Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Trade Up

Hi everybody,

I've re-invigorated my "Trade Up" campaign, based on the One Red Paper Clip project by Kyle MacDonald.  Please visit my Trade Up page to learn about my goal and to see what I have to trade!

Happy  Trading!

...Scotty
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Baptism By Fire

Lately I've met with several young singers with dreams of becoming recording artists.  Of course, they are wanting to know what do to in order to chase that dream.  Unfortunately, it's rare to have someone in your hometown that understands the music business and knows how to guide you toward the goal of becoming a successful musician and recording artist.

In my humble opinion, there is nothing more valuable to a young performer than performing.  Having experience in front of an audience invaluable.  It helps you discover not only how to read an audience and please them, but it helps you discover yourself, and who you are as an artist.  What styles/songs do you sound the best on?  What styles/songs do you enjoy performing?

This also helps you build a catalog of songs that you know and can perform.  Having this is a tremendous tool for when you need to perform for somebody and showcase your talent.  It can also come in handy if you need to get a gig to make some money.  Learn as many songs as you can.  Know your keys!

I can hear your concern though, "But Scotty, how do I get performing opportunities in my tiny little town?"  This is your challenge.  There are musicians everywhere.  You'll just have to research who's playing music in your area or surrounding areas.  Try to find those with similar styles to what you're wanting to do, but learning and getting experience with multiple styles is never a bad thing.  Find a guitar player or piano player to do some singing with.  Find a small club that may not have live music yet, or has nights without entertainment, and work something out so you can come in one day a month and play a couple hours for tips.  Sometimes you'll have to get creative to find your outlet, but it's important.

I just figured I'd post this since it seemed to be a common conversation for me lately.  Hope this helps!

Good luck!

...Scotty

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tom T. Hall Birthday Celebration & "I Love" Album Release

What a magical night.  What an absolute honor.  Last evening, Red Beet Records and the Country Music Hall of Fame hosted an album release of a re-make of Tom T. Hall's 1970's childrens music. 
The new album "I Love: The Songs from Fox Hollow", produced by Eric Brace and Peter Cooper, is a celebration of the wonderful songs from years ago.  The new recordings boast performances by Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Tommy Cash, Lloyd Green, Duane Eddy, Lim Lauderdale, Bobby Bare, and many more.  And all were on hand last night to perform these wonderful songs at The Country Music Hall of Fame's Ford Theatre.
Scotty Huff was invited to supplement the band on trumpet. "Man, what an honor to stand beside Duane Eddy and Lloyd Green, and listen to their amazing tone and musicality. And they must be the nicest guys in the word," shared Huff.
Tom T. was there with his wife "Miss Dixie."  His performances were as magnificent as you would imagine a country legend would deliver.
After the show, all enjoyed some cake in celebration of Tom T.'s 75th birthday.
Get your copy of "I Love" from Red Beet Records, and enjoy the magic of these songs and performances.
Happy Birthday Tom T.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Still In The Fight Campaign to Salute Our Wounded Heroes with Art & Music

Please support this wonderful cause!


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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Scotty Huff's Children's Music Pet Peeve

Ok, enough!  I can't stand it!  Can somebody explain to me why children's educational programming, especially those that have a musical focus, cannot seem to follow a few basic and simple rules when providing music to children?

This pet peeve of mine started when my son was a baby and we purchased the "Baby Mozart" CD and DVD from the Baby Einstein series.  Now, you'd think that if these people were really trying to positively influence the youth of the world with early exposure to classic music, they would introduce them to REAL INSTRUMENTS!  I was shocked to hear synthesized instruments on the recordings.  Was the budget really too high to hire musicians to actually play string instruments, or a real trombone?  Even if there was a small budget at first, once Disney bought them out, could they not do a second release with real instruments to ensure our youngsters were exposed to real sounds?

We don't watch a ton of television in my house, but when we do watch kids programming, I'm usually baffled at the poor quality of songs and music production that is intended to foster learning in our children.  Often, the lyrics are too complicated or are moving too quickly for the given age group, the vocal parts are mixed way too quietly for anyone to understand, and it often sounds like they saved money by having the songwriter sing the track instead of hiring a professional vocalist that understands how to deliver a song for children.  "The Wiggles", a children's programming phenomenon back in the day, was a perfect example of, "What the heck are they saying/singing about?"  I've worked with people from Australia and have no issues understanding their accents and colloquialisms, and I still couldn't understand half of what they were saying or singing about.

Music education is an EXTREMELY important part of a child's development, from birth throughout their school years... and beyond!  The educational benefits of music is well documented.  I'm not saying it has to be corny.  It can be a lot of fun, exciting, modern, AND effectively educational.  This is not difficult.

If your producing a children's show and you're not sure how to implement what I'm talking about, let me help you.  It's not as hard as you may think.  It's not as time consuming as you may think.  It's not as expensive as you may think.  (Wow, this is sounding like an advertisement all of a sudden!)  But seriously, I can help! (scotty@scottyhuff.com) But at least put as much effort into the music as you do all other aspects of your show.  The kids deserve it!

...Scotty

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Operation: Sound Off! Artists Will Perform To Support The Ride2Recov​ery Natchez Trace Cyclefest Kickoff

Operation: Sound Off! (OSO) has been sought after to help organize a kick off party for the Ride2Recovery (R2R) Natchez Trace Cyclefest.  Ride2Recovery (www.ride2recovery.com) is a military charity which supports Spinning® Recovery Labs and outdoor cycling programs at Military and VA locations around the U.S. to help injured veterans overcome obstacles they face.  This Saturday, April 9th, R2R will be hosting a bicycle ride of the Natchez Trace Parkway for this worthy cause.
 
Friday evening, April 8th, OSO will host a kick off party for the R2R participants at the Tin Roof in Nashville at 6:30pm.  There will be musical performances by several OSO Artists and friends.  We encourage everyone in the Nashville area to come out to the Tin Roof this Friday, meet some honored veterans, and enjoy the wonderful talent of our service men and women.
 
See you there!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Operation: Sound Off! Launches KickStarter.com Campain



Scotty Huff and Robert Reynolds, founders of Operation: Sound Off! (OSO), have launched a KickStarter.com campaign to generate funding for the project which provides music recording and performance opportunities to the men and women of the Armed Forces who have musical dreams they put on hold or set aside to serve our country.

OSO's 90 day campaign to raise $85,246.00 will fund the recording and filming expenses required to create a full produciton 5 song EP featuring the music of 5 military artists, a series of biographical video vignettes on each artist, broadcast quality music videos, and a "sizzle reel" for the intended episodic television production.  KickStarter.com provides an online "all or nothing" funding platform that provides rewards for those contributing to the project.  The rewards for pledging to OSO range from advance copies of the EP, tickets to concerts, a trip to Nashville, and a private "house concert" by an OSO artist.

Please visit http://kickstarter.operationsoundoff.com/ to learn more and participate.  Your contributions and help with spreading the word will be invaluable to support OSO in its effort to fulfill the dreams of those that fight for ours.

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