Lowcountry Local First assists farmers in rural areas, small business owners, restaurants, and any other venture that makes a dedication to being as local as possible. You think everyone who works at all the local farms, small business, and restaurants that are involved with LLF is a rich, white yuppie? When you help local business, you help the local economy, create jobs (for all socio-economic classes), and keep money in Charleston that would be going to other cities otherwise. It helps everyone in the city, not just rich, white, yuppies.
I don't think you really understand my point Ron. Let's use MacDonalds vs. Five Loaves as a comparison. Five Loaves is a business, they want to make money, but they don't want to be "mainstream" like MacDonalds. I'm sure if Five Loaves got offered to franchise all over the nation, get TV ads, billboards, and toys with kids meals, they would decline. Not because they don't want money, but because that's not the dream they had for their business. Similarly, H&P probably doesn't want big "mainsteam" bands because although they are more profitable, it's not the dream they had in the beginning. If one of their bands becomes huge, bigger than H&P can handle/afford, then yeah maybe they will let them go. Not out of hipstery, anti-mainsteam angst, but out of a respect for the originality, freedom, and mission of a small, local record label. Call me naive or a hippy, but not everyone is out for the big bucks.
Mr. Liberte, although filet mignon and fine wine are better than wings and beer, many restaurants choose wings and beer. They are going for cohesion, for a theme, a style. Labels don't only have to sign the biggest selling artists to succeed, they need a specific demographic and type of fan to appeal to. That way they get return customers who trust the labels signing choices. This label has been smart at who they choose, that way when I hear H&P are getting a new band, I can assume I'll like them, because I like essentially all the other ones. Imagine a label with The Beatles, Stones, Barbara Streisand, Elton John, Jay-Z, Biggie, and Raffi. It'd make money, but have no itegrity.
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