We are expecting a very important email on Monday 10th and it is connected to the graphic that we have used. Yes, our music is being considered for film and television sound tracks and we are overjoyed about this. Seems we have been doing even just a few things right. We are not sure of what to expect but are nonetheless very excited about the prospects. Our music is very different from what is being released everyday, however we are aware that this scan also be a disadvantage for us however our spirits are still very much up. The fact that we do only instrumental music is also a very big advantage for us.
The temperature was not sub-zero, which helped, but still, the winds were whipping in gusts of 50+ miles-per-hour on a 25° night in Chicago, after a day of rain and melting snow left streets and sidewalks looking like ponds and rivers. Yes, it has been a winter to remember (or forget) around here! Yet once again, the G&L filled up with friends, neighbors and fans to watch Beta Dogs tear through 2 1/2 hours of acoustic roots rock & roll. The vibe was quirky from the opening notes of a radically different-sounding version of "Bluegrass Thing", which may need to be renamed now -something more like "Blues Thing". Things just got weirder from there, as the band called songs out on the fly and the songs kept coming out in slightly altered states! No matter- the night was fun and the music percolated nicely, as it rolled along. No one remembers any of the details- guess we will have to give it a listen !
This is issue #002 for The Monthly Articles news column.
Welcome back. I'm sure you were hoping for a story like how green grapes explode in the microwave. Buy one and try it. Silverware will fry the mircrowave though. Don't try it. Instead I'll tell you how to make customized lighters. Get a cheap 8 pack of calicos for a buck 50, pull off the little metal covers and turn the plastic knob a couple times. Walla walla, You get a nice torch lighter that can spew a nine inch flame then throw it on the ground and it explodes like a mini bomb. They're safe.
Don't forget...free song giveaway for this month only!
I really appreciate your support on my musical journey, and I'm not just telling you...I'm showing you! As you probably know, I love love songs so in honor of Cupid's month, I have a Valentine for you... a FREE DOWNLOAD of my single "Baby We're Really In Love" (A Tribute to Hank Williams)! Usually the only way to get this song is on iTunes, my website, or at my live shows, but for this month only this download is exclusively available to you on my Reverbnation Page and is only valid through February, so snag it for free while you can!
Read the story behind the song by clicking here. Happy Valentine's Day!
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I have been feeling this in my bones for about a month now and as usual I have no option but to get it out. This is a Spoken Word effort that I believe will be called Afrika Uprizing. I am feeling that it will be something somewhat similar to Manu Dibango's Soul Makossa and here's hoping that it will be just as well received as that song was. While being similar to that song in terms of also being a Spoken Word project, it should of course be understood that Afrika Uprizing will sound nothing like Soul Makossa. Seems whenever I try to focus on The Akan Woman, Afrika Uprizing forces its way in my conscious and subconscious thoughts. I cannot say that I understand it but like I normally say, it is what it is, I just have to deal with it. I have spoken to a dear friend and she has agreed to participate in the project and I am very happy about this. Essentially, I believe the song will be to an 'up tempo' hiphop-like beat. As usual I have a preference for ethnic sounds and ethnic percussive instruments and there will be voices (mine will be the lead) speaking about our Ancestral homeland. I am going to be speaking Swahili. The funny thing about Swahili is that it is essentially from East Africa whereas, most of our Ancestors were taken from West Africa. I am not sure why this is the language which inspires me but again, it is what it is and I just have to deal with it. This is how I am feeling it right now but let us wait and see if this is in fact how it turns out to be.
Howdy! No live shows to report for this month since I'm working hard in the studio to finish up my new album over the next couple months (so exciting!) But there are other things going on, including a free song download just for you!
That's right :) I really appreciate your support on my musical journey, and I'm not just telling you...I'm showing you! As you probably know, I love love songs so in honor of Cupid's month, I have a Valentine for you... a FREE DOWNLOAD of my single "Baby We're Really In Love" (A Tribute to Hank Williams)!
