Latest Articles

metadata-for-music

Sound Information: Metadata For Your Music

In the days of vinyl and tape cassettes, providing your listeners with information about your music was simple: Everything from song titles to song-writers, lyrics to album art, engineering credits to UPC codes, could be included in the sleeve or album sticker, and that was that. Today, what drives growth in the industry are music downloads, rather than physical sales, which continue their slow decline. But even as consumers increasingly turn away from physical media, we haven’t lost liner notes entirely. They’ve just begun...
 
kirstimanna

Are You A Natural?

I must admit, it wasn’t a typical Sunday afternoon. There Bill and I were, sitting at a living room house concert, a mile from our house, being completely blown away by two well known Nashville musicians. One is our longtime, dear friend, piano player extraordinaire/recording artist Tim McDonald and the other, a new friend, Shrapnel recording artist/guitar genius Johnny Hiland. They are two of the most amazing players I have ever heard. Completely inspiring with unbelievable facility and gifted with talent. I felt so grateful...
 
face-to-face-meeting-trend

The Power of Personal - When Traditional Marketing Still Counts

As a new artist it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the constantly evolving new media world. With new marketing platforms bombarding us every day, it’s difficult to see the forest from the trees. So what should you do to market your debut EP? How can you build up a fan base from scratch? Next time you feel a panic-attack coming on and start screaming “where do I start?!”, take a deep breath and remember that we were sociable before we were social. So cast your smiley text faces and FB invitations to one side, and ...
 
katie-armiger-eplate-ad

Katie Armiger Offers Instant Rewards with ePlate

Would you like a free download of music from Katie Armiger? You can get one next time you buy $25 worth of anything — groceries, gasoline, you name it — as long as you pay with a Dynamics ePlate™ credit card device. Don’t worry about the “device” wording; the ePlate is pretty much a credit card, but slimmer and equipped to offer extra bang for your bucks. Once your application is approved, you visit the company website and select whatever “Experience” you’d like to apply your purchases to. When you make those...
 
songwriter

Emotional Feeling Songs: Compose a Subtext

Emotional feeling songs have always been in great demand. Ballads are especially lyric-driven and must be clear and honest, yet visual and compelling. Ballads convey a strong sense of the emotions the singer of the song is feeling. Try to think of singing as speaking on organized, rather than random, pitches. Instead of slinging a bunch of loud notes at your audience, speak to them. Make your vocal technique word-based rather than tone-based. If your audience didn’t value the lyrics, they’d be listening to symphonies or instrumental....
 
ustream-logo

Ustream Opens Pay-Per-View To General Public Including "Your Brother's Band"

Live streaming platform Ustream recently launched their Open Pay-Per-View (OPPV) program after extensive beta testing. The service is available to all Ustream users and requires no upfront costs with a 50/50 rev share. It sounds like a great opportunity for indie producers, DIY musicians and venues wishing to put on their own PPV events. Ustream's announcement of Open Pay-per-view coincided with their presentation on Tuesday at SF MusicTech 2013. In addition, presentations and panels from SF MusicTech were...
 
Ashley Monroe

Ashley Monroe Finds Her Own Way

Though Ashley Monroe is hardly a newcomer to Country Music, many fans will hear her for the first time on her own with Like a Rose – her first solo effort since she achieved visibility as a member of The Pistol Annies, which also includes Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley. But for Vince Gill, who produced Like a Rose with Justin Niebank, his acquaintance with and admiration for Monroe goes back about a decade. “I first met Ashley when she had just moved to town. I called her up to figure out a time...
 
old-tool-box

Kim's Songwriters Toolbox: What is a Hook and Where Can I Find One?

Hi Everyone - I'm starting a new series of articles called Kim's Songwriters Toolbox. Planning to share some great insights on writing and tools for making your songs stronger! Hook the listener! Get to the hook! Write to your hook! The hook is the message of your song consolidated into one clever or profound line. It is the one line that a listener will remember from your song even if they forget all others because of its placement in the song; it’s musical and melodic spotlight; it’s “singability” (aka rhyme, meter, alliteration...
 
