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The Seventh Year of Damn Good Tunes.com

Posted in Guitar Nation, Independent Music, Indie Music, Interviews, Journalism, Nashville, Now Now Now, radio, recording, Reviews, songwriter, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2014 by damngoodtunes

When I began this journey into the unknown of publishing a web-based music magazine there were no illusions or false expectations, just a vision and instinct  based on one simple philosophy – helping others.  I wasn’t this guy who had been president of the school newspaper or anything nor was I some kind of literary and grammar genius.  I just wanted to help musicians, and for the sake of purpose for the new readers who don’t know me / us at DGT, here is why:

The music industry is in a way like the eye of a needle, only enough room in the doorway of opportunity for a select few to enter, be promoted and  then to  become successful. That’s nothing new to  the art of music, dance, theater and art itself. There’s a lot of talent out there in the world, most would agree. But I saw it as  an  uneven challenge always leaning to favor the super-attractive, the more youthful and those with the most dollars behind them. With the way the world has been growing technologically there came some new advantages but not enough to break through the stigma of talent vs. looks and money and it all came down to one thing; promotion.

All songwriter-singers and bands no matter if they are Indie or signed to a major label need publicity, so we decided to level the  above-mentioned playing field by offering a new system that was not an exclusive club. It’s not closed to large, small, old, young,  black, white, red, brown people, grey haired, no hair, long-haired  – it’s open for everyone. Race, creed, political views and orientation have no meaning here at DGT and we  do not and will not ever spin a story that is based on bias or prejudice. We’ll let the big boys of publishing do that. All we want to do is write reviews and conduct interviews with deserving talent and keep it family friendly in the process.

Since 2007 we have been making friends all over the globe and  we have earned respect through simple guidelines and a shared philosophy among our writers. We have also partnered with some of the best other ” like ” industry leaders such as the Country Music Association, XO Publicity, Music Clout, Countrified Canada and as of most recent AudioSprout.com so that we might expand further and bring our readers more related news and information that they might not otherwise have seen. These affiliate partners provide content which  enhances our original features  and gives our fans and readers a great totally free web magazine experience. There are no fees or locked content – it’s all there for you to see and hear right there on your Pad, phone or computer.

This dream might never have come so far were it not for the efforts of my daughter Trinity, who heads up the art and design department and  doubles as a writer in many different areas of music. Then we have James Dean Fisher who has been with us for over five years bringing us the Indie Country music world the way that only a  Nashville Tennessee resident of near forty years could tell. James is joined by Linda Mewhirter, Randy Kamradt and Dr. Kenneth Love who are all outstanding people and extremely knowledgeable of the music industry. Last but not least, and perhaps our golden star is Lou Anne Michel, who has been bringing a smile to people all over the world with her exclusive Cartoon-Guitar characters in Guitar Nation and Fabulous Friends! We might have been a bit too determined and serious until our little guitar buddies came along, and they add something fun and  relaxing to the wonderful magazine we have become.

Yes, this article is laced with pride isn’t it? Yep, it’s been a great seven years and now damngoodtunes.com is on its way to becoming an internationally recognized brand known for truth and ethics and for being a real friend to musicians and songwriters  all over the planet. We didn’t buy our respect, we earned it. We didn’t buy our following with a SEO company, we couldn’t afford it so we built it ourselves through social networking and time-tested word-of-mouth. Imagine that !

Special thanks to all past contributors including Rocky Nelson,  Kris Edem,  Firelyn, Jessie Torrisi, Ms P, Linda Harboth and Kevin Limiti

Guitar Nation comic comes to DGT!

Guitar Nation comic comes to DGT!

Bruce J Maier / CEO

To our newest Followers

Posted in being thankful, followers, Journalism, Life, networking, promoting with tags , , on October 8, 2013 by damngoodtunes

Sometimes we get so caught up in the illusions of our own importance we zip right past the niceties of life and the courtesies we as civilized people should adhere to. So, I want to take a moment and thank those of you who actually took the time to say ” yes , I am interested in being notified whenever you post something “.

We have many readers but none as important as yourselves. Some of you may also follow us on Twitter and Facebook and might have noticed we don’t have that many subscribers. The reason is simple; I / we never have purchased a follower. Rather, we have built a small community where we know and have spoken directly to everyone. Sure, there’s lots more people who read our web magazine, follow the Blogs and are interested in what we do, but the ones who take that extra step, or we say ” hey we’d like to stay in touch with you ” these are the people who will be around for us in the years to come.

So, we thank you. You are not many, but you are mighty.

Bruce J Maier / damngoodtunes.com publisher and owner Continue reading

Pacific Northwest Music News

Posted in Independent Music, Journalism, News, Patriotic, Peace, Soldiers, World News with tags , , on November 8, 2010 by damngoodtunes

We welcome yet another new feature to our ever-expanding lineup, with veteran Northwest native Rocky Nelson. Mr. Nelson who grew up in Lewis County in western Washington has been a senior journalist for the Washington Blues Society for a number of years and brings us a dedicated passion for all music that’s good, especially the Blues! When Rocky is not writing for us he can be seen in another role bringing the amenities of a better lifestyle to people in foreign lands.

Backfire Band on the DGT!

