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Reagan Boggs Sings From A Personal Perspective

Reagan Boggs drops into quicksand on Feb. 11. Well, sort of. Boggs will issue her new album, “Quicksand,” on Feb. 11. “I am super excited,” said Boggs of her new album. “I feel good about it.” But first the native of Pound, Va. will delve into new songs and old on Feb. 1 at Down Home in Johnson City. “We’ll do a majority of the new album at the show — at least half of it,” Bogg said. “Yeah, we’ll do ‘Better Man,’ too.” In “Better Man” Boggs referred to the...
 

New Artist Spotlight: Eric Paslay

Eric Paslay’s story is familiar, from his upbringing in Waco and Temple through his gigs on the Lone Star circuit and inevitable move to Nashville. Eventually hired by Cal IV Publishing, the tall Texas redhead penned several hits. He won CMA’s coveted Triple Play Award for writing or co-writing three songs that hit No. 1 in 2012: “Angel Eyes,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” which also was honored as ASCAP’s Country Song of the...
 

Los Lonely Boys in San Juan Capistrano

Throughout their hard-hitting 100-minute performance Friday night, Feb. 7, 2014, at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, Los Lonely Boys need not have worried whether the capacity crowd was interested in hearing songs off the group’s new album, Revelation. Thankfully, they drew an enthusiastic and discerning audience interested in anything the Texas rock ’n’ blues trio served up. Singer-guitarist Henry Garza stepped up and asked, “Are you ready...
 

Finding And Nurturing Your Musical Niche

To be successful, you need to master social media marketing and be ruthlessly proactive when cultivating a fan base and a musical niche. Find and nurture a musical niche. It may sound discouraging, but to be successful you need to compete with the several million musicians worldwide who are online vying for the attention, loyalty, and money of music fans. And I do mean millions – right now, Reverbnation alone has a community of over three million musicians...
 

How To Create A Great Band e-Newsletter

For a lot of bands I talk to, an email database or e-newsletter is really a bit of an afterthought; they are more concerned with building up a Facebook or Twitter following that is big enough to impress that A&R guy from Pink Floyd's "Have a Cigar." But actually, a good email list and a great series of e-newsletters represent an extremely important way to stay in touch with your fans. You are in control of the communication - not a Facebook algorithm - and, through...
 

The Live Online Concert Experience: Creating The Right Vibe

Have you ever played a gig in a great venue, but the lighting was just bad (too bright, too dim, bad color, etc…)? What about playing on that “sorry excuse for a stage” in the far corner of a room and your audience had a hard time getting close or hearing well? I think we’ve all had more than our fair share of depressing show experiences, as performers and fans. But there are the awesome ones too! Remember that show at the amphitheater where the sunset rested on...
 

How to Create a Music Marketing Budget in 4 Simple Steps

One of the most important things you can do to prepare for the year ahead is to create a budget for your musical activities. Having a budget will give you a much clearer look at where you want to go financially, how you’ll get there, and what your progress is along the way. We’ve broken down the process into 4 simple steps to help you create a budget : 1. Ask a question. To help determine what your financial goals for the year will be, first ask yourself some questions...
 

Post-Show Procedures: 8 Things Every Band Should Do After the Performance

Do you have a post-show plan? Is there a set of procedures that you work on after each performance? Or, does your band simply work on the next upcoming event – the next show, the next rehearsal, time in the studio, etc.? In almost every professional endeavor, there is some kind of routine or review period to measure performance or follow-up with customers: In sports, the coach diligently sits down with the entire team to review footage of the previous...
 

Ronnie Milsap Looks Forward to the Past

Ronnie Milsap has no fear of mining his past and building his sound on what he retrieves. All the elements of his new single and title track, “Summer Number Seventeen,” written by Joe Hunter and Sam Hunter, harks back musically to much of his catalog. His longtime, loyal fans will ease into it like weary listeners into a warm bath of reverie. Inspired as much by Jim Reeves as by soul giant Jackie Wilson, Milsap embraces multiple influences. That’s why...
 

How to Become What You Want to Be

I have gotten several e-mails lately that begin with “I want to be…”. None of them begin with, “I am becoming…”, or follow up with, “How can I become…”, which would show an interest in learning and an energy for doing, rather than just wishing. I typically reply with a short lesson on what I do and the recommend the best next step for them based on the information they have given me. Quite often my advice is to learn about the elements involved in their dream...
 

New Artist Spotlight: Logan Brill

If we were to judge Logan Brill by the lyrics on her debut album, Walking Wires, we might feel a little worried. After all, she sings about being haunted by a lost relationship on “No Such Thing As Ghosts” (written by Chris Stapleton), the consequences of staying with a stranger in a hotel room on “Month of Bad Habits” (Andrew Combs and Doug Johnson), forlornly “going from bar to bar” on “Rewind” (Paolo Nutini), being “too tired to swim, too weak to crawl” on “Seven Year...
 

Kristian Bush with Larkin Poe at Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta

Sometimes, being single is a good thing. It gives you time and space to discover who you want to be without the influence of anyone else changing your path. Case in point: Kristian Bush, one-half of the hit country duo Sugarland. Bush is hitting the road on his "Put Your Soul In It" solo tour while Sugarland takes a hiatus. Bush, an accomplished songwriter and performer, began his tour in Atlanta at the historic Buckhead Theatre where he performed for a packed house...
 

Musicians Hall of Fame Inducts Legends

Tuesday night was another of those "only in Nashville" nights, as some of music's most famous names, and behind-the-scenes players of instruments, took to the stage of the Municipal Auditorium to perform and pay homage to friends and heroes alike for the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum's annual induction ceremony. Chip Esten, who portrays Deacon Claybourne on the ABC prime-time soap Nashville, was the emcee for the evening, which included...
 

Getting AAMPPed Up: Where Music and Social Media Collide

Music and social media go hand-in-hand, particularly in terms of sharing music and information between artists, professionals and fans. While Facebook and other social media networks allow some of this communication, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a social network dedicated exclusively to the promotion and proliferation of music? Enter: AAMPP. AAMPP (simply pronounced “amp”) is the latest social network to hit the music scene. Music is its bloodline, and musical ...
 

The Secret To Successful Crowdfunding

I know how exciting it is to hear a secret, so I’ll get right to the point and then offer some additional insight. The secret to successful crowdfunding is perspective. “What perspective?” you may ask. Well, here’s the key: Crowdfunding is not charity. Crowdfunding is presale. Pretty simple, right? When the concept of crowdfunding first circulated it was presented as a way for people who didn’t have any money to raise funds to complete their projects. Now don’t get me wrong; it ...