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Top 25 Web Apps To Use For An Up & Coming Artist

Me and The Machine Records

Tools are a plenty online for a artist starting up and doing it on his/her/their own. My friends over at Me and the Machine Records have put a list of the top 25 necessary music sites. I consider them web apps since they’re are tools to get things done easier and more quickly. There’s no better advice than from the people who use them so check out the article.

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  • The Nashville Scene has a great article the Music Business workings in Nashville. It used to be a Nashville artist (non-country) couldn’t get a record deal but now they get deals and still screws the artists in the long run. It’s a long article but shows how some of our most talented artistsgo through the grinder and end up as little pieces of meat at the other end.

    Lessons Learned, The Music Industry Hasn’t Changed. Beware the “Record Deal”

    The Nashville Scene has a great article the Music Business workings in Nashville. It used to be a Nashville artist (non-country) couldn’t get a record deal but now they get deals and still screws the artists in the long run. It’s a long article but shows how some of our most talented artistsgo through the grinder and end up as little pieces of meat at the other end.

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  • CMA Music Festival kicks off officially on Thursday and some start on Wednesday but most people start today. They are attending fan club parties, sight seeing and doing the basic tourist thing. As an artist what are you doing to take advantage of the influx of Country Music fans?

    2009 CMA Fest Small Artist Crunch Time Advice…Hint: Do Something!

    CMA Music Festival kicks off officially on Thursday and some start on Wednesday but most people start today. They are attending fan club parties, sight seeing and doing the basic tourist thing. As an artist what are you doing to take advantage of the influx of Country Music fans?

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  • The CMA Music Festival is coming around again and the CMA’s focus is big artists for big ratings and ticket sales. So what does a small artist do to take advantage of the extra exposure to grow his/her/their fan base?

    Small Artists “How To” Guide to the CMA Music Festival

    The CMA Music Festival is coming around again and the CMA’s focus is big artists for big ratings and ticket sales. So what does a small artist do to take advantage of the extra exposure to grow his/her/their fan base?

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  • <p><strong><span style=Does an artist keep moving or just add on?

    First there was Friendster where you could connect to each other, and then MySpace replaced it where you could do the same but music artists could get in on the action. It was a real first way for artists to connect to their fan base other than a website and email list. MySpace grew and it was great for artists but then it became like a un-attended garden. Weeds (spammers) everywhere, fake porn and the un-relenting “friend” requests from people you didn’t care about nor knew. It was a great outlet for new music but the more people on your “friends” list the less useful it became to everybody. Facebook opened up to everybody; it was clean and more useful to some. It became the “hip kid” on the Internet block. They seem to be doing things right and releasing new features regularly. It had everything MySpace did and avoiding the things that turned people off.  Facebook is still the “cool kid” but is now trying to compete with the latest “hip” social website Twitter.  In my opinion, this was the first mistake that MySpace made, trying to keep up with the new trends instead of make what they have more solid. Twitter is a simple micro-blogging concept. “What are you doing now?” you’re limited to 140 characters explaining it.

    I haven’t even gone into other social networks like iLike, Bebo, DigitalRodeo, etc. So the question is does an artist add or move on? It really comes down to two things: time and where your fans are.

    Do you have the time to do to maintain all the properties you create? There are tools to help out but it’s still a lot of work. You still have to respond to your fans on all those networks for which there are not tools to manage a of yet.

    Second is you should know where your fans are. If they are MySpace you probably should be on MySpace even though the rest of the Internet are talking about its demise.

    The worst thing to do is create a social property for your band or self and then abandon it. I’m guilty of that with the Nashville Feed website because I didn’t have the time to dedicate. Lesson learned.

    Overview:

    • Know where your fans are online.
    • Go where your fans are only if you have the time to dedicate to these properties.
    • Don’t expand if you’re going to neglect these new properties.

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    Friendster, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and the Next Cool Kid on the Block. Which One?

    Does an artist keep moving or just add on?