Posted in Backfire Band, Country Music, down home, Drums, Guitars, Independent Music, Indie Music, Interviews, Journalism, New Country Music, southern rock, vocals on November 4, 2010 by damngoodtunes

Backfire Band Interview now online at our web magazine!
Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by! Our lady Firelyn is back after a little vacation…well I guess that’s not what a kidney transplant is now is it? Yes she was actually not well for a long time and was unable to concentrate on the writing for a while as you might imagine. However, Not only has Firelyn just completed and awesome interview and review of one the the Northwest’s premiere new bands, Backfire Band, but in between April 19th and now she has also earned her Washington state Real Estate License, gone back to college full time, and…. found time to go out and meet and listen to bands all over the place! We’re happy that Firelyn has returned and with this super great interview under her belt she seems determined to take on the world! We are happy to have her back and most pleased with this fine article she published tonight in the DGT.

NEW FEATURE: ” JUST DISCOVERED “

Posted in Female Vocalist, Independent Music, Indie Music, Interviews, Journalism, News, Reviews, songwriter with tags on August 25, 2010 by damngoodtunes

HELLO EVERYONE AND WOW! ARE WE EVER HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE OUR NEWEST LATEST FEATURE CALLED ” JUST DISCOVERED ” !

Kicking us off into full swing is new artist discovery, Alice Evans who hails from Seattle WashingtonAlice sings of love and pain and joy and creates a soundscape of emotions while accompanying herself on the piano quite well. I was most impressed by the well-written ” TANGO ” and would love to have you all check out Alice Evans today in damngoodtunes.com !

Internet Radio Equality Act

Posted in Independent Music, Indie Music, Internet Radio, Journalism with tags , , , , , , on August 21, 2010 by damngoodtunes

Have you heard of this? Do you understand it? What side of the fence should you be standing on? Read the text as it was written by Congress;

4/26/2007–Introduced.
Internet Radio Equality Act – Declares to be ineffective: (1) the March 2, 2007, Determination of Rates and Terms of the U.S. Copyright Royalty Judges regarding rates and terms for the digital performance of sound recordings and ephemeral recordings; (2) the April 17, 2007, modification of that determination by an order denying motions for rehearing; and (3) any subsequent modification by the Copyright Royalty Judges published in the Federal Register. Replaces standards for determining reasonable rates and terms of royalty payments for public performances of sound recordings by means of eligible nonsubscription transmission services and new subscription services with a requirement that such rates and terms be established in accordance with stated objectives of the Copyright Royalty Judges. (Currently, rates and terms are required to distinguish among different types of eligible nonsubscription transmission services and include a minimum fee for each type.) Allows a minimum annual royalty for each provider subject to such rates and terms. Provides a transition rule for payment of royalties by providers of digital audio transmissions that would have been subject to the rates and terms nullified by this Act. Revises royalty payment provisions concerning the use of certain works in noncommercial broadcasting to include: (1) sound recordings; and (2) performance or display by nonprofit organizations and public broadcasting entities. Provides a transition rule for the payment by a public broadcasting entity to owners of copyrights in sound recordings. Requires a report to the Copyright Royalty Judges by the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information on the competitiveness of the Internet radio marketplace and the effect on Internet radio providers of proposed rate determinations in proceedings concerning: (1) public performances of sound recordings by means of the services described above; or (2) the use of certain works in noncommercial broadcasting. Requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), upon publication of the commencement of proceedings of the Copyright Royalty Judges to determine rates and terms under the statutory license described in this Act, to report on the effect of such proposals on localism, diversity, and competition in the Internet radio marketplace (including in rural areas). Requires a report to Congress and the Copyright Royalty Judges by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) on the effect of such proposals upon public broadcasting licensees and permittees.

Ground Zero Faith

Posted in Journalism, Peace, survival, World News with tags , , , on August 18, 2010 by damngoodtunes

Thank you Eric Normand for the commentary about Ground Zero Mosque. I would like to share my comments with the world on this one:

Eric; That was one of the most moving and dynamic commentaries I have ever seen! I usually stay away from forums and comments in the web of gloom however, lately I have found myself speaking up more for America and peace, harmony for all citizens of the world. Should we ever have the time to sit down for a few hours I could go on and on about the oppression of good people throughout history, and whether it is acceptable to march into someone else’s continent and take all which they love and believe in from them in the name of our God. And now to see the attack on the Muslim people, their children in the schools by other youth who have learned from their elders to hate. This is shameful Eric and it must be stopped!
What I say now is we all have to ” engage ” in peace games, not war games. The more we talk about and act upon the idea of peace, the more prevalent peace will become. It matters not if you are in the mountains of Afghanistan or you are in command of western or Euro forces, our little wars need to end. There is evidence that the twisted leader of N. Korea is insane enough to fire off a few nukes in a mass-murder suicide attempt against the rest of the world. Radiation and environmental devastation would last for over a decade and will effect everyone and every living thing on this planet. We cannot let this happen, we must work toward peace. It is not right to advance into someone else’s land and take it from them or to try and change their ideologies in 2010 any more than it was acceptable in the 12th-18th Centuries. So we must not. But, we must reach out to the world and spread a message of peace, so that Buddhists, Hindu,Muslims, Christians, Jews and all faiths may live together and build the future of mankind together, not destroy it.
I am an optimist Eric. I believe we can do this and that we will. My grand-children drive my faith in mankind and my hopes for their future. We as parents and grand-parents must ” Teach your children well ” as Crosby, Stills and Nash once said, followed by ” All we are saying, Is give peace a chance “. Lennon