11th Annual Adult Contemporary Album Nominee
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Record Label: How We Doin
Home Base: Mystic, CT
Genre: Roots Rock
Categories Entered: Adult Contemporary Album
Work Submitted: Carry Us On
Artists Featured: Barefoot Truth
Label: How We Doin
Who are your influences? John Butler Trio, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, Ray Lamontagne, Jamie Cullum, Xavier Rudd
Describe your nominated work. A blend of folk, rock, reggae and jazz music smothered with heartfelt lyrics with an overwhelming sense of optimism and a fulfilled life.
Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording? Didgeridoo, mandolin, weissenborn-style guitar, B3 organ, Upright Bass, harmonica
Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned? Several fire alarms went off while recording this record. Happily, there was never a fire, just a malfunctioning alarm.
How did you raise the funds for this project? How long do you expect it will take to recoup your out-of-pocket recording expenses? Touring, iTunes and CD sales. It took about 2 months to recoup.
Why did you choose to submit this work to The 11th IMAs? We have been working hard in the independent underground for nearly 7 years. We are very proud of this album.
What’s your definition of success and how will you know when you’ve achieved it? Our definition of success is to play quality shows in small theaters across the country for dedicated listeners. We’ll achieve it when we play more theaters.
How will you leverage your IMA honors to achieve your career goals? We’ll leverage it by marketing the achievement through all of our online media resources, emphasizing the honor of simply being nominated.
Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique? What makes our fans unique is the cross generational appeal of our music. We will have young kids all the way up to grandparents in the audience and everything in between.
What is your guilty pleasure on the road? Any close calls or mishaps while on tour? Ben and Jerry’s late night pints of Ice cream on late drives. Many close calls driving off the road in winter touring.
Are there any songs you wish you wrote and why? “Ocean” by John Butler. It elevates me to another level every time I hear it.
What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans? Pentatonix (A cappella champions from the TV show The Sing Off).
How do you discover new music? Do you buy music or are you content with streaming? Pandora internet radio; I will often buy the artists music after hearing them there.
How will musicians make a living if fans continue to expect music to be free? They will have to hope they can land some licensing opportunities, or that touring is enough.
What don’t fans/audiences understand about the music industry today? How difficult it is to get the really big opportunities that can change your career.
It’s not as simple as people assume to get signed or to just open up a major tour for a bigger band or to land majorly syndicated TV gigs.
Are digital singles/EPs vs. full albums the future? I still feel that a whole body of work will prevail. Singles may be the future of popular mainstream music, but not independent.
Finish this sentence: The music industry is…trying to catch up to the changes are occurring.
What do you have in the works for the upcoming year? Writing and recording music that makes us happy, and trying to make ourselves available to anyone who might be listening that may help us achieve our goals.