I don’t buy my music from iTunes, but I know it’s a popular place for many people. I find myself now buying directly from the artists’ stores in hopes that more goes into their pocket and sometimes I get a merch bundle because I like shirts haha. But once in a while, I will go on iTunes and browse the top charts to see what is going on with album sales. Curiosity got the best of me this past weekend, and I noticed that Frank Sinatra was sitting at spot 48 on the entire iTunes chart. Amongst friends or people that have discussed music with me, I’ve used Sinatra as a prime example of timeless music. In today’s landscape, I think we’re in trouble on being memorable.
David Cobb on songwriting: “Intangible has just become reality”
That has to be one of the best quotes I have heard on songwriting. Artists find inspiration in some of the most simple of things. Maybe it’s an event in their life. Something they see walking down the street. Or it could a piece of history. Whatever it is, crafting a song takes a creative process that causes artists to pull pieces of the puzzle from where ever they see fit - by accident or purposefully. Songwriting is an art form that many mainstream music listeners don’t understand. That can make it very difficult to relate to listeners who just want the latest head bob. For Brent Cobb, he teamed up with Ram Trucks to debut his music video for Ain’t A Road Too Long and share some insight into his inspirations.
I believe one of the most rewarding experiences one can have, is attending live music show. Sure, you can go to a bar and have some background noise with the music play list, but it just isn’t the same. Here in New England, it’s pretty difficult to have a consistent and accessible music scene because the concentration of venues are often in the city. See, here in Massachusetts, you may refer to someone like me as being from Boston, but I’m not actually from the city. Most people live in suburbs and we have to travel into the city to see the shows we want. As annoying as that may be, live music has been one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had.
Aaron Watson won’t exactly be able to bring the iconic Bluebonnets of Texas here to Boston, but he can certainly bring real country music when he arrives this Sunday at Berklee Cafe 939. The artist that has gone on to defy all the naysayers, and make history time and time again, will certainly show all us Bostonians what Texas Country Music is all about.
Ah, the fancy night for the rednecks of the music industry. From riding in the combine by day, to their local honky tonks by night, they’ve finally made it to the big stage. A night where those in pop, rock, and R&B can step away for the spotlight and give the country folk a chance. Personally, I can’t wait for this as there are so many deserving artists on the radio that will have performances that will go down in the history books.
If you’ve been along for the ride here for some time now, you may have heard me talk about artist Jeremy Steding at length through the winter and early spring. He’s an artist that has taken his love for classic country and worked to pay homage to the traditionalists in his own music. He walks that line of new-old country, a style that many of us still crave to this day. You’ll be listening and maybe can’t quite put your finger on just how he and many others accomplish this. It feels fresh and new, but also familiar and has a throwback nature to it all at the same time. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, you have to pick-up a copy of his latest album, Odessa.
A few years back, I had unsuccessfully tried to find a radio station where I could listen to primarily Texas Country music. Living in Massachusetts, I had stopped listening to mainstream radio part way through college. Just to clarify, mainstream radio at that time was nowhere near as bad as it has been these last five or so years. So during college, I remember trying to find a Texas country station and didn’t have the best luck. I had found Waco 100 and heard some Pat Green and a few others on there, but still not enough Texas country. Enter The Red Dirt Rebel 105.3
Despite being pushed down, the great state of Texas has shown an admirable collective effort to lend each other a hand in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. I’ve watched some of my favorite artists bend over backwards to help people who have lost everything. From music benefit concerts being released daily, to all of the fundraising by the names of all sizes, it’s been heartwarming to see this incredible coming-together take place. One such artist has been Jesse Raub Jr., who has been aiding each day in rescuing by boat and helping to organize shipments through social media. Overshadowed by his commendable efforts, is his first number one on Texas radio, She’ll Put the Hurt on You.
Ah, the things you start to think about when you are a music geek. I’ll tell you, the amount of time I spend thinking about music has caused me to pay more attention to things like song writing. Rather scary in a way when I stop and think about it. While I don’t pretend to be some master of words, I have certainly become more analytical in how I view music. It’s not just hearing another catchy song. There’s more to music than that.
Long Hot Summer Day. The first song I ever heard by now one of my favorite bands, the Turnpike Troubadours. I vividly remember first hearing that song and the video someone had put together on YouTube. I had been slowly working my way into Texas Country, truthfully not even knowing what regional style of music it was. Someone had posted this video on a website and it took me a few times to get into it. But soon enough, I was hooked on these guys. And if you haven’t heard of this band, you should. And quite frankly, pretty soon, you’ll know regardless.
Just a Massachusetts guy supporting Texas and other independent country/Americana artists.
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