Category: Showdown: covers vs. originals

The Lessons of session musicians

In the cover band world, a group starts to transcend hobby status when sidemen enter the picture.  Sidemen, aka freelancers, aka “guns for hire” or session musicians are contracted on a temporary basis for their chops, and their ability to fill a hole quickly. …

COMBO’s Covers vs. Originals education meeting

On Sunday, 5/16, COMBO held their monthly education meeting at Breckenridge Brewery again. The topic was covers vs. originals, featuring a few panelists: Andy Ard, Chris Kresge, and impromptu guest panelist Chuck Hughes. Andy Ard is a local singer/songwriter that plays in a band…

Are you a performer, or a content provider?

If you’ve chosen the identity of music “performer” as your main source of income, you probably already know that playing covers, jazz, blues, etc. is the most solid way to earn income. Here are some of the top vocations for a performing musician: *Join…

Income for original bands – an oxymoron?

It’s a bit of an understatement to say that original bands have a tough time making income for their performances – much more so than cover bands.  When a band plays covers, they understand their singular purpose: to entertain the masses.  The venue has employed them…