Posts Tagged ‘SMtv’

Musical Guest: Amy Petty [Manchester, NH]

Amy Petty is our first chosen artist for the new The Highway Girl Podcast series.

Amy has such an incredibly rich voice that I have to think of great singers like Joan Osborne and Ann Wilson. I literally never tire of listening to her sing.

Amy’s debut CD Mystery Keeps You was produced and engineered by Jacob Detering (Bonnie Raitt) and features performances by R. Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow, Peter Mayer) and Eric Grossman (K’s Choice).

Calling All Artists: Wanna Be on The Show?

The Highway Girl has been viewed and downloaded millions of times and is available on video and podcast. In addition to widespread distribution on the Internet, the show airs and is watched by millions of people on Comcast on the ARC Channel.

Submit your music to be considered for the program. Selected artists will be interviewed by Samantha Murphy and will have three of their songs included in the program. Artists will be given their own page at TheHighwayGirl.com and will have the opportunity to sell their merchandise there as well.

Samantha will sit down with a music industry expert to discuss your music as well as ways artists can approach distributing and marketing in the digital world. Past guests include WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, Nettwerk Records and Lilith Fair Founder Terry McBride, Senior VP of Yahoo! Music Michael Spiegelman, Hit Songwriters Tony Hatch and Allee Willis and many more.

THG Archives: Parthenon Huxley [D.C.]

This week we’re dusting off our podcast with Parthenon Huxley.

Parthenon Huxley’s music takes me back to highschool when I spent my weekends listening to bands like The Cars and The Beatles. His songs are infectious and tell great stories that make me feel understood.

Apart from being a solo artist and a latter-day member of ELO, Hux has written four top twenty hits: “Hello Cruel World” with moodmeister E (Mark Everett of eels), “You Don’t Have To Remind Me” with rock chanteuse Sass Jordan, “Wake Me Up” with pretty boy pop dude Kyle Vincent and “With Heaven On Our Side”, recorded by mainstream rock tyrants Foreigner.

Industry Buzz

A third of young people would not pay for music online, or videos: While the statistic appears to confirm the worst fears of TV, film, music and newspaper companies that it may be impossible to get the younger generation to pay online, the EC report did offer a glimmer of hope. [Guardian UK]

YouTube video case study:: One of our main goals at YouTube is to help content creators effectively make money from the distribution of their content online. That they can do so in a way that brings artists and our community together to create fun, spontaneous and inspiring works, is one of the best and most exciting things about YouTube. [Google Blog]

10 Ways to Share Music on Twitter: Turns out, there are plenty of ways to share tunes on Twitter as well. Here are ten of the best ways to tweet about what you’re listening to. [Mashable]

Spinning in the Grave: Why music magazines are dying: Late last month, Vibe magazine announced that it was ceasing publication. The next day, word arrived that Spin was laying off a half-dozen staffers. In late March, Blender folded outright, and a few months before that, Rolling Stone trimmed its masthead. [Slate]

The Highway Girl MP3 Store

Love the music you hear on The Highway Girl.com? We’ve made it easy and affordable for you to purchase music and support the artists featured on our show.

Just head over to The Highway Girl Emporium, where you’ll find our music in two delicious flavors—digital/MP3 and good ol’ CD’s!

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THG Musical Guest: Rob Giles

I first heard about Rob Giles from my friend Noelle. She told me Rob’s voice pretty much kicked major ass–Noelle was right! Rob is one of those people who knows he’s good, but with a voice like that, he’d be a liar if he didn’t. It’s one of those deep down from the pits of your soul types of voices.

One that requires you to pull a certain face and squeeze out every ounce of breathe to get it all out. Rob is quite literally amazing. Don’t miss his live performance for SMtv. I literally cried.

Click here to watch Samantha’s interview with Rob Giles!

Click here to watch Rob’s live performance and listen to his SMtv podcast!

THG Industry Expert: Fred Von Lohmann

When it comes to music it’s hard to find a smarter mind than Fred von Lohmann. And not just because he’s an avid music fan who goes out of his way to constantly discover new music. Fred is the Senior Staff Attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. If you ever have the opportunity to hear him speak, jump on it!

You can see the entire interview, by clicking here.

THG Podcast: Jeff Finlin

Bruce Springsteen added one of Jeff’s songs to his play on music at his concerts. Cameron Crowe singled out one of Jeff’s songs for his movie “Elizabethtown” Add me to the growing list of fans of Jeff Finlin.

The guy’s songwriting just kicks ass. He tells it like it is and backs it up with such a passionate voice. You need to own all three of his albums including his latest, Ballad of a Plain Man.”

Click here to listen to the entire podcast

Spring Tour: Samantha Murphy & Dave Lowensohn

Samantha recently announced that she’s hitting the road with Dave Lowensohn of Speechwriters LLC.  The dynamic duo will be touring up and down the East Coast through all of April. Let us know if you’d like to book a house concert!

Click here to see the list of announced tour dates!

