From the Barstool of the Publisher – November, 2006


By Brian F. Johnson 

Did you see that ad on the inside front cover?

If you’re a musician, you might want to go back and take a look at that because, while it may seem like the deadline is eons away, the truth is, it’s really not that far off.

What that deadline is for, is a songwriting contest that could get a musician or a full band into one of the sweetest studios around for enough time to record at least an EP — or one second of one song, if you record stuff the way Brian Wilson does.

This contest, brought to you by The Marquee, Coupe Studios and Mountain Smith, is a pretty damn cool thing.

Our thoughts in putting it together were that there are a ton of really talented people out there who we’re sure don’t have the spare cash that it takes to lay down for studio time.

So, we’re going to pick someone who we think deserves that, based on talent itself.

Quite frankly, we don’t care who you are or who you think you might be. We don’t care what you play, or what you look like. We care about your talent. We want to hear some type of demo of your work — and when we say “we” it’s a pretty cool list of people who will be judging your work.

We, of course, will have folks from The Marquee and from Coupe Studios, but we’re also going to have: Matt Fecher, the executive director of the South Park Music Festival; Ben DeSoto, a talent buyer who works with both the Hi-Dive and the Gothic Theatre; Andy Schneidkraut of Albums on the Hill; and Dawn Greaney of Twist and Shout, just to name a few.

On top of all that, the proceeds from this are going to a great organization, VH1’s Save the Music, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in America’s public schools. The program helps by restoring music programs in cities across the country, and raising public awareness about the importance of music participation for our nation’s youth.

This is our way of giving back to the music scene that has been so good to us. We can’t wait to hear your tracks.

If you’ve got more questions, e-mail them to

And, as always, we’ll see you at the shows.

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