Grammy president Neil Portnow:

“What if we're all watching the Grammys a few years from now and there’s no Best New Artist award because there aren’t enough talented artists and songwriters who are actually able to make a living from their craft?”

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This week on Art of the Song we depart from our regular format and bring you a special report on the State of the Music Biz. No doubt you’ve heard that CD sales and digital downloads are declining, and we’re rapidly moving toward a “streaming” model for most of our music listening. You’ve probably also heard that big stars like Taylor Swift are speaking out about the woefully meager payments that streaming services offer the creators of the very music they depend upon. In the next hour we talk with several music industry experts about the current state of the business, where we’ve been, and where we’re headed. You’ll hear their unique perspectives of what’s working and what’s broken. You’ll also learn some possible solutions and how you can make a difference.

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Our guests this week on Art of the Song are award-winning Texas performing songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne. Adler and Hearne tour nationally, serving up original homegrown music in a spirited and soulful genre they define simply as "Texas Folk,” with subtle jazz and blues overtones. They are currently on tour in support of their new CD “Second Nature,” produced by Texas music icon Lloyd Maines. The duo was honored by the Texas Commission on the Arts, being named to the state’s official Touring Roster. In the second half of the show we’ll hear from Maine singer/songwriter Connor Garvey for this week’s Standing O Spotlight.



“I never expected any of these legends to say yes, but I figured it was worth a shot,” says PAT MCGEE about his star-studded new self-titled album. Fortunately, the iconic players he had hoped to work with gave him a resounding, “Yes!” The dream team McGee assembled includes musical legends Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Waddy Wachtel, Danny Kortchmar, and Jeff Pevar (nicknamed “The Section”). Other notable musicians such as Little Feat’s Paul Barrere, Blues Traveler’s John Popper, Train’s Pat Monahan, Punchbrother’s Gabe Witcher as well as Pat McGee’s own band contributed to the album’s sound.