There are at least a few different categories of bluegrass band leader personalities. All have their good and bad points. There can be a wide range too, from the Benito Mussolini school of management, to the style of the touchy-feely “team coordinator” of a local […]
Author Archive: Lisa Jacobi
At "Artist2Artist with Lisa Jacobi," music lovers and Bluegrass Today fans soulfully connect with leading musical artists and their industry gurus and spiritual mentors once per lunar cycle via her column & audio interviews here in Bluegrass Today or at Stitcher Radio, iTunes, or Radio Velvet across Europe. Artist2Artist conversations are recorded on stage in front of live audiences at the shows of her musical artist guests or sometimes in unique locations. The interviews give an inside peek into artistic pursuit and development, business strategy, as well as issues that impact the music industry. This is NOT your typical album-release or tour-promotion discussion. Lisa's interesting and engaging interview style harvests revealing insights from her guests.
On the professional music front, Lisa is a successful songwriter - her music has been licensed by a number of television shows, movies and other media projects. She is a mutli-instrumentalist and vocalist in the band Lisa Jacobi & Playing On The Planet.
If it were magic, all of us fiddle players would be playing like bluegrass musician Bobby Hicks. But as he says… “fiddle playing is hard and it takes a long time to get good. You’ve got to listen… REALLY listen.” Today, I started really listening. […]
For those who don’t regularly attend bluegrass festivals, or listen to the classic bluegrass music on albums or on terrestrial, streaming and satellite music stations — the clash of musical voicing is what makes classic bluegrass music… bluegrass music. It’s that quirky “you know it […]
They say a band is like a family. There must be trust among the members. There must be an atmosphere of peace and gentleness that allows for quiet time to think, and be inspired, and to create. There can’t be any secrecy. There must be […]
You know what drives me nuts? It’s pretty simple. It’s for me to be on stage and play a fiddle note that is not good quality. Mind you, it can be one note in thousands — or it can be a bunch of poorly delivered […]
“John Hartford talked about the process of driving a river boat is not to look right in front of you, but to look a mile down the river.” Busy musical artists oft times become tangled in their own lack of long-range strategy. The majority of […]
This year, I promise not to fire my bandmate, Pete. Don’t laugh. Okay, laugh. Every couple of years I terminate him. It’s because we are such good friends, know each other inside-out, and love each other like the closest of siblings – and when we […]
In mid-May of this past year, I traveled to Franklin, Tennessee to interview the beautiful, talented and highly successful songwriter, Miss Dixie Hall. or… Miss Dixie, if you’ve known her for your entire life – or if you have just met her. Permission granted. Here […]