Linda Chorney Still Hasn't Withdrawn Her Grammy Nomination

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The comments sections on several articles about Linda Chorney, the woman who gamed the system and social networked her way onto the final Grammy ballot in the Americana category, tend to be pretty negative, although Chorney's publicist, husband and a few friends are trying to staunch the flow of irate bile that has gushed like BP's Gulf well last year.

Lonesome, Onry and Mean has been following Americana music since long before we first went to work in country radio in the early Seventies, and we've never witnessed anything quite as shameful as Chorney's calculated internet march to the Grammy ballot. We were revolted by our first listen to Chorney's tepid folky Emotional Jukebox. We can think of a handful of women in Houston who could kick Chorney's musical ass with one arm behind their backs.

Still, we wanted to gain some perspective on Chorney and took to watching YouTube videos of the 51-year-old folkie. We're even more depressed by these revolting developments now.

Take a look at this one and tell me: Do you think Lucinda Williams plays house concerts? Do you think Shelby Lynne makes mushy intros like Chorney's here? And forget about the music, which seems like it would be Oprah's pick of the week for its new age sheen and vacant, over-wrought school-girlish poetry about love and feelings.

One telling moment: when Chorney explains that she's glad to play this venue (obviously someone's glitzy home) because tonight she's not going to be background noise. It only takes one listen to the insipid song she's singing to realize why she is and will always be background music. The question is: Why hasn't anyone told her this? Why hasn't anyone told her, "Honey, we love you, but you're in the wrong line of work"? Background Noise should be the title of Chorney's next album, if she makes one.

No, Linda C., this is not the way the big kids do it, the big kids who've played 200 gigs a year and slept in their vans and sold thousands of albums and t-shirts to make ends meet until their music finally caught on and they had paid their dues and earned their public acceptance and success.

Come on, lady, do the right thing: Withdraw your nomination. You know it's the right thing to do. But somehow we get the idea you want this so bad and are so delusional about your own talent and career that you'll play this for everything it's worth. Sad. Very, very sad.


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Josh
Josh

I guess Kelly Clarkson didn't pay her dues either. Should we right her off? Get real, great music isn't wine, the performer doent have to sleep in a van to age well or earn there way.

Fred John Boenig
Fred John Boenig

Okay here is Big Kev of WLVR and WXLV's interview with Linda Chorney- its the last hour and 15 mins of his show. After listening to it you will hear exactly how and why she got the Grammy it is the most accurate and indepth interview she has done yet.  http://www.Americanamediapro.c...  I believe it says it all.

Big Kev
Big Kev

My Fellow Americana-ites.....Don't forget that tomorrow Sat Jan 14th at 11am EST  on the Roots Rock Revolution program,that yours truly will be airing an interview with Linda Chorney about her latest release "Emotional Jukebox" that I did earlier this week. You can listen at  www.wlvr.org  Hear Linda give her side of the Grammy nomination story as well hear a few tracks from the album and decide for yourself.... CYA There !

Big Kev PloghoftMusic DirectorWLVRBethlehem,PA

Marshall Moseley
Marshall Moseley

What snobbery. She's undeserving because she does house concerts? Dar Williams was doing house concerts when she made THE HONESTY ROOM.  And as for 'the big kids' -- she *has* done all the things you cite. You just don't like it because she followed the rules and you know...succeeded.

And by the way, *people voted for her*. There was not voter fraud. She just did the tedious work it took to get her music in the hands of the voters.

Dick
Dick

Ever read Billa's or Mr. Book's comments on Amazon.com? You'll find them every day, criticising every Gold Box Deal Amazon offers. WMS has found his own equivalent of the Gold Box, and he's just as tiresome, and obsessed, as Billa and Mr. Book.

Bye now. Have fun with your little blog!

Nicholas Luis Sevilla Zamoyski
Nicholas Luis Sevilla Zamoyski

Hi Billy,I like her music. Thank you for posting her video. I had not had the time to listen to Linda until I read this blog of yours. Thank you. I like what I heard, even if it is just a home made video. She can sing, and play guitar. And she is paying homage to Bob Dylan by emulating some of his style of work. This is all good with me. Nothing I have not seen before from both more famous and less famous artists. Including Bob.

