If you like music videos you’re probably disappointed by the lack of bluegrass music videos on the music channels coming in over cable and satellite. Enter Ya’ll Wire. This is a fairly new site that is still under development and assembling content, but it is live.
The site features music videos for the bluegrass, country, and Christian genres. It’s advertiser driven with text ads as well as short video ads that play before/between videos. The ads are not bothersome in the least and I saw at least one of them that was entertaining in its own right.
It’s a great idea, but there really isn’t that much content in the way of bluegrass videos yet.
- Alison Krauss & Union Station – 2 videos
- Yonder Mountain String Band – 2 videos
- Ryan Shupe and The Rubber Band – 2 videos
- Chris Thile
- Sam Bush
- Rhonda Vincent
- The Grascals
- The Gibson Brothers
- Adrienne Young
- Old Crowe Medicine Show
- Lori Willcuts
That’s a total of fourteen at this time, but the site is still seeking contributions from content providers. They do have a contact form for submitting videos. You can’t actually upload anything as they do have to review your request for submission and approve copyrights. I spoke with Ruby Sioux, one of the site’s principles, and we discussed the issue of copyrights.
We pay the publishing societies BMI, SEASC, and are working on an agreement with ASCAP.
We do not allow anyone to post videos to the site without our review. We do not want people to post copyrighted material, unless the copyright holders approve.
Ruby says the goal of the site is promote good music that doesn’t normally make it into the mainstream play lists. They run a similar site for rock music videos and work with many indy labels. Ya’ll Wire is their excursion into the bluegrass world in a similar manner.
Our goal is to create a voice for those getting over looked. We want people to find what they like, not what others want them to hear. Growing up in East Tennessee, Bluegrass music is greatly appreciated here and we aim to build a place for those aspiring to create good Bluegrass.
I like that attitude, and I hope the bluegrass industry disseminates the content by embracing efforts such as this one.
Some of the content isn’t exactly strait up bluegrass, but if you haven’t seen the music video for Ryan Shupe’s Banjo Boy, I encourage you to go watch it right now. No, wait, I’ll just embed it here for you so you don’t have to go anywhere. This feature is set up and ready for Myspace which should appeal to a great number of people. Watch this video and then visit Yallwire.com to watch the rest of them.