12th Annual Alt. Country Song Winner
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Record Label: Rhythm Bomb Records
Home Base: Austin, Texas
Genre: Country, HonkyTonk, Americana
Categories Entered: Alt. Country
Work Submitted: “Heard Your Name”
Artists Featured: Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadours
Label: Rhythm Bomb/Shack Rouser
Who are your influences?: Tubb family, Bakersfield sound, Hank Williams III, Wayne Hancock
Describe your nominated work: The song is a good mix between good old honky tonkin hillbilly and a bit of Rockabilly
Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording?: No
Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned?: We left a camcorder on to film the session but didn’t tell anyone so there some pretty funny footage of how not to make a record….
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?: We are signed to Rhythm Bombs sublabel Shack Rouser, they paid the recordings.
Why did you choose to submit this work to The 12th IMAs?: We heard about it through JD Mc Pherson winning the Rock catergory last year and thought it would be a great chance to get some good promo though this. The song itself is really outstanding, cause its a great mix of old fashioned hillbilly and rockabilly. People are surprised, cause it starts so slow, sometimes the audience thinks oh its a slow song, time to leave the dancefloor and get some drings, but they dont make it to the bar cause they are forced to move their feet…
What’s your definition of success and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?: My definition of success is waking up every morning and loving what you do … and i love what i do
How will you leverage your IMA honors to achieve your career goals?: With the help of our fans and record company we will promote online and offline ….
Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique?: Our fan base is a very wide mix of people from hank III fans to 80 year olds who want to here my uncle Ernest Tubb songs to 10 year olds whose parents bought my record played at home and now the kids are fans so its pretty diverse croud . We play clubs in front of 30 people aswell as european country festivals with 30000 visitors.
What is your guilty pleasure on the road? Any close calls or mishaps while on tour?: Many, but we follow the rule: what happens on the road, stays on the road !
Who are your musical heroes & influences?: Ernest Tubb
Are there any songs you wish you wrote and why?: shure i wish id wrote “Crazy”
What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans?: U2, Dean Martin
How do you discover new music? Do you buy music or are you content with streaming?: Mostly Online Radio Stations or talking with others about music.
How will musicians make a living if fans continue to expect music to be free?: The problem is that somebody needs to pay the recordings … Only a few musicians can live from touring, so right now we need to sell products to survive. The only longterm income if music is free would be songwriters royalties and income from live shows … If everybody want the music for free, record companies wont invest into recordings … No recordings no income …
Are digital singles/EPs vs. full albums the future?: No, vinyl 45s are the future !
Finish this sentence: The music industry is…a big machinery that trys to conform bands in order to create a streamline product for the mass markets
What do you have in the works for the upcoming year?: There will be a new album late summer called Son Of A Bad Man. More touring.