Have you ever considered that what you think is,and I quote here:

"We were revolted by our first listen to Chorney's tepid folky Emotional Jukebox."

Just who is this "we" and "our"you speak of? Pluralizing your opinion, is not very professional on your part. Unless you are co-writing, or am I incorrect? Please use the singular when expressing your personal opinion. Thank you.

I am sorry that you were revolted by her music. Well, it may not be what you normally listen to, after all. and you are entitled to have your own personal taste in music.

I do however, take some exception to how you are presenting your opinion and musical taste upon the public, such as myself. Stooping down low to insult Ms. Chorney, NARAS, Americana fans, and making quite fanciful generalizations across your several posts, is quite simply, unprofessional, on your part. Excuse me for pointing this obvious thing out, in case no one has done so yet.

Ms. Chorney did secure a valid nomination. The rules are clear when an album or song is to be considered. And you should see how many "Name" artists have done far more "underground" things to secure a nomination than just using Social Media Networks. And how many "Name" artists have also had an album go on the nomination list Before they actually hit the stores. Linda is not the first artist to do so, and probably will not be the last either. Why you have chosen to name call Ms. Chorney for the way she has gotten "in" without first looking into past artists and their methods, is funny, and ignorant. Look up Carlos Santana's "Supernatural". That one won many many Grammys. And was placed in the Ballots After the official Deadline, probably at the request of the label.

I am really perplexed by the fact that you have spent Three of your Blog posts mainly talking trash about someone you actually have not met, who has not done anything "wrong" except in your book. Sorry, but I have to ask, are you a current NARAS member? ANd if so, are you on the Voting Committee? No? Oh....

And also perplexed as to why you insult my peer NARAS members with such nice verbiage as :

"Chorney discovered a way to game the system and managed to convince quite a number of Grammy voters (who obviously are a little under-educated and under-exposed to the Americana genre) to vote for her tepid album" from your Dec 23rd 2011 story.

Do you know all these NARAS members? Do you know for a fact that they may or may not be versed in what the music style "Americana" is? The last 5 years of my career I've done nothing but listen and engineer "Americana" records. That may not qualify me as an expert, but certainly does make me knowledgeable enough. Enough to post here in this rebuttal anyway.

I'm sorry, but all I read here in your many blog posts, is a person who is angry that someone that they personally like better, did not get the final Nomination.

Just so you know, it is extremely difficult for an Independent Artist such as Ms. Chorney to be heard in a forum such as the NARAS association. There is so much competition, it is not even funny.

I for one am glad that there are more Independent Artists in the Ballot each year, and that the Categories have been condensed and simplified, making it more of an honor to get a Grammy, since there is even MORE competition.

Oh, and BTW, if you do not like house concerts, or artists that play house concerts, then about 60% or more of Pop artists should then be excluded from your playlist. From Celine Dion to Dionne Warwick, from The Rolling Stones to Mariah Carey.

Happy New Year, from a Grammy winner, and NARAS member.

rxeno
rxeno

Well said. I couldn't agree more.

wms
wms

You're either an idiot or a hired apologist. Either way, her music still sucks. Maybe you need to make an appointment with the Beltone people.HPress standard style book for blogs is use of "we". Take it up with the editors. But beyond that, look at all the comments on her music and videos on the No Depression site. 80% agree her music is tepid and vacant. "Homage to Bob Dylan?" You're delusional.

Formica
Formica

"House party" does not equal "private party."I seriously doubt that the Stones, Ms. Warwick et al scrape together a living playing in a person's living room so they can have enough money to make it to the next town, at a show where each person payed $7 to $20 to sit on folding chairs with another 20 - 40 people...

Regarding the author's use of the Victorian "we": it is a common practice among writers who write opinion pieces. It does not denote a split personality.

At least, that's what we think.

