With every new year comes the perennial variety of lists. The Best Of, The Worst Of, The Top Ten Predictions, Top 100 [insert your fave subject here] in Review. And so it goes. At least until the Grammy Awards are announced, these lists will permeate mainstream and social media.
The gap is so narrow between mainstream and social media these days, I’m more inclined to respond to the content in social media – especially when it comes to music. Let’s look behind the curtain of Twitter for some great contacts and real women who make the music world go round.
Each of these women has a great spirit and a professionalism that fuels a flame under music projects they are hired to handle or those they have a passion for. Listed in no particular order, make sure to follow each of these women to build a foundation of relationships this industry is built on.
@BigBlendMag – Nancy Reid and Lisa Smith, a mother/daughter team, are amazing women who have grabbed new media by the long tail. Internet radio and online magazines are their specialties, and they reach over 270,000 people daily covering myriad topics including new music. Lisa is the Twitter contact, and she’s always in touch with a kind word to make you smile.
@Renagades – Susan Leak makes no bones about how she feels about music. It’s her life! She caters to indie artists from around the world and has a number of social media publications published on http://paper.li which spin her social media posts even further into cyberspace. Check out her site to see how many irons she has in the fire…the woman is a pistol!
@The_MusicMuse – Jennifer Stoker has recently exploded on the social media music scene. She is a music content writer promoting musicians via reviews on @IndMusicMedia and is the promotions and talent coordinator for @realmsofmusic. You’d be hard pressed to find a nicer person than Jennifer.
@Dreamspiderweb – Erin Scholze is an indie music publicist with a specialty in roots music representing many artists from the cultural hearth of Asheville, North Carolina. With a firm grasp on the absolute necessity of PR and marketing, Erin’s tagline is, “These things just don’t happen by themselves…” Just keep repeating that phrase, because without PR and marketing, there is no market!
@BellaVita928 – Nicole Knight is a very engaging woman in social media working alongside @renagades promoting people from the UK to New York, to Australia. She’s a keeper and nice as she can be.
@BillboardCritic I’ve known Dee for a while, and like all good friends, we don’t have to tweet all the time, we pick up just where we left off. Freelance writing is her contribution to the national music scene. You can never have too many friends in music who are writers, so check out her column and make sure to follow Dee.
@AskMuthaHubbard is Judy Hubbard, wife and manager of Texas country artist, Ray Wylie Hubbard. She’s got some great information to share emphasized in this tag line, “Education….the next best thing to a record deal.” Judy is knowledgeable in many facets of the industry and you can learn a thing or two just by following her tweets which, by the way, are hilarious!
@Sleepylyss1 – Alyssa Davis is the Head of New Media at Carved Records. She is wicked smart, and very sweet. Combine that with her love for what was happening in music’s heyday along with the writing of Hunter S. Thompson, Ken Kesey, and Tom Wolfe, and you’ve got a well-rounded sistah to call on. You can also see her tweets @CarvedRecords.
@RealityFan007 – Angel has had a long career in the arts and has most recently turned her attention toward music. As a dancer and choreographer for many years, Angel recognizes quality. She knows what works and how to negotiate the deal. She’s all business in her approach, and totally up front about what’s realistic and what isn’t. Love that about her.
@NixaCountry is owned by Val Jean and Kevin Nixa who live in Nashville. Val is a great advocate for indie country musicians, and boy are they busy over there. Though we live very close, Val and I have never had the chance to sit down for coffee…she’s that busy! Tune into to Today’s Hottest Internet
#CountryMusic radio station and request a song or an artist.
@FuelinRoadie – Wendy Jo Peterson is a nutritionist and lends her expertise to musicians on the road. It’s no big secret that while touring, finding nutritious food is rather hard to come by and who could use it more than traveling musicians? Check out Wendy Jo’s website and see what an innovative brand she’s creating combining two of her favorite things.
@RockisagirlsBFF – Colette Weintraub is a writer in LA and reviews live shows. Sounds familiar, huh? Well, we can’t all be everywhere at the same time, and Colette reviews shows in the rock genre. She’s hip, she’s a great writer who combines her talent to give touring artists ink! In this digital age, digital ink is important! Fans and venues should check out her reviews. It could mean a new fave band you want to follow, or a band you ought to book.
@TNIPLawyer – Paige Waldrop Mills is an intellectual property attorney in Nashville. When I first ran across her account, I was fascinated by the possibility of networking with her. If there’s one very murky place in music these days, I’d put IP at the top of the list to figure out. It’s on my list for 2012. Hope to meet Paige some time soon!
@LizzJustLizz – Liz Edwards is one of the coolest friends you can make on Twitter. Why? She is a dynamite networking contact. Most, if not all, her family is involved in music and she takes the bull by the horns to be front and center to see what the heck is going on in the wide, wide world of music. She recommends great contacts and also makes frequent suggestions of music she’s listening to. And this gal from Texas is just as sweet as she can be. Rock on Liz!
@Creensy – By all means follow Lindsey who is a fabulous designer of all things musicians need. Logos, posters, T-shirts, cover art, and I imagine the list could go on and on. I’ve personally recommended Lindsey for projects based on her earthy, organic style, and knowledge of music. She describes her work as “left of center,” but I think she’s right on the mark. Great contact and awesome talent.
@CountryPromo Originally from Argentina, now living in Texas, Paula Marcenaro is dedicated to promotion, especially of country music and southern rock. She’s a great contact on Twitter, very friendly, and I hope to hear much more from her in the future. If country and/or southern rock are in your wheel house add Paula to your list of follows.
@BlueLightLive – Stephanie Brooks is co-owner of The Blue Light in Lubbock, Texas in the heart of the Depot District on Buddy Holly Avenue. Miss Stephanie is the central nerve center that keeps the Blue Light networking with fans in town and across Texas, a state with a fiercely independent music scene. The Blue Light reins in the natives with talent like Billy Joe Shaver, The Rankin Twins, and Band of Heathens. Live music at the Blue Light is centered around the Texas Country/Rock and Americana genres. Miss Stephanie has a large and friendly network allowing her to keep up to snuff with the locals and Texas at-large, a lot like Miss Kitty did in that old television series, Gunsmoke.
Join me and all these great women in 2012 for a great time on the social networks. You just never know what can happen when you run into just the right person for just the right reason. This is a great posse of talent and tenacity. Come on girls, let’s ride!