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The Moody Blues In Concert at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta

There really is only one word to describe British rock band The Moody Blues - legendary. For nearly fifty years (as of May 4), their music has been heard around the world with over 70 million albums sold and 14 gold and platinum discs awarded. So, what is it that has kept this band which was part of the "British Invasion" of the 1960's so relevant and viable yet today, selling out venues around the world? The music, of course. The Moody Blues could be called...

I Don't Play Other People's Music

Have you ever made this statement? If you write and / or perform your own music, you might feel this way. Many people learned to play in order to create, and that's where they get the most satisfaction. I recognize and celebrate that...the way they learned to use their instrument is part of their artistry. A musician like U2's guitarist The Edge is a great example: writing guitar hooks for the band, he developed a style that didn't require great technical skill but was completely his own.
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Kacey Musgraves Isn’t Just Blowing Smoke

The Well is a semi-bohemian hangout in Nashville’s Green Hills neighborhood. The parking lot is a grid of potholes and chipped concrete. There’s rust on the metal panels on the ceiling. The wooden tables are notable for their fading varnish and the gaps between their slats that allow all kinds of stuff — crumbs, coffee, jewelry — to fall through to the floor. It’s comfortably unkempt but friendly. And it’s just a couple of blocks down the road from the Bluebird Cafe...

Marketing Your Music 101: The Importance of Your Story

What IS music marketing? According to Wikipedia, marketing is: 'the process of communicating the value of a product or service to customers, for the purpose of selling that product or service.” In the music industry, it’s helpful to think of this process in somewhat simpler terms: marketing is the art of telling your story to the right people at the right time, and telling it well. Put even more simply: it’s about making meaningful connections.

Why Your Band Needs A Website

I’m not going to beat around the bush. If you’re serious about your music–your band needs a dedicated website. Not a webpage, not social profile, not a Tumblr or a Blogger, but an actual honest-to-goodness hosted website with your own band name nested between the ‘www.’ and ‘.com.’ Yes, I’m biased. I work for a service that offers band websites (Sue me). But the thing is, I don’t just feel this way about bands. I feel this way about EVERYTHING.

Co-Writing: The No Free Zone

The best advice I ever got on co-writing was from Stan Webb, my first professional co-writer. When Tom Casey, a VP at SESAC in Nashville, set the appointment up for me, he asked Stan to talk to me a bit about the Nashville co-writing process, a process that dominates the songwriting culture there. I was waiting in the SESAC writer's room with my notes and titles, some complete lyrics, song ideas, and I was feeling nervous. I, after all, am a big-time Professor...

Six Things To Do When Your Song Is Finished

Knowing when a song is finished is an entire article in and of itself so I’m going to predicate these comments on the understanding that your song is, indeed, done. While having a finished song is its own victory, there’s more work to do if you’re hoping to keep your records straight, stay organized and possibly generate income with your song. By treating your songwriting like the profit-making business you’re hoping it will become, you’ll be in a position to capitalize on your opportunities...

Smarter in Sixty Seconds: Make Your (Musical) Mission Statement

It’s that once in a lifetime crossroads of being a kid and starting to grow up. Ahh…to be 13 again. Volkswagen introduced the Golf in 1975 -- but that's not important right now. Never again will you care about anything so passionately as you did when you were 13. Your heroes are very real and bigger than life and you would fight to the death to defend them. A child of the Sixties, I became totally obsessed with rock and roll early on so my childhood heroes were ...

Frustration, Jealousy and the Oft-Forgotten Trait: Consistency

You’re in music. You are frustrated with the Industry, and on days where you are honest enough to admit it, you are jealous of several of the seemingly-talentless hacks that sit atop the pop charts. Here are some of the conclusions I have come to about my career path in and out of music. Sometime in the last year or so I was aimlessly flipping through 400 channels of nothing when I noticed a familiar face on TV. My old band mate from college Gabe Roth was playing...

New Legislation Seeks to Modernize Copyright Act to Benefit Songwriters

A member of Congress has introduced legislation this morning aimed at ensuring that the Copyright Royalty Board also consider fair market value when setting songwriter mechanical royalty rates for digital services. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, carrying the name the Songwriter Equity Act. Its purpose is to update provisions in the Copyright Act to level the playing field for...

Hall & Oates In Concert in Indio, CA

What wasn't to love about Hall & Oates' terrific concert at Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio, CA on March 7? Over the course of 90 wonderful and fast-moving minutes, Daryl Hall andJohn Oates –backed by a solid 6-man band – offered up rousing takes on not only most of their most beloved and essential hits from the 1970s and '80s but a few rarely-heard gems too. With Hall & Oates set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month, the...

25 Music Crowdfunding Mistakes Bands Make

Asking for money sucks. Maybe you fear rejection or maybe you worry that you’ll look desperate, greedy, incompetent or rude. It’s a lot like being a middle schooler trying to hold hands or put an arm around your date while at the movies. Asking for money often raises internal doubts like: Will I seem greedy? Will it negatively affect our relationship? Do they trust me? Will they understand why or buy into my vision? Will I look like an a—hole? These are legitimate...

Create a Music Business Filing Cabinet

Are you collecting valuable articles and information about the music business? Do you keep a record of every press mention or post about your band? Maybe there are just interesting articles about art, marketing, social media, current events, books, or other content that can help fuel inspiration for a new song or teach you how to do something. When I see this kind of material, I put it in my “music filing cabinet.” Too often, we see something of interest but then forget about...

Music Community Pays Tribute To Nashville Songwriter Lorna Flowers

Nashville songwriter Lorna Flowers passed away yesterday during what should have been a routine medical procedure. While specifics are still coming in, it is believed the possible cause of death was heart failure during the procedure. We will try to keep you up to date as the information becomes available. The Nashville music community are paying tribute to one of their own. Read the tributes below. (More will be added as they come in.)

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...
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