Friday, October 27, 2006

A whole lot o' Bluegrass on

In a post last month, I told you about a few of the BG folks who have MySpace websites. As you probably know, MySpace has been the subject of a lot of news stories this year -- and not all for great reasons. However, it still seems like the popularity of the website is a great draw for LOTS of people, and the number of BG performers who have websites there is pretty amazing. It seems this might not be a horrible way for these performers to get their music and tour information out there -- and maybe this information will get to and interest people who've never heard BG before. Is that a bad thing? I don't think so. How popular is MySpace? Consider this: over half of the BG performers ranked in Bluegrass Unlimited November Bluegrass Survey (there are 26 different performers ranked in the top 30 in November) have MySpace accounts. Coincidence, or just a fact of the times? Of the top 30, here's an alphabetical list of who's got a MySpace site:

  1. Blue Moon Rising
  2. Sam Bush
  3. Dave Evans
  4. Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
  5. Bo Isaac
  6. Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
  7. Claire Lynch
  8. Alecia Nugent
  9. Gibson Brothers
  10. The Grascals
  11. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  12. Del McCoury Band
  13. Mountain Heart
  14. Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press
  15. David Peterson & 1946
  16. Pine Mountain Railroad
  17. Marty Raybon
  18. Larry Stephenson
  19. Jim VanCleve
  20. Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

In addition, here are a few other BG performers who have active MySpace sites:

Doubtless, there are lots of other BG performers with MySpace accounts, too -- check them out and see what you can find. This seems like a pretty good marketing tool -- for now. Time will tell, I suppose....


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