Black Friday, Cyber Monday & Americana Music

"Fame doesn't take away the pain, it just pays the bills"

If only.  Fame won't fix the tour van or even gas it up.  It won't pay for the hotel rooms.  In some dives it won't even buy the drinks.  Fame doesn't pay a salary.  Americana/alt-country fame pays even less than that.    

Which brings me to the upcoming holiday shopping season.  If you're a fan of an artist, one of the best things you can do for that artist (and the people you love) is buy the artist's records and give them as gifts to the folks on your list.  Not only does this move a little money their way on the front end, it has the impact of introducing that artist to folks who otherwise might not even know they exist.  Let's face it, some of us are a bit nerdy about music, and it's up to us to evangelize a bit. 

Giving the gift of music often pays another benefit, less tangible, but more valuable.  It creates a shared experience between you and the recipient.  Like 3 months later when you see them and they go, "Thanks for that CD.  He's really good.  I listen to it all the time."  Next thing you know you're calling them up when the artist comes to town.  Which means more people at the show, which is also good for the artist and for you, too.  It's the circle of life, of music, and it doesn't go around by itself.  We have to roll it along.  

So, give it forward. Give the gift of music.  Give them something they wouldn't know about if it weren't for you.  They'll thank you for it.  And the artists will, too.  

Oh, one more thing - go to an independent record store or the artist's website to see if you can buy the record there.  If you have to Amazon, so be it.    

Mando Lines gave Robyn Ludwick's latest CD to most of the folks on his list last year.  They loved it. You can follow him on Twitter @mando_lines.  

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Comment by Conqueroo on November 20, 2012 at 9:35am

Thanks Mando. If I can beat my own drum here for a moment, here are a few recordings I represent that have been created specifically for Record Store Day's Back to Black Friday:

November 6, 2012 – Six 10" vinyl EP titles from Omnviore Recordings:

George Jones –  United Artists Rarities

Wanda Jackson – Capitol Rarities

Merle Haggard –  Capitol Rarities

Buck Owens – Honky Tonk Man 

Buck Owens – Buck Sings the Eagles.

Jellyfish – Stack-a-Tracks (instrumentals)

November 23, 2012 – Marshall Crenshaw – I Don't See You Laughing Now (Addie-Ville) – “I wanted to think of a different way of working that would inspire me and keep me motivated,” Marshall Crenshaw says of his newest endeavor: a subscription-only service that addresses the recent seismic changes in the music-industry landscape by cutting out the record-company middle man to distribute his new recordings directly to fans. Each EP will consist entirely of newly recorded, never-before-released material, encompassing a new original Crenshaw composition, a classic cover tune, and a new reworking of a time-honored favorite. “I really do think that vinyl sounds best, and that playing a vinyl record is still the optimum listening experience,” Crenshaw asserts. “And with the sound quality that you get at 45 rpm, I think that these things are going to deliver the goods, sonically.” The first subscription EP’s A-side is the brand-new Crenshaw number “I Don’t See You Laughing Now,” recorded with longtime cohorts Andy York (John Mellencamp, Ian Hunter), and Graham Maby (Joe Jackson, They Might Be Giants). The record’s double B-side features a memorable new reading of The Move’s 1971 post-apocalyptic anthem “No Time,” recorded with veteran New Jersey rocker and frequent Crenshaw collaborator Glen Burtnick; and a new version of “There She Goes Again,” whose original version appeared on Crenshaw’s eponymous 1982 debut album, recorded live with alt-country icons the Bottle Rockets.

Comment by Tears of the Moosechaser on November 23, 2012 at 10:12pm



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