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The Trio had a great show at the Havant Arts Center, thankyou for all that helped us and looked after us, I was lucky enough to bump in to one of the great organ players called Tony Pegler, that I admired when I was a kid and still do, he came to say hello to me, what a great honour that was.
Between lastweek and this week, we have been responding to a multitude of questionaires from Music Blogs and other areas of interest around the world. This has been very time consuming but nonetheless we enjoyed putting it together. Afterall we are extremely elated that they have found our music to be interesting enough to actually want to feature us in the magazines and on their websites. The promotion is in the middle of its second week in the UK and most of the questionaires of which we spoke earlier are from interests in that continent. We have something very special set to take place on Monday 10th February but as usual 'mum' is the word. We'll simply say "Television and Film" and leave the rest to your imagination. Earlier today, our music was sent to 'upwards of one hundred thousand' radio stations worldwide'. As we had said a few days ago, we will be on five (5) of the seven (7) continents. For those persons who may need a little help, the seven (7) continents are as follows:
We will leave you to guess which two we will not be in, as it now stands. That is all for now but if you have not checked out our Black History Month video, be sure to do so by clicking this here. In fact even if you have aklready checked it out, do so once again as it is a very moving video. It is called Cries Of The Ancestors and what is also interesting about this video is that it is the music video for our song of the same name and one of our best sellers to date. Thats all for now folks. CHEERS!!!
Hey Hey! Roy's been in the studio last week with Brazillian vocalist and amazing guitarist Badi Assad, and the fantastic Carlos Reyes (violin, stringed harp) - working on a new project....more on this later. Exciting! Tease....tease....
RR & DRK at The Black Oak Casino in Tuolomne, Ca this Saturday 8th - always fun out there.....and a rare afternoon show in Folsom - 9th - at The Powerhouse this Sunday. Dancing shoes required! :)
This Thursday, Roy will be doing a Specail Radio Show on KVRM at 8 PM PST - on stories, travels and recordings with John Lee Hooker - with host Jerri Anne VanDyke. Don't miss it - and please contribute to these RARE local community stations that support Roots, Americana, Blues, Jazz - a mix of genres so important to American musical history. (Roy majored in History...so get ready....)
So many travels, too little time - but watch for the newsletter for more great news, travels and stories from the road. It's going to be a fantastic year...... ~ The Slide Zone Family
After some politics and a little break Steel River Band is back with its original members. We have several new songs and a whole new outlook on our music. We are looking forward to playing for all of our fans again. See you soon. We have a gig coming up soon in New Market and will keep you posted as to the specific date.
Featuring Little Jo and the Misfits with special guests, The Blues Duo
Blues Night Featuring Little Jo and The Misfits with special guests The Blues Duo Friday 7th February 2014 Doors open at 7:30pm for 8pm start Lymm Golf Club, Whitbarrow Road, Lymm WA13 9AN £11 Bar facilities available (not included in ticket price) Wheelchair accessible
Tickets can be purchased online here. Tickets can also be purchased in Lymm Electric or Rushgreen Service Station (Total Garage).
Little Jo and the Misfits were a huge hit at the Landing Stage (the British Legion) during this summer’s LymmFest, and we are pleased to welcome them back for their first full appearance at the Winter Warmer Blues Night. The band provides a fabulous mix of Swing, Rockabilly and Rhythm and Blues which is sure to fill the dance floor.
Watch out for the band and the Blues Duo playing together during the evening to provide us with something extra special by way of swing and blues. This is certain to be one of the best events on the calendar and is bound to sell out, so make sure you get your tickets as soon as they come on sale.
Marketing and Promotions. Oh yes it has finally happened. We are all signed. Three companies, with slightly different specialisations and areas of focus. However that was the easy part. The hard work now begins. Lots of work to be done starting the first week of February. Oh, yes there is something else running as well but....'mum' is the word. Hmmmm....very exciting times are ahead. Very, very exciting times indeed.