We do too..

rxeno
rxeno

Ah wow, geethanks for those explanations Formica, this is ROBERT XENO calling you a douchejust like I call William Billy Michael Mike Smith a douche. I laugh to see howhe treats all the people he used to hang out with and talk to, but now ups hisnose and walks by them like they aren't there. The only sanity that shows up inthis thread is attacked with mind numbing ignorance time and again. Oh that iscorrect, I remember now why I happily moved from Houston. It was because of thepeople like I am seeing here in this thread. Reason doesn’t matter, only yourdumb ignorant beliefs no matter the reality.

Aha! I getit "For" "Mika" lol that's cute.

Yep he needsall the help he can get.

I do note,the only thing he said with any relevance what so ever was that he didn’t likeLinda's music. That’s cool, no one has to like anything here, Houston IS stilla part of Amerika, no matter how small a part these days. Outside of thatNicholas' statements rang so true. Read and learn.

Knowing manyof the people blabbering in this thread I feel perfectly comfortable callingnames. I know you and you suck now like you did before. Keep on sucking, spaceneeds you.

wms
wms

@Xeno: i detect a high whine in all your posts. good luck on your Grammy run next year. Holding my breath.

rxeno
rxeno

Linda didnt game any system Please get that into your head IT DID NOT HAPPEN. She did what EVERY other member that submitted their own music did, networked and asked for consideration. There was no gaming involved.As for your statement " has exposed a gaping hole in the Grammy nomination process. Eve" Not true. It works well, members enjoy the process every year. You and Willimas have succeeded in creating this whole "gamed the system" bullshit and it is pathetic you think you cna throw your little weights arround and influence people. YOU are gaming the system by throwing dirt in a sandbox you are eben invited into. You get to watch the awards. You want to vote? Join the Academy and help your favorite arists win. Oops that would be gaming the system beacuse this isnt about favorite artists it is about voting for what you hear and decide you like. Which is what I did, and otehrs. You dont like it? I am so happy you dont. Reminds me the issue with the Houston Music Scene. It is broken and it wont get fixed because of pathetic shits like yourself. In Hollywood? They dont clap for the live band. They think. Hmmmm We are much better than that, then they go back to the studio to prove it. In Houston? They dont clap, they think My friends band is MUCH better than that, and they will prove it once they get another gig, as soona s the singer gets out of the drunk tank and the guitar player gets his guitar out of pawn for that nice mexican brown budd he picked up. I wish I could stop but ya'll are like little kids. Funny really, except it isnt. Linda Chorney. Best Wishes from nashville. I am glad you won out over our entry, So YOU can deal with this crap. And I really hope you win to prove a point. People like music they like. And I and a lot more folks love your music. Proof positive, these do-dos are harping about their favorite shoulda been pickeds LOL whatever.Oops they didnt get to vote, nice.

rxeno
rxeno

That's just silly really Formica (Now who is anonymous?) The idea that Chorney only plays house concerts i slaughable and ridiculous. She has performed in front of 250,000 people before, and has played venues world wide. Just because you dont know this doesnt give you the right to make judgements. Your freedom of speech does, oops that got signed away on Dec 31st alas.You dont have any idea what your talking about. And like Houstom music scene you go on and on about the most ridiculous points.

Get some CDs out,. join the Academy and vote dumbass.

Formica
Formica

You are correct, Mr. Xeno.

I am in fact a douchbag, because the Rolling Stones, Mariah Carey, etc, do indeed make their living playing house concerts like the ones Ms. Nominee plays (because they can't get into any regular venues either)andbecause writers never write in the first person plural.

I stand corrected, Sir.

To Doug the DJ:

Excellent!Your opinion is just as valid as as any other Americana music biz person, to be sure, and you should always give a fair listen. (And I doubt anyone here thinks only Huge Names deserve to be heard.)But your getting and listening to the CD in question does in effect condone her having gamed the system, of course....

