Fine traditional music, where it started - right at home
We feel that music well done can be appreciated by nearly anyone, so we like to see a variety in what we feature here at Rocky Top. However, we do not normally feature singer-songwriters as we feel they have other venues to showcase their talents. That does not mean you are prohibited from singing something you or a friend wrote; we just want the focus to be traditional and we hope that you will take this to heart when preparing your set lists. We are not fertile ground for rock, pop, or modern jazz either. But blues, Irish, bluegrass, ragtime, old time country, music from other cultures, old gospel, sea shanties, actually most anything old – it all goes, and more!
Normally, the performers we host are folks we have heard before, heard in person. Giving us CDs beforehand is a help, but nothing demonstrates how good an entertainer you are so well as to simply see you in front of an audience. Knowing the venues you have played before also helps. Yes, we will listen to comments from others who have seen you perform. Or you are welcome to stop in (call ahead!) and give us a short concert-for-one so we can schedule you in the future. Listening to something on YouTube or your website falls a bit short; we don't find that particularly enjoyable. And if we don't enjoy it, that's not fair to you.
Performers get 100% of the take; there is no house share. And there is no guarantee other than that I will do my best to promote your concert. I will put the information out in a very large email list I have and will also send it to others who maintain similar lists. It will be promoted in the PSG folk club newsletter and flyers will be posted appropriately. You may be in an arts blog in a local paper and an “event” will be created on my Facebook page. I announce it at my own gigs and the song circles and jams that I attend. Depending upon circumstances, there may be other promotion done as well. We will assist you in selling CDs and merchandise. The number of patrons attending will vary depending upon the day's competing events, the weather, the day of the week, and of course, your own draw. The typical concert draws an audience in the mid-20's. But we have learned, the good way, that our maximum capacity is 40. There have been concerts which were "sold out". Feel free to tell your own fans about the concert. We'll make them welcome and will provide directions.
We can provide bed and breakfast for you, if you are so inclined, which we hope as we like to get to know our performers.. We have a double bed in a separate room, a 3/4 bed in another room, a double fold out bed and an inflatable double bed, so can host quite a few people if you have a band. Shower here, take a nap ahead of time, prepare in our green room, join us for the pot luck or the jam session afterwards if you wish. There is a computer and wireless internet available to you and you are welcome to use our phone for US calls. We do ask that you not smoke inside the home. For the concert, we can provide stools or seats for you, easy-to-use lighting, a Baldwin spinet piano, and an excellent sound system (Bose Compact and/or Mackie SRM450s) so you don't have to strain in order to be heard.
You will find us friendly, very informal, and we're able to talk on subjects other than music, too. Memphis Minnie, our Boston Terrier, will love you, along with everyone else she meets. She gets excited, then calms down, behaves well, sheds very little, and is very quiet. We want to get to know you as people as well as to hear you in our home. This makes for an enjoyable experience for all of us.