Recently, I had the opportunity to interview someone whose music and career I have long admired. It was more than an interview- it was an exceptional conversation, and he invited me to hang out after their performance. Suffice it to say that this artist was not from Birmingham, just passing through. I had felt an undeniable connection with this guy throughout our discussion, so I was surprised by his somewhat cool greeting. To tell the truth, I was sort of expecting a hug, or at least a high-five. Instead, it was a brief slapping of hands, a pseudo hand-shake, and it struck me as a little off. Then he crossed his arms and said, “I have a question for you. Why were we not on the cover?”
I was immediately flattered that it mattered to this musician that he would be on the cover of our little ‘ol Birmingham music paper. I told him that we are not a Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Seattle, or Austin, but our music scene is experiencing something of a renaissance, and it is becoming a force unto itself. I explained… [read more…]
Why print? In this convoluted digital age that we live in, much is lost when there is so much information, quite literally, at our fingertips. Nothing against the use of our mobile devices, tablets or computers. I rely on them daily. But there is something special about a more tangible experience like that of a book, magazine, paper or album. It’s more memorable because it requires a slightly different energy and focus, and depending on what medium you enjoy, it can provide us with a break, or a bit of solitude, from the digital world. I look forward to those days when the new Rolling Stone shows up in my mailbox. I look forward to those nights when I can put on a record and listen to an album in its entirety while exploring the art and words within its cover. And I loved when I could pick up a Black and White at Rojo, pull up a stool to Kip’s bar, and read the music section over margarita and some tacos.
When I first moved to Birmingham 15 years ago, I struggled to find local artists performing original music. If it wasn’t for Bottletree and their ability to curate local, regional, and national attractions, I probably would have moved on. Much has changed in that time. There are over twenty venues here that regularly feature original local, regional and national acts. We’ve entered a renaissance here, but where our economy, politics, and our culinary scene have been adequately covered, our music scene has not. The quality of original musicianship, in addition to the collaborative relationships and support system here, is outstanding, and our local music scene deserves recognition. This is why MusicBham is devoting three quarters of our content to local musicians, local music businesses, and local music industry leaders.
More than any other art form, music amplifies the human experience and unifies people, and we believe that is worth sharing! The strength of our music scene is built on a culmination of many different individuals and organizations over many years of hard work and dedication, fueled by one elemental thing that we all have in common: our passion for music and the way that… [read more…]