Hard Rock Cafe Nashville hosts PINKTOBER with Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler Is on the Case with Trϋ Protection

When Keiko Napier and her sons founded Trϋ Protection in 2009, they had several top priorities. One was to create a line of high-quality accessories for Apple iPhones, iPods, iPads and other products. Equally important, they wanted to support charities through sales of dedicated designer items. So when she took note of Kellie Pickler’s Bald Beauties campaign to encourage women to get mammograms and detect breast cancer early, Napier knew at once she had found an ideal cause and partner. As it happens, Pickler...
 
gibson-amp

Amp Troubleshooting and Repairs for Road Dogs

One thing you can count on if you’re a touring musician is that at some point your amp is going to stop working or fail to operate correctly. That’s why it’s always a good idea to travel with a backup and to have some simple amp fixes, which are all many failures require, within your skill set. First, a word of caution. There are dangers associated with major amp repairs, since transformers can retain their raw voltage and deliver serious, harmful shocks unless they are properly discharged. But tube...
 
AlvinLee-1975

Alvin Lee: Legendary Guitarist Dead At 68

I am still numb upon hearing the news about the death of singer-songwriter-guitarist Alvin Lee. Only 68, the virtuoso guitarist apparently passed away in the wake of "unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure," according to his Web site. Throughout the day I have received a number of texts and emails from friends who know that I am a long-time fan of the Ten Years After icon. I only had the chance to interview him once, and then subsequently see him shortly after that. I'll never forget the excitement of seeing him...
 
Alan Doyle, left, and Séan McCann, right, kick off Tuesday night's set. Photo: Kelly A. Swift, for the Register

Concert Review: Great Big Sea Still Going Strong 20 Years On

Canadian folk-rockers Great Big Sea at City National Grove of Anaheim made it clear Tuesday night: No matter what the musical brand, it takes something special for a group that sails mostly below commercial radar to stay together and continue to fully connect with fans for two decades. "Anaheim, California – the first day of the tour!" Alan Doyle, principal vocalist and one of the band's three multi-instrumentalists, declared early in the night. "Twenty years in the making. Thank you very much." The export from Newfoundland ...
 
radiohead_the-bends

20 Years of Radiohead

Radiohead released their debut album, Pablo Honey, 20 years ago in February 1993. Since then, they’ve achieved their own low-key megastardom. What makes Radiohead so very special? I first listened to Radiohead via “Creep.” Sure, I’d heard them before but “Creep” was when I really listened. On its second single release – it flopped first time – it became an alt.rock smash on both sides of the Atlantic. Dramatic and dynamic, with outrageous guitar tones, it hit a nerve with the grunge generation looking for...
 
gibson-flying-v

The Gibson Flying V: 20 Essential Facts

Back in 1957, Gibson’s then-President and chief designer, Ted McCarty, undoubtedly had an eye on the ‘50s tailfins of cars by Cadillac and Chrysler when he designed the V, part of Gibson’s 1958-launched Modernistic line alongside the Explorer and super-rare Moderne. The Flying V has a rich history in music of all genres. You’ll be needing this Flying V 101 to impress your buddies. 1. Ted McCarty’s earliest 1957 prototypes were made of mahogany, and had the ‘V’ sides but a rounded Les Paul-like rear bout...
 
Eddie Perez, Paul Deakin, Raul Malo, Robert Reynolds and Jerry Dale McFadden of The Mavericks.

The Mavericks – Built to Last

Take one quavering tremolo guitar chord, a rattlesnake shaker, some Farfisa carny keyboards and a few picante horn punctuations, and you’re on the brink of “Back in Your Arms Again,” written by Raul Martinez, Gary Nicholson and Seth Walker, the opening track of In Time, the first new music in seven years from the celebrated progressive Country sensation known as The Mavericks. More than 20 years after their first critically acclaimed major label release, From Hell to Paradise, the Miami-born, two-time CMA Vocal Group of...
 
Page 40 of 96« First...102030...3839404142...5060708090...Last »