In the previous entry, I mourned the passing of Floyd Westerman. He's been ill for a long time, and I hadn't been able to find much information about his condition on the Internet. So how did I find out in such a timely manner that he had passed away? After all, he wasn't famous enough to make headlines with his illness and death.
There's a program called google alerts that will help you keep track of anyone you're interested in who might make the news, but not in a big way. If they're appearing anywhere in the country, or if there's an article mentioning them, and it's published in a paper... you'll get an email with a link to the article.
If you follow big-name acts, you have no problem keeping up with them online. But I have an interest in several little-known folk artists (Iris Dement for example), and I like seeing what they're up to, all over the country. It doesn't have to be singers, just anyone who, once in a while, makes the news.
I learned about this through an Iris Dement Yahoo group I'm a part of, and thought I'd pass it on.
Google alerts. Just go there and type in your email address and the name of the person in whom you're interested.