A couple of nights ago two of my favorite musicians were performing close by, along with Adam Faucett, whose music I was unfamilar with. Christopher Gold and Austin Lucas alone are a bill worth traveling to see; Faucett turns out to be a songwriter with an unusually sweet yet powerful voice. The show, put on in a local micro-brewery, was wonderful. But I'm not here to talk about their amazing music.
After the show the performers were hanging around their merch table, meeting fans and offering for sale whatever they had of their own music. A couple of vinyl LPs, the odd T-shirt, and of course compact discs. I bought Gold's latest (already the proud owner of his earlier releases), as I'd been waiting to purchase it directly from him. As I handed each of these three artists $10 for their current CD, I was reminded how much this simple act of commerce means to them.
This is how they make their living, really. Sure, there is some arrangement with the venue, but it's often little. Maybe a free pizza and some beers, and a cut of the door. But that doesn't buy gas, lodging, or pay for real life. The few helpuful, hip record stores still in existence are a big help, but they take their cut, too.
When you have the chance to put some bucks right into the hands of the musician whose work you enjoy, do so! Help them continue to write songs and perform.
And thank them...
@Cgoldmusic, @AustinlucasIND, @Adamfaucettsong