity (2011)
(D) Land Lines “Plans” from The Natural World (2015) Bad Weather California “I’ll Reach Out My Hand” from Sunkissed (2012)
(D) Paul Mullikin Quintet “Just A Tuesday” from Time Is Now (2014)

Please visit my friends’ sites.  They keep this thing going.  Much appreciated.

colorado case logoColorado Case Company a Fort Collins based, Colorado family owned business specializing in insulated soft cases, gig bags, case covers and rigid cases for most instruments, including hard to fit instruments.

SpokesBuzz Fort Collins logoSpokesBUZZ, a Colorado non-profit with a mission to develop the professionalism of artists, promote and connect progressive cultural destinations, amplify music scenes, and grow local economies.  See event calendar for Spokesbuzz band shows.

mishawakaThe historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Northern Colorado’s Musical Playground, and seriously one of the most badass music venues in the state.

 

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