Public apology by Donn Hupp

This is an exclusive public statement provided to gulfcoastbands.com from Donn Hupp.

I apologize to the fans of our local music community. Even more so to the local songwriters and musicians who have been inspired, encouraged, now disappointed, and perhaps confused. What has been kept dark has been now brought to light. I admit a long-lived compulsion that got out of hand. I am thankful for my friends and regret the position which I placed so many. I am also thankful to those who have expressed themselves anonymously on the issue of infringement. Most of all, I am thankful for my beautiful wife and family who love me beyond mistakes.

I did record and perform previously published works without permission and without due credit to songwriters, artists, record and publishing companies.

It is my sole responsibility for notification and restitution. None of the singers, musicians, and artists who either played in studio or performed publicly had knowledge of any possible copyright infringement or plagiarism.

The responsibility is my burden alone. I am unpublished, under no representation, or associated with any performance organization.

In the summer of 2002, six songs were recorded in studio, add one previously recorded live track, for a self titled cd. Two of the tracks, “She Went To Denver” and “Turpentine” are my complete original work. No songwriter/publishing credits were given, not even my own. The cd was made available at time of performance only. Through 2005 no more than five hundred homemade units were printed. Some were sold. Some were given away. Some unusable after Hurricane Katrina. Exact numbers are unavailable. There have been no more printed or available since. With few exceptions, the local venues I performed these songs and others did participate in public performance licensing agreements with no proper credit from myself. During this time, playing music locally was my only income and financially “just getting by”.

Again, my deepest apologies to those who have been affected by this sudden turmoil in our community.

My hope is proactive and forward.
Donn Hupp
5/20/2009

Nightmare of You post “I Think I’m Getting Older” for download

You can download a brand new Nightmare of You song called “I Think I’m Getting Older” here. I just love this free stuff concept. Hopefully more people get on this kick.

Coldplay Releases Live Album Online for FREE

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The free Coldplay live album LeftRightLeftRightLeft will be available for download at coldplay.com starting 5/15 at 1 am PST. It’s 9 tracks recorded at various shows on the first leg of the Viva La Vida tour. The track list is:

1. Glass of Water
2. 42
3. Clocks
4. Strawberry Swing
5. The Hardest Part/Postcards From Far Away
6. Viva La Vida
7. Death Will Never Conquer
8. Fix You
9. Death And All His Friends

Get more info and start downloading here.

Kleenbeats is now accepting submissions for licensing representation

Kleenbeats is now accepting submissions from artists for licensing representation. They are looking to expand their artist base and music library with some fresh new talent. Recently, Kleenbeats has placed music with clients such as Billabong Australia, Rip Curl international, Quicksilver international, Von zipper, Element, Kustom, The Crusty Demons, Fuel TV, Foster’s Lager, The AFL, and many others.

They are seeking artists from all genres and styles. Artists retain 100% of the royalties earned and 100% ownership of the submitted song, Kleenbeats only charges half the synchronization fee as payment. This is a great opportunity for artists to receive top tier licensing representation with a well respected and successful music licensing company.To submit your music for consideration please click on the link below.

http://www.kleenbeats.com

Green Day and The Bravery coming to New Orleans

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The Bravery will be supporting Green Day on their summer tour. New Orleans just happens to be one of their stops. They will be at the New Orleans arena August 7th. This is exciting and thrilling.

The band has not performed a full show in New Orleans as Green Day since the ’04 Voodoo Experience in City Park. But they joined U2 for the grand reopening of the Superdome in September 2006.

Hopefully I’ll see you there.

Who wants to open for Aerosmith?

AEROSMITH’s official fan club, AeroForceOne, has issued the following update:

“Rock icons AEROSMITH with special guest ZZ TOP are gonna wreak rock ‘n’ roll havoc this summer on a massive U.S. tour! And you could be the opening act. Time to put your Guitar Hero skill to the ultimate test. This isn’t your living room couch — it’s the real deal! Two worthy fans will perform playing Guitar Hero: Aerosmith on stage as the opening act before the show roars onto the stage — one winner from online and one from radio will be chosen in each city. If that taste of rock stardom weren’t reward enough, the winner from each city also wins two tickets to the show, a Guitar Hero: Aerosmith game pack, and a personal congrats from Steven Tyler and Joe Perry before the show! (For the winner only, not their guest)

“Your moment of rock glory will be captured on video and posted to Aeroforceone.com and the AEROSMITH YouTube channel — let your friends try to top that!”

For more information, go to this location.

Benefit Concert For New Orleans Artists

The “Musicians Bringing Musician’s Home V”, a benefit concert for New Orleans Artists, follows a three-day artist activism camp that brings together established and emerging musicians to discuss the best practices for positive social change. The special evening of music benefits Sweet Home New Orleans – a coalition of non-profit organizations that helps find affordable housing and provides rental assistance for Katrina displaced musicians, Mardi Gras performers and other traditional New Orleans artists (www.sweethomeneworleans.org). It will be held Friday, May 22 at Tipitina’s Uptown (501 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA). Doors at 9 p.m. and show is at 10 p.m. Admission is $12. Visit www.tipitinas.com.

