Wednesday, April 20, 2016
FOR A SONG came out 12 days ago, and everywhere I go people understandably ask me "how's the record doing?" I never know how to answer this question; I usually keep it light and say "great!," but the truth is it's often hard to know how my work is received. I don't usually let myself pay much attention to traditional markers of success, because chart positions and record sales don't write the songs, or drive me to shows, or get the kids off to school in the morning.
BUT...one recent chart led me to a fairly interesting observation. Clocking in this week at #34 on the current Americana Radio Airplay chart, makes me the highest charting independent artist in the Top 40.
I feel like this is something worth stating for the record and celebrating. I self-funded my record with generous fan support via Kickstarter, I don't have a manager or a record label, and I would bet that I'm the only one on that chart still stuffing envelopes, writing "thank you" on the back and walking them down to the post office myself. Of course, no man is an island and I wouldn't be anywhere without the support of my family or the indie radio promoters and publicists I've hired to work this project. And though the publicity efforts will end in a month or so, I am eternally grateful for my booking agent Lori Peters, who's stuck by me since 2002. But all caveats aside, FOR A SONG thus far feels like a big win someone who's doing it as independently as is possible in 2016.
So what's next? I'm taking this thing on the road with my band this next couple of weeks and can't wait to play the songs for YOU. You, who probably more than anyone else, has gotten this record off to a fantastic start. Come on out to a show and let me thank you in person for all your support, and let's keep it going. Spread the word, bring a friend, call a radio station, email a promoter...those are the things that truly make a difference.
Wed Apr 20 - Rockwood Music Hall, New York NY
Thu Apr 21 - Burlap & Bean, Newtown Sq PA
Fri Apr 22 - The Stand, Lakewood NJ
Sat Apr 23 - The Front Porch, Charlottesville VA
Sun Apr 24 - IOTA, Arlington VA
Thu Apr 28 - O'Shea's Olde Inn, W. Dennis MA
Fri Apr 29 - Passim, Cambridge MA
Sat Apr 30 - Parlor Room, Northampton MA
May 7 - The Eclectic, Willimantic CT
May 14 - Red & Shorty's, Dover NH