Almost Famous

There’s a virus going around. It’s contagious, and if you come in contact with it, it’s sure to hurt your music career. It’s called Almost Famous.

Over the past several days my inbox is overstuffed with requests from people who’ve got this virus. There’s a lot of almost famous name dropping, almost got a Grammy Award, almost like the Avett Brothers, have major network licensing I will not discuss, almost got national radio airplay. I’m almost famous and you have to believe it’s almost true.

Holy guacamole, Andy!

It’s important for fans and for music biz people to make sure you know the difference between almost famous, and the real McCoy.  The music biz pros out there fact check and clarify what is being told is true. Fans need to do the same. If they don’t a perpetual  breed of Almost Famous musicians is going to emerge as a subset of the real deal.

Over a year ago, I wrote a post titled Stars of Wonder that goes to the heart of the matter. Music has become a culture obsessed with awards and the awards mean more than the music itself. This is so out of whack I can’t begin to tell you. If you’re in the music biz to win awards and be Almost Famous, you’re telling me and everyone else you don’t really care about your music.  You’re telling me you’ve got the Almost Famous virus.

I’ve worked with a lot of famous people, and most of them would prefer it never happened. They are just like everyone else.  They go to the grocery store, they buy mayonnaise and toilet paper just like you do. But their fame gets in the way of every day life and most importantly, they can’t live up to the expectations people hang on them.

How people become famous comes in many different varieties, but the common denominator is they created something so special people around the world took notice. After becoming famous, the arduous task of topping their last accomplishment sometimes drives people crazy…literally.

As a publicist, I cannot promote things to the media that aren’t true. Music media stands on pretty high moral ground because promoting lies discredits everyone and it certainly discredits music. They just won’t do it and who wants to hear about it anyway?

This scenario reminds me of an Albert King song called I Get Evil with lyrics that say:

The two kinds of people

I just can’t stand

Evil hearted woman

And a lyin’ man

Don’t you lie to me

Now don’t you lie to me

Because it makes me mad

I get evil as a man can be

Getting evil isn’t part of my nature, but I can tell you this. If you’re Almost Famous for real, no amount of lies are necessary. If you’ve got the Almost Famous virus, I’m almost certain your career is going nowhere.

P. S. If you’re into the name dropping thing, make sure it’s someone’s name I might recognize, and for sure, make sure I can pronounce it. Otherwise you’ve wasted a lot of precious time and credibility.


About scout66

2017 marks the 33rd year of Janet Hansen’s career as a music marketing specialist. With three Grammy award-winning campaigns to her credit, Hansen has also contributed to the legacy of two of history’s most popular songs. “Classical Gas” by Mason Williams is the most-broadcast instrumental tune in history; and “Louie, Louie” by The Fabulous Wailers is the most-recorded rock song in history. In 2009 Hansen launched the unique music platform Scout66 to encourage reviews of live shows from the ticket-buying public. You may contact Janet at for information on consulting, campaigns, and tour support. Please follow us on Twitter at
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