For The Sake Of Development And Collaboration: Big Label Affiliation Vs. Small Label Family Values
Kris Gruen, a New York native making Americana folk music in Vermont, released his 3rd album, New Comics From The Wooded World earlier this year. During previous tours, Gruen has shared the stage with artists like Sean Lennon, The Avett Brothers and Jesse Malin. Kris tells us about his experience with his independent label Mother West and his fondness for small labels.
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Though I’m not an independent artist, I’m as close as one can get. I’m on a small, savvy independent label called Mother West, based in NYC. It’s the kind of shop that introduces you to legendary industry leaders in the morning, then joins you at your grandmother’s luncheon in the afternoon. The kind of outfit that doesn’t need to be reminded to avoid booking a tour on your daughter’s birthday, but also makes sure you have civilized accommodations when they do send you out (maybe even your favorite make, model and color of van if you’re lucky!).
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Guest Blog: Jay Nash On Rock For The River
I spent a lot of my youth in a place called the 1000 Islands on the Upper St Lawrence River.
The 1000 Islands is a land lost in time. The place has a singular physical beauty but perhaps an element that is just as critical to it’s charm, is in it’s ongoing harmonious relationship with the people that live there. Not a whole lot has changed up there in the last 100 years. Back in the late 1800s, it was one of the most popular vacation spots in the Northeast for residents of not only upstate New York, but also NYC, Boston and Philadelphia.
Almost every positive memory from my youth and formative years came from the time that I spent on the St Lawrence River. I grew up and went to grade school in Manlius, a small village, just outside of Syracuse, NY however, I spent much of my summer and nearly every weekend from May through November in the 1000 Islands in Clayton, NY.
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Vocal Help: Expanding Your Color Pallete
I want to talk about the development of vocal textures–meaning that the color you sing with often becomes the color you write with. Your voice is like crayons or paint depending on the level and style of art, but if you only draw (vocally speaking) with only pencil, you will only write one kind of song. Expand your Color palette and you will expand the the genre and style of songs that you write.
Over the last 20+ years of my life I’ve written countless rock songs, countless country songs, musical theater, classical, gospel, Christian come, folk, indie, straightahead pop, and a hybrid of all of the above. Understanding vocal textures or particular tone qualities, truly is the road to creativity. I’ve taught 1000′s of singers–in person and through my training program Singing Success –for over 25 years how to do this by mixing resonance:
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Why No One Is Listening to Your Music
Quick – tell me 3 people you want to listen to your music that you think will be able to put it in a commercial, film, or TV promo! Even if you’ve already contacted them, write down a name with a little space beneath to complete this exercise.
Done? Great! Now write down 3 things you said to persuade each person to listen to your music (they can all be similar or the same if you do a lot of copy/paste).
Alright, now for each person list 3 things about them that have nothing to do with their job, or music.
Hmmm…alright, take some more time and think about it…times up!
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Guest Blog: James Storm
Beer drinking, butt-kicking TNA IMPACT wrestling superstar “Cowboy” James Storm will head to Nashville this weekend for Lockdown, where he has his heart set on winning the heavyweight championship. Storm, who likes his music twangy and true, shared with us his top five favorite country songs.
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Guest Blog: Miss Willie Brown at the ACM Awards
Hey! Miss Willie Brown here! We went to the ACM Awards in Las Vegas this past weekend and it was a blast! We went to radio remotes at the MGM, which is basically a gigantic room filled with radio stations from all over the country and you go from table to table meeting them and doing interviews. It was so much fun!
On Saturday, we performed at the ACM Experience Acoustic stage for a bunch of folks and we were super grateful to be included. We got to meet everyone afterwards and had a blast. We also had the privilege of being a part of the Dr. Pepper party where we got to take pictures with fans and see Chris Young and Blake Shelton perform … they were awesome! THEN … Sunday we walked our very first red carpet at the 2012 ACM AWARDS!!!! IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE!!! At the show we got to watch all the performances LIVE!!! Since we can’t fit all of our experiences into one paragraph, we thought we would give you a quick glance into our time in Vegas …
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