Friday, August 07, 2009

DBT Week in Review - 8/7/09

DBT/Patterson Hood

Our own Lurleen (Beth) McQueen produced a great interview with the lovely Shonna Tucker. Excellent interview and some really interesting responses from Shonna.

Great work both!

Jackson Free Press: Jackson, Mississippi - Music - Music Features - ‘Southern Female Attitude’

I've got a huge garden this year.

• What all are you growing?

I'm about to go pick okra right now. It's an everyday thing. I've got okra, onions, garlic, carrots, tomatoes—they are awesome right now—peas, beans, cucumbers, watermelon, six different lettuces. … I've got 11 chickens, so I kind of work and play in the dirt all day outside with my animals."

On music:

"It) makes people feel good sometimes to hear somebody say something that they wanna say and can't."
On valuing the fans:

"• The Drive-By Truckers often stick around after shows and give autographs. How would you describe your relationship with your fans?

Well, I hope it's great. I think that just relating to people is very important. You can't get up on stage and think, 'I'm gonna put on a great show tonight,' and then just walk away from these people who came out here and dropped everything and bought a ticket and drove forever and got a babysitter and whatever to see you play your guitar. You can't forget how lucky you are to be able to play music as your job. It blows my mind, still to this day. It's crazy that I can say that, and it's all because of fans. … I don't think any of us try to do it, or try not to, it's just I like to talk to people and see what's happening with them. I think it's very important."


Patterson Hood and the Screwtopians: Collateral Damage And Then Some recorded Aug 6, 2009


Someone on the Nine Bullets board caught this.

How weird.

Music Listings | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, Mississippi:

"Hal & Mal's Big Room - The Dexateens, Drive-By Truckers 9 p.m. 18 , $20

Reed Pierce's - Adam's House Cat 9 p.m. free"


Isbell and Drive-By Truckers get us closer to real country - ESPN:

"Strange, then, that country music is making a resurgence in my life. For that, I blame the Drive-By Truckers."


Music I Like

Check out these boys from the Shoals.

PLANET INK on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads:

"LOUD, CROWD PLEASING, FURIOUS, BLUES INJECTED MUSIC IS WHAT WE'RE ALL ABOUT. Planet Ink, from the legendary music scene in Muscle Shoals Alabama, has developed their own unique sound echoing riffy 60's groove, psychedelic, electric blues, and vintage rock flavor. Energetic, foot stompin’, head jolting live performances are all part of the Ink experience. The trio comprised of brothers Alexander and Micheal Bowling, and cousin James Sherrill has been providing audiences with slamin’ tunes and solid performances since the late summer of 2006. Thanks for checkin out our music, we hope you enjoy it"

Both sides of the argument:

Op-Ed Contributor - Radio Free America -

"WHEN I hear great American standards on the radio, I think of all the songwriters, artists and musicians whom my father, brother and I have worked with over the years. It reminds me that every recording has two parts, the composition and the performance. It also reminds me how many wonderful artists and musicians have not been paid fairly for their work." Oppose the Record Label-Led Performance Fee on Radio.

What is a performance tax?
A performance tax is a fee that record labels want the government to impose on local radio stations simply for airing music free of charge for listeners.

In recent years, the record labels have seen sales of albums decline as more listeners opt for digital downloads. However, radio remains the number one promotional vehicle for music – it’s not responsible for the label’s resistance to the digital age, and it shouldn’t be on the hook to fix it. Radio already provides between $1.5 to $2.4 billion dollars annually in music sales for artists and record labels. By pushing a tax on local radio, record labels are biting the hand that feeds them.

Where does the money go?
In short, the money would flow out of your community and into the pockets of the record labels – the great majority of which are foreign-owned. The record labels would like for you to think this is all about compensating the artists, but in truth the record labels would get at least 50% of the proceeds from a tax on local radio.


Very cool.

Sacramentan buys old vinyl 45s, finds out they were his mom's - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee


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