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The Do's and Don’ts of Co-Writing

Looking back over twenty-plus years to my first songwriting efforts, I remember my creative process as so personal and fragile that I was dead certain I would never open it up to another person. This would have seemed like co-painting or more like co-dating...just not going to happen. However, two things DID happen. One, I moved...

How Does a Songwriter Get Paid When Their Song is Recorded?

A song contains two distinct legal parts: 1) the underlying song or composition; and 2) the recorded performance of the song. The underlying song is notes on a page of written music, the composition or that thing created by the songwriter. There can be only one underlying song or composition. Every time an underlying song is performed...

You’re NEVER Yoo Old To Make It In Music

Why your age doesn’t have to hold you back in the independent music world. Youth has always been a component of popular music culture: Sinatra, Elvis, The Beatles, Madonna, Britney Spears, One Direction, Lorde — they all got their start well before the big THREE-O. And some of them were still in their teens!
Tim Baker, Romesh Thavanathan, Mara Pellerin

Concert Review: Hey Rosetta! in Nashville

It was a very wet, chilly night in Nashville, but it didn’t deter fans from coming out to see Hey Rosetta! The 7 piece Canadian band performed on the small stage of Mercy Lounge. Fans were greeted with an array of instruments on the stage, including guitars, keyboards, french horn, drums, bass, violin, and a cello; all instruments that different members ...

Songwriting Tip: Reading Between The Lines

Whenever you sit down to write lyrics for your new song, be sure and say what you mean. Never assume that your listeners are going to be able to read “between” the lines because they won’t. Count on this because it’s not going to happen. Every song you write should have a very distinctive beginning, middle and end to the...

How to Launch a Music Publicity Campaign

If you’re sitting down to tackle making an album, there’s a lot to think about; from clearing the rights for your cover songs to converting the cover art to the right format. These issues can trip you up, or cause the album to take a lot longer than you’d expect. Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan, authors of The Indie Band Survival Guide, have revised...

Vid O’ The Week: Winterbourne – Cold

My friends read a lot. I listen to music a lot. They’re always suggesting books for me to read and I’m always like“But what is the best book that I should read.” Personally, if someone asked me what music I should recommend them, one of the first artists that would come to mind is Winterbourne. And of course when we share something that we love, there is...

10 (Plus) Big Hits In Alternate Tunings

Getting beyond the realm of standard tuning can seem like confronting a map from the Renaissance — beyond “thar” there be dragons. But the dragons of open D, open G, dropped D and even modal tunings are easily conquered if approached without fear. Even easier if you’re got a guitar outfitted with Gibson’s new Gibson G FORCE™ automatic...

5 Reasons Email is Essential to Online Marketing

In the world of twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, it may seem like email is old news akin to saving your work to a floppy disk (and if you don't know what that is then that only further proves my point). That assumption though is, frankly, wrong and if you're not taking advantage of email for marketing, you should reconsider. Email is a powerful...

Who’s the Next Jimmy Page?

As a superstar guitarist, Gibson Les Paul legend Jimmy Page had it all — the licks, the looks, the tone, the attitude, the ideas — during his years on stage with the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin. And he’s kept his legacy intact as he’s transitioned from rock god to six-string eminence grise. In an era where rock stars wear T-shirts and baseball caps...
Charee White

ICMA Media Appreciation Luncheon - Nashville

There were cowboy hats, cowboy boots, promotional CDs and familiar smiles at the annual ICMA Media Appreciation Luncheon held at the historic Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. The event was opened with a prayer by Jason Higgins, President of the ICMA and Higgins Music Group, then guests started to enjoy the delicious meals provided. Richard...
Dale Krantz-Rossington, Johnny Colt, Gary Rossington,  Mark "Spa

One More For The Fans - Celebrating The Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd in Atlanta

Last night, a star-studded celebration was held at the historic Fox Theatre in downtown Atlanta, where some of music's finest came together to honor the songs and music of Lynyrd Skynyrd. With performances by Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Randy Houser, Jason...

Vid O’The Week: Fractures – It’s Alright

Be a part of history and take an intense journey through an abandoned and disintegrated building in an exclusion zone, hit by the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion of 1986. Your heart may sink, you may cry tears of heartfelt inspiration, but most of all you will feel this deep connection with the man that features in this video, as the song...

Don’t Limit Your Songwriting to 4/4 Time

Experimenting with different time signatures can give your songs a creative edge and lead to better songwriting – and we’ve got examples to prove it. Whether you’re listening to mainstream rock, pop, country, hip-hop, or dance music, chances are you’ll hear one thing in common — a 4/4 time signature. The reality is that most widely-heard music...

Which Popular Christmas Songs Are Still Protected By Copyright?

‘Tis the season when you start to see Christmas decorations right beside the Halloween candy in Costco. That’s right, summer is barely over and it’s already time for holiday preparations. If part of your music promotion plan this year is to release some Christmas songs — and that’s always a smart plan, since people love to buy music around...
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