Category: Opinion

Play a cover song just like the original, or make it your own? – A Handy Guide

  It’s a hotly debated topic, one in which we deal with often in the Cover Band Central Group. Is it better to play a song that was originally written and performed by someone else as close to the original recording as possible, or is it an opportunity to make it your own? To answer this question, we’ll have to explore the various circumstances in which covers are played. For the purposes of this article, I’ll be focusing exclusively on covers that are performed in a live setting. Let’s first look at some variations of musicians and bands that play…

Rockbox – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Month” – October 2018

When people visit New Orleans, they expect to be exposed to the iconic cultural music for which the city is famous. The Big Easy is well-known as the birthplace of jazz – and has also been heavily influenced by zydeco and delta blues. What’s not commonly known, however, is that there is a thriving community of musicians who cater to crowds by offering popular music. From the baby boomers to the millennials, tourists are often drawn to familiar songs that provide the soundtrack to their Nola experience. A walk up Bourbon Street from Canal to St. Peter will reveal a…

Triggerproof – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Month” – September 2018

To kick off our Spotlight feature on the new site, we’re headed to Biloxi, Mississippi to check out Triggerproof – a six-piece party band who work tirelessly on the Gulf Coast. Our goal here is to feature bands that are doing everything right – and this group checks off ALL of the boxes. One of the most crucial aspects for success in any cover band is the song selection. Triggerproof’s guitarist and band leader Donte Nagle bases his choices on a number of factors including popularity, rotation of singers, crowd reaction, and general feel – and uses this criteria to…

6 Benefits of Working as a Freelance Musician

  When I first started playing music, and for the first half of my music career that followed, I generally just played in one band at a time. Back then it was all about trying to “make it” in the music business with lofty dreams of becoming a rock star. But then at the turn of the millennium, the music climate changed dramatically, and I had to roll with it. So I started taking any gigs I could get in order to keep my chops up, stay relevant in the local music scene, and make some money. I found myself…

Why Cover Bands and Musicians are More Important than Ever

As I type this, the world just learned yesterday that we lost yet another music icon…the incomparable Chris Cornell. As with when anyone else passes away, people all over the globe are celebrating his life and music. We’re sure to see tributes to follow where well-known living artists will cover songs from his rich catalog of music. But then, as with any other great loss, the attention and focus will slowly fade. It will never disappear; an artist that has had as much of an impact with music as Cornell will always be remembered. Unfortunately as the years pass –…

Top 5 Best Live Rock Music Clubs and Bars on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana

The Big Easy. The Crescent City. NOLA!! According to About.com, it’s still one of the Top 10 tourist destinations in the United States. The city is rich in tradition with parades, Mardi Gras, throwing and catching beads and of course its beloved Saints. But it is perhaps best know as a music town, and even after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, the music scene is especially alive and well all over the French Quarter. New Orleans is historically well-known as the birthplace of jazz – and has also been heavily influenced by Zydeco and Delta Blues. You still can see…

Great Ways for Musicians to Get Kicked Out of a Band

Playing in a band is quite a bit different than any other job. There are things that you can get away with that you aren’t able to if you’re punching a time clock or working in an office. However, that doesn’t mean you’re immune from getting the boot if you’re compromising the goals of the group. 1. Be habitually late It’s understandable that once in a while you’ll run into circumstances that prevent you from getting to a gig on time. I’ve had my car break down, locked myself out of my apartment, and gotten the start time wrong which…

5 Reasons Why Musicians Should Be Using Facebook Live Right Now

Unless you’ve been living completely off the grid for the last six months, you know that internet behemoth Facebook launched its Live function for all to use anytime they choose. The social media leader is aggressively promoting this feature through numerous television ads that encourage the everyday person to invite the world into their unfiltered, real-time life. Some people will balk at the idea of becoming a voyeur’s entertainment, but for musicians, this opportunity is huge. There no way to overstate this. Facebook boasts over a billion users. That is a large percentage of humans walking the planet. Musicians now…

What’s So Bad About Playing Cover Songs?

  I’m willing to bet that some people will see this headline and answer the question in the comments without even clicking to read the article. But for those of you that have taken the step to see what this is about, read on. For starters, why even ask this question? Let’s begin with my intention. I wish to change the mindset of some musicians who think that playing covers is just copying other people, or cheating, or taking an easy way out. “Write your own songs!” is a criticism I get a lot at Cover Band Central.   The…

10 Perks of Playing in a Wedding Band

When I started Cover Band Central, I had played in almost every variation of a cover band. I’ve worked extensively in classic rock bands, had long stints in a couple of blues bands, gigged with an all female dance outfit, played with party bands at casinos and festivals, covered Country and R&B, performed for vocal recitals, and jammed on huge stages with several tribute acts. But up until a few months ago, I had never been in a wedding band. As is my nature, I began listing the things that I love about this new found vocation. If you’ve ever…

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