Black Oak Artists, Ltd.
Roxanne de Bastion
The Jellyman's Daughter
Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band
My wife Jan and I have hosted concerts in the living room of our log cabin for the past eight years. We have heard so many horror stories about touring and booking issues, problems with merchandising, and a general lack of promotion and publicity opportunities for troubadours. One prominent folk singer confided to me that she typically "spends ninety percent of her time" taking care of the mundane business aspects of running a folk singing business. As my retirement drew near, I began to think about ways in which I might be able to help independent folk and Americana musicians earn a decent living. In my estimation, a touring artist needs to be able to concentrate on his or her artistry, not worry about where the next meal might be coming from or whether anyone has heard about that next show!! Some artists try to do everything themselves. Some artists solve these problems by hiring many different specialists.... managers, tour planners, booking agents, promoters, merchandising specialists, publicists, radio publicists, etc, etc. They're lucky to have anything left after everyone else takes their cut!! I believe that by concentrating on just a few artists, one individual (me!!) will be able to handle most (if not all) of these tasks. I'm here to prove it to you!! I'm here to make positive things happen in your career (or at your venue)!! Thank you kindly for your consideration.