HOWDY GANG !
THIS IS NOT GOOD NEWS FOR ANYONE IN THIS COUNTRY MUSIC BUSINESS !
IT'S BAD ENOUGH THAT THEY ARE TAKING RADIO AWAY FRM ALL THE NEW
ARTIST, AND THE RADIO CONTINUES TO IGNORE THE BRAND NEW RELEASES OF
THE LEGENDARY STARS OF COUNTRY MUSIC ! BUT, NOW THE SYSTEM IS TAKING
AWAY YOUR LIVE PERFORMANCES IN CLUBS, BARS, AND OTHER AREAS! READ AN
E-MAIL I RECIEVED FROM A FELLOW PROFESSIONAL IN THE BUSINESS ! WHAT'S
GOIN' ON GANG!! WHERE WILL IT END! I LOOK'S LIKE YOUR LIFE-STYLE AND
MAKING A LIVING IN COUNTRY MUSIC IS COMING TO AN END! PLEASE READ
BILL TURNER & BLUE SMOKE
And a very pleasant Memorial Day Weekend to all of you! Let's not
forget what this holiday has stood for, during the past
century....Thank a Vet!
However...ANOTHER freedom is being threatened even now as we
speak!....Before I deploy the week's schedule, let me get up on this
soapbox for a "Fireside Chat".
Have you noticed that fewer and fewer clubs are using ANY kind of
band or even small combo, and are offering nothing more than Karaoke?
Well--we found out what is behind it all...and it's insidious!
Earlier this evening, we appeared at Cryan's up in South Orange,
a very popular Irish Pub where we've been appearing since 1987.
Before we took the stage to start, the club owner called me into the
back office and sadly told me that as of July he HAS to cancel out
ALL LIVE ENTERTAINMENT; ALL BANDS, SINGLE PERFORMERS AND EVEN DISC
JOCKEYS...because of the General and Liquor Liability Insurance
company's NEW ruling that they will NO LONGER insure bars,
restaurants, and nightclubs that feature live entertainment.
The way around this? A WHOPPING $30,000 INCREASE in the insurance
premium--above and beyond what exorbitant rates these clubs are
already being shaken down for! WHY is that, you ask? Well, remember
that tragedy in that club in Rhode Island (or New Hampshire?) where
the band "Great White" used pyrotechnics improperly, and set the club
on fire, causing a disaster? Well it seems that the Liability
Insurance Industry is making that into a 'watershed' case to try to
justify DESTROYING ALL LIVE MUSIC in ALL establishments where liquor
is served--as if that alone, were the cause of it all!---I once saw
someone cut themselves on a broken glass, does that mean everybody
now has to use paper cups, by law? I think you see where I'm going
with this....it doesn't matter if a club has no elaborate stage
lighting, or that it hires only local bands who do not use use
anything more than their backline equipment, this blood-sucking
Insurance RACKET is out to wipe out EVERY kind of musical
entertainment EXCEPT KARAOKE! That is the ONLY thing they will
Is THIS a slap in the face to a professional musician, or what?
(And you Karaoke DJs reading this--don't feel too secure, because
Satellite Radio can replace you, once a club rigs up with a satellite
receiver and a house sound system!....NO commercials, remember?---and
it will only cost $9 a month!)
The time has come to write, call or e-mail our Senators and
elected officials about this! If you live in NJ, your Senators are
Jon Corzine and Frank Lautenberg, and the Governor is McGreavey. You
bet your ass I'm gonna write--and I may well make an appointment to
meet with them all in person.
So....we're supposed to be encouraging Iraq to adopt Democracy,
Free Speech, and the 'American WAY ??? ...And in return, WE get a
GESTAPO/DESPOTIC system of an Insurance Industry disrupting our jobs,
careers and lifestyles!
It ain't only about music folks---it's about a 'way of life'. And
THIS is only the beginning! And AIN'T about safety either--it's
SO WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS INFORMATION GANG!??
NOT GOOD! OF COURSE, WE HAVE HAD A GREAT DECLINE IN PLACES AVAILABLE
FOR "LIVE-PREFORMANCES" RIGHT ALONG......I KNOW CAUSE I HAVE BEEN A
BOOKING AGENT FOR MANY YEARS NOW.......BUT THIS INFORMATION, IF TRUE,
AND I DON'T THINK THIS INFORMATION IS FALSE, WILL REALLY CUT SO DEEP
IN YOUR CAREERS...........IT MAY VERY WELL BE THE END OF INDIE'S !
AFTER ALL, THIS IS WHERE YOU ALL GET RECORD SALES TO STAY ALIVE! NOT
GOOD GANG! I'M SORRY I WAS THE ONE WHO HAD TO BRINGS THIS BAD NEWS! I
GUESS THE BIG-BOYS ARE IN EVERY AREA TO KILL SMALL COUNTRY BUSINESS
SINCERELY YOURS GANG!
JIMMY STIX !
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