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.
2017 has been the first year that I have attended Texas country artist shows. It’s difficult always finding people to go because let’s face it: this music isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Being a Texas fan in a sea of bro-country cowboys, makes it tricky sometimes. But hey, you have to do your best to share the music and make new friends at the venues, which I have done. It’s makes for a fun comradery with like mind music lovers. We independent country/Americana fans are part of the underground movement - that exclusive club if you will.
Having attended Whiskey Myers, Casey Donahew, Paul Cauthen, Stoney LaRue, William Clark Green, Sunny Sweeney, Cody Jinks, Randy Rogers, and now Aaron Watson in 2017, I have yet to see a bad show. The artists have an appreciation for those that attend and put on a heck of a show because they are REAL. They aren’t studio fakes. They are the real deal. The artists are so willing to take pictures and chat with their fans - something many large artists just can’t compete with. With independent live music, especially at these more intimate venues, it creates a personal connection that watching from a mile away just can’t deliver. Sure, Kenny Chesney is a great performer, but good luck getting a chance to talk to him and shake his hand. That type of environment is just not for me.
The other appeal to live music is the ticket sales and merchandise. Now I don’t fully know just how much of the money goes to the artists, but when you see a live show, you’re helping put gas in the tank and tires on the bus or van. The harsh reality is that album sales are down across the board. Even the big names aren’t racking in the sales like they used to. It’s merchandise that offers some advertising while your out and about in your new hat or shirt. Someone sees your cool shirt and next thing you know, they’ve pulled the artist up on Spotify. Not to mention the fact that you just paid the artist directly to purchase goods from them. That to me is the future of spreading music. We get to look awesome in our new gear and help spread the good word. It doesn’t get much better than that!
What do you like most about seeing live music?
Just a Massachusetts guy supporting Texas and other independent country/Americana artists.
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