Download a-ha latest single “Foot of the Mountain”

It seems nothing, and I repeat nothing can keep this Norwegian New Wave band away from doing what they love. Most people in the states only saw a-ha as a one hit wonder but they have yet to disappear from their music community. Their 80’s hit “Take on Me” has been featured in many hit television shows, movies, etc. Just ask Chris from family guy about his take on it.

This new single, titled “Foot Of The Mountain,” is the title track of their tenth studio album. Check it out here while you can. Nothing like something free to download.

Song Theft Pays?

It’s not often that I get letters submitted anonymously to this site, so I took my time to read the following passage. It really brought to my attention of something serious in our own music community here on the gulf coast. So I did a little research and it appears to be very true. I am posting it in its entirety and in doing so, asking for you leave your opinions and comments on it. Let me know what you think.

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Every artist wonders what they’d do if their songs were stolen. How would you feel if you learned there was copyright infringement happening right here on the Gulf Coast? Whether copyright infringement is intentional or unintentional the consequences are the same.

Donn Hupp has been a member of the Coast music community since he moved to Mississippi from Nashville some time in the 90s. He was once a respected songwriter in the Country/Folk genre, hosting The Julep Room’s unique ‘originals only’ Songwriters Night for a number of years, playing festivals all over as both a solo artist and as an accompanist to other artists and bands, and most importantly, serving for a while as a symbol of the true songwriter who’d ‘been there/done that’ and lived to play another day. Over the years Hupp offered countless musicians what seemed like really sound advice. He preached the integrity of original music and the importance of having a venue that embraced it. He lied. And along the way he endangered venues who at one time didn’t host cover songs because they weren’t covered with Performing Rights Organizations. He endangered the artists who helped him record his album with no idea that they were helping him infringe copyright. He endangered the artists who played live with him. He lied to dedicated fans all over the Gulf Coast. The shocker is that in a decade or longer no one ever caught on until last month.

In April 09 Hupp was a featured artist on sfcLIVE – a relatively new but exceedingly popular music podcast recorded from The Julep Room in Ocean Springs, MS and broadcast from www.cellarsounds.com. sfcLIVE is a showcase for the ORIGINAL music of independent bands and artists along the entire Gulf Coast of every genre, focusing on the artists who have interesting stories and solid music but for whatever reason don’t receive attention elsewhere. Hupp’s show was presented as Episode 12 of sfcLIVE and in the same day that it went online it was taken back offline by the website’s administration. And it’s never seen the light of day again. I was curious so I investigated.

It seems Donn Hupp has been ripping off Country artist Billy Dean (www.billydean.com) for the last 10 or so years to the tune of the songs “Simple Things” “Starting Over Again” and “The Mountain Moved.” He’s somehow successfully passed these songs off as his own even going so far as to record them and sell them for a lot of profit for almost as long as he’s been performing them, never once giving credit to the songwriters or to Billy Dean. It took only a few hours once the show was online at the sfcLIVE website for an anonymous listener to bring it to the attention of the site’s administration and for the owners of the site to pull the show down so that they could verify the claim. They found the accusations to be 100% fact and deleted Hupp’s episode permanently, barring him from any future dealings with their company. On Demand Media, the parent company, has each artist sign a contract releasing sfcLIVE and its owners from liability in the event that fraud occurs, so long as they take immediate action to remove the materials from their site and I doubt honestly they thought a member of their own community would be the case in point for why they must use the artist contract. I was told that cellarsounds.com is in the process of rewriting its Terms of Service in regard to theft so that any other artists may be too afraid of getting caught to even submit their stolen music to sfcLIVE for review. It’s mind-boggling that none of Hupp’s peers or listeners ever realized he was completely ripping off a world-renown artist.

The fact that it took one listener a matter of minutes to recognize the lies is a testament to the power of media. If you do something wrong you are going to get caught. The fact that the listener did report it, that the site’s owners took all necessary actions to remove it, and that this anonymous writer decided to expose it for the sake of every artist who might read this article, is a testament to the fact that if you’re the one who decides to flat out lie and then invite everyone on board the wagon you know has a bum wheel, those people are sure to jump off before the crash and save themselves from your deception and embarrassment, leaving you to deal with the implications by yourself.

That’s as much as I know to be fact about Donn Hupp singer-songwriter. Let this be a lesson to everyone: Don’t steal. Don’t lie. Never never never take some else’s art. Hupp himself asked on the lost episode as he blasted a former radio DJ for sharing a line of his that ended up on another famous artist’s album, “How can you ever know your music safe?” Who’d like Donn Hupp’s answer to that question now?

“FREE THE NOISE” Battle of the Bands Contest

John Varvatos Enterprises has announced the first John Varvatos USA “FREE THE NOISE” battle of the bands contest, a global online search for the next great rock n’ roll band hosted on SPINearth.tv. The winning band will receive a development deal with Island Records and be featured in the next John Varvatos « USA international advertising campaign, as well as featured on SPIN Earth. Entries will be accepted through July 31, 2009. The contest invites up-and-coming, unsigned bands to upload a video of a recent performance of original music. For contest rules visit spinearth.tv/freethenoise for more details.