But I agree that the Big Picture is that she has exposed a gaping hole in the Grammy nomination process. Everyone is trying so damned hard to be so social-network-y that a weird flaw resulted.May it be plugged up before next year.And before we're asked to Tweet our audience picks (shudder).Or vote with our cellphones, American Idol style. (Do they still do that? 'Fraid I haven't seen the show in quite some time.)

Doug
Doug

I don't know if Chorney has sent her CD to radio but I emailed her and asked her to send me her CD so that as a disc jockey with a weekly radio show I can give her CD a good and fair listen rather than immediately jumping to the conclusion that her CD is awful as some people seem to have done. I don't think she shouldwithdraw her nomination. She played by the rules and was smart enough to take advantage of an opportunity to get her CD a Grammy nomination. She has done the Grammys a service in the long run as now there is a need to fine tune the selection process to be certain that worthy recordings get nominated. Without hearing her CD I can't give an opinion as to the worthiness of her CD but we should not rule out artists just because they don't have a label and a promotion budget behind them

Doug 

Big Kev
Big Kev

Ok Folks enough is enough....Lets get the story from Linda herself.... As a proud member of the Americana Music Association and someone that sits on the National Radio Task Force and Awards and Honors Commitees,Yours truly has been able to secure an interview with Linda Chorney.Being in the market closest to her and being someone who had heard of her BEFORE all the hullabaloo.I thought that this story needs to be told. I will be doing an interview with Linda on Jan 14th at 11am EST on my Roots Rock Revolution Program You can listen at www.wlvr.org If there is a question you would like me to ask her leave a comment please.....

Big Kev PloghoftMusic DirectorWLVR 91.3 Bethlehem PA

Chance Austin
Chance Austin

Wow, it's funny that you talk about the Americana Grammy like its a big deal, Levon Helm, Bob Dylan and most of the Grammy Nomminations in the past have been artists that made their carreer under big labels LONG before the WORD Americana ever existed. Why don't we see Hayse Carll, The Band of Heathen or any number of Americana artists in that list?  Because they haven't as you so bluntly put it "Gamed" the system.  Whether Linda wins or not she proved the real value of these awards. Not only that the folks that vote for them have little access to the music, but have a very limited understanding of what currently the "Americana" format- (the word genre has always confused me when connected to the word "Americana") represents.  If you take the Americana Airplay Chart and understand how that is really created, you might see that it is created by an amalgam of stations, with a heavy leaning to AAA and little to no monitoring of spin counts. You can tell that it has changed when Ryan Adams is #1 and Dale Watson has a hard time hitting the Top 20.So is that Americana, what is reflected by a limited number of stations reporting impossible spin counts? Is that how Americana music is determined?

I say Linda, thank you for opening the eyes of all independent artists, that the prize at the end of the tunnel shouldn't be determined by an award chosen by folks that have no access to the music of the format they vote in or a number on a chart that has no interest in accuracy. It's determined by each and every ear that hears it in a livingroom, over a car radio or in a dank bar room or coffee house.  Not many in the Americana format sell 10,000 CDs but some of the best music/songs go unnoticed because the places we mistakenly value as the authorities on the subject are just another case of "The Man Behind the Curtain".  Thank you Linda for letting everyone know "The Emperor Has No Clothes".

Dale Watson Fan
Dale Watson Fan

Thanks for mentioning Dale Watson, he is amazing!!!!!

Eric
Eric

I think it is great.  At least it is drawing some attention to the genre which is ignored by most everyone anyway.  She is doing what the AMA or anyone associated with the genre (do you have to be an AMA affiliated to be part of the genre?  How many AMA functions does Dylan attend?) has failed to do; reach a wider audience.  A buddy of mine got involved with AMA hoping to help his career.  He was very excited because he thought he had really found his niche.  His manager later told him the best thing he could do would be to distance himself from any Americana tag.  Not trying to bash AMA or Americana, but the genre has historically been plagued by horrible promotion and awareness.  I've been playing and listening to this kind of music since just before there were a laundry list of tags (Americana, Alt.-country, Roots Rock, No Dep., Y'alternative, County and Westerberg) that never got traction, and I didn't even know there was an Americana Grammy category.  Does the AMA not have any sway or involvement with the Grammy committee?  Maybe the AMA should offer her a job.   

