Adaptability seems to be a crucial trait for musicians these days. With the traditional record-label-backed system a thing of the past and the modern industry in a constant state of flux, the environment is more hostile than ever for songwriters trying to get by on songs alone.
Dowd on Drinks: Whisky Live Set Stage For Battle
They’re taking off the gloves in the whiskey wars, if what I saw at the recent annual Whisky Live event in New York City was any indicator.
Dowd on Drinks: Readers Sometimes Set Daunting Tasks
Letters from readers aren’t restricted to quick comments or arguments.
Press Pass: Linkin Park
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 […]
Press Pass: Ryan Montbleau Band
The deal was all lined up. Ryan Montbleau and his band mates were just one confirmation away from inking a deal with an independent label that would have propelled the band out of debt and into, at least temporary, financial security. However, the next time the label made contact, the […]
Press Pass: Abra Moore
To Abra Moore, songwriting is a mystery. She doesn’t know when inspiration will strike, nor what will trigger it. And interestingly enough, it’s a mystery that Moore has no inclination to solve.
Dowd on Drinks: Let The Spirits Soar
When you have an industry that has shown nothing but growth in this century, everybody wants to get into the act.
Off Track: Guggenheim Grotto
The first track sounds like the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel. The third track is modern radio pop, the sixth tune is a country song and the 10th reminds of rhythm and blues. The vast gamut of sounds (you can find an Irish ballad and some Spanish-sounding strings) found on […]
Press Pass: Gin Blossoms
It was never going to happen. A few years had past since the Gin Blossoms had disbanded in 1997, and now guitarist Scott Johnson was starting to detect a certain permanence to what he had thought might have just been a temporary hiatus.