February and March of 2005, Annette
('Nette) Conlon of the Texas-based
rock band, Eden Automatic--who performed
for OWB 2004--has been playing music
and doing interviews with female musicians
taking part in One World Beat 2005.
'Nette has her own Internet radio
show, called Netteradio (www.netteradio.com),
which highlights and promotes women
in music. The show is broadcast live
each week from studios in Dallas,
and is hosted by RenegadeRadio.net.
It can be heard from 8-10pm CST, and
features bands, singers, and songwriters
who are women, or whose groups contain
at least one female member.
Many of the artists are members of
) and Indiegrrl (www.indiegrrl.com),
and the artist and listener base is
global, with a number of states in
the USA represented, as well as Canada,
Australia, New Zealand, South Africa,
Scotland, Germany, Holland, England,
Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, Ireland,
Italy, Russia, and France. Besides
the live show there is a forum and
a chat room, where people can interact
with other participants, including
invited musician guests.
OWB artists so far featured have included
Amy Antin, Miss Behavin, Ayanda Hutchinson,
Lisa Humphrey, Kaissa, and Kim Char
Meredith, and others may follow in
coming weeks. In 2006 we hope to create
an even bigger spotlight for OWB musicians
on Netteradio, and work together on
a possible showcase at the SXSW (South
by Southwest) festival-conference,
which features hundreds of musical
acts from around the globe, a film
festival and interactive conference
all converging on Austin, Texas, during
a 10-day period in March. SXSW also
organizes the "North By Northeast"
(NXNE) conference in Canada, a three-day
gathering along the same lines (http://www.nxne.com)
. This year's event will be in mid-June,
and features the likes of Bruce Cockburn,
well-known Canadian musician, writer,
and ambassador for humanitarian causes.
'Nette and her band, Eden Automatic
will be playing at SXSW in the 5th
Annual GoGirls showcase of emerging
talent, entitled "Invasion of
the GoGirls". Eden Automatic
has released three albums, including
its most recent "not your familiar",
and is featured on compilation CDs,
on TV, and in film soundtracks. A
four-member group-- fronted by lead
singer and guitarist 'Nette--they
have travelled constantly and built
a regional base in parts of the western
and southern USA, and have also been
getting more international exposure
with SXSW, OWB, Netteradio, and the
globally-televised "Net Talk
Live" TV show.
A Texas-sized "thank-you"
is owed to 'Nette for all she has
done to showcase and promote One World
Beat and its female performers, and
here's hoping we will continue to
make some beautiful music--and a difference--together.