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Welcome to my personal website!

I’m a Yorkshireman of a certain age who likes most genres of music and most makes of old car. Travel is a joy, not least overseas to escape the British winter. Travel by bicycle is bliss and if I’m not lost in music then I’m lost in a daydream about a hot day, tens of miles to cover and the promise of a great campsite and a beer. I like to think I’m always learning and becoming wiser. On the latter point then evidence is in short supply.

On this site you’ll note the Menu and topics I cover.

Travel – I write up most of my travels as a blog. I attempt to be kind to the natives and fellow travellers: on occasion I fail! Of late I’ve been to a lot of places and written about them  including the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and most of Europe from Sweden to Malta (and all places in between). I subscribe to the view that understanding the world is enhanced by seeing more of it. 

Music – I am a music journalist for the UK’s ‘Country Music People’ and I also write for The Americana Music Show. This explains the selection of mainly Americana new releases. Music is a constant companion and life would be intolerable without several hours of it everyday.

Journal – an infrequent publication is a sort of diary. It’s whimsical and gives full rein to my sense of humour!

Tony’s View Of The World – I never try and get political on the site. You can relax but I’ve see a lot of governments, legislation, countries, trends, fads and I occasionally pull together my thoughts.

Cycle Tour Craft – this is a manual for the cycle tourer. I cover what I think are the considerations for a successful expedition – planning, maps, nutrition, camping, money management, technology etc. I know I have a lot of experience on a bicycle, in North America, Australia and Europe, to share.

 

 

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  1. Hello, Trust you are well. You kindly reviewed my album in 2018.Forgive me you probably have other things on your mind, but I came across is today. It had had great reviews generally but nothing in the National press and has sold about 4 copies. It’s not the money or fame I’d just like more people to recognise and appreciate the songs. Currently working on a third.
    If you have any thoughts or advice I’d be most grateful.
    Web site: garethowen.com
    Regards and thanks,
    Gareth

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    1. Hi Gareth, I remember the album. I’m not sure that your predicament is different to most music that comes my way. I can’t believe the majority of artists make a living from their music (and much of it gets little exposure): I expect you know this. Unhelpfully my comments below are my considered thoughts rather than being borne out of experience.

      I can understand your lack of success: it seems to be a lottery. There is a massive quantity of new music out there and getting an album reviewed let alone played on a podcast or radio show is a difficult business. I sit in a small corner of the media and I still receive a lot of ‘wanna be’ artist’s music and most of it is reasonable. Deciding which one to invest the two or three hours into is often a matter of timing and deadlines to meet. (By the way I’m not being rude by calling you a ‘wanna be’, I recognise that you’ve been at this for some time along with your other creative arts but that is the reality of where you’re starting with the record buying public). A decent PR Agency is essential; what their media, or music industry, reach is, quality of ‘business to business’ relationships and energy.

      I enjoyed your last album and whilst there was ‘a lot going on’ it would probably appeal to an audience that likes more traditional country. This would sway me toward outlets that play or review albums of that genre. Your album arriving alongside more chart orientated stuff wouldn’t find a sympathetic hearing. Touring is not happening at the moment but if you were able to get on the bill of some more traditional established UK country acts that would help. They’d draw an interested audience and would get you in front of a few hundred people at a time and maybe gain some traction? I don’t know how this is arranged but surely your PR would know or have relationships with booking agents? The lockdown is bad for timing for any immediate response but enables you to put some work into this for the hoped for Spring 2021 opening.

      Gareth, I hope the above reinforces your thoughts or maybe gives you another idea. I wish you the very best of luck.

      regards

      Tony

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