• Music Quality vs Recording Quality

    With all the advances in technology, it seems we've created a contrast in the way music is produced, and the way it's consumed. On one hand, recording technology has enabled the recording of high resolution audio. Most studios these days are

  • A new King of Bluegrass?

    Brian Baker, writing for CityBeat Cincinnati, recently suggested that we coronate a new King of Bluegrass. His suggestion as to who should wear the crown? Ralph Stanley. His reasoning for recognizing Stanley is certainly sound, but his premise is wrong. If Monroe was

  • What happened to my promo?

    I've had several discussions with artists over the course of 2008 with regard to the final destination of promo CDs. Everyone sends them out, but no one talks about where they end up. The artists and labels send out large

  • The cultural vs. commercial value of music

    Does music have value? Some would say it used to, but that it has recently be devalued by the internet age and mp3s. Is that true? Andrew Dubber tackles these questions in a recent blog post, Has music been devalued? Dubber shares

  • Future of the music business

    Ian Rogers, CEO of Topspin and former head of Yahoo Music, gave the keynote address recently at the GRAMMY Northwest MusicTech Summit 2008. In his speech, Rogers explains the current state of the music business as he see it. He explains

  • Bluegrass Blasphemy?

    Not long ago I came across a new blog site called Culture 11. The site's authors say their goal with the site is to provide some perspective on life in America as culturally conservative Americans find themselves facing changing times

  • Bluegrass on a mission trip

    A mission team from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY recently took the Gospel, and some bluegrass, on a mission trip to Newfoundland. The team consisted of 19 students and faculty members from the seminary. The team put together

  • Cherryholmes court country

    Family bluegrass band Cherryholmes is making its first attempts to cross over to country radio. According to a Reuters/Billboard report, Cherryholmes is remixing - with added piano and drums - This Is My Son, one of the cuts from their forthcoming

  • Save the music business in 5 easy steps

    Two music business think tanks have come together after some research to present a five step plan for saving the industry. Music Ally and The Leading Question teamed up to conduct an 800 person, one year, study in the

  • CD sales continue to decline

    With 2007 now under wraps, CD sales figures are starting to come in, and things don't look good for the labels. Variety.com is reporting that CD sales during the Christmas shopping season were down 21% from 2006. From the week of Thanksgiving