This is a crosspost of my upcoming piece on 9b
UPDATE: JOHN CONTACTED US AND LET US KNOW THAT DUE TO THE RESPONSE FROM THE FACEBOOK POSTINGS THE RENT ON HIS PRACTICE SPACE WAS ALREADY COVERED!
So thank you all for that. I know that those of you who saw the links last night stepped up and so does John. We considered not posting this but you know what, there’s always next month’s rent on the horizon. So we are posting it anyway. I’ll say again that John has covered his practice space for this month but in my opinion you can’t show your appreciation too much!
I normally don’t crosspost stuff between the sites I write for but this one is important enough that I want to get the word out to as many people as possible:
One of the things I love about writing for 9b is that it is a way to support the artists that provide me with entertainment, escape, and so much more. It doesn’t seem like much some days but it’s something. Then every once in a while a situation comes up and gives us an opportunity to support the artists in a more direct manner. This takes many different forms and whether or not it’s a cool Kickstarter campaign for a band we love or a band in need of help because some asshat stole their gear we try to step up to the plate and help them out. This call to action concerns 9b favorite John Moreland. We have written about many of his releases and loved every last one of them.
Last night I was up too late browsing Facebook and noticed that Mr. Moreland had posted a link to his Bandcamp page and asked for a little help this month as he needs to cover the rent for his practice space. I posted something about it and AIV jumped in, posted as well, and asked me to write up a little something this morning and so here we are. Music is a hard business and sometimes an even harder life. Shit happens to the best of us and sometimes we gotta ask for a little boost and this is no different. While I can’t personally go re-buy any of John’s stuff until tomorrow I know AIV grabbed the catalog last night so the 9b staff is personally putting our money in to this because it is a righteous cause. This is chance to directly help out a man who writes prolifically and does it well. A chance to directly affect one of the artists that we here at 9b have stood behind since we discovered him.
What we are asking is that you open your wallets and head over to John’s Bandcamp page and pick up an album or two, they are actually priced so reasonably that you really ought to grab the whole catalog, and help out a really good guy. If your love of music is anywhere near the level of the 9b staff then you won’t hesitate to jump on this chance to help a musician. The kicker for me is that he’s asking for help covering the cost of making music. There’s not really a Kickstarter option to “Help me pay rent” so he turned to the community via Facebook. We want you to show him that the community really does value the artists. On top of the warm feeling in sub-cockle region you will also get some great music out of this.
Off you go now, it only costs a little bit and it won’t hurt at all…