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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 ...
 

The Grammy Awards and Indie Music Marketing

Sometime in the summer of 2013, I decided to join The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), AKA The Academy®. I had heard it was a great way to network with other local musicians – including Seattle’s own Grammy®-winning writers, producers and artists like Sir Mix-A-Lot, Eric Tingstad and Sue Ennis. Then, in the fall, on a lark, I decided to see what it was like to submit my music for the 56th (as they call it) Grammys. Just for fun, mind you, and ...
 

NAMM 2014: From Robby Krieger And Jonny Lang To A New Springsteen

The blues-rocker Jonny Lang, the 13-year-old upstart Alana Springsteen (no relation to the Boss), the Doors’ Robby Krieger and others provided standout performances at the annual Anaheim gathering. A couple of decades ago, on-site performances at the National Association of Music Merchants show, or NAMM, were definitely not a key part of the event held every January at ...
 

New Artist Spotlight: Jon Pardi

Saloon pianos clink, guitars crunch and fiddles, well, they fiddle throughout Write You a Song, Jon Pardi’s debut album on Capitol Records Nashville. And it fits together into a package that practically dares you not to get up and dance. A lot of Pardi’s energy stems from days on the road and long nights on stages throughout his home state of California. He was already absorbing the spirit of real-world Country when he performed “Friends in Low Places” at age 7 for his father’s...
 

Why Everyone Should Own (And Play!) A Keyboard

Every musician should own a keyboard. Every songwriter too. If you learn to play it well, that's wonderful. If you don't, that's ok. But the piano or keyboard is still one of the greatest tools for creating and understanding music, whether you ever perform on it or not. Piano is one of the simplest instruments to learn in many ways. Playing piano really well involves tremendous dexterity and coordination, but mastering any instrument demands the same level of commitment and practice...
 

Indie Artist Spotlight: 13 Editor Picks from 2013 - Part 2

As we push a few days further into the new year, it’s time to dig into Part Two of ourTop 13 Editor Picks of 2013. We’re pressing “play” again on some favorite (and memorable) editor selections that appeared in Indie-Music’s Indie Artist Spotlight in 2013. Our continued goal in 2014 is to put the emphasis back on the artists - discovering new talent and rediscovering old favorites that get us excited about the independent music scene. We’ve rekindled some great partnerships...
 

Building Your Fanbase With More Frequent Releases

Gone are the days when you’d record and release a new album every three or four years, throw all your promotional eggs into that one basket, tour non-stop for two years, and then repeat. Everything has changed, from the consumption habits of music fans to the costs and processes of music production. Nowadays — especially in the independent music world — the more music you release (assuming it’s good music), the greater your chances of building a loyal...
 

Protecting Band and Artist Stage Names

In this blog, guest contributor Attorney Michael I. Santucci discusses the topic of trademarking band and artist stage names as part of your musical brand and offers advice to stay informed on a topic that baffles many. A musical artist’s stage name or band name is often the most valuable asset she / he / it has. They are protectable as trademarks and service [FN1] under common law in the United States and in other common law nations, and are eligible for...
 

New Artist Spotlight: Kayla Calabrese

You can thank the CVS drugstore chain for getting Kayla Calabrese excited about Country Music. After all, she was born in Pine Beach, N.J., far from the nearest ranch or honky-tonk. Her family is pure Italian-American. Though she definitely enjoyed singing, Calabrese grew up dreaming more of being a doctor than a Country crooner. All of that changed when she and her mother took part in a scavenger hunt for tickets to a Martina McBride concert...
 

Sea Wolf Performs at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge

The stage was empty; a microphone was just standing there. It was imperative that the night’s show was going to compose of solo acts. Liza Anne, and Kiernan McMullan, who are Nashville’s local musicians, opened the stage for Alex Brown Church, aka Sea Wolf. The Mercy Lounge filled up quickly with Sea Wolf fans anticipating for him to perform. Liza Anne, who went on the stage first, performed a short set, but a sweet set. Her voice is reminiscent as Pricilla Ahn...
 

Jake Hamilton and the Sound - Beautiful Rider

He’s led worship in mammoth arena settings, stirred souls in the smallest of churches, performed on no less than four continents spanning many major American festivals to an audience of over 10,000 in Brazil, but even with experience at literally every level and cultural crossroad, Jake Hamilton and the Sound still have no idea what they’re doing. Sure, there’s the tangible success found in concerts alongside Third Day, Jeremy Camp, MercyMe and three years of Jesus...
 

5 Things Songwriters Can Do To Move Their Careers Forward

As a new songwriter, you may be overwhelmed by all there is to do when it comes to moving forward in your career. I’d compare the approach of this article to eating the elephant one tiny bite at a time. In other words, by being patient, organized and methodical in your daily work as a songwriter, you’re guaranteed to make steady progress in your career. If you follow the suggestions below, the results won’t be immediate but when you look back after six months or a year, I think...