Life on the Road: Touring Tips from Smooth Hound Smith

After traveling over 80,000 road miles and playing over 500 shows in 30 plus states, it's easy to say that Smooth Hound Smith knows a thing or two about touring. We recently chatted with the foot stompin' American roots duo about touring, life on the road, and more.

How do you start planning for a tour?

At the beginning, planning for a tour revolved almost entirely around getting the shows in place.  For the first three-and-a-half years we were a band, I sat at my computer or with my phone for several hours a day and booked nearly everything for us.  I had a system that involved multiple open browser windows: one to find a venue and check it out and see if it was a good fit, one to send the promoter an email (or follow-up email), one of a map I could refer to if I didn’t know how far a drive was between two cities, etc…

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Success Story Update

Throughout the week, our ReverbNation CONNECT team keeps track of industry news and artist successes. We’ve got your weekly recap of the top stories you’ve missed, including features and premieres on Stereogum, The Line of The Best Fit, and more.

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KaiL Baxley

Say goodbye to your winter blues and start fresh this season with PURSUIT — the emerging concert curatedand sponsored by ReverbNation CONNECT and SHOUT IT OUT LOUD MUSIC, in association with FLOOD MAGAZINE and doNYC. ReverbNation CONNECT’s vibrant indie-rock band Silverbird and Kyle Forester (Crystal Stilts/The Ladybug Transistor) will be headlining the event. It’s a FREE event with RSVP at DoNYC.

The Line of The Best Fit featured Olso-based artist Gundelach in, “Ja Ja Ja club night: Get to know Norwegian producer Gundelach,” a Q&A  introducing a few of the artists on the bill. Gundelach opened up on how he got his music career started, the meaning behind “Spiders,” and more.

Trace

TRACE

Goldmine Magazine shared an alternate video version of KaiL Baxley’s riveting  “Mirrors of Paradise,” off his sophomore LP, A Light That Never Dies. In the alternate version of the video, we see two parallel love stories, one happening in real time and the other in reverse. KaiL told Goldmine, “I was approached by a group of filmmakers here in Los Angeles. The director Orlando Rashid said he’d had a vision while listening to my song and asked if he could make it into a video. I was so honored by the gesture and of course said yes. He and his team did a really nice job and I thought they put a great spin on the video. It’s wild how one thing can inspire another and something completely brand new and different is born. That’s the beauty of art.”

Following last year’s impressive debut single, “Heavy Shoulders,” L.A-based singer TRACE unleashed her second single, “Honey,” on Stereogum.

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Music Publishing 101: Q&A with Sentric Music CEO Chris Meehan

We recently chatted with Chris Meehan, CEO of Sentric Music, about all things music publishing. Read on to get the 411 on our partnership with Sentric, CONNECT Songs, and more.

How does Sentric work with ReverbNation?

Sentric Music is an award-winning publishing administration company. ReverbNation’s CONNECT Songs program and Sentric have a strategic business relationship, which enables Sentric to administer copyrights on behalf of CONNECT Songs. This means that as a CONNECT artist, your song is published by CONNECT Songs and administered by Sentric Music worldwide.

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ReverbNation CONNECT and American Songwriter Present “Discover” Concert Series on April 4

ReverbNation CONNECT and American Songwriter’s concert series, “Discover,” returns on April 4 in East Nashville. Read on to learn more about the exciting show.

Join us on April 4th for the second edition of “Discover,” our new concert series in partnership with American Songwriter! The series, which aims to put the spotlight on emerging artists will feature ReverbNation CONNECT act Reuben Bidez along with Lucie Silas and Andrew Leahey & The Homestead. The free show will be held at The Family Wash in East Nashville, and we’d love to see you there! Head over to American Songwriter to meet the artists and RSVP at Do615.

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Success Story Update

Throughout the week, our ReverbNation CONNECT team keeps track of industry news and artist successes. We’ve got your weekly recap of the top stories you’ve missed, including features and premieres on Gigwise, Brooklyn Vegan, and more.

Dublin singer-songwriter, Sample Answer shared his new single, “Collision,” off his forthcoming EP on Gigwise.

