Thursday, January 31, 2013


(EACH PARAGRAPH IS A LINK, or has a link in it.. Just click on the paragraph to go to that content.)

by Lee Waites

This is a quick list of links you need to follow to keep up with area music. Join and share. Pass this list on to anyone you think might find it useful. And contact us with ANY music information

(See bottom of post for other BFP groups and pages for other sharing opportunities)

(Note: Birmingham Freepress-Music was deactivated by Facebook on 10/2/2013 so we have moved all of our posting to the BFP Music Page. I do welcome friends at : LEE WAITES which is my own page. I only use FB to promote music anyway.

BFP Music Page: This is where you will see daily posts on what is happening in our area. Share there. Find information there. Stay in touch.

BFP Music on Twitter: We follow as many area musicians as possible. We retweet relevant information and news. So it acts as a filter to avoid the "I love pancakes for breakfast" tweets. But for those who love the "pancake" tweets just follow this list. 
For the filter just follow us. @freepressmusic. 

We offer many groups which allow you to follow only the type of music you want. Follow any or all of these groups. Share information relevant to the group only. We will draw from these groups and share often to our wider network.    

This is a quick list. Believe me...there is much more to follow and more ways to share. Go to our blog and scroll through the links on top of this page. We offer ways for area musicians to communicate, sell their music, post their shows... Take a minute or two to read some of the information offered there and it will streamline your experience.

Be the one who connects your friends. 

Have a wonderful day! 

Look for our logo and the BFP tag so you'll know it's us.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Reason to Celebrate! Within Reason Wins Big!

Local band Within Reason has been chosen as the winners of the Grammy LIVE: Gig of a Lifetime Contest!

"We are very excited to receive this opportunity. The most important thing to remember is that we could not have gotten to this point in our career without our fans. We hope to represent our state and the city of Birmingham in a positive way and shine a light on the Birmingham music scene." -David Koonce (Within Reason)

Anyone who has been watching the Birmingham music scene lately has probably seen the Grammy LIVE: Gig of a Lifetime Contest! A number of very talented local bands were nominated to win. 

"Those guys really went after it and built some strong support. I'm sure they will do great. And we'll be proud to have them representing Birmingham in the Southern Division in the Grammy Gig of a Lifetime!" - Chuck Rackley  (Who Shot Lizzy?) "We're so proud of all the people who voted for us. And all the bands from around here who got in this." Who shot Lizzy came in 7th out of 233. 
About Gig of a Lifetime: The recording industry's most prestigious award, the GRAMMY, is presented annually by The Recording Academy. A GRAMMY is awarded by The Recording Academy's voting membership to honor excellence in the recording arts and sciences. It is truly a peer honor, awarded by and to artists and technical professionals for artistic or technical achievement, not sales or chart positions (GRAMMY Awards Voting Process: The annual GRAMMY Awards presentation brings together thousands of creative and technical professionals in the recording industry from all over the world.

Stay tuned to BFP Music for more details as we follow Within Reason to The Gig of a Lifetime!


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What is BFP Music B F'ing D Night?

If you are reading this then you are already involved in the BFP Music Network.

The Birmingham Free Press has long been a supporter of local music.

The purpose of BFP Music is to provide actual, useable support and daily information between area musicians as well as providing useful information to fans. We have created a central location for all things music in Birmingham and surrounding areas. Along with the help, support and ideas of many area musicians, we have created a network of communication to spread the word about music in our area.  

Our goal is to continue to grow our services, information flow and networking to streamline the user's experience with local music news and to create an environment of support from our network to all interested area musicians. All BFP activity is part of our free network. As part of this network a number of committed, invaluable members of the Birmingham music scene volunteer to play at BFP B F'ing D night. They are helping to cement a music community where musicians can have more control over their communication, information sharing, marketing and promotions and a better knowledge of the area music scene in general.

Behind the scenes BFP Music is planning with musicians on a regular basis to understand and implement methods to assist Birmingham musicians in every possible way we can. The point of all of this is to GET PEOPLE TO SHOWS! We want to hear from you, the audience and you, the musicians with ANY ideas or suggestions.

BFP B F'ing D night is an opportunity not only to see a great show, but to talk, network, share and brainstorm. For fans it offers a unique opportunity to be in the room with a number of musicians and see behind the curtain of local music.

We provide an informal environment, sort of a meet and greet for those interested, as well as just allowing the musicians to do what they do best...put on a great show.

We implore you, the fans, to become engaged in what we're doing. The music industry has changed and is changing at an amazing rate. It has become more interactive and dispersed. It is now possible for fans to help lay out the course for new music one click, one download at a time.We want to help provide as much connection between the online music experience and real time events. Come get some face time with your local music community, bring a few bucks and your thoughts.

We welcome you to come to any one of our BFP Music events and bring your ideas. If you are interested in volunteering with BFP Music just let us know.

The next B F'ing D night is February 23rd at Bottletree.          

New Rebel King (EP)

Check out the exclusive release of the cover art and single from the Rebel King (EP), out January 29th via NoiseTrade
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Duquette Johnston
Hey y'all--

Next week, NoiseTrade is running the exclusive release of my new Rebel King (EP), which features 2 songs re-recorded from Rugged & Fancy, as well as a new song from my album Rabbit Runs A Destiny, which is coming mid-2013. 

I wanted y'all to have the cover art and a link to stream what we're calling the single from this EP-- "Angels Whispering" before anyone else. My friend Matt Lane Harris did all the artwork-- I hope you like it.

I wrote this song back in 2010, on a 3-day recording stint that resulted in the album Rugged & Fancy. I was participating in the RPM Challenge, where you write 10 songs or 35 minutes of original music in the month of February. I thought it was a fun thing to try out, and I'm still so stoked I did it, because that material is really special to me.

When I went into the studio to record Rabbit Runs A Destiny with my buddy Armand Margjeka, we put together this awesome band and I kept thinking about how cool it'd be to redo some of the work from Rugged & Fancy. "Silver and Gold" and "Angels Whispering" immediately came to mind, and I'm so happy I can share with you these new versions where you hear a lot of the instrumentation fleshed out-- it's kind of like rediscovering it all over again.

And now, here's the cover art:

Next week I drop my EP on NoiseTrade, and I'll be sure to let you know about that when the time comes. Until then, would love to hear your thoughts on "Angels Whispering" and the cover art.

Lastly, I want to thank you for sticking with me over the last few years. I can't tell you how excited I am to get these new songs out into the world, and also to reconnect with y'all again. I hope you enjoy the new stuff, and if you want, connect with me on FacebookTwitter or Instagram, where I post pretty regularly and love to hear what y'all have to say.

Until then,


Monday, January 21, 2013

ALICE IN CHAINS at the BJCC Concert Hall

Tickets are on sale now for a very special night with ALICE IN CHAINS at the BJCC Concert Hall, brought to you by National Shows 2 (NS2) Concerts & 103.1 The Vulcan!  This is Alice in Chains's only Alabama date on this leg and the Concert Hall is under 3,000 cap, with tickets moving quickly!,