Sarah
Sarah

I think it is inspiring that Linda Chorney has been nominated for a Grammy in Americana.  She is pioneering the way for many artists who've not been officially embraced by the AMA closed network.  It is wonderful to see that, through her enterprising spirit and determination, she affirms that the AMA cannot continue to deprive the public of diverse musical perspectives by excluding the voices of so many artists who are not part of their alliance, an elitist infrastructure developed to protect and support their own interests.  Linda Chorney, by all accounts, has not broken any rules and has played the game fairly and landed on top, which is, by definition, "The American Dream."  Consequently, she has received death threats and derisive comments from AMA supporters.  Now, THIS is Americana!   

wms
wms

Oh, pshaw, woman. Linda Chorney is not receiving death threats. Let's cut the drama, shall we? AMA closed network. Membership in AMA is entirely open, you pay your dues, you're a member. And anyone can be a member. It's not about Chorney's enterprise or spirit or any of that: read my lips: her music sucks. That's the issue. OKay, enough, you can return to Camelot now.

rxeno
rxeno

Actually you are a bit off again William. AMA is a selctive organization that allows one to gain membership yes, but not voting membership. to be a voting member you must have a minimum of release recordings  either in the physical or digital domain. You dont just plink down your dollars and get in. I am pretty sure you couldnt join as I havent seen your name on any recordings lately or ever for that matter.

So, more spouting and blabbering from the fool we all know you to be. I lived in Houston, perhaps you remember me, perhaps not, i remember your duffussed ass and you are less apealing now than your appeal lacking self then. Your little writting gig has gone to your head, and the power you think you weild is not power at all.

Houston, Home of the Blues, come to your senses, music should be judged subjectively, not from the meanderings of a stone pony thinks he's all that and knows the difference. Whether the music is up to your snuff or not, Mike, it was voted on by voting members and was selected to be in the 54th Academy Awards. Ms. Chorney has the priveledge of enjoying that feeling, something you will never experience. ever.

Not because of me, but becasue of your lack of talent that would get you to that point. I'm going back in next year, I would LOVE to be up against you in the voting, wion or lose it would be a blast.Come on in, the water is very warm, because people like yourself keep peeing in the pool.

PTM
PTM

Why so bitter?

rxeno
rxeno

Im not anonymous thatis my name you piece of shit and i can assure you I made more money than youdid last year, and the year before than and the one before than on and on. I don’tplay music, Im not a musician and as usual with your ignorant little piss antbrain, you simply determine you are correct and spout your bullshit and thinkit's funny, Listen up you worthless little piece of shit, oh sorry i am beingredundant,  I wont bother you any more,just wanted you to hear that you don’t know what you are talking about and youshould find another profession, cause this one, for you , is limited. Peoplerealize ignorance is shallow, and this pool, is far too shallow for them to be fooledforever. Besides, it’s too warm for comfort anyway.

Yours Truely Robert Fucking Xeno

wms
wms

Your anonymous self obviously belongs in Nashville. I'll bet I made more money at my "little writing gig" last year than you did playing music. If it's no power at all, why do you keep showing up and reading? LMAO

Boborenstein
Boborenstein

Dear mr Smith,could you be any more mean hearted or so off base. Obviously you are not in touch with the current state of the indie artists who develope their fans and earn their living performing house concerts before hitting the big time. We have sponsored and or attended many house concerts performed by Grammy award winner performers. I think you need to get with it! As a matter of fact I am planning on having Linda Chorney perform a house concert in our home regardless if she wins the nomination or not. She is a fresh talent and a beautiful girl who is simply pursuing the dream.

wms
wms

Your poor taste is not my problem.

rxeno
rxeno

Well said Mr Orenstein! I have seen several of Linda's house concerts and performances and can see she would be an excellent choice for house or other concert. I suspect you should book it sooner than later, her calendar will definitely be filling up! All the best!rxeno

rxeno
rxeno

We got our submission (The Elly Maze - NearSouth) into the 54th Grammies the same way everyone else did, we made a recordand released it within the guidelines set out by the Academy. We ended up inthe same category as Linda Chorney. She got through to the second round ballotsand we didn’t. No smashed cherries. She got there playing the game the same wayeveryone else did it, but she didn’t have a record company to launderthousands, millions od dollars pressing albums that weren’t sold. I’m prettysure she is selling albums now. She plays all over the country, the world,sleeps where she can and does everything the other nominees do to ply her craft.The idea that you think she somehow doesn’t deserve the opportunity she has infront of her is ridiculous.

