The Music Industry: A Trail of Missed Opportunities

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I DOUBT if anybody today hasn’t heard of the problems of the music industry. The labels are crying about their loss of CD sales, XM and Sirius radio are hemorrhaging cash by the tens of billions of dollars. Terrestrial broadcast radio’s audience is shrinking. Mom & Pop “brick and mortar” record stores are all but extinct. Record distributors are filing bankruptcy. The scene is nothing short of a horror movie on music. The entire industry is unhealthy. To put the icing on the cake, after the music business has all but committed suicide through their greed, they decided to sue those who could have been their salvation — their own customers. Not only is the business in dire straits, it’s in serious need of a PR fix.

Source: The American Mercury - http://theamericanmercury.org/2010/04/the-music-industry-a-trail-of-missed-opportunities/

Music Sales Down: What's the Plan? Is There a Plan?

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Music sales dropped 14% according to a recent Nielsen Report. This drop includes both physical and digital sales of songs and albums. Even iTunes dropped by more than 10% according to the report. The big hit was CD sales dropping by nearly 20%. Who then survived? Streaming and the LP came out on top. In the first six months, streaming was up a clear 50% followed by LP sales up 40%.

Source: CYBERGRASS® - http://www.cybergrass.com/node/3809

Locust Honey String Band's Old Time Mountain Songs

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There’s a rock hard spine that holds up the bones of American country music, both now and back to the distant past. That spine is the spirit of the women who have given their hearts and souls to the music–everyone from Loretta Lynn and Kitty Wells to Sara Carter and Ola Belle Reed. It’s a spirit very much alive in the music of Asheville, North Carolina’s Locust Honey String Band.

Source: CYBERGRASS® - http://www.cybergrass.com/node/3810

After 87 Years, The Bristol Sessions are Reborn

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In 1927, Ralph S. Peer went to Bristol, TN/VA with his recording gear. Little did he know what the impact of that journey would become. He captured the local artists on his recording equipment and then released them on records for radio and purchase. The Bristol Sessions, as they have become known, resulted in the biggest explosion of music that we call “The Big Bang of Country Music.” It was a bang heard coast to coast through radio and, it was a hit. However, it didn’t stop there. The following year, “The Johnson City Sessions” were recorded. Johnson City is just south west of Bristol. Now, a new piece is coming together.

Source: CYBERGRASS® - http://www.cybergrass.com/node/3815

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