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Bands find the highway is not quite carefree

Touring groups can get little pay, cool reactions, have car trouble

Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti of Albany rock duo Sirsy play at The Black Flower in Raleigh, N.C., on Feb. 18, during the band’s most recent tour of the Southeast.
Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti of Albany rock duo Sirsy play at The Black Flower in Raleigh, N.C., on Feb. 18, during the band’s most recent tour of the Southeast.
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Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti of the Albany rock band Sirsy have their share of horror stories from the road. Take the duo’s most recent tour of the Southeast in February, with a stop at a North Carolina club they’d never played before. The show was booked through the venue’s booking agent, and the band signed a contract specifying pay and hotel accommodations. But things began unravelling about three weeks before the show. First, the ...

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timsloan
March 29, 2009
7:51 p.m.

[ Flag Post ]

A.I:

American Idol misrepresents the life of
a Professional Musicians. I was one for
15 years, until I had enough of ALL of
the above. It is indescribably arduous,
and crushing, and the odds against success
are astronomical.

The simpletons encouraged to show up and
audition for AI have not the slightest clue.

That Show distorts the realities of the REAL
odds, for many, as much as all Professional
Sports does for kids in the Projects.

(You haven't truly lived, until you go to
pick up your gear the next day, and see the
"clubs" in these "circuits" by the glaring
'light of day'. Truly grotesque!)

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