Those who know us personally also know that the past year has been a challenging one. After more than a year of rehearsals, recording sessions, and preparations for the release, the CD had finally hit the proverbial shelves and become part of our reality. Originally, Bonnie, Brendon and I had conceived the idea of laying down tracks on the Tuesday Nite Blues Band's original material just so we could bask in our own successful artistry and bold accomplishment...
If you've never taken that step, I encourage you to.
We had some original tunes, and we knew they were good. But we had no idea what they would become... In the process of recording the album, we worked with friends and colleagues who leant us their talents - sometimes at great personal expense - to collaborate on something real and lasting. Nobody expected it to be a bestseller... which is probably for the best. *grins* But there was a sense of satisfaction in every recording session. We loved the music, the comraderie, the almost surreal escape from everyday life, and we knew that it was special.
Ironically, we had never really planned the next step. We sold quite a few preorders last spring (and God bless you for buying in!), and then we saw a steady trickle of sales over the months that followed. Gigs were few and far between. We wanted to support the album, but we were all spread out geographically and had uncooperative schedules. We had a few great shows, but most of our efforts were met with cancellations and lineup changes that sent us back into rehearsals. We'd always some CDs and T-shirts at the shows, but we're far from breaking even.
But we never started this to make money. We did it because we love to do it. And whatever we do with the rest of our lives, we will always have that wondrous accomplishment to give us a sense of satisfaction and a shot of self-esteem.
So naturally, it's time we shifted our focus to the next goal... our sophmore album!! Even now, we are beginning to lay out a possible rehearsal schedule, and the first few songs are in the works. By this time next year, I hope to have another box of CDs in my closet... and I hope you'll buy one of those, too.
The summer sale continues, by the way... Buy directly from our site and get a copy of "12 Bar Bridge" for just $10 plus shipping. Show your support for indie music and get a great roots album - over 70 minutes of original tunes! - for a great price.
Your Brother in the Blues,
E. "Captain" Carl