To Blog or Not To Blog?

by Samantha Lien

Writing is a full-time job, so it's no surprise there are questions whether or not to devote some of that focus to blogging. Author ALLI talks with Debbie Young on whether or not blogging is a good use of your writing time. Read the full article here.

Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts Announcew New Album, Extensive West Coast Tour

by Samantha Lien

‘Shovel Full of Coal’ debuts March 28 with west coast dates to follow

One of the hardest working bands in Colorado, Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts is hitting the road again in April for a full west coast tour in support of their new album ‘Shovel Full of Coal’. Due March 28th, the record features 10 tracks driven by blazing guitars, gritty lap steel and a rock ‘n’ roll attitude.

A genre all their own, their music is a dedication to the spirit of traditional outlaw country artists, inspiring new energy to music fans who love the heroes of the old; this is Modern Outlaw Country. Fans may already be familiar with the song of the same name,  as the band debuted the single in 2016. The music video has already been praised as one of Westword’s 15 Best Videos in Colorado.

Brought to life at Denver’s The Keep, recording of the album was done by Jeff Kanan, who previously worked at Los Angeles’ Westlake Audio as senior staff engineer with some of the world’s top artists and producers.  The new album arrives just a week before the band embarks on a month-long west coast tour in April with dates in Wyo., Mont., Idaho, Wash., Ore., Calif. And Nev.

Pre-orders for the album are currently available  through iTunes. For more information and updates on the tour, please visit

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Be Your Own Record Label

by Samantha Lien

It's no secret than many creatives - to include authors and musicians - are going an indie route. There are many pluses, including more control and flexibility, but taking on the business of distribution can be a little overwhelming when you're new to the game!

SonicBids recently shared a helpful article on everything you need to know about distributing your own music. Have a read, and see if it helps expand your knowledge and prepare you for your own DIY release. 

I'm currently working with Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts on a new release now. Keep an eye out! Their new album hits stores on March 28th!