September 12, 2014Free Albums? Free Music? Ouch!
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville
Well it's been headed this way for a long time. The Napster generation does not want to pay for music. It is the day of downloads and no more DVD/CD racks full of discs in the den. Country album sales down 19.5 % YTD.
It is a different world, more so every day. It is not a matter or right or wrong; it is just a matter of acceptance.
Hollywood seems to have no interest in this business model. Olive Garden likes it: $100 bucks for all the pasta you can eat. See That? Imagine you pay X amount of money and go to all the in-theater movies you want to see in a month? Never say never but what a concept!
The Apple show this week was so educational in so many ways in the marketing and PR world. Look how much free media they got by going big and having some degree of secrecy. They created an event. That is the key ... an EVENT. We live in a time where you have to go big or go home.
September 5, 2014Now That's A Fall Kickoff Week To Remember!
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville Where do we start? Garth and his new iTunes? Ghosttunes.com. By now you have done homework on this project. Steve Jobs could never get Garth to see things his way. And ever seen a price like $30 bucks for all of Garth's catalogue? ...
August 29, 2014Hold The Ice PLEASE!
Jimmy Carter in Panama City, FL for Labor Day Weekend Big Country festival here at the beach to end the Summer or begin the Fall ... you decide. Blake, Carrie, Dierks are the headliners for The Guilf Coast Pepsi Jam 2014. Nice lineup and just one of the many great shows ...
August 22, 2014Bye, Bye Taylor ... Come Back Soon!
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville I am a fan of Taylor Swift. I think she is brilliant in many, many ways! She is the fastest study I have seen in my 35 years in Nashville. She was a game changer like Garth was a game changer. Not every one wants the game changed. ...
August 15, 2014Blame It On The Neon Moon
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville Since the Super Moon illuminated the world full peak last Saturday night, things have been crazy! Started with the Tony Stewart racing incident in N.Y. state. Tony is friend to several Nashville folks and that death on the track ...
August 8, 2014Does Anyone Have This All Figured Out?
Jimmy Carter near Seattle On vacation ... in the great NW ... went to a first-year Country music festival in far SW Oregon ... Cape Blanco Festival ... Brad, Eric and Dierks. Next year Blake and FGL. Beautiful, rarely seen part of the U.S.A. Bandon, Oregon is out of a ...
August 1, 2014Denial Is A Destination
Jimmy Carter on the road in Oregon What a beautiful place ... the Pacific Coast of Oregon! The geography makes me thankful for all things given me ... So I don't even want to dip into the last two weeks in Country music ... Wel,l maybe a little bit ... looking ...
July 25, 2014When Will Country Admit It Has A Drinking Problem?
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville. A 22-year-old college student went to the Jason Aldean stadium show in Cleveland this week and drank himself to death. Homicide detectives found Cory Barron's Aldean ticket in his pants pocket when they found him dead at the city ...
July 18, 2014Moving Targets Are Hard To Hit
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville. When you have a chart where an artist can go from #40 to #1 in a wee,k you know they times have changed. How would Casey Kasem have ever kept up with a chart like that? Billboard using airplay/streams/sales for the new formula. ...
July 11, 2014Fiasco In Ireland
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville. In the history of Country music concerts, has there ever been a bigger mess than the one that just played out in Dublin, Ireland? Ever think who wins a nuclear war? Clearly ... no one! A few months ago, 400,000 hungry Country ...