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Just got back from a wonderful tour in The Netherlands with Cara Luft and BJ Baartsman. We snuck into a studio and recorded 6 songs which I hope to get out to you guys very soon. Cara was amazing – a founder of The Wailing Jenny’s, she was a huge inspiration and she’s got me hooked on clawhammer banjo.

The URGENT news is that my PLEDGE CAMPAIGN for the new record is holding at 54% of my goal with only 16 days left. If everyone on this list simply PRE-ORDERED a record, I’d make my goal and more. I realize that crowdfunding is a complicated issue. Here’s the nutshell of why I and so many other artists are doing it. For me, I have put out a few records on Record Labels through the “old” system. The labels paid for the recording, paid for the promotion, made all the decisions, and when the record was done and being sold on line or at stores, the labels got the money, which they deserved in order to pay back their investment. But sometimes, to be honest, they didn’t make decisions that perhaps I would have made. I might have chosen a different PR firm. Or I would have pushed a different “focus” track. Or maybe they just dropped the ball entirely, got excited about another artist, and my record got lost. This has all happened to me. So when I made my last record, Stormy Boat, I decided to create my own independent record label, Windbone Records. I have distribution in the US through Tone Tree (a great company that has worked with The Civil Wars, Mindy Smith, Angel Snow and Nora Jane Struthers). I have distribution in the UK through Proper/CRS and in Europe through CRS. But now that I’m my own label, I have to pay for EVERYTHING. The recording itself is the cheapest part. What costs money is PR, Radio, manufacturing and shipping, and then getting all this stuff out to the world. It costs over $25,000 to do all of this at even a good independent level and make any kind of dent. I make a decent living as a musician and for that I’m blessed. I don’t have (nor have the time) for a ‘day job’. My job is touring and making music. I get paid by ticket sales. You come to the shows and I get to pay my rent. You buy my CDs and I pay my rent. You stream my songs on Spotify and…. ha ha…well, I don’t pay my rent and that’s a whole other conversation, but maybe another person is turned onto my songs and goes to Amazon or ITunes or even my website and downloads my record. At the end of the day, I make enough to cover my basic expenses and save a teensy bit for little things. But making a living as a folk musician ain’t the high roller life. Again: I’m blessed and I’m grateful. But this is exactly why I am doing a Pledge Campaign. To ask my fanbase to PARTNER with me in this enterprise. This isn’t asking for Charity or a hand-out. And I know some folks have an issue with Pledge and Kickstarter and the like, thinking “well, if you can’t pay for it yourself, get a dayjob or get out…” which I totally understand, but the music business model is really in flux. There IS NO MODEL anymore. The model is this connection between the creators and the consumers. I write it. You hear it. I hope we are both changed by the experience for the better and our lives are made better. And if you can pre-order the record, man, I would be so grateful because then I can release this little puppy into the world by March 2nd.

Thanks for taking the time to read that. Back to the tour…I have a moment to catch my breath here in Nashville and then I head out next week with KENNY WHITE, my friend from NYC, great songwriter, and fellow once-Wildflower Records recording artist. This is my first time in the Pacific Northwest and San Fran, CA area in many years so I hope y’all come out and say hi. Tourdates to the left and full details here TOURPAGE. Buy tickets in advance if you can.

As always, if you are interested in hosting a house concert in 2015, please email me at amy@amyspeace.com and we can talk about it! All you need is a good cat-free space, at least 30-40 friends who’d come hear the music, and I can come over to play. For reals.

Stay warm!
xoxo
Amy


Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert broadcast weekly more than 250 times. The BCC network is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

The Grammy Awards! You never heard much about them before [France], but this year the French Daft Punk have won several Grammys in their class, so now you know what I’m going to talk to you!

January 26, marked the 56th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California! Each music category is represented -rock, techno, pop music, electronic music, metal, country music and many other styles!

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves

But as what we’re interested in, of course, is country and the artist who stands out in 2014, is the singer Kacey Musgraves. She walked away with two Grammys, one for Best Country Album, “Same Trailer Different Park”, but also for Best Country Song with the title “Merry Go ‘Round “!

The former lead singer of rock band, Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker, won the award for Best Country Solo Performance with the hit “Wagon Wheel” and even the duo The Civil Wars who are husband and wife in life, walked away with the prize, the Best Country Duo, with the single “From This Valley”. Forget disputes that threatened to ruin their careers.

Darius Rucker

Darius Rucker

The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars

For the Americana part, actor-turned singer and musician Steve Martin accompanied by Edie Brickell took the Grammy for Best American Roots Song with “Love Has Come For You”, a song in the same style as the superb duo Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell who took the prize for Best Americana Album for “Old Yellow Moon”.

Edie Brickell and Steve Martin

Edie Brickell and Steve Martin

Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris

Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris

And finally, in the Bluegrass category, Del McCoury Band walks away with the award for Best Bluegrass Album for “The Streets Of Baltimore”.

Del McCoury Band

Del McCoury Band

As a sideshow, Kacey Musgraves came to sing her latest hit “Follow Your Arrow” with her group all dressed in bright costumes, all against a backdrop of neon-shaped cacti.

Miranda Lambert and Billie Joe Armstrong

Miranda Lambert and Billie Joe Armstrong

Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes

The other Texan, Miranda Lambert, was presented on stage with Billie Joe Armstrong, who is none other than the singer and guitarist of rock band Green Day. They all paid tribute to Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers duo who passed away on January 3 with the song “When Will I Be Loved.” Young Hunter Hayes also took the opportunity to interpret his new novel single “Invisible”, Keith Urban appeared live with Gary Park Junior, and Taylor Swift appeared alone at the piano!

Keith Urban

Keith Urban

Then came the icing on the cake with the arrival on stage of a great plateau of the real stars of Country music: Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard along with Blake Shelton on a medley of classics, “Highwayman”, “Okie From Muskogee”, and “Don ‘t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”! Thrills guaranteed!

Willie Nelson, Chris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Blake Shelton

Willie Nelson, Chris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Blake Shelton


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