I'm sure most of you reading this might feel the same as we do here; anxious and uncertain of what the future holds in store. There is a certain amount of familiarity of it all to us as musicians. We often don't know what's next for us, or how we'll make it through the coming months. Back in March, when it became clear to us we would not perform on stage for a very long time, we really had to do some soul searching and confront our future with whatever clarity we could bring to the unknown. How would we survive as a family let alone as artists?
We've made our living touring, performing, writing, recording, producing and selling our music off the stage. We are WORKING musicians. That is to say, while we do make some money at our performances, a lot of what we rely on is the sales of our albums when we perform. Laura and I both have many years of experience performing for a living and are used to the grind; maintaining a busy gig schedule, booking, booking, booking and yes, more booking. Though when we met, we both decided to challenge ourselves and create our own music. We write a lot throughout the year, and always have a new album in mind.
Now although that might seem blasé to some of you, it's also rather common in the world of working musicians to be a non-writing performer. It's common to hear musicians (even at virtuoso status) who only perform music written by others. This isn't a slight, or judgement mind you...just the facts. When I met Laura and heard her magnificent voice I knew that if we worked hard at writing, we would create something unique, and that to me is what I most love about all the artists I admire and respect. Their own voice, their style and uniqueness. Prince, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles etc...ALL OF THEM put their energy into their creations and designed their own musical path. I sincerely believe in and trust Laura's ability to create and be herself...I hear it in her voice and see it in her performance, she is an original.
So, being familiar with the ups and downs of the dreaded "music business" we both came to a very quick realization that it would be important to us, and our listeners to deliver our music right here online. Perform it, stream it, record it, release it and GO! We know that engaging our fans and friends directly in real time is where that special musical electricity happens for everyone.That's why we tour, to bring our music directly to an audience and move them, make them feel good and share that reciprocal energy with them.
Through a lot of planning and consideration, it also seemed right to release a new song every month so we could keep our audience growing and engaged. Although we've been committed to touring, we really had to think how we could still reach our listeners while not being able to bring a live show to their town on a stage. Luckily, Laura and I had been writing new music since early 2019 and had already begun the process of putting together an album. Why not just start releasing on a regular schedule, and deliver the songs through the internet? Well...here we go. We're hoping to grow our audience and reach new listeners from the world over.
Our first release of 2020, "Soul Creature" has been gaining a lot of attention. We were initially unsure of when to release it, but felt the time was right to make it the leading single in our new monthly series. We have performed the song live since late 2018 and started recording it last summer, finishing the mix and video this year...we really didn't have any expectations on when to release until this year while we were preparing our other music. Sometimes I guess it's ok to just hold on until it feels right!
All sorts of fun things are now starting to roll in here...Laura was fortunate to be interviewed (in conjunction with our release) by Ann Delisi of WDET here in Detroit. Ann is national treasure, a true pioneering radio host. She really brought a nice focus to Laura, her writing process and our music. Thank you Ann!! You can find the interview on www.wdet.org under Ann Delisi's Essential Music Sunday Aug. 30th broadcast...Laura's interview is at the NOON mark.
We also will be performing at the 2020 Don Was All Star Revue/Concert of Colors streaming event to be seen on television early October! This year is to be special as it is a tribute to the iconic bluesman and former Detroit resident JOHN LEE HOOKER. Laura and I will perform two Hook songs with the Don Was band!! We cannot divulge more than that but suffice to say WE ARE THRILLED and already practicing, lol. We'll keep you in the loop on a broadcast date and streaming link.
Also, we will be part of another streaming event for our Motor City funk inspiration Tony T-MONEY Green on September 22. Tony is a Detroit bass MONSTER who has laid down tracks for Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre and others. His band is LOW DOWN and FUNKY. It's T MONEY's B'DAY bash and we'll be streaming a LIVE show. Again, we're just over the moon to be invited to participate!
Finally stay tuned here (and our other socials) for our NEXT SINGLE RELEASE on September 18th!! Fans of southern soul, psychedelic fuzz guitar and grinding hip swaying r&b will rejoice. It's bluesy, funky and pumping. The title has to be surprise...c'mon, just play along!
Please take care of yourselves, mask up, and stay positive during this mess we're in. Laura and I both hope we can bring some entertainment, fun and joy into your world. We both are extremely grateful and thankful for all your interaction, kind words, compliments, support and contributions...it's keeping our creative spirit going. We're excited to keep delivering as best we can to you to round the edges off. You truly make our world great to live in!