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ToneDen Is A Clean Content Hub For Artists

The music discovery experience often involves hopping around the multitude of outlets for new music—social media sites, music streaming engines, blogs, and websites. For an artist, the challenge is threading their brand and identity between these bases, and providing ample links between them to give fans easy access to pertinent information and music. The newly launched hopes to clean up this process by consolidating artists music, social...

Musicians, Venues, & Taxes

If you have ever played in a band that is not a registered business, somewhere along the line a venue has probably asked you who checks should be made out to, and whose contact information should appear on the 1099 form issued by the venue. If the band is not registered, this will usually generate a frustrating conversation between band members, until one members graciously steps forward to accept this responsibility. But when does a venue really need to give a...
Wayne "Wing" Sermon, Dan Reynolds

Imagine Dragons, Naked & Famous and Nico Vega in Atlanta

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm not a big fan of many of the newer bands that are onstage these days. Perhaps I'm stuck in the '70's and '80's when music had meaning and there were fewer genres than there were bands. (Okay, that is complaint about what appears to be the new music model of getting labeled something like "alt-indie-post-punk-rock-and-roll jazz band", or some such nonsense.) Nevertheless, I'm always pleasantly surprised when I get...

5 Time Management Tactics Every Musician Must Know

The discussion of the intersection between independent musician and entrepreneur is not a new one. Both are responsible for shaping their own careers, building their own teams, setting their own goals and working towards the proper milestones that will turn dreams into reality. Musicians and entrepreneurs also suffer from a similar issue: time management. And rightfully so… whether you are a solo artist working on your own, or have a band that you...

Home Recording vs A Pro Studio: Does It Really Matter?

As technology has advanced in the last decade, the world of digital recording has evolved at an exhausting pace. I recorded my first project in 2003 on an Akai DPS16. It had a HUGE 10 gig hard drive and some cool effects. It was an entirely self-contained unit. I would use loops in Acid on my pc and line them out into the Akai. I was thrilled. My friends and I had some good fun with it. We had no idea how digitally ignorant we were. We just knew...

Tax Tips For The Working Musician

As April 15th rolls around, thousands of working musicians will be scrambling to get their receipts organized as they prepare last year’s tax returns. For most anyone making money with music, the onus is on you to make the most of the various deductions that can be taken on your federal and state income taxes. To answer some questions and help you prepare for the inevitable, I spoke with veteran CPA and tax guru Alan Friedman to get some tax tips for musicians.
Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit, Glen Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh

The History of the Eagles Landed In Atlanta

In 1971, two musicians who were backing up Linda Ronstadt on tour decided they should form a band of their own. Don Henley and Glenn Frey told Linda their plans. In turn, she introduced them to Bernie Leadon. Then, with the addition of Randy Meisner, The Eagles were born and became one of the most successful bands of the 1970's, as well as one of the best-selling bands of all time. Core members of The Eagles include Henley, Frey and Leadon, along with...

The Basics: Three Types of Electric Guitars

Electric guitars are full of options, with various pickups, bridges, fret sizes, neck radii, tone woods, tuners and so on all having an impact on how an instrument plays and sounds. But stripping things down to the absolute basics, there are three types of electric guitars: solid bodies, hollow bodies and semi-hollow bodies. And they’re ideally suited for different playing approaches. Here’s a basic introduction to hollow, semi-hollow and solid body guitars...
Eric Church

Eric Church Looks Inside The Outsiders

Eric Church has spent nearly two hours in an old church-turned-recording studio in East Nashville, playing his new album, The Outsiders, for a group of Nashville media reps gathered to hear his latest offering. And when the listening session ends, the sense of satisfaction and, yes, pride that Church exudes as he answers questions about the project is undeniable. And justified. The album, Church’s fifth (four studio and one live), is ambitious...

Why Is The Grand Ole Opry "The Terminator"?

Once again the Grand Ole Opry management is making what they call changes. They have terminated employment of keyboard player Tim Atwood who has 38 years of service with the Opry, and fiddle player Hoot Hester who also has been with the Opry for many years. As you can see by the article below, no reason was given, no personal meeting, just a phone call. It is sad to think that The Grand Ole Opry cares so little for their employees, and fires and hires at will...

From Townshend to Trucks: 10 Giants of the Gibson SG

It’s hardly surprising that many of rock’s most legendary guitarists have plied their craft on a Gibson SG. With its warm sustain, silky fretboard and sharp cutaways, the SG is conducive to all types of playing—from searing solos to chunky rhythms to sinewy leads. Moreover, the SG’s sleek, lightweight design and striking beauty makes it a much-favored instrument for live performance. At various points such notables as Pete Townshend, Todd...

Four Things You Can Do To Improve Your Odds in Film / TV Placements

Having had the good fortune of song placements in both films and television shows, I can safely say there is no magic bullet when it comes to how to make this happen. That being said, there are certainly things that you, as a songwriter, can do to improve your odds. I've listed a few of these below. Make sure your song is professionally recorded and performed. This may sound obvious but there is absolutely no wiggle room for a poorly sung, performed...

Are You Really Looking for Feedback on Your Songs?

What I’m about to say here applies directly to beginning songwriters, although it can serve as a valuable reminder for those more experienced. I have often mentioned the value of songwriter groups such as NSAI. There is great benefit in getting together with a group of fellow songwriters, talking about the craft of songwriting, and offering feedback on each others songs. However, I have noticed that sometimes a new writer will come into the group, and...

The World According to College Rock

Alternative music got its early start in the late-‘70s and ‘80s, when college radio championed anything mainstream radio would not—and that was a lot. College rock was alternative before alternative was cool. When college stations rocked hard, everything from post-punk to new wave to synth-pop to noise reigned supreme. Read on for choice quotes from some of the pioneers of the college rock rise. Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan on the biggest changes...

10 Tours To Look Forward To in 2014

It’s a new year, and with that comes a whole bunch of great tours to look forward to during the next twelve months. Veterans like Metallica, and Aerosmith will be on the road, as well as more current acts like Paramore and Halestorm. Since U2 will be coming out with a new album later this year, can we also assume a new tour is in the works? Wishful thinking, I know. Instead let’s take a look at some of the cool tours that have been confirmed for 2014 so far! Please let us...
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