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What started as a way to keep in touch with a few fellow musicians has blossomed into an organization with around 800 members.
North Louisiana Musicians Association (NoLaMA – pronounced no-la-may) was started by musician Brad Dison.
“When I started the association, I set it up just to keep in touch with a few musicians,” he said. “I didn’t think I’d have 20, 30 people interested in it.”
Those few first members began to tell their friends about the association and in six months it has grown to its current size.
“Every day I look on there, one or two more members have been added,” Dison said.
As the group began to grow beyond his expectations, Dison said he realized live performing musicians in the area had a need.
“The times have changed so much in north Louisiana from the 50’s and 60’s when it was such a popular place for music,” Dison said. “Now it’s kind of a struggle, not to find a musician, but to find places to play. A lot of the clubs have gone to DJ’s because, of course, it’s more cost effective.”
He said he wanted to create a resource for local musicians to trade information. To accomplish this, Dison said he allows free communication through NoLaMA’s Facebook page, as long as the conversation is polite and about music.
On the website he also offers a place for local musicians to sell or buy used gear or to sell their band merchandise. Dison has also begun a project to help venues and bands connect.
“We designed a calendar on the website where you could find out, say if you are in Alexandria tonight, here are the clubs that have bands and this is where you go,” he said. “Then I started thinking, instead of having a booking agent do all this, why don’t I just make a resource for clubs in the area that book live bands.”
This led Dison to create lists of bands and venues, so that a venue looking for a particular type of band or a musician looking for a particular type of venue have a place to find each other.
Another aspect of the association that is very important to Dison is that the resource remains free.
“Nobody pays for anything,” he said. “The only thing that makes money is that I have t-shirts for sale on there and CD’s for sale.”
The CD’s are NoLaMA’s biggest project to date, and showcase songs from area musicians.
“I’m surprised at the level of interest,” Dison said. “It’s playing everywhere from – let’s see what was the furthest place on the map – I think I’ve got three different radio stations in New Orleans that are playing it. NPR, Red River Radio is playing it.”
Minden musician, Kerry Easley of Dorcheat Bottom Band, said that NoLaMA has had a significant impact on his band’s notoriety.
“The reason that I got involved is because social media is one of those things that helps you grow and get people to know who you are,” he said. “The main thing that I noticed was last Wednesday night, me and the guys went to this open mic (in Shreveport). When we walked in the door, everybody knew who we were. I didn’t know anybody in there.
“That’s how I can see some positive results from it,” Easley said, “You walk into a place that you’ve never been in before, but they know who you are.”
While his band was not on the first compilation, Easley said he hoped to be part of the second.
“Brad’s going to try to use a couple of our songs on a second edition of the North Louisiana Musicians Association CD that he’s starting to produce,” he said.
As a musician, Dison himself is a sort of “jack-of-all-trades.”
“I play guitar, bass, drums, piano, lead vocals, back-up vocals,” he said. “I’ve been in so many bands I’ve done just about every form you could imagine.”
Being from a musical family, Dison said that he has been part of the music scene for years.
“I’ve been playing in north Louisiana for the past 10 or 12 years I guess,” he said. “Anything from country, rock to just about anything you could imagine. All over north Louisiana, Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria.”
He currently is a part of two musical projects. He has played bass with Extreme Caution for around seven years, and is in the process of setting up his own band.
A limited number of the NoLaMA CD’s are available at the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau and may also be found at the Webster Parish Library in Minden.
For more information about the association, visit them on Facebook or at their website, http://www.nolama.com.
Sometime after the recording, the master tape of “Susie Q” was sold to Checker Records in Chicago, which released it as a 45 RPM single in May 1957. The single peaked at numbers 7 and 27 on Billboard magazine’s Hot R&B Sides and Hot 100 charts, respectively.
Hawkins’ original version is also included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”.
Here is a great article entitled “How do you achieve success as an indie artist? Enjoy baking and sell your bread.”
Here is another great resource for touring/booking bands: Indie on the Move.
Today in Music History:
Here’s one to get the day started.
Pandora radio has a station that caters to Louisiana music. Check it out here.
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Today in History:
Today in Music History:
1963, Elmore James US blues guitarist, singer, died of a heart attack aged 45. Wrote ‘Shake Your Money Maker’, Covered by Fleetwood Mac in 1968. Known as “The King of the Slide Guitar”, James influenced Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Keith Richards.
1963, The Beatles recorded the first of their very own BBC radio program, “Pop Go the Beatles”. The theme song for the program was a version of “Pop Goes the Weasel”. The Beatles’ guests for this first show were the Lorne Gibson Trio.
1968, The Rolling Stones released the single ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’ in the UK, the track gave them their seventh UK No.1 hit. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards’ country house, where they were awoken one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded: “Oh, that’s Jack – that’s jumpin’ Jack.”
1969, Bob Dylan’s album Nashville Skyline peaked at No.3 in the US chart. The singer’s ninth album, it also scored Dylan his fourth UK No.1. The album featured ‘Lay Lady Lay’, which became one of Dylan’s biggest pop hits, reaching No.7 in the US, his biggest single in three years.
1969, The Beatles with Billy Preston started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Get Back’, the group’s 17th US No.1. Credited to “The Beatles with Billy Preston”, it was the Beatles’ only single that credited another artist, ‘Get Back’ was also the Beatles’ first single release in true stereo in the US.
1974, American composer, pianist, and bandleader Duke Ellington, died of lung cancer and pneumonia aged 75. Worked with Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday. Awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966. In 2009 the United States Mint launched a new coin featuring Duke Ellington on the reverse side of the coin.
1980, Genesis fans turning up at the Roxy Club box office in Los Angeles to buy tickets for a forthcoming gig were surprised to find the band members Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford selling the tickets themselves.
1991, Founder member of The Byrds Gene Clark died of a heart attack aged 49. Wrote The Byrds hits ‘I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better’, and ‘Eight Miles High’, member of McGuinn, Clark and Hillman and solo.
1999, Freddie Mercury was featured on a new set of millennium stamps issued by the Royal Mail. The Queen front man who died in 1991, was featured on the 19p stamp. The singer was a keen stamp collector, and his collection was bought by the Post Office in 1993. The stamp marked his contribution to the Live Aid charity concert in 1985.
2003, Paul McCartney made his first ever live performance in Russia when he appeared in-front of 20,000 fans in Red Square.