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Sample Answer

Shortly after premiering “Tuesdays” on FLOOD Magazine, folk artist Jaye Bartell shared another stunning and lonesome little number titled “Laundry Line,” on Brooklyn Vegan.

Are you in Austin? You won’t want to miss ReverbNation CONNECT and friends Shout It Out Loud Music Official Showcase, PURSUIT. We’re taking over Cheer Up Charlie’s on Friday with a lineup you definitely don’t want to miss. ReverbNation CONNECT acts Lena Fayre, Ron Gallo, New Myths, Monogem, Carlson, Thaddeus Anna Greene, AKW, Coral Bones, and Phebe Starr will take over along with Porches, Chad Valley, and more! Get all the deets on Do512 and get stoked for the showcase with the playlist here.Take some rad pics and share with us by using #PursuitATX.

Lena Fayre

Lena Fayre

ReverbNation CONNECT and American Songwriter announce #DiscoverVolume2 on Monday, April 4 at The Family Wash/Garage Coffee featuring CONNECT artist Reuben Bidez! Discover is a new monthly music series curated by your friends at American Songwriter Magazine and ReverbNation CONNECT, which promises to bring you the best up and coming artists from Nashville and beyond. Head to American Songwriter for more details and meet the artists! Check out our photo gallery from #DiscoverVolume1 with Future Thieves, Warm Ryders, and Ryan Beaver.

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What does Virtual Reality Mean for the Music Industry?

When the top players in music and media can’t stop talking about it, and it’s nearly impossible to go online without seeing a new story, we can safely assume that the next big thing is here.

The Weeknd and FOALS are doing it, Facebook is creating a team dedicated to it, and Universal Music Group and iHeartMedia are making groundbreaking partnerships around it. So what’s all this fuss about? Two words: virtual reality.

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Artist Session: Database

Brazilian electronica duo, Database, recently premiered their newest EP ‘Another Love’ on THUMP and their debut album 'Vivid Expostion’ is due for release in April on Life On Planes Records. Lucio and and Yuri of Database curated a Collection for us featuring some of their favorite ReverbNation artists and gave us the 411 on how they met, what the Brazilian dance scene is like, and more!

How did you guys meet?

We met in school, we were about 5 years old.

What’s the dance scene like right now in Brazil and how would you compare it to the scene in the US or Europe?

I would say we have one of the best scenes in the world, we have an island called Florianopolis, which we could compare to Ibiza, we have 6 of the best clubs in the top 100 in the world, the biggest festivals, and so many Brazilian artists are getting big! We probably have the best dance scene in the world.

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Success Story Update

Throughout the week, our ReverbNation CONNECT team keeps track of industry news and artist successes. We’ve got your weekly recap of the top stories you’ve missed, including features and premieres on The Fader, NPR, Billboard Magazine, and more.

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Ron Gallo

Philly-raised, recent Nashville transplant, and our fourth addition to The Watch List single series, Ron Gallo , premiered his new single “Kill The Medicine Man” and mini-doc on The FADER.

Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Jesse Ruben premiered his lyric video to the emotionally stirring track, “This Is Why I Need You” on Billboard Magazine! After two years of putting music on hold–due to Lyme Disease–Jesse Ruben bounced back with his heartwarming track “This Is Why I Need You,” a track dedicated to his longtime girlfriend.

Shortly after the release of her High Dreamer EP, singer/pianist Kylie Odetta’s track title got a dreamy rendition from LA producer’s, Free SliceEarmilk say “Free Slice manages to highlight her assets even more with their swirling melodies and heavy synths.

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Kylie Odetta

Nashville blues rocker Jack Berry shared his new gritty, electric song “Bad Dog” with CraveOnline.  CraveOnline says, “…we’ve got a feeling that this captivating firestarter won’t have much trouble carving out his own place on the wall alongside the greats in due time.”

NPR premiered Des Moines, Iowa-based singer/songwriter/pianist Max Jury’s video for his wistful, gospel-infused single “Numb.” The soulful song is off his upcoming self-titled debut album out June 3rd.

 

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