    First there was Friendster where you could connect to each other, and then MySpace replaced it where you could do the same but music artists could get in on the action. It was a real first way for artists to connect to their fan base other than a website and email list. MySpace grew and it was great for artists but then it became like a un-attended garden. Weeds (spammers) everywhere, fake porn and the un-relenting “friend” requests from people you didn’t care about nor knew. It was a great outlet for new music but the more people on your “friends” list the less useful it became to everybody. Facebook opened up to everybody; it was clean and more useful to some. It became the “hip kid” on the Internet block. They seem to be doing things right and releasing new features regularly. It had everything MySpace did and avoiding the things that turned people off.  Facebook is still the “cool kid” but is now trying to compete with the latest “hip” social website Twitter.  In my opinion, this was the first mistake that MySpace made, trying to keep up with the new trends instead of make what they have more solid. Twitter is a simple micro-blogging concept. “What are you doing now?” you’re limited to 140 characters explaining it.

    I haven’t even gone into other social networks like iLike, Bebo, DigitalRodeo, etc. So the question is does an artist add or move on? It really comes down to two things: time and where your fans are.

    Do you have the time to do to maintain all the properties you create? There are tools to help out but it’s still a lot of work. You still have to respond to your fans on all those networks for which there are not tools to manage a of yet.

    Second is you should know where your fans are. If they are MySpace you probably should be on MySpace even though the rest of the Internet are talking about its demise.

    The worst thing to do is create a social property for your band or self and then abandon it. I’m guilty of that with the Nashville Feed website because I didn’t have the time to dedicate. Lesson learned.

    Overview:

    • Know where your fans are online.
    • Go where your fans are only if you have the time to dedicate to these properties.
    • Don’t expand if you’re going to neglect these new properties.

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  • <p style=Grimey's Music

    Drinking my morning coffee and checking out Digg.com I came across Spin Magazines top 10 Indie Music Stores in the country. Guess who came in at #8? Our favorite music store in Nashville Grimey’s Music.

    A big congrats to all the people who work there and what they do to put Nashville on the map for something besides Country Music, healthcare providers and tourism.

    Go check out the Spin article and give it a digg if you have a moment.

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    Nashvilles Very Own Grimey’s Music Makes Spin Magazines Top Indie Stores

    Grimey's Music

    Drinking my morning coffee and checking out Digg.com I came across Spin Magazines top 10 Indie Music Stores in the country. Guess who came in at #8? Our favorite music store in Nashville Grimey’s Music.

    A big congrats to all the people who work there and what they do to put Nashville on the map for something besides Country Music, healthcare providers and tourism.

    Go check out the Spin article and give it a digg if you have a moment.

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    I caught Jedd HUghes, Alyssa Bonagura and Wade Bowen at The Rutledge last night. I've seen Jedd Hughes a few times (always a good show) but it was the first time for me to see Alyssa Bonagura and Wade Bowen. I honestly thought she was kidding when Miss Bonagura said it was her 21st birthday. Not because she looks a day over 18, but because her voice and stage presense was that of a seasoned pro. Further research, i.e., meeting a very nice couple at the bar who were family friends taught me that Alyssa is the daughter of Kathie Baillie and Michael Bonagura of Baillie and the Boys. Musical family or not, she is extremely talented and I suspect we will be hearing a lot from her in the future.

    Day 3 Picks (Thursday, April 2):

      Early Shows:
    • Mercy Lounge (6pm/$15): Steve Bogard, Kix Brooks, Bob DiPiero and Craig Wiseman.
    • Station Inn (6pm/$7): Sage Keffer, Matt Rovey, Sabrina, Michael White and Special Guest Callaway
      Late Shows:
      • Station Inn (9pm/$10): Sonny Curtis, Tim O'Brien, Tommy Ramone (yes, THE Tommy Ramone) & Claudia Tienan (Uncle Monk).
      • 3rd & Lindsley (9pm ($8): Peter Cooper, Phil Lee, Bill Lloyd and R.B. Morris.

      Have fun out there! And be sure to check out our updates on Twitter (hash tag #tinpansouth09)!

