Dallas part 2
Started the afternoon hanging out with Chelsea and Tony – diehard music fans from Crystal Clear – a Dallas distributor. They focus on the local Texas sound – gave me a box full of stuff to check out. Interesting to know that virtually none of the musicians they gave me are making a living at it. Let’s hope we can start building the musician’s middle class.
Was fortunate enough to connect with Pascale Hall, the owner of a local coffee shop called Standard and Pours on the Southside of town. As it turns out, Pascale, with the help of MIke Zuchowski, is fast becoming a Dallas institution for local emerging talent. They’ve been hosting an open mic for about 9 months that has grown into its own local music scene. About 20 artists shared the stage, from 7-10pm, 2 songs per player, first come, first served. Saw some great talent, and was also impressed by the first-timers braving a live audience for the first time. Kristy Kruger, Jason Eady, Becky Middleton and the duo Fishing for Comets highlighted a great night of acoustic music. Also was blown away by a guy named Anson… who sang and played a bass. Anson, where are you? …couldn’t find you on myspace.
Fishing for Comets
What’s also very cool is they broadcast the performance live over the web. They actually have their own radio station running 24/7 online. It’s the future, man.
Kristy told me she had not long ago spent 6 weeks on the road, and traveled 16,000 miles playing all the way up into Canada… Alone! Amazing how hard musicians work. The most I ever did was 5,000 miles, and that was sharing the duties with 5 bandmates, and even that was exhausting.
On to Denton…