One of things that has slowly entered my age-addled brain while playing the many venues with my band is that music has gone the way of professional sports. The “pro” or big ticket stadium concerts have more to do with marketing and corporate stockholders than they do with real music. The tickets are outrageously expensive, it costs a small fortune to get within half a mile of whatever band you are seeing. The multi-nationally owned major record labels are too busy searching for new “product” that can be marketed to enhance the bottom line. The artist can be playing Classical Kazoo as long as dollar signs dance in the eyes of the lawyers and accountants running the labels.
The (positive) upshot of all this is that there is an unbelievable wealth of talented MUSICIANS playing local venues where admission is anywhere from free to a couple bucks. I have been blown away by the level of musicianship that my band has been playing with, and I’m not talking about some neighborhood three-chord garage bands, I’m talking outstanding stuff.
Let me direct you to some of the best that I’ve heard thus far (and I know I have but scratched the surface)…
and of course….Jo Wymer