Band / Artist Blog

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

Pro Tip #34 – Yeah, book it… Wait, didn’t we just play there?

By Ken Kirkland In some of my other pro tips I’ve mentioned the importance of playing often. However, I need to add a disclaimer: it isn’t just about the quantity of shows played, it’s also about the quality. While in theory, it sounds good to perform as much as possible because you can gain more...
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Pro Tip #33 – TIPS FOR OVERCOMING STAGE FRIGHT

by Ken Kirkland “His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy, There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti, He’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready” I have a musician friend (yes I have like 4 of those) who confessed to me that she feels like she’s gonna throw up...
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Pro Tip #32: The art of banter (Oh crap, I have to talk?)

Written by Jason Harlow The band is melting faces, the music sounds better than ever and the energy in the show is electric. You’ve got that amazing moment where you are like “this can’t be real; this is way too much fun and it sounds too good to be true!”. The song ends and the...
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Pro Tip #31: Tips For Finding Committed Band Members

By Ken Kirkland We’ve all been there. You are trying to find new band members. You put out flyers, ads, or even post on social media. Then, whenever someone shows interest in your band (they call you or audition), they do not have the same drive and ambition that you have. This situation actually occurs...
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Pro Tip #30: How much should we charge?

Maybe the article should be called “10 Questions and considerations to finding the magical number, or more specifically, value worth playing” but please read on. This is a controversial article to write and I expect people to totally disagree, which is cool. If you have other ideas, please share, this is all about community. I...
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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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