Lately I have been spending a lot of time at the record shop here in town. No lie, every time one of the guys calls me, that’s where I am. I think I now have a weird frequent customer/friend relationship with everyone who works there. It seems like that is where I have to go to hear good music; I have to buy a record that is 40+ years old, complete with scratches and dust. Don’t get me wrong; listening to good oldies on vinyl is one of my favorite things to do. But sometimes you get in to mood to hear NEW tunes that actually do something for you.
Recently the guys and I were talking about how much of a bust radio has been lately. One of the few stations here in town we will listen to is D93; our buds Rockin’ Rhonda, Greg Martin, and Tommy Starr spin the good stuff over there. But what about new tunes? There are a handful of new artists that I really love, but they are already huge. Where are the next really successful artists going to come from?
I don’t think the answer comes from where you think it might. We have met some of the most gifted artists while out on the road traveling. They are artists that are working hard, traveling, playing small shows, and struggling to make ends meat because the music industry can’t recognize real talent when it knocks on their front door. But I think this is where talent comes from. Ray LaMontagne worked in a shoe factory before he made the decision to fully pursue music. Then he found an investor, cut a record, and it caught on big time. Good stuff comes from nowhere, and it gets popular by good people passing around good music.
“Music can save people, but it can’t in the commercial way it’s being used. It’s just too much. It’s pollution.” ~Bob Dylan