Guest Blog: Frank Viele On What The Road Has Taught Him

Music, most art for that matter, is a reflection on the society and times in which it is created.  Hitting the road for over 200 performances in the last two years introduced me to the nuances of a changing world fueled by social media interaction, counter cultures, and a search not for a voice, but […]

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Desperados Under The Eaves: A Tour of L.A.’s Best Songwriter Haunts

With its supportive, close-knit roots music community, L.A. is one of the most exciting cities for a young singer-songwriter to live in, but it’s not easy. Being in the backyard of the nation’s entertainment industry means there are hundreds...

The Hotel Cafe: A Musicians’ Clubhouse

Marko Shafer simply calls it “the café.” Adele, Damien Rice, Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles call it a place where they got their start. For the rest of us, it's the Hotel Café, a box of a building on...

How To Make It Big, Or Rock Trying: An Overview Of “Everything You Need To Know About The Music Biz in 2014”

“How many people are in a band here?” Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot asks the crowd. When three quarters of the hands in attendance shoot up, Jim DeRogatis, a fellow music journalist and Kot’s candid co-host on WBEZ’s...

The Business Of Jamgrass Touring

In early 2013, the Kalamazoo, Michigan-based band Greensky Bluegrass took over the tiny, 100-capacity venue Tonic Room in Chicago’s Lincoln Park for a secret, one-night-only concert celebrating the venue’s 10th anniversary. It was the smallest room the group, which formed...

Guest Blog: How to Find Your Songwriting Zone While On The Road

Brett Jones has been a professional songwriter for more than 25 years and is responsible for seven #1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. His most recent chart-topper was Justin Moore’s “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away”...

Levi Weaver On The Agonies And Ecstasies Of Touring

  Singer-songwriter Levi Weaver recently packed up his house and bought an RV so his family could tour the country with him. Weaver’s peripatetic lifestyle weaves its way into the  themes (young love, marriage, death, break-ups) explored on his latest...

How to Make Real Money Doing Donation-Based House Concerts

Shannon Curtis is an independent musician and recording artist based in Los Angeles. Her new eBook, No Booker, No Bouncer, No Bartender: How I Made $25K On A 2-Month House Concert Tour (And How You Can Too), is available from...

Songwriter’s Square Puts Distinctive Touch on L.A. Singer-Songwriter Scene

The Lyric-Hyperion Theatre is a cozy, 50-seat theatre in the round, located in the hilly Los Feliz section of Los Angeles. Its name, derived from the intersection where it's located—Lyric St. and Hyperion Avenue—coincidentally makes it an appropriate choice...

How To Book Your Own Tour

This article originally appeared on Ari's Take. Last year I went on two national tours covering 40 states and played over 100 shows. I booked nearly every show. It was my first time visiting about 30 of the cities and...

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