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News flash of late! RC Concepcion, the mad genius of the internet, the teller of tales, who speaks in a whole variety of internet/computers tongues, is now the Director of Content and Education at KelbyOne. I personally think that title is a little dry, in terms of encircling and describing the ebullient spirit of the man, his penchant for bubble baths, his abilities to turn a dinner napkin into a website, his knack for making impossibly convoluted stories both interesting and, at long last, coherent, and the sheer, explanatory brilliance of his ability to teach even the most arcane and remote aspects of the internet wilderness in down to earth terms.
Example…whilst teaching a bunch of admittedly older folks (think, well, me) he encounters a question. “What’s a website?” Hmmm. He explains: “Remember when you were a kid and you made photo albums with all the sticky corners and put your pictures in them? It’s like that. IN THE SKY!”
So, while, Director of Content and Education is explanatory, I think of his potential in more florid, exclamatory terms. Perhaps something like, Lord of the Pixels, or Overlord of the Digital Domain. But, they didn’t ask me. Suffice it to say he’s a good teacher. I can think of no higher praise.
The pic up top of course was a goof shot we did together as a class demo at our yearly extravaganza at Jade Mountain, Anse Chastenet in St. Lucia. RC has the wonderful good fortune to be married to Jenn, one of the most beautiful dancers I have ever worked with. Both good sports, they jumped into the tub while the class lit the room. They did however, draw the line at my idea of putting plastic bagged, gelled Speedlights in the bubbles with them:-)
[By Bruce Katz]
Shooting personal work is essential to keeping myself fresh and allows me to explore photographic ideas without outside deadlines, compromise or fear. I also find it is an essential tool to incorporate into my commercial business plan.
The benefits have been much better than I could have ever expected especially (and surprisingly) from a business and marketing perspective. Here are a few things to help you add the personal factor to your business plan.
Take the time to include personal projects into your commercial website and portfolio. In many cases your personal projects will have a direct tangible relationship to your commercial work and adding this to the mix will provide a sense of discovery for your visitors.
For a commercial client, finding personal work shows your commitment and passion for your craft that goes well beyond the paycheck. The creative ideas from your personal work can provide a point of discussion and inspiration for the commercial projects.
For people coming to your site to see your personal work, finding the commercial work can generate referrals or direct business once they see your other capabilities. You benefit from both sides of the equation.
The personal work also provides great opportunities in person or on social media to discuss your passions and creative ideas in an organic way that can promote your business without it becoming a cold direct sales pitch. Sharing this inspiration generates good karma all the way around.
There are some great examples of this at ASMP’s own Best of 2014. Many of the projects honored this year originated as personal projects (yours truly included). Have a look at them all and use this to get inspired to share your own personal photographic passions. Incorporate this into you daily business and you will find wonderful new opportunities to grow.
Bruce Katz blends art and commerce in NYC.
Nashville, TN -- 101 Ranch Records has announced the signing of Band of Ruhks, a group including Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby and Kenny Smith of the acclaimed Lonesome River Band. Originating from a successful Lonesome River Band reunion in 2010, the band’s self-titled, self-produced debut album is scheduled for release on March 17 through 101 Ranch Records. The album’s lead single, “Coal Minin’ Man,” features bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley.
“The members of Band of Ruhks have already had such accomplished and respected careers and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with them on this exciting new project,” commented Teresa Vinson, Vice President of Operations, 101 Ranch Records. “Along with Mark Collie and The Boxmasters, they’re a welcome addition to the 101 Ranch Records family.”
Written by Bowman along with esteemed country artist Mark Collie, the band’s first single “Coal Minin’ Man” includes the unmistakable vocals of iconic bluegrass artist Dr. Ralph Stanley. Rolling Stone Country debuted the song this morning.
"I have known Ralph since I was a child and he is a lifelong friend,” said Don Rigsby. “We are thrilled to have worked with him on the single and, as always, he nailed it. Nobody else sounds like him."
Band of Ruhks deliver a fresh take on bluegrass with their debut album, all while drawing off of the prolific careers of its members. In addition to their time performing together in the Lonesome River Band, each member has developed a distinct individual career. In addition to receiving accolades for his solo albums, Bowman has scored #1 hits as a songwriter with artists such as Kenny Chesney and Brooks & Dunn. He has been recognized with three IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year awards, as well as awards for Album and Song of the Year.
Alongside his role as the first full-time director of Morehead State University’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, Rigsby has released six well-received albums, including Doctor’s Orders, his tribute to Dr. Ralph Stanley. And Smith has remained a staple in the bluegrass circuit, releasing eight albums with his wife Amanda and receiving a GRAMMY Award nomination along with two nods for Guitarist of the Year from the IBMAs.
Band of Ruhks mark the latest signing from Nashville-based outfit 101 Ranch Records. The group joins recent additions to the label’s roster including Mark Collie, along with The Boxmasters featuring Billy Bob Thornton.
Nashville, TN -- Traditional music is always changing like a mighty river fed by water from many sources. The change is constant and fed by innovation. Often stirring up the waters are young players like Samantha and Zeb of The Snyder Family Band.
The startlingly gifted siblings caught the attention of the acoustic music world with the maturity and prowess they showed on New Primitive, a recent solo project from nine-time IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year and seven-time Grammy winner, Adam Steffey. Although the Snyder family has been a mainstay on the touring circuit and was no stranger to the Mountain Home Music Company family, it was the performances of Samantha and Zeb that made the band an obvious choice for the record label.
