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
Bruce J Maier / CEO