So Long,…. Your Turn To “Pick it up and carry it on…”

We bid a fond farewell to a 16-year old non-profit, Our goal in 1999 was saving folk music, using the border-busting MP3 format, which we began selling that year, 99 cents a track.

Great idea, executed more successfully just a few years later, rendering our little NPO irrelevant.

Thanks for the good times! Good luck, folkies the world over!


PS That means there’s no need to send us your music, etc., hoping for “exposure”

Love it: Exposure bucks!

Dig it!


Listening To Jazz: A Beginner’s Guide

  1. Shut up. No talking, coughing, throat-clearing, make no audible noise while the music is playing. Just sit quietly, in the present, and feel the groove.
  2. You may talk quietly between songs, if the musicians aren’t saying anything to the crowd. (Jazz players don’t banter with the crowd, should not be an issue)
  3. No phone or other device usage. No texting, no photography, recording of any type.
  4. Nod your head in time with the music, even if you aren’t listening.
  5. Never turn your back on the stage.
  6. Do not shout out requests.
  7. If the music sounds bad, remember, its just your ignorance of the idiom, not the musician’s fault. It may be over your head, just don’t let on.
  8. Do not approach players between sets, give them space, they don’t want to hear about your cousin who plays guitar in a rock band.
  9. Clap politely after songs, don’t over-do it, it comes off fake.

Good Thing We Love the Bluegrass Highway

AHA! I found some good news in Liam Boluk’s extremely deep dive into the the biz (redef):

As has been widely reported, declining unit sales led the music industry to refocus its efforts on concert revenues. Artists now spend significantly more time touring than they did in the pre-Napster days (estimates here vary) and command close to 35% more per ticket on an inflation-adjusted basis. As a result, the US concert industry has nearly tripled since 1999 (when recorded music sales peaked). Yet, what’s typically overlooked by this narrative is that the vast majority of this growth – 83% to be exact – has gone to non-Top 100 touring artists. In 2000, the Top 100 tours (which included ‘NSYNC, Metallica and Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre) collected nearly 90% of annual concert revenues. Today, that share has fallen to only 44%. Furthermore, the Top 100 tours have faced stagnant revenues for close to a decade, with both ticket prices and sales largely flat.



Let’s pick….

Book This Band…

Read It and Weep (Long Read, Wonkish, Not a Pretty Ending)


Brilliant breakdown of the takedown; article is incredibly thorough, lots of charts that look similar to the first one:



..which isn’t very pleasant, if you happen to be in the business. Looks too much like this chart of typewriter sales:


All styles of music played here:


Monday nights, Sham Rockers! Tiger Room at the Station/Southern Rail, Carrboro, NC. The elusive Hardee FcMarlin sits in with regulars Robert Sledge, Rob Ladd, Clay Buckner, Chris Frank. (Jack Herrick is in far-off Oregon musicalizing “Pericles”)

Water Music

Here’s a piece I did for a video project that never saw the light of day, of some interest (possibly):

A Bit of History: Remember the DOT-COM explosion? We were there…

Been there?  From the Internet Archive, what they call the “Wayback Machine“, with a history of the Internet- I think they started before us, as they have us from the very beginning, if I remember correctly.

Here’s the record of efolkMusic beginning on Oct 9, 1999, and the Wayback Machine has snapshots through the ages! The mission is the same is it ever was, really, same rock to push. Luckily the edges have been worn down through the years and it’s a bit easier to roll.  Depending on the size of the rock, you don’t always “pick it up and carry it on..” as we have been known to say; more often it’s OGS – of good size – and you ROLL it.

The graphic to the left is a month later, Nov 1999, sorry about the missing graphics. Some of these hairpins are kickin’ grass’  as I write, somewhere, I hope. The idea was grand, using “digital delivery” to get and keep the good music in the air, all with a little compressed file called an “MP3” that flew across borders, from our servers right into your computer, and nearly frictionless (not to mention green).

The market was defined- a large niche of music fans who found no satisfaction listening to most of what they heard on the radio; they also saw their neighborhood record stores close down. Voila, efolkMusic, MP3s by the track, 98 cents.

The artists in our broadly-defined “curated”  folk music family were required to offer a free MP3 to our website visitors. Most didn’t know what an MP3 was, and were afraid to “give it away” even though they had no other practical way to get their music to the fans.

Ah, how times have changed. We became a non-profit in 2003 (May 31st is the first snapshot), and have continued to be a valuable distribution channel for an exceptional roster of too-often overlooked musicians. and MySpace have “gone out”, Facebook and Twitter are having their 15 minutes of fame, Google + is too late to the ballgame- we all “compete” (ha!) for your clicking attention, and golly, we are practically venerable by comparison. Folk music does get some respect, but ask any folkie, if you aren’t in it for the ART, and if you aren’t ready for the LONG HAUL, you don’t last long on the bluegrass highway.

SO here we are today, thanks to your support- you know the difference between real music and empty cowboy hats, that’s why you are here. Help us keep it going, won’t you?

Big John Falstaff straps on his spurs

New recording from the Lone Star Love herd:

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