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Re: “Live: The momentary miracle of Farm Aid

I can't speak for Grayson, but it's a bit like a venn diagram. While the subset of bands that suck are certainly not limited to a major label, those that do, seem to cover a disproportionate share of the majors roster. Of course, that's not surprising. A mass cultural phenomena -- like, say Two & A Half Men -- will tend to be a lot safer, the humor tamer, and the storylines as predictable as they can get away with. They strive for the "consistency" of McDonalds.

This is part of the "accountant" critique of music. When people try to spend money based on what they think will succeed they tend to look backward rather than forward. What you get is Iron Man III, Hangover III, and Spiderman II (Post-Reboot). They will strike upon good bands, but often won't support them or encourage any career arc that doesn't offer instant financial reward. Similarly their interest wanes when the hits stop. (The lament is that in the past there was major label artist development, and now that largely is left to the indies.)

In that context, it seems certainly salient to wonder about populating the bill with something a little more idiosyncratic and "homegrown." That said, you do have a very good point. Brittany's been a family farmer and in that sense couldn't be a better representative.

As for Gary Clark, Jr., he spent nearly a decade on his own before signing to Warner for his recent hit, and was well known in underground circles before that, in part because he's based out of Austin. So the very fact that Grayson mentions and supports Clark is an indication that he would support an "indie" band that went "pro."

Delta Rae does what they do pretty well. I don't have anything against it, but for my own part, I'd be much more thrilled to see Chatham County get the nod and maybe get the boost of being exposed to a larger crowd they never get to see, rather than give the bootstrap to someone that's already got a seat at the table. Not to take anything away from Delta Rae, just that there are a few really deserving locals who could've benefited more from the exposure.

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Posted by CRS on 09/16/2014 at 9:45 AM

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