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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Sing'n the Virtual Blues for Fun and Eventual Profit

The line between real life and the virtual world of Second Life just keeps getting blurrier and blurrier.

This article on the Rolling Stone blog titled “Second Life” Bluesman Gets Record Deal in Real Life describes how a blue's singer got national recognition and eventually a record contract because of his performances in a virtual world.

As the entry states:
Nashville blues musician named Van Johin has been signed to a record label, thanks to his free performances on alternate computer universe Second Life. Von Johin is believed to be the first artist signed to a contract thanks to their performances in this other world. Aside from his steady schedule of touring small real-life venues, Von Johin also plays a weekly virtual concert on Second Life, which brought him to the attention of scouts from Reality Entertainment, who signed the bluesman after seeing his following online
You can also read what Wired had to say about the signing at Second Life Bluesman Gets First-Life Recording Contract

Here are a couple videos of his work. Have a look and listen.

Here is a link to Von Johin's web page with all the vitals. If you are a fan of the blues, you should check this out.

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