Race you to the bottom.

(A little long-winded, so feel free to skip to the end for the gist of it.) If you want to have any hope of making a buck in online publishing, you need hits. You don't need hits because they equate to influence (not necessarily so) or because they accurately reflect the quality of your content (they don't, as proven by the rise of the viral list as default content form). You need hits because that's what advertisers care about. You need enough eyeballs looking at your page to make some … [Read more...]

October 2014 Show Calendar

From our Northern California Concert Calendar, a listing of shows for the month ahead. If you have friends in the area, be sure to have them subscribe to receive our monthly roundups by email. Don't forget that you can always check the calendar on our site to see shows further out and get your tickets in advance. Believe it or not, we already have details on shows through April of 2015. 10/01/14 - Emmylou Harris - Gallo Center for the Arts - Modesto, CA 10/01/14 - Gordon Lightfoot - … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 09/28/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. See Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr’s Most Adorable Moments [Pictures] ● --- Way to go, Taste of Country. I expected nothing less. Or more. The Country Rebel-Meter: From Mild (Blake Shelton!) to Wild (Yes, You, Jason Aldean) ● --- Billboard came up with a Rebel-Meter worthy of Taste of Country. Indeed, there was little fresh in Thursday’s nearly sold-out show. Many in the 20,000-something crowd got drunk and sloppy, the electric … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 09/21/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I was always on the fence. I was trying to maintain the integrity of country music and also fit into the commercial world. You want everything you do to be a big hit, but how bad do you want it? What are you willing to do? Where are you willing to bend? ● --- Lee Ann Womack to Peter Cooper, in an article that also sees Cooper pointing out the 4+ year gap since someone hit No. 1 on the country chart with a song that wasn't co-written. … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 09/14/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. In the last several years, a lot of the songs about women have been written in kind of an objectifying way. If you didn’t wear cut-off jeans or a bikini top, or sit on a tailgate and drink, then you really weren’t worthy, you didn’t really add up. But ‘Wild Child’ is telling some girl out there that’s got dreams, that’s a free spirit, who’s smart and interesting, that she has a chance, that she is worthy. ● --- Kenny Chesney, in a nice, … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 09/08/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. For some expectant moms, the concept of "eating for two" can result in too much. Twice the French fries, twice the bacon, twice the Oreos. (My rationale for that was that the more Oreos I ate, the more milk I drank.) But Underwood will most likely stick with her vegetarian diet the whole time. ● --- Alison Bonaguro on the long-awaited (by Alison Bonaguro) pregnancy of Carrie Underwood. The problem with country music today is not the … [Read more...]

September 2014 Show Calendar

From our Northern California Concert Calendar, a listing of shows for the month ahead. If you have friends in the area, be sure to have them subscribe to receive our monthly roundups by email. Don't forget that you can always check the calendar on our site to see shows further out and get your tickets in advance. Believe it or not, we already have details on shows through March of 2015. Finally, thanks to the folks who supported the site by donating last month. 09/02/14 - Elvis Costello & … [Read more...]