      Cheers,
      j.

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  • Tin Pan South 2009: Day Three!

    I caught Jedd HUghes, Alyssa Bonagura and Wade Bowen at The Rutledge last night. I've seen Jedd Hughes a few times (always a good show) but it was the first time for me to see Alyssa Bonagura and Wade Bowen. I honestly thought she was kidding when Miss Bonagura said it was her 21st birthday. Not because she looks a day over 18, but because her voice and stage presense was that of a seasoned pro. Further research, i.e., meeting a very nice couple at the bar who were family friends taught me that Alyssa is the daughter of Kathie Baillie and Michael Bonagura of Baillie and the Boys. Musical family or not, she is extremely talented and I suspect we will be hearing a lot from her in the future.

    Day 3 Picks (Thursday, April 2):

      Early Shows:
    • Mercy Lounge (6pm/$15): Steve Bogard, Kix Brooks, Bob DiPiero and Craig Wiseman.
    • Station Inn (6pm/$7): Sage Keffer, Matt Rovey, Sabrina, Michael White and Special Guest Callaway
      Late Shows:
      • Station Inn (9pm/$10): Sonny Curtis, Tim O'Brien, Tommy Ramone (yes, THE Tommy Ramone) & Claudia Tienan (Uncle Monk).
      • 3rd & Lindsley (9pm ($8): Peter Cooper, Phil Lee, Bill Lloyd and R.B. Morris.

      Have fun out there! And be sure to check out our updates on Twitter (hash tag #tinpansouth09)!

      Cheers,
      j.

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    Did anyone make it out to Tin Pan South last night? Who'd you see? I couldn't be more excited about tonight!

    Day 2 Picks (Wednesday, April 1):

      Early Shows:
    • The Rutledge (6pm/$8): Jeff Black, Rod Picott, Suzi Ragsdale and Amanda Shires.
    • Mercy Lounge (6pm/$10): Marshall Chapman, A.C. Croce, Tom Hambridge, Colin Linden and Gary Nicholson.
      Late Shows:
      • Bluebird Cafe (9pm/$10): Gabe Dixon, Josiah Leming, Landon Pigg, Tofer Brown & Laura Licata (Family Tree).
      • The Rutledge (9pm ($8): Alyssa Bonagura, Wade Bowen, Tom Bukovac, Jedd Hughes & Special Guest.

      See you around!!!

      Cheers,
      j.

    mdave Update:
    Even though there is so much going on with Tin Pan South there is another worthy show tonight at the Basement. Full disclosure Chip Greene is a friend of mine but I think he writes and plays fine music.

    • Treva & The Suits, Chip Greene & Chelsea Lena at The Basement

    Follow what's happening at Tin Pan South on Twitter. (hash tag is #tinpansouth09)

     

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  • Tin Pan South 2009: Day 2 Picks!

    Did anyone make it out to Tin Pan South last night? Who'd you see? I couldn't be more excited about tonight!

    Day 2 Picks (Wednesday, April 1):

      Early Shows:
    • The Rutledge (6pm/$8): Jeff Black, Rod Picott, Suzi Ragsdale and Amanda Shires.
    • Mercy Lounge (6pm/$10): Marshall Chapman, A.C. Croce, Tom Hambridge, Colin Linden and Gary Nicholson.
      Late Shows:
      • Bluebird Cafe (9pm/$10): Gabe Dixon, Josiah Leming, Landon Pigg, Tofer Brown & Laura Licata (Family Tree).
      • The Rutledge (9pm ($8): Alyssa Bonagura, Wade Bowen, Tom Bukovac, Jedd Hughes & Special Guest.

      See you around!!!

      Cheers,
      j.

    mdave Update:
    Even though there is so much going on with Tin Pan South there is another worthy show tonight at the Basement. Full disclosure Chip Greene is a friend of mine but I think he writes and plays fine music.

    • Treva & The Suits, Chip Greene & Chelsea Lena at The Basement

    Follow what's happening at Tin Pan South on Twitter. (hash tag is #tinpansouth09)

     

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