Artist Denies Opening for BB King

Leonard Watkins mannish@alltel.net
Mon Apr 28 18:39:08 EDT 2008


Try this: Walk in a bar/Club and ask them to let you drink & for free in 
exchange you will give them exposure. I mean if they wanted to make money 
they should have opened a Ruth's Chris. It's all relative.

If the bar expects YOU to pay for THEIR product then shouldn't THEY pay YOU 
for YOUR product.
It's does not always have to be about the actual money but it's the 
principal. You provide a service you should be paid.

LW




----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Twin Cities Blues" <twincitiesblues@gmail.com>
To: <BLUES-L@LISTS.NETSPACE.ORG>
Sent: Monday, April 28, 2008 3:28 PM
Subject: Re: Artist Denies Opening for BB King


> My comments on "worth it for the exposure" and I'd do it for free come 
> from
> a self-proclaimed hobby musician. I have and do play in bands often and 
> have
> never played a gig for the money, but I realize that I don't play music to
> supplement my income or as a job. On my local blues discussion forum I 
> have
> had a few conversations about "playing for a set amount at a gig" and
> realize that most musicians feel it is selling out to play for less than a
> respectable fee. I don't feel that way, but I respect their opinion. If I
> wanted to make money playing music I would choose a higher paying genre.
>
> I feel fortunate to play any gig and would almost pay to gig out more 
> often
> because our local blues community is blessed with many top shelve 
> guitarists
> and I am not high enough on the chain talent wise to get out and play more
> often.
>
> I know the exposure would amount to nothing at a gig like this, but I love
> playing for anyone and think it would be great opprotunity to open for BB
> King. That being said, I do respect Roy's decision to not accept the gig.
> -- 
> Shawn "Too Blue" Wallin
> Twin Cities Blues
> http://www.twincitiesblues.com
>
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