Music industry veteran Bill Bentley shares his thoughts on a new batch of releases by a diverse group of artists, including: Mandy Barnett, Ray Bonneville, Shemekia Copeland, Steve Forbert, Mike Farris, and more!
Standing alone in the CBGB crowd of the Ramones, Television, Patti Smith and all the others, Forbert was a man with a Martin guitar who might not have known how things work, which was probably in his favor, but remained fearless in getting the music heard.
In the era of the Internet, there are endless ways of compiling albums that are becoming available, including personally picked collections at the click of a mouse. Forget waiting for the Greatest Hits releases as selected by the record label. Everyone is on their own now, which can be a good thing and a bad thing.