Following a questionable business model, laid down by millionaires like Prince, Trent Reznor (NIN) and Radiohead, of giving away your music for free online but then asking for a donation (why buy the cow? etc. etc.) or recouping the cost in other ways, Tuscaloosa, Alabamaâ€™s The Dexateens, and their label. Sky Bucket, are offering up their new release â€œLost and Foundâ€ gratis.
The Dexateens are one of my favorite current bands and one that best epitomizes the moniker alt.country (for good or bad) and I hope this free download gets them some headlines and some cash from fair-minded people that realize itâ€™s hard to make great music if youâ€™re waiting tables or changing oil to make the bills. I’d like to hear what what all of you think about this model.
The exposure that The Dexateens get by supporting the mighty Drive By Truckers on the road for some upcoming dates might go a long way to helping them get the word out. Get out and see this great show when they come to your town.
May 6 2008- Detroit, MI at Crofoot Ballroom w/Drive by Truckers Detroit, Michigan
May 7 2008 – Columbus, OH at Newport Music Hall w/Drive by Truckers Â Columbus, Ohio
May 8 2008 – Harrisburg, PA at Dragonfly w/Drive by Truckers Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
May 9 2008 – Washington, DC at 9:30 Club w/Drive by Truckers Washington DC
May 10 2008 – Washington, DC at 9:30 Club w/Drive by Truckers Washington DC
May 11 2008 – Dexateens show in Charlottesville, VA (details TBA)
May 12 2008 – Greenville, SC at the Handlebar w/Drive by Truckers Greenville, SC
May 13 2008 – Carrboro, NC at Cat?s Cradle w/Drive by Truckers Carrboro, NC
May 14 2008 – Carrboro, NC at Cat?s Cradle w/Drive by Truckers Carrboro, NC
May 15 2008 – Charleston, SC at Music Farm w/Drive by Truckers Charleston, SC
May 16 2008 – Jacksonville, FL at Freebird Live w/Drive by Truckers Jacksonville,FL
May 17 2008 – St. Pete, FL at Jannus Landing w/Drive by Truckers