Nov 01, 2010).
It must be frustrating for vintage artists to be upstaged by youngsters with less talent but more sex appeal to 20-something audiences. This seems to be the case for Vance Gilbert, who recently decided to take matters into his own hands regarding bookings, or rather lack of, at the Tupelo Music Hall in New Hampshire.
But should an artist take issues like this public, or instead handle the matter personally and privately, perhaps engaging a professional publicist? Here is an example of how the do-it-yourself approach recently went bad for Vance. The posts below were copied from his personal Facebook page 12/3 at 8:20am.
....and this series
Lesson learned: Fans by definition are dedicated and loyal. Inform and motivate them in positive ways, such as turning out audiences, not in ways that will backfire and certainly not in a way that will "...piss off a pretty decent promoter."
The upside is this faux pas could bring light to the fact that some very talented people are no longer getting gigs at larger venues that used to support them. Is your favorite (former) folk venue booking artists who were inspired by Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Huddie Ledbetter and Odetta or the Beatles, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber? Let the booking agent and, if a performing arts center, the board of directors, know how you feel.