December 5, 2014Country Life Without Taylor ... And Drunks Aplenty
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville
What will the bean counters say about the 2014 year of Country music?
When the physical sales are counted, minus the sales of Taylor Swift , the story will certainly be mixed. The concert business makes up for a lot of the shortcomings in CD sales.
The 2015 concert lineup for Country is set to be the biggest in history --18 headlining Country tours, each with two opening acts. That's a deep talent pool. Several of these tours feature stadiums. The inaugural NY Country festival, Garth Brooks' juggernaut and the return of Chesney will keep the money machine in prime shape.
There is some worry of too many headline tours, but what a nice problem for the Country industry to have! The streamers will keep on taking advantage of their initial sweetheart deals. The PR people for songwriters will kick the publicity up a notch. The labels are making money that may or may not offset poor physical sales. The focus needs to be on the songwriters! It's the songwriters who live and die on the rate collected. The singers can go play concerts. The songwriters are stuck with this deal. .0004 a play is not a real rate.
November 26, 2014The Last Month
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville December is a reflective month. Some reflect on job changes since some bosses like to can people during the holidays. A part of business I don't like. The music business doesn't seem to act that way overall, but the rest of the ...
November 21, 2014For What It's Worth
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville The names have been changed to protect ... (Interesting how we can just pull out old phrases from TV shows, movies and songs) ... Ran into a situation this week that has troubled me. With a group of young people... smart, that's a ...
November 14, 2014The Free Music War
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville The battle lines are forming. It is a war and big bucks are at stake. It is about money but sadly it seems to be much more than that. Are we really evolving into a culture that only wants to rent things and not own? Has the ...
November 7, 2014Million Reasons Why
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville Sixteen million-plus watched the 48th CMA Awards according to the overnight ratings. That number could go higher when the slower version of the ratings are figured in. Impressive figure and a very ambitious effort. Try this ...
October 31, 2014The Biggest Next 365 In History
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville Look ahead to the next 365 for Country music. It is shaping up to be historic. First, CMA Week 2014 ... The event gets bigger every year. ABC seems to do more promotion every year. Disney does know how to do synergy. Not sure what ...
October 24, 2014Happening Ten Years Time Ago
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville I doubt many remember that Yardbirds song, but I saw them play on top of a flatbed truck Montgomery International Speedway back in the '60s. Jimmy Page and I spoke for a while after the band arrive ... He was cool. Led Zeppelin came ...
October 17, 2014A Lesson From Sir Paul McCartney
I have been watching Paul McCartney since elementary school and that Sunday night 50 years ago when his band played the Sullivan show. That one TV show changed a lot of lives that night. How many people decided to go into music or media after seeing and hearing that boy ...
October 10, 2014Just One Big High School
With the CMA voting getting close to the end and the Grammy nominations in the creation stage, who are these "voters" who determine who gets in and who doesn't. Same city, but a little different voters for these two awards. The Grammy folks are strictly the people who ...
October 3, 2014Keeping The Customer Satisfied
Jimmy Carter in his homebase Nashville Potty-Gate! See the story this week about the Rascal Flatts show with a porta-potty crisis? Washington Redskins training campaign outside Richmond, Virginia ... Saturday night crowd of 4,500-plus ... 16 Porta-Pottys. I'm told that ...