I recently hosted a panel on a hot topic: crowd-funding. The consensus? Smart musicians can be very successful at raising money this way. But it's a job. Crowd-funding requires some ingenuity, a business plan, and truck-loads of dedication. There's so much more to running a successful crowd-funding campaign than meets the eye.
Maria Taylor, has released her new album, Something About Knowing, today via Saddle Creek. While Maria has already gained widespread recognition as one-half of the dream-pop duo Azure Ray, released four solo albums and an EP and collaborated with esteemed musicians including Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Jim Eno (Spoon) and Moby, her prolific career has only scratched the surface of what the Alabama-based artist has to say.
I used to sit around and daydream about having a rich relative that would pass away someday (sadly) and leave me a fortune. When I began to look around at my relatives, I realized quickly that I had better start buying lottery tickets if I wanted a windfall like that. I figured out that any money I was going to fall into was likely going to be the result of really hard work on my part. Sobering, but true. Here are the lessons I learned in regard to a big windfall as a songwriter...
Legendary San Francisco-based punk label Fat Wreck Chords has announced the release of The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute. Set for an October 29 release, the 26-track covers album was recently compiled to celebrate the life of the late No Use For A Name frontman Tony Sly, who passed away on July 31, 2012 at the age of 41. Hear the cut "Capo 4th Fret" performed acoustically by Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem.
Volcano Choir is a project of Justin Vernon, who is otherwise known as the Grammy-winning indie artist Bon Iver. While most are familiar with Vernon for the latter, Volcano Choir actually existed for years before Vernon ever released Bon Iver material. Here we take a look...and a listen...at their latest release, Repave.
In past lessons we’ve spruced up rhythm patterns by adding extra notes to chords, and by inserting bass lines and scale runs. This time around the subject is intervals, specifically thirds. Here we give you some practical examples of how to put thirds to work for you. In fact, thirds in particular are real workhorses, frequently used by guitarist, R&B, rock, country and blues.
Are you a Dylan fan? Then this is your dream come true...Yep, it's Dylan Fest! With two locations, New York and San Francisco, Dylan Fest piles on the Dylan with some classic and new names, for a Dylan overdose!!! Plus, 100% of the ticket sale proceeds will benefit Sweet Relieve and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Do a good deed, hear some good music. Yeah! Here are the details...
To celebrate the launch of the new Acoustic Nation, we're giving away a brand new Peavey DW-3 Acoustic Guitar. The DW-3 includes active electronics, a built-in tuner, a built-in mic with blend control, and features a rosewood back and sides, a solid spruce top, and a laser etched custom rosette.