9th Annual Blues Album Winner
9th Annual Blues Album Vox Pop Winner
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HOMEBASE/COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
ALBUM NOMINATED SONG IS ON: We are nominated for best Blues CD, Rain or Shine
WHERE IS YOUR MUSIC AVAILABLE? CD Baby and our Web site.
ARTISTS ON THIS TRACK: Joe Price
WHERE WAS SONG RECORDED? Wow and Flutter Studios (owned by Joe McMahan) in Nashville, Tennessee.
WHICH GENRES BEST DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC? Blues Roots
WHAT’S THE SONG “HORNET’S NEST” ABOUT? This was inspired when Joe found himself surrounded by hornets while working in our shed.
WHY DID YOU SUBMIT THIS ALBUM TO THE IMAs? We sent the album because Betsie Brown of Blind Raccoon Promotions in Memphis recommended we send it.
WHAT UNUSUAL INSTRUMENTS OR TECHNIQUES DID YOU USE ON THIS ALBUM? We used 2″ tape and old microphones for a warmer old time feel. Also the album is 1/2 instrumentals.
DID FANS HELP FUND THIS PROJECT? They support every project by buying out music, then we save the money and use it for out next project.
WHO IS SITTING IN YOUR AUDIENCE: It is really diverse. We live in a rural area where young and old party together at small bars. We play everywhere from festivals and sit down concerts with an older crowd, to club in cities that host three or four bands a night for the young crowds. We love it all.
WHAT MAKES YOUR FANS UNIQUE? They will dance to a duo; they are just going to have fun.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO PLAY? If we are playing we are having fun, but nothing beats the neighborhood clubs.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE BAND’S MOST MEMORABLE ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE? Besides being blown away by the IMA nomination, Joe was inducted into both the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame and the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We have also been endorsed by the National Guitar Company and appear in their catalogue. This was a huge honor, since their guitars are our favorite instruments.
WHAT’S IN THE WORKS FOR 2010? We are working on writing tunes for a new release and hope to be in the studio sometime this coming fall.
FINISH THIS SENTENCE: THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS… ..The biggest challenge in your career, best to be avoided when possible. If you wait for the music industry to “discover you” and make your career, you can be waiting forever. Just go out and do it yourself.
WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF SUCCESS? To still be making a living playing music after 40+ years. We have never had a label, a manager or a booking agent and have still manage to make music our living. Joe never gave in to getting a straight job and because of that determination, he always found a way to make money playing his guitar.
WHAT’S ON YOUR IPOD THAT WOULD SURPRISE YOUR FANS? Django Rienhardt, the gypsy Jazz guitar God.
NAME SOME ARTISTS YOU ARE CHAMPIONING: We have some really fine young musicians in Iowa that excite us. William Elliot Whitmore (Southern Iowa), Matt Woods (Des Moines, IA) and Dustin Busch (Iowa City, IA)