There used to be a relatively simple formula for success in the music world. Craft a memorable single that a record company executive’s teenage son or daughter would enjoy, sign a record contract with said parent, tour to promote the record then sit back and collect pay checks and groupies […]
There’s a growing, if idealistic, sentiment these days that unsigned, independent musicians are bridging the gap between their major label-backed peers. The belief is that Internet innovations and digital have leveled the playing field for financially constrained Indie bands, pushing labels to the margins of relevancy. Then you listen to […]
Six years of writing, 10 albums of original music. Six of those albums have debuted in the last two years. It’s a dizzying pace that makes the Energizer Bunny look like a three-toed sloth after a Tylenol P.M. It’s also the sort of songwriting speed that makes claims like this […]
Pop quiz. Which Australian band has the most No. 1 albums in The Land Down Under?
Take a wild guess as to the first-ever musical influence of Norwegian 25-year-old singer-songwriter Thomas Dybdahl. Nope, it’s not Tom Waits, though that answer would fit Dybdahl’s weighty baritone vocals on tracks like “B A Part.” It isn’t Jeff Buckley either, though Dybdahl mirrors that legendary crooner’s high-octave falsetto with […]
Four days. That’s all it took for Joe Purdy to write and record his album Julie Blue. That’s how long it took him to record his tales of Indian myths, recuperative bliss and local hospitality at an island cabin amid the waters of the St. Lawrence.