Keep it fresh
I published my first band interview on October 7, 2006. It was with a lo-fi "appalachian soul" band out of the North Carolina mountains called the Choosy Beggars. I was really proud the day I posted it online. Now it makes me cringe. 🙂
In the ten years since then, I've learned a lot about music, a lot about podcasting, a lot about interviewing, and a lot about tenacity and gumption. But I figure you oughta change things up every decade or so to keep things fresh.
So I have decided that it's time to end the Americana Music Show.
I won't be publishing any more episodes of the show and I'm also ending the show on WHUP.
I will be leaving the web site up indefinitely and the existing episodes will remain online, in iTunes, Google Play Music, and all the usual places.
I do intend to post videos to the blog and write music reviews on the blog.
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I've got so many thanks to give I hardly know where to start.
First and foremost, I want to say thank you to all of the songwriters, musicians, and bands who have submitted their music to the show. (And the PR agents and labels who made sure the music got to me.) I have received thousands, probably tens of thousands of albums to audition. And I've listened to albums from every skill level, from people who have nothing more than the proverbial "three chords and the truth" to bands that will take your breath away. But here's the thing. I can honestly say that I never received an album that wasn't a sincere effort. That's one of the few things that gives me hope and faith in humanity these days.
Thank you to every single one of those of you who have ever listened to a single episode. Even though I don't know you personally, believe me, I feel the connection. I'll never forget the first time I messed up the web site somehow and the weekly episode didn't come out on time the day it was supposed to come out. I got emails from all over the world asking me, politely, if there was going to be an episode that week. That experience really brought home to me that there really is an audience out there listening every week.
Among the most loyal listeners is a small select group called the Americana Music Show patrons. These folks are the ones who signed up at the Patreon site and who chip in a few bucks every week to help cover the expenses for the show. Words cannot express how much I appreciate that vote of confidence that represents week after week. In addition to financial support, the show patrons have been like my field reporters, sending in suggestions and "heads up" emails about bands and singers they think should be on my radar screen. I always looked forward to hearing from my patrons. Thank you to all of you who have supported the show through Patreon as well as the Amazon Affiliate program.
I want to say thank you to all of the radio stations that trained me on how to use a mixing board and how to speak into a microphone. Namely WXDU, WCOM, and WHUP. Every station is different and has its own character, strengths, and weaknesses. But there are good folks at every one of them and I count myself lucky to have been associated with all of them.
And lastly, I want to say thank you to my wife, Patrica French, who gave me her full support at every opportunity and who held her tongue even when she had every right to complain about how much time I was spending on my "hobby."
I've always said that the Americana Music Show features "hand-picked, road-tested" american music to turn your commute into a road trip.
The podcast may be ending, but the road goes on forever and the party never ends.
Now, get out there and make some noise of your own....