Author Archives: jamiebobamie

About jamiebobamie

Musician - teacher - writer - gets bored easily. I write an almost-weekly blog that includes true stories gathered from 20-plus years of touring, how-to articles for musicians and profiles of performers. Also, I love dark chocolate, I can play "Brown Eyed Girl" behind my head, and I twirl the baton badly.

That bedspread covered in musical notes is perfect for your musician girlfriend! Well … no.

  It’s the season when the buying frenzy can make idiots of some of us. Here is a list of gifts NOT to give to the musician in your life. I’ve thoughtfully included gifts you DO want to get. You’re … Continue reading

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Find a music teacher who isn’t just casing your house

Are you ready to pull that ukulele out of the closet and learn some chords? Is Junior bugging you for a guitar? I’ve taught music privately and in classrooms since 2000. If you want guitar, mandolin or ukulele lessons via … Continue reading

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The women’s music book that ate my brain

No, it’s not about zombies. I don’t write horror or science fiction. What I do write is non-fiction, usually about music. I’ve published a memoir and enough articles and blog posts to paper a three-bedroom split-level ranch house. The first … Continue reading

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House concerts rock. And folk.

Musicians, dump that noisy bar crowd and get a sober audience that listens and buys a lot of product. House concerts are the way to go. I’ve done them for thirty years – before it was fashionable, yes, I’m that … Continue reading

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The Song is More Important Than You: An Homage to Early Influences and Mentors, by Ruth Barrett

Ruth Barrett is an award-winning dulcimer player, singer, and songwriter. I am so pleased and honored to present her guest post. More about her music here.  

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Musicians: ten phrases to avoid in your bio

I’ve been a music journalist for years and I’ve read enough lifeless bios to wallpaper Mar-a-Lago. Are potential fans, bookers, and media snoozing through your bio? Rewrite it and avoid these mistakes: 1. Susie Blahblah writes songs from the heart. … Continue reading

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Musicians, what to do with those unsold CDs?

Back in the day when CDs were flying off the merch table at concerts, you thought you’d sell all those discs now gathering dust in your basement. Welcome to the modern age where even your grandpa is downloading music. Plastic … Continue reading

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