N.Y. TV Show Is Looking For Indie Music Videos

IndiMusic TV is looking for independent artists or bands who have a quality concept music video (no live footage) they would like to air on WLNY TV 10/55, a powerful commercial TV station in the N.Y. tri-state area. Says John Tabacco, Associate Producer: “We reach over six million homes and potentially 15 million viewers. We are currently offering this opportunity for free. Indimusic TV is a half hour show that airs for 13 weeks, and broadcasts four videos a week. We play music videos from around the world as well as interview some of the artists involved. This is the only show of its kind and is the first of its kind in N.Y. (the #1 market in the U.S.). We just need a DVD or a minidv of the video or they can send it can via www.yousendit.com if it is a big file.” For more information please visit and register at www.indimusictv.com. E-mail jtabacco@guruproject.com. Call 1-631-585-5380.

Korn To Headline ROCK ON! FEST; Support Bands Needed

KORN is looking for regional bands to participate in the Rock On! Fest at The Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion in Gilford, New Hampshire on May 23.

The Rock On! Fest is a tribute to the late founder of the venue, Bob Harding. It was Bob’s passion to promote all genres of music and to help regional bands develop their talent.

The Rock On! Fest will host 30 regional bands on two different stages beginning at noon.

Bands interested in participating are asked to send their website, Facebook, MySpace or YouTube links to bill@meadowbrook.net for approval. Once approved by KORN’s management, the band will be given a code to track their promotion of the event. The venue will pay the bands $5.00 for every ticket sold using their code and the bands that help promote the festival will be awarded the best positions on the festival schedule. The more tickets sold using the band’s code, the closer to KORN they play on the main stage!

For more information on the Rock On! Fest or any other events at the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion, visit www.meadowbrook.net or call (603)293-4700.

The Austin City Limits Music Festival 2009

The Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual three-day music and art festival in Austin, Texas’s Zilker Park. The Festival brings together more than 130 bands on eight stages, including rock, country, folk, indie, Americana, hip-hop, reggae, and bluegrass, and attracts a crowd of about 65,000 visitors each day. Named after the legendary PBS concert series, The festival is produced by C3 Presents, who also co-produce the Lollapalooza and Big State festivals.

For more information: Check out their website here.

This year the festival will take place October 2nd – 4th. This year includes the following bands:

Pearl Jam
Dave Matthews Band
Beastie Boys
Kings of Leon
Sonic Youth
Ben Harper
Thievery Corporation
Flogging Molly
The Decemberists
The Dead Weather
The B-52’s
Ghostland Observatory
John Legend
Mos Def
Bon Iver
Bassnectar
Levon Helm Band
Raveonettes
DeVotchKa
The Toadies
Andrew Bird
Sound Tribe Sector Nine
Raul Malo
Arctic Monkeys
Rebirth Brass Band
Girl Talk
Sara Watkins
Los Amigos Invisibles
K’Naan
Citizen Cope
The Greencards
Heartless Bastards
Walter “Wolfman” Washington
Preservation Hall
Black Joe Lewis
The Knux
Dan Auerbach
Grizzly Bear
Dr. Dog
Eek-a-mouse
Blitzen Trapper
Airborne Toxic Event
Lily Allen
Robyn Hitchcock
Michael Franti & Spearhead
John Vanderslice
Todd Snider
Zac Brown Band
Deer Tick
David Garza
Henry Butler
The Avett Brothers
The Felice Brothers
Federico Aubele
Damien Horne
Soul Stirrers
Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band
Danny Brooks
Nelo
Dexateens
Sarah Siskind
Keith Gattis
Jonell Mosser
Jeffrey Steele
Mimicking Birds
Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights
Vince Mira
Jypsi
Papa Mali
Henry Clay People
Cotton Jones
Sarah Jaffe
Suckers
Sons of Bill
The Low Anthem
Lisa Hannigan
L.A.X.
Terri Hendrix
Marva Wright
The Parlor Mob
The Wood Brothers
Alela Diane
Bell X1
The Dodos
Alberta Cross
School of Seven Bells
Sam Roberts Band
Rodriguez
Brett Dennen
Poi Dog Pondering
Daniel Johnston
State Radio
Asleep at the Wheel
Here We Go Magic
The Virgins
Reckless Kelly
The Scabs
The Walkmen
White Lies
Clutch
Phoenix
Passion Pit
Leatherbag
The Gospel Silvertones
The Durdens
Loose Cannon
Lunch Money
Telephone Company
Milkshake
Q Brothers
Ralph’s World
Quinn Sullivan
Palm School Elementary

Creed Reunion Tour Stops In New Orleans

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Creed has officially announced all four of the original band members — Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall — will reunite for a summer tour and new album. The tour, the band’s first in seven years, begins August 6 in Pittsburgh and hits the gulf coast on September 19th in New Orleans.

Darn, they won’t be making it for CPRFest 13. That makes me a sad little panda.