Archive | January, 2008

Smithsonian Exhibit about Guitars

And … to think how upset we all were when Bob Dylan “went electric …”

Here’s an interesting site for you about an exhibit of guitars at the Smithsonian …

“This exhibit features instruments that illustrate how innovative makers and players combined the guitar with a pickup (sensor) and amplifier to create a new instrument and a new sound that profoundly changed popular music–blues, country, rhythm and blues, jazz, and rock and roll — in the 20th century.” — from the website.

[Photo of John Braheny’s guitar, bought used, c. 1962]



David Byrne article – Online Distribution

David Byrne writes about the opportunities for artists in the new digital environment …

[Here is one of the best explanations (with charts & graphs) for those of you who want to know more about distributing your songs, or CDs, online … including the pros and cons of being with a major label, an indie label, or just doing it yourself.

This ran in Wired magazine Dec. 12. 2007, but I just got around to posting it for you. Also, you’ll want to check out the several audio clips of interviews David did with others in the music business on this topic.]

Title of article:

David Byrne’s Survival Strategies for Emerging Artists — and Megastars

“Some see this picture (graph) as a dire trend. The fact that Radiohead debuted its latest album online and Madonna defected from Warner Bros. to Live Nation, a concert promoter, is held to signal the end of the music business as we know it.

Actually, these are just two examples of how musicians are increasingly able to work outside of the traditional label relationship. There is no one single way of doing business these days. There are, in fact, six viable models by my count. That variety is good for artists; it gives them more ways to get paid and make a living.

And it’s good for audiences, too, who will have more, and more interesting, music to listen to.

Let’s step back and get some perspective …”

For the rest of the story, click here:



Arizona Songwriters – Phoenix 1/19/08

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s that time again…

John and I will return to one of our favorite events…

The 12th Annual Arizona Songwriters Gathering
in Encanto Park (Phoenix, Arizona). Saturday, January 19th, 2008! For directions, click Map.

A co-production of the Arizona Songwriters Association (in existence for 25+ years!) and the Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department, it’s a FREE all-day event for songwriters and musicians, amateurs to pros, with informative classes, workshops plus opportunities to perform your songs ‘live.’

About 200 songwriters ‘gather’ to spend the day at this beautiful park and clubhouse, with several classrooms, on the edge of the lake, (photo above), meeting there with music industry professionals, networking, visiting, and listening to each other’s songs.

Photo above — songwriters getting their songs critiqued by John Braheny and Alan Roy Scott.

Bring your guitar, bring a lunch (although food is available to purchase), and enjoy!

While in Phoenix, John Braheny will offer private consultations (and song critiques, bring CDs with lyric sheets) for songwriters on Sunday, January 20th. To schedule an hour-long session, email:

Look forward to seeing you there!


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