To be clear the votes are cast by voting Academy members, of which I am one. Welisten to the music and we vote our determinations. Nothing was gamed nothingwas done any differently than any other year of voting.

Are you a voting Academy Member Mr. Smith? If you aren't perhaps you shoulddrop a note to the Academy and join. If you are, then feel free to vote anyway you like. I have voted already.

Jack Williams
Jack Williams

Just listened to some Elly Maze (Vol II) samples over at CD Baby.  Sounds very nice.  Very Americana friendly, too. 

wms
wms

Her music sucks. I bet yours does too. Oh, please....

Jack Williams
Jack Williams

This is my first comment on this article, although I made several on Mr. Smith's first article on Linda Chorney.  My perspective is purely that of an enthusiastisc Americana/Roots music lover.  In my opinion, the Grammys made a very poor choice in nominating this album.  It is not the typical type of poor choice that we're used to, though.  It seems to me that the Grammys usually tend to go for the higher profile names in the roots music categories and those that may have enthusiastic support in the roots music community but not much of any visibility outside of it often get overlooked.  Some of this year's examples are Hayes Carll, Jason Isbell, Dave Alvin, Eilen Jewll, Zoe Muth, and Sarah Jarosz.   This time, not only they've been skipped over again,  but the Grammy folks selected someone virtually unknown even to the roots music community.  Odd.

PTM
PTM

You don't have to agree with this or any critic but please, at least, enlighten yourself to what criticism means to our culture. Might I suggest you look up Lester Bangs (rock music) Pauline Kael (film) Robert Hughes (art) Frank Rich (theater, politics) Michael Jackson (Beer, Scotch) and Robert Parker (Wine). These critics were and are artists in their own right. Without criticism we would still be pre-Quest for Fire (look it up) primates.  

crispy
crispy

Those that can, do. Those that can't, criticize. She turn you down for a date, or something, because you seem to be taking this *very* personally. I don't understand why all the bile.

wms
wms

Why all the bile? Because her music sucks. Something wrong with your ears?

Marshall Moseley
Marshall Moseley

Again, *you think* her music is bad. It isn't bad in a objective sense - unless you're claiming she sings off key or something.

Ibrahim Sargin
Ibrahim Sargin

What! Savvy self promoting untalented getting ahead in the world? I'm shocked. Has anyone told Santa yet? I bet he knows, Santa knows everything.

Mark Rubin
Mark Rubin

This is this silliest commentary I've encountered in a great long while. Who the hell rates an opinion anyway? White folks with an internet connection, wow.

unclelijah
unclelijah

I'm pretty sure that's HER house, so she may not even be able to get BOOKED for a house concert. And that song is a steamy, oaty turd.

Tris McCall
Tris McCall

This isn't a house.

It's the Blue Bay Inn in Highlands, New Jersey. It's a pretty nice place.

 

Jonah
Jonah

You know what surprises me? That wms actually believes that LC should withdraw her nomination because he suggested that she do so--someone has an inflated sense of his influence. Don't hold your breath, wms. Or rather, yes, do hold your breath. For as long as it takes. 

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

Actually, I think WMS is suggesting that she withdraw her Grammy nomination because it's the right thing to do, on the basis of having gotten on the ballot through dishonest means. His influence never enters into his own arguments.

