Band / Artist Blog

Articles written by local musicians to promote and support the music community.

Pro Tip #29: Pursuing your dreams / goals and understanding the haters

Written by Jason Harlow I was in Church yesterday and the message touched on something personally I’ve dealt with in my entire music career or life in general. For those that know me, I’m somewhat ambitious, I like to sometimes go against the grain to simply prove something can be done, especially when people say...
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Pro Tip #28: Ramblings from 3 years – The negotiation

Over 3 years ago, something magical happened in the Wiregrass. Musicians of the Wiregrass area gathered at a small upstairs location in Ozark, Al (now known as the VIP room at Live at Harlow's). It was an invite only party which offered free beer and beverages, a full stage with gear, and nothing in the...
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Pro Tip #27: Where is everybody?

by Ken KirklandIt happens more often than you might think. Especially when you’re playing at a new venue. Maybe they had booked a different band that cancelled at the last second and you’re filling in. Maybe you’re playing on a Monday, or the venue down the street has a huge sold-out show. Or the venue...
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Pro Tip #26: WHICH PICK DO YOU PICK?

by Sam WilderWith all the money we spend on guitars, effects, amps, and more guitars it’s hard to imagine how a little piece of plastic that costs almost nothing can make such a noticeable difference in your playing. And up until right now you probably didn’t even realized it. But the truth is your pick...
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Pro Tip #25: How to be the douchy band nobody wants to play a gig with.

By Sam WilderMy band, the G.O.A.M.F.T. is, well, the greatest band of all MF time. We’re so awesome, in fact, that bands on the same bill as us never ask my group to play another show with them because they know they just can’t keep up. We just end up embarrassing them with our insanely...
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Pro Tip #24 – Live Performance Tips

By Sam Wilder At a live show, music lovers get to taste music in a whole different way. It is an epic experience for both the musicians and the fans which allow them to connect through the performance. Whether you are an amateur or you have done it so many times before, it is vital...
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Pro Tip #23: Tips for engaging with your Audience

By Sam Wilder Engaging with your audience while you are performing live will allow you to connect with them on a deeper level. It’s like giving them an open invitation to your world while performing on stage. The more engaged your audience is with your performance, the more energy there is from the crowd. You...
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Pro Tip #22: Practice vs. Rehearsal

By Sam WilderPracticing and rehearsing are not at all the same thing. When a rehearsal doesn’t go well or when it seems to drag on with very little being accomplished, it’s usually because someone went to the rehearsal expecting to practice…So what’s the difference? Practice is what you do at home on your own time,...
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Pro Tip #21: How to Get Your Musical Passion and Drive Back

By Sam Wilder I was asked, “How do I get my musical passion back? I know what I want but it’s always being put on hold because of reality.” This is a really hard question to answer because it’s a struggle that musicians face everyday. I’m going to try to answer that question so here...
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