Wherever I Wander will be the Snyder Family Band’s first album on Mountain Home Music Company. The project is a journey through musical landscapes. From the muddy Delta with “Swamp Music,” over to Georgia with the jaw-dropping extended jam “The Peach Truck,” the collection winds through “New River Rapids,” across the nation with the sultry and emotional electric guitar in “Hittin’ the Highway,” and on to the rustic cabin of Bill Monroe with deep Bluegrass roots thriving on the title cut.
The Snyder Family Band is a sensational trio, made up of Zeb, Samantha and Bud Snyder, an unparalleled collaboration of brother, sister and father. They have studied the masters, learned the techniques and naturally reach out to find new means of expression that is rooted in tradition yet always innovative.
Transportive instrumentals provide a vehicle for the journey that is Wherever I Wander, while lyrical compositions provide the scenery. Samantha and Zeb Snyder are two of today’s finest young traditionally-based musicians. They are wise beyond their years and consistently bring new energy and ideas to the music, willing to bend tradition without breaking it. Yesterday can be heard in their music as easily as they provide a glimpse of a bright tomorrow. Their sound could be described as Allman Brothers Band meets Stéphane Grappelli meets Doc Watson.
“We are really excited about having this powerful trio join the Mountain Home family. Everyone has just been blown away by what they are recording in the studio. I would say that it’s impressive to hear what they can do at their age but the truth is, it’s impressive at any age. These are extremely advanced players with great vocal power, excellent songwriting and truly interesting musical ideas.”
~ Ty Gilpin, Marketing Director, Mountain Home Music
Once again we welcome Marathon Jam at Chapel Hill founder John Santa and his fellow Marathon Jammers as they play music for 12 straight hours to raise money to support the families of injured soldiers at the American Legion. This annual event just keeps getting bigger, better and more support. Last year's Chapel Hill 2014 Marathon Jam raised $18,000 for the Ft Bragg Fisher House.
John Santa reports, “Every single tax deductible penny we receive will stay here in North Carolina, as it has every year! Our total for six years is over $70,000 given to the Ft Bragg Fisher House and Marathon Jams nation wide will raise over $250,000 for Fisher Houses across the country in 2015! We are delighted to have had Marathon Jams in eighteen cities across the United States and in four countries–the USA, Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa! This year we will be adding our fifth country when a Marathon Jam will be held for the first time in Viet Nam!”
The Marathon Jam is once again proud to partner with Quilts Of Valor, so come and celebrate as we make some great acoustic music and raise money and watch as we wrap our brave veterans in red, while and blue quilts!” If you can’t make it, or just want to inspire us, you can contribute right now by going to www.marathonjam.com!
You can share in the excitement by sponsoring a musician, or, if you have something we can read about a friend or loved one who served in the military, we can do that too. John said, “Or better yet, come and read it yourself to all of us!” Whether you’re a musician or just love music played from the heart for a wonderful cause, please plan to join us.
The mission of the Marathon Jam is to gather people and players from all walks of life and across the globe together for a day of public service. In recent years, the focus of the Marathon Jam has been to give tangible support to our service members and their families as they recover from injuries sustained in the line of duty by raising money for the Fisher House Foundation.
However, if there is not a Fisher house in your state, or you feel the need to help folks closer to home, that is great! Set up a Marathon Jam in your hometown and play for the food bank, the homeless shelter, a local church or school program, the Wounded Warrior Project, or anything you want! The idea is musicians all across the country to gather for one day with one purpose: To give back to the community.
More than 20 years ago, a small group of musicians, led by John Santa, began to meet once a month at someone's house to play music. Most of these players were studio musicians that had worked together on various albums for other artists and decided it would be good to get together socially and not just for work. Thus was born the RDU Session Players.
Over time, the group expanded to include more than 150 people, now including non-professional musicians and even civilians (people who can't play or sing). Any given month would see 20 to 40 people at the monthly gathering, and spectators became more and more common. As the catalog of songs grew so large, someone once commented that they believed we could play for 12 hours straight and not repeat a single song. From that simple thought, the first Marathon Jam was born in 2004.
That first Marathon Jam was held in one of Whit Kenney's vacant offices, and several people earned the distinction of becoming "Iron Pickers" for playing the entire 12-hour Jam, beginning at noon and playing past midnight. John and Whit were talking on the phone as John was driving home, and John said that it was a shame that, in spite of the pain which comes from 12 straight hours of pressing guitar strings, no one got paid. Then, the idea of turning this wonderful time into a fundraiser was born.
The concept was simple. Treat the Marathon Jam like a walk-a-thon, only gather sponsors for hours played, not miles walked, and contribute the money to charities that were close to our hearts. The first year, the funds raised went to The Sheppard Wasdell Teacher Excellence Award, given annually to a teacher at Apex High School, and to The Community Music School, an organization which helps low-income children access both instruments and lessons.
The American Legion Chapel Hill Post 6 has graciously donated the use of their facilities to the Marathon Jam for seven years in a row and as if that is not miracle enough, they are the only location in Chapel Hill which has acres of FREE parking in the entire city!!
So come join in at:
American Legion Post 6
1714 Legion Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27515