Bands In the Black – A Different Approach to Musical Ambitions

I’m in the process of building a new resource for musicians who are ambitious, creative, and passionate, but who recognize that their best musical contributions are contingent on developing a healthy, balanced, responsible approach to their music career.  In other words, musicians make good music when they stay alive, and when they stay musicians.  So, I want to work together with other musicians to keep more of us alive and making music. 

Is Country Music Traditional? (part 1 of a little music-history reflection)

When I think about genres of music in America that are traditional, few genres come to mind that would outperform Country-western music on that specific characteristic.  Perhaps Blues, which traces its origins back to slaves singing old spirituals while working crops in the fields.  Otherwise I would think Country-western music is high on the list of traditional genres that American music listeners enjoy.  As a good American boy from Texas, it’s easy for me to think that country music has just sort of always been here. But lately, I’ve been learning some history that has caused my perspective to change.