Digital Buzz: Music Industry News

Warner Music Targeting More than YouTube: Fred VonLohmann writes about Warner Music’s (mis)use of YouTube’s Content ID (i.e., audio fingerprinting) tools to remove lots of videos that are clearly fair uses. (EFF)

Music Marketing Lessons From Groove Armada And Neko Case: In an interesting study in contrasts, this past week we’ve come across two artists who are taking slightly different approaches to arrive at the same goal: to get you to listen to their latest album and share it with your friends. (YPulse) (Thanks Derek!)

For Gen Y, Music is Oxygen: What do younger music consumers think about music piracy, digital music and other issues related to music?

These were just some of the questions that a new survey conducted by British Music Rights sought to answer. When it comes to music: What does the MySpace generation want? (Barking Robot Media)

Twt.fm: An easy way to share your music on Twitter! twt.fm will generate a track page for you using your twitter page design and you’ll be able to tweet it to your followers.

Warner Music Pitches Music Tax To Universities: You Pay, We Stop Suing: The idea would be to get various ISPs to simply add an additional fee to everyone’s internet access, have that money go into a pool that the recording industry would be responsible for paying out — and then let people have free reign for file sharing.

We hadn’t heard much about this music tax lately, but apparently attention is now being focused on getting universities to buy into the plan.(TechDirt)

Artist Tools: Artisteer

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Christopher Dallman, an artist who I’ve featured on my podcast,  has a special offer that I thought members of  The Highway Girl community would be interested in knowing about.

In an effort to raise money for his new album, for one week only, you can purchase Christopher’s first album, Race the Light, for only $5!

Christopher’s music is melodic and sweet. He knows how to tell a story with words and not just in songs either. His blog and tweets crack me up and always has me glued to the page.

Show your support for indie music and take advantage of this special offer today! If you already have his amazing album, you can still help Christopher fund his new music by clicking here.

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I’m fascinated by what happens to society when we go through tough economic times like we are now.  The rich seem to take a somewhat more cautious approach and recognize this may be a 10-15 year time of rebuilding.  The poor seem to watch with wide eyes as everyone runs around discussing the stock market with such concern.  Both ends of the spectrum seem to remain pretty calm in the face of the financial storm, relatively speaking.  We batten down and begin making preparations.

But, the middle-class…those Gap-wearing, mortgaged to the hilt, spent this year’s salary before I’ve earned it bunch of people….’tis they who are running around in the biggest flap like chickens with their heads cut off.  They’ve bought things they do not need, with money they do not have, to impress people who do not care.  Their very happiness is steeped in material possessions which don’t ever truly satisfy, which is why they must keep working to keep buying.  It is these people who feel hit the hardest.

The poor know how to weather financial storms like this without feeling any pain.  They work so hard that they are usually the very life-blood of the companies they work for.  They have a sense of gratitude for their jobs and pride in their work, so they are usually the last to go.  It is the VP’s and Head of this and Head of that who are cut first.  They are the ones with the brand new Volvo, leased of course so they can stay ahead of the material trends.

People like me with hardly anything in the bank are fighters.  We’ve been through so much and we have nothing to lose.  What little we do have we aren’t that attached to anyway.  I certainly don’t consider myself poor in any way.  I’m rich beyond belief in the ways that matter most.  Just not in the way society defines rich.

Truth be told I actually love times like these because they force people to prioritize.  In doing so, it’s inevitable for us all to become more emotional.  We cultivate a sense of gratitude for our relationships and the people we have taken for granted.  We begin to think seriously about how fortunate we are just to eat and breath and walk this earth.  Yes, in times like these we become a more loving race.  Our essence is examined and revered.  At the end of the day, don’t the same things make all of us truly happy?  A dog that loves us unconditionally, the arms of the one we love wrapped around us, a warm bed.  Aren’t these the things that mean something?

I wanted to express my positivity in this time of doom and gloom.  I have honestly never been happier.  I’ve never felt richer.  And I’ve never been more excited about the company I started over three years ago.  I’ve never had such an amazing team with such a thriving passion to change things and I’ve never been more grateful.

We are indeed in the midst of some very exciting times my friends! I feel we’re all on the precipice of greatness if we choose it.  When we look back at history, greatness has never been about money and it never will be.  Greatness is about who we become when challenging times come upon us.

Please write and tell me your feelings!  sm@thehighwaygirl.com

With Love,

Samantha  xo

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As all entrepreneurs know, sometimes it’s just tough to keep going.  It’s easy to feel like no one cares or is listening.  That’s why it makes such a difference when I get an email from someone like the one I got today.

Hello Samantha,
My name is bleep and I am a student of bleep’s. I was talking with him the other day about my senior project and he emailed me the link to “The Highway Girl.” I really just wanted to tell you that I think what you are doing is absolutely incredible, and all of us should be appreciative for the journey you have embarked on. Seriously, the artists are amazing, the idea is amazing, and to top it off your music is great, such talent. I know that you are incredibly busy, but if you ever have a chance I would love to talk to you more about the whole thing, and see if there is any way that I can get involved.

Thank you thank you thank you thank you!  You keep me going and make it all worth while.

Also, wanted to let you guys know I’m going to be blogging on a weekly basis starting next week.  Things have finally gotten to a manageable level and I’m ready to start chatting with you guys, so please tune in and lemme know your thoughts on stuff, kay?  KAY!



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