Oh, yes. After we have taken care of all that boring business stuff, work now resumes on The Akan Woman. We have something very special to do with this one. A dear friend of mine has agreed to be the face of this song. Mysterious. Taboo. Exotic. Bright and chirpy but with a serious undertone. You will all see and hear exactly what am talking about, as soon as this song is completed and of course as soon as you go to iTunes and get your copy (*wink* *wink*). This is the new face of The Akan Woman. She has a heart of fire and water. She's absolutely lovely. Tha Akan Woman.
There is so much taking place right now, we honestly do not know where to begin. With this in mind we may appear to be jumping all over the place as we try to 'bring you up to speed'. The graphic to the left is shaped like a globe and all we will say is that there is a very good reason for using it at this time. We know that you our friends are very interested in what is happeing but as am sure you all know, we cannot disclose everything. We will speak in very general terms however. Gotta keep some things close to our chests. We got two more contracts to sign. Yes, we are very interested in Film & television. We will be on five continents. Thinking of getting additional musicians to give depth and breadth to our sound. More on that another time. Thats all for now.
Ok, sorry for my tardy communication since the turn of the new year.
A VERY belated "Happy New Year" to you all!
I am genuinely sorry!
Things are beyond hectic right now. The contract for the Animal Farm deal is with Lawyers, sorting out the finer details...to be honest it is all as boring as it sounds, but necessary one guesses. Very keen to put this to bed so the music can be put out there, though!
On top of that I am madly sorting out the first video. It's going to be an amazing shoot and an even better video. If you want to get involved I am sure we can accomodate, but ping me a message for details. It'll be a fun shoot!
So pumped up for the first release! Can. Not Wait!
Details of the release date will soon be soon to come, so watch this space, innit?!!!!
New photo shoot is going ahead and I am going to re-start on the doco! I say re-start becasue after months of getting footage and interviews etc, all of this was "lost"! The less said about it the better as I was not a happy boy about this...Alas, we begin a fresh with a new angle a new D.O.P and a new start.
Art work is being worked on too, with some very cool ideas being floated around
LIke I say, I am pumped for this release!!
The gigs kicked off in eanrest at the start of the month and I ahve seen some fo your little faces at a few. Been some good'uns although no absolute belters as of yet. January is normally a quiet month so I am looking forward to some carnage and crazy nights!
I've been in discussions with some promoters in China and Dublin about doing some gigs so hopefully that'll pay off at some stage...get "Big in China" and all that!
I think that about sums up where I am. I hope the year thus far has been splendid for you all and as always, keep liking, sharing, spreading the love and I hope to see you soon, beleive!
Here is what we were told just this morning "....Re: radio, we can categorize you in the ambient, world music, independent format. In Europe, in Asia, parts of North America there are lots of stations that would air this style, it's very eclectic.... Another idea for you, because of your style, pushing it to film and tv supervisors for song placements..the music calls for it because of it's message and emotions...we can do that for you too, I have various programs here...." gotta say it makes us feel very good to know that our music is being appreciated. Bearing in mind that we were told on Friday January 24th that, "....we want to do a world release spanning a minimum of three months with one song being released each month....your music willd find traction here in North America, Europe, Asia and especially South America....". It certainly does feel good to get comments like these from worldwide PR professionals.
Just a reminder that this weekend we are performing two very special shows at the Town Hall Theatrein Lafayette onFriday, 1/31 & Saturday, 2/1. We’ll be mixing things up both nights performing different songs including some brand new ones (for us!). Each night they will be giving away a different commemorative poster. Come to one or both shows and enjoy all the best of Tom Petty's amazing catalog of songs. These shows are both expected to sell out in advance so don't wait any longer! Get your tickets in advance NOW.