Personally, I hope she wins and they shut down the Grammys forever.

rxeno
rxeno

John. Are you a voting member of the Academy? No I bet not, if  you were you would be aware of the facts, Linda Chorney was not in any way as you said, "dishonest" in her efforts to gain a 1st round ballot or a second round nomination. She did the same thing many of the Academy members did, she interacted with other voting member and asked them to listen to her album. Thats all she did, there was no gaming, no cohercion, no cheating the system that you are clearly ignorant of.

The system is there for the 14,000 or so Academy Members to interact and vote on who gets a nomination and then who gets a Grammy.

Whether William has a point for his peception of the songs and the album or not, you sir, have no idea whatsoever of what you are talking about.

wms
wms

@Jonah: Take it deep in the parking lot....

JJ
JJ

Now I understand why the Houston Press is in financial difficulties.

PTM
PTM

1) The problem is with the selection process. If she can get in over obviously better work that's just wrong.2) I'm against house concerts because they compete unfairly against venues that are trying to make it in a tough business. They don't have overhead and people can bring their own drinks. I've often wondered if they are strictly legal. WMS is correct to say that facing a crowd in a club is what makes bands legit. You have to win the crowd over at a venue in a way that you don't at a house concert. This makes the artist a better songwriter and performer. 

Guest
Guest

I'm not a fan of her music by any means...the fact that she is in the same category as some real talent is rather revolting.....but I don't begrudge her for using a site any of the other more worthy artists could have used to promote themselves, but didn't think of using. The Grammys is all politics anyway and "who you know" and getting people to vote for you - most just do it via other channels than what she used. I don't think attacking house concerts is right. Even Lucy Kaplansky plays house concerts....oh wait..she's a "folkie", isn't she and that's apparently a bad word too, from reading your article and your repetition of that word...Oh yeah, Darrell Scott is Americana (and in Robert Plant's Band of Joy) and he has played house concerts.  As has Abigail Washburn, who had the #27 most popular Americana album of 2011 as ranked by the Americana Music Association... I could certainly go on. Red Molly has the #10 Americana album now and does house concerts.

wms
wms

Go to all the house concerts you want, it ain't for me. Anyway, that's not what we're really talking about. Is it?

Jerk
Jerk

So many people make a living from doing house concerts...he doesn't have a clue as to what he is talking about and you are right..mr/ms guest...he is being so incredibly mean spirited about something he has no idea about.  Her music might not be my favorite either but why begrudge her.  She's having a lot more fun than making a shitting living from being a freelance writer.

wms
wms

@Jerk, Change your name to Idiot. Soon. I don't care who "makes a living" doing house concerts. Just so I don't have to be there.Grammys for people who do house concerts? Oh hell yeah. How much further can we dumb it down. And face it, that's what Chorney and her insipid "music" do, dumb it down.

Marshall Moseley
Marshall Moseley

<<grammys can="" concerts?="" do="" down.="" dumb="" for="" further="" hell="" house="" how="" it="" much="" oh="" people="" we="" who="" yeah.="">>

Snobbery. Are you saying Lucy Kaplanski's music is dumb? Dar Williams? Can you tell me exactly how the building in which an artist plays would make that artist's music more or less intelligent? </grammys>

Formica
Formica

Well, actually, Smith doesn't make a living out of writing articles for The Houston Press. (Very very very few people do.) He writes them because he loves the music. Period. Ok, he can probably buy a few beers each week off the proceeds.

And he, like the puzzled respondents here, are unhappy that somebody whose music has never garnered her ANY praise by anybody who loves the kind of music her [brand-new-to-her] category represents has used *social media* to gain the spotlight. NOT great songwriting. *Social media*. The equivalent of freakin' Facebook.THAT is what is considered distasteful...

House concerts are a nice way for folks to play a town when they couldn't get a gig at a real club. Period. They come in, play, get paid, have to chat with the homeowners (rather than hang out with their friends after the show), and then move on to the next town the next day.House concerts do not promote your career. They are not an affirmation that your band is going somewhere. They are proof that a few folks in a town like you. That's it. They are a  way to pay for the gas for the next town. They are not proof that your music is great. They are proof that a couple of fans think that your music is great.

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