- Singer, Songwriter, Lead Guitarist
I was born in Livingston, Texas into a long line of musicians. I have been playing guitar since I was 10 years old. I joined my first band at 15 as lead guitarist and sang vocals. I have had my own band for 20 years now. I write many of my own songs and have co written numerous sonags some of which have been recorded by other musicians. I sing cover songs in the country genre but I would describe my style as Texas Music.
- Jody Booth Music at godaddy.com
Nice. Country isn't my area of expertise, but I know what I like. Now some questions: 1. What are your career goals? Radio play? (If so, you'll need a proper studio recording.) Licensing and syncs? Soundtracks? Income from a publishing deal? All these paths need to be investigated. 2. Your social media strategy will be key. Make sure that you reply to every comment that may come in and all platforms. Turn early fans into evangelists. Get them to spread the word. 3. If you don't already, get someone to handle getting your material on streaming music services, especially someone who knows how to get your songs on the best and music influential new music/new discovery playlists. They're becoming increasingly important. Ask Drake what it's like to benefit from clever playlist placement. Country is lacking in this area, but it's starting to make inroads. 4. If radio airplay is important to you (and it probably is), it's worth getting a radio plugger. They know how to get to the right music directors. Country music directors seem to be more amenable to new acts than in other formats. 5. Make friends with as many bloggers as possible. Even the smallest want to think that they can discover The Next Big Thing. Every little bit of coverage helps. 6. Play live as much as you can. But I assume you know that, right? There's nothing like a bunch of strangers telling you the truth in real time. 7. If the budget allows it, get something up on YouTube when you make a studio recording, even if it's just some kind of lyric video. YouTube is still the biggest source of music discovery in the galaxy, so you want to be in this space. Hope this helps!
Good live performance of a classic song. The sound and video quality could be a bit better but there's obviously a lot of talent here. I would suggest including more info in your Fluence description about who you are as an artist (bio, why you covered this song, notable people you've worked with, etc.). Not sure what your goals are but for straight up country, this is really solid. This music is best experienced live so make sure you're playing out as much as possible. I would suggest getting a show pro-shot too so the quality is top notch. Best of luck!
You have a magnificent voice Jody! Country really isn't my thing, but I can still appreciate a great performance. The bands sounds tight and the violin really fills out the arrangement nicely. Clearly you put on a great show! You didn't ask for help promoting your submission, which is probably for the best in this case. As good as it is, it's not a good fit for my Depeche Mode loving following. I mostly work with electronic music. I'm not sure what specific feedback I can offer beyond admiring the performance. The video is what it is, a shot from the audience. The song is great of course, which is why you chose to cover it, so I can't give any songwriting advice. The mix is pretty good for a live show, but again, out of your control. So I guess all I can say is, keep up the good work! Brian.
High energy fun video that brings your style and talent front and center! If there were a way to edit the intro down a bit I'd suggest it, it just takes a bit of time to get into the video and some potential fans may check out before you get to the mic (not personal, just the way it is). I'm adding this track to a country playlist that I help curate on Spotify where I think its a fit called 'New Country', it should be up there in the next day or so, you can follow it here https://open.spotify.com/user/workhardplaylisthard/playlist/1OrABxXq7VnPvhPDavnRB0?si=-FEo21qrTvmaTK3qKwHR3Q I don't really feature videos but love the high energy performance! One suggestion would be for you to fill in your Spotify profile with bio, photos, socials -- lots of country fans hanging out there. Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!