Music Business, Wayword Roots style

Congratulations to the Wayword Roots on their excellent recent publicity/booking effort–one of the more innovative of 2011 so far. As curators of the Festy Experience, we hear from a lot of bands. A few days ago a large box filled with some of our favorite…

Boston: the Acoustic Youth Movement

Two shows down, three to go on the We’ll Do It Live Tour. Next stop: Boston, MA. I can think of no better place for a big show than in the middle of my old hometown with our family of Northeastern friends. Boston has been…

Merlefest

The Dusters just got back from Merlefest, perhaps the most plentiful weekend long display of the melting pot that is American roots music. The amount of performers is staggering, from local string bands to arena size national acts. The number of people is also staggering,…

The Discussion Continues…

I’m excited to see all the feedback on my recent ‘Bluegrass Manifesto,’ positive and negative. For those here to check it out, it’s one post down (“Bluegrass?”). We all care about the subject, and think good things can happen–that’s the bottom line (more on this…

Bluegrass?

I’ve been paying attention to the recent news about Bluegrass Nation–an interesting and potentially very exciting new development for the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association). For some more background on BG Nation check out Craig Havighurst’s blog. I salute the folks trying to give the…

Go ahead, pick your genre

I stumbled on this great NPR story while working on the piece above about ‘bluegrass.’ It ties right in–you decide whatever you want to be, and that’s the story. Delicate Steve takes it a step outside…