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Re: “Live: The momentary miracle of Farm Aid

Thanks for the dialogue, Grayson; I appreciate your response and CRS' and Rumbley's...

As someone who is (clearly) a big Delta Rae fan, I can't help but speak up sometimes when they get dogged in my own hometown....I totally get that not everyone likes their music, and I wouldn't expect that; I doubt the world will ever see an artist who is purely, universally liked. Besides, enough people love Delta Rae's music that I imagine (and hope) they will do just fine.

I guess what just really gets my goat (to run with the farming theme) is when people consider Delta Rae or other major label bands to be unworthy of certain big-ticket gigs, sold-out shows, positive press, or otherwise to be somehow "less than" indie artists. (Not trying to put words in people's mouths, just the general sentiment I've absorbed from this article/thread.) I'd hazard a guess that many major label artists put in years of hard work before getting signed; why would Delta Rae's 2-3 years of indie status not be as valid as GCJrs' 10 or so years? I don't think they should have avoided signing just for the hell of it; they saw it as a good opportunity that presented itself early in their career, and they went for it.

I don't disagree with CRS' point that other local artists could *perhaps* have more greatly benefited from the Farm Aid exposure, but it's not like Delta Rae has "hit it big" yet either -- most people in America have probably never heard of them, or of many other major label artists for that matter -- so I say good for them for having both the moral ideology and the musical talent to garner interest among the Farm Aid board (it's not like political connections alone would have swayed the Farm Aid folks, of all people).

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Posted by RaleighVienne on 09/16/2014 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Live: The momentary miracle of Farm Aid

Everyone knows how much you hate Delta Rae and major labels, so that's not new(s). But you really think the fact that singer Brittany Holljes was at one time the harvest manager for a North Carolina FARM had nothing to do with Farm Aid's choice? Sure, why would they consider that; it was probably all political label backchannels, and nothing to do with the band's ideology or NC fan base...

But back to your label-hating, because that's so curious to me...if one of your precious indie bands were to join up with a major label, would you disown them then? Since you seem to think major label = "mass manufactured" in a way that somehow renders any previous from-the-ground-up hard work as nonexistent and irrelevant.

By the way, you loved Gary Clark Jr.'s set, did you? No railing against him for being undeserving of the Farm Aid bill because of "expensive contracts?" He's on the same label as Delta Rae, dude.

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Posted by RaleighVienne on 09/15/2014 at 11:53 PM

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