We return to Rancho Nicasioon Saturday, 2/8. It's always a great time at this fine, rustic venue. Come enjoy a great dinner followed by drinks, and dancing to all the best Tom Petty songs! We’ve been told tickets and table reservations for this show are already going fast so don't wait. Call for your reservation and tickets NOW: 415-662-2219
Lots of great show announcements COMING SOON! Stay tuned…
WE NEED YOUR VOTE!:
We're asking all of our Marin County friends and fans to cast a vote for us in Pacific Sun's "Best of Marin 2014." Look under the "Arts & Entertainment" category for "Best Local Band". This category is a "write-in" to cast your vote. You will receive a confirmation email after submitting your vote so please remember to CLICK the link in that email to ensure your vote is cast. Thanks for taking the time to vote!! You can VOTE NOW HERE. (Ends 1/31)
"You keep running for another place, to find that saving grace"
It was another blisteringly cold nightin Chicago. Temperatures hovered at -5 below zero (before wind chill - & it was gusty). Yet inside the G&L Tavern on Chicago's north side, Kick Bricks side project Beta Dogswere bringing the heat for a packed house. It was most definitely a heart warming experience for the band to see such a great turnout on such a cold winter night!
The band kicked things off with an improvised jam & then followed up with a spirited version of Death Letter. Then they just kept on playing. After a short break, they came back with a funky Stir it up and a show stopping Hallelujah. Then theyjust kept on playing. Who knows what was played? Guess we will find out when we get to the recording (we will put it up at some point, hopefully). No one wanted to leave -everyone was having too much fun! Finally after two sets spanning 31/2 hours the band called it a night, ending with scorching versions of Halfway to Zero and Voodoo Child. Then came the after party- drums appeared in the middle of the floor for anyone who felt like hitting them, funky jams boomed over the house system & a spontaneous dance party broke out. When did it end? Who knows? Nobody cared! It was, without question, late! Another night of ridiculous fun in the books!
Vanity have had some great feedback from some lovely, lovely people recently:
"After their epic New Years eve gig here is another chance to see this fantistic band, they always attract a big crowd so come early" - Grapevine, Exmouth
"Big thanks to vanity, great night, the girl on vocals has an awesome voice and the rest of the band are really good together especially the girl on guitar, would like to hear more from this band, many thanks you are brilliant" - David, Bell Inn, Cullompton
"I have seen this band on many an occasion and they are awesome, if you want to see a great band playing tracks from classic rock to modern, then this is your band, it's great to see a female fronting the band and especially great to hear and see the awesome Shannon on guitar, great player and great sound, Jack, Grapevine, Exmouth, NYE
We have also been confirmed to play at this years BMAD festival in Paignton over the May Bank Holiday weekend. We are very excited to be involved in such a great fund-raising festival.
Oh yes, we have signed with one Company. There is one more to go or at most two. We also got featered in Vents Magazine 31st issue that was released yeaterday. We are on page 12 be sure to check us out but you will need to scroll to Page 12 in order to see us. The first phase of the campaign starts today but it is going to take a day or two to work through our specific approach and finalise the various press releases etc however you should start seeing something between Wednesday and Friday of this week. Our music will be pushed worlwide and we are working on our Akua Kamau brand. We are trusting that it will all work out.
We are excited abour our 2014 'Pinched' Tour. Many dates are already booked including our hometown favorites, weddings, and holiday parties. New T shirts will be available at our next gig..They look great!
Things have certainly heated up here at Fern Gully Records and Akua is up to his neck in it. Luckily this only smells like guitar cleaning fluid. There are a number of things taking place simultaneously. Lots of things in the pipeline. In terms of Marketing and Promotions things have slowed down just a bit but are still progressing at breakneck speed. We are seeking a more longterm arrangement though. A good campaign sometimes takes up to a year to gain the kind of traction that we wish to have. However, it is fair to say that things are progressing on both sides of the pond (am sure you know what that means).
In terms of songs, the following songs are at varying stages of completion:
Children Of The Rainforest
The Last Day of Mother Earth
The Akan Woman
My Green Mother
This will be our next EP hopefully to be released by June or July of this year. At this stage we believe number 5 will be the title track. Gonna add two or three more tracks to it too. can be any of the following:
Squeeze The Breeze
Love Of Afrika
Probably completion will be closer to the end of the year, we'll see. Should be another great EP too.