Staff Column: Celebrating 4 Years!
You may remember the Staff Column I wrote in the past celebrating 2 years. (If you want the more elaborate version of how TBI began and evolved, check out that post from 2 years ago– hyperlink above). I feel compelled to do this every other year or so because quite honestly, I’m continually blown away from the support The Blue Indian gets year after year. Here we are folks– 4 years and stronger than ever. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.
Without the risk of sounding too sappy, I’d be an arrogant, ungrateful piece of manure of a man if I didn’t recognize every one of our loyal readers who have helped me personally realize a little dream of mine. On that long flight back from Hawaii 4 years ago from my honeymoon, I had the picture painted perfectly in my mind of what I wanted to see The Blue Indian become once I got back and was able to start pouring myself into the project. And believe me, it didn’t look like this. It was much less– more so a personal, online archive of sorts of mainly conversations between myself and some of my favorite artists.
Then, Sean Pritchard happened. And then, William Haun happened. These guys are the hands and feet of this thing and I can’t express how grateful I am that I crossed paths with them. Because of Sean, we have seen The Blue Indian book over 600 artists over the past 4 years around Middle Georgia. When Sean approached me with the idea of booking shows under TBI’s name, I’d be lying if I said I thought we’d bring that much talent to this area. Sean’s contributions to TBI go on and on.
Because of William’s hard work over the last 3 and ½ years, there’s an alley in downtown Macon that has become a hotspot for locals and visitors alike as we’ve proudly brought the city over 50 Acoustic Alley sessions of touring acts from all across the country. Like Sean, I’d have you reading for days if I listed all of William’s contributions over the years. Truly, this is one of many. We have also seen TBI’s “Band of the Month” series, which started in January 2012, become increasingly popular over the last year and a half. We’ve provided our readers 5 FREE digital compilations (95+ free songs!), with the 6th in the works– all available at www.TheBlueIndian.Bandcamp.com. We’re approaching our 3rd consecutive year as Stage Sponsor for Bragg Jam Arts and Music Festival. And of course, we were proud to be a Media Sponsor for AthFest 2013. These are areas in which we are very proud and truly, as cliché as it sounds, it was all made possible because of our loyal readers.
Because of the addition of Andy Carter (photography/video) and Cameron Barham (Album Reviews) to TBI’s Staff, you can expect a ton more Acoustic Alley sessions and album reviews at TBI during the course of the upcoming year and beyond. This will be exciting for us all! We always love hearing from you. If you have any suggestions for acts you’d like to see us cover, shoot us a line at [email protected] or hit us up on Twitter and/or Facebook!
With utmost gratitude,
Founder / Editor