There is something about a live show…the moment when the musicians pick up their instruments and play the first notes…the anticipation as the lead singer steps up to the mic…and the sound that begins to pour out from the stage…its that very moment, standing next to friends, listening, watching, and sharing in that unique space in time…its just magical.
We’ve been going to shows since we were teenagers. Shows are our happy place. Anything from the big epic concerts, ala U2, to an intimate acoustic set at Largo…it doesn’t matter, they are all exciting and special. They spark our imagination and fuel our emotions. Even today, when digital streaming is constant, and online access to music has created a thin and solitary listening culture, we all still crave the live experience. And for the musicians, its the danger and risk of stepping out, expressing something for others to see and hear. Its a vulnerable act, sharing each song for others to critique. And its a thrilling act, to be in sync with the audience, to feel their support and energy as the show is experienced together…
ahh…we love live shows!!
And on that note, we’ve got some great shows coming up over the next month in LA and Nashville…see below for calendar. Of course, Moxi‘s Album Release Show is tonight at The Hotel Cafe, 10pm. AND…Casey Black is playing at The Bluebird Cafe tomorrow night!!!
Check out your local listings for artists performing near you…take a night out, grab some friends and enjoy some music together!
A few weeks ago, a music supe asked us if we had any songs with the theme of hope and warmth that would reach across a multi-generational audience. The song would be featured in a montage scene for a Thanksgiving episode of Young and The Restless.
As we looked through our catalog, we realized that most of our available songs leaned a bit to the melancholy side…so Bobby decided to sit down with Daena Jay and see if they could come up with something that fit the bill.
Fast forward a few weeks…we finished an anthemic song with a soaring and hopeful theme, called ‘Lead Us Home.’ The music supe loved the song and it will be featured on Y&R today! Make sure you check it out. Listen to the song here…click on the link to buy!
This week we’re listening down to final mixes for a new project with Miss Anna Nelson. This is the point at which, with every album I’ve been a part of, all of the pieces begin to connect into a bigger unified tapestry. I can hear the songs, woven together, in the perfect sequence. I can see the visuals operating as a creative delivery system, sparking people’s interest and curiosity. And I start to count the days until we can share this new creation. Its no different this time. The anticipation is near killing me. But alas, I will have to master the art of patience as this project will run through the PR machine before being released in February.
So, as part of my exercise in patience, I sit in gratitude, thinking about the amazing people who have given their skills, talents and creativity for this project. Anna and Andy Toy truly crafted the overall sound for this new endeavor. They enlisted Bobby to co-write and help produce the intimate details of each song. The lot of musicians included Aaron Sterling, Jason McGerr, Jonathan Ahrens, Jared Rich, and Aaron Anderson. Bryan Cook is bringing his mix engineering brilliance. And Trever Hoehne and Jessie Simonson have been integral in art direction and styling. These are all extraordinarily talented friends…and of course, this list of names is not exhaustive. There are many more to thank…all of which will come in the proper time.
But for now, to assuage my desire to share the details of this project, here is Anna performing a cover of Oh Land’s ‘Rainbow’. More to come…! -jen
This live recording of Casey Black’s song ‘Museum Made of Glass’ showcases Casey’s storytelling artistry. ‘Museum’ is one of 10 songs on Casey’s upcoming album ‘Lay You In The Loam,’ to be released by CatBeach Music in March 2013.
CATBEACH MUSIC SIGNS DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH INGROOVES FONTANA
(LOS ANGELES and SAN FRANCISCO) November 11, 2012 CatBeach Music, a boutique indie label, signed a distribution deal with INgrooves Fontana, one of the world’s leading independent music distributors. This deal will empower CatBeach Music to connect its artists with its existing fans while expanding their reach to new fans with broad and innovative strategies.
INgrooves was founded in San Francisco in 2002. They have expanded over the past 10 years content distribution and marketing. Their offices are located in San Francisco, London, and Los Angeles.
Over the next ten years, INgrooves would become a force within the independent music scene, aligning itself early on with iTunes to pair up with its roster of elite artists.
In March 2012, INgrooves purchased Fontana Distribution from Universal Music Group, and the combined entity is now called INgrooves Fontana in North America. INgrooves Fontana distributes digital and physical music content to hundreds of online, mobile and physical retail stores worldwide.
CatBeach Music’s first release with INgrooves Fontana is a new project with local darling, Anna Nelson, to be released in early 2013.
The fine Irish music blog, wearenoise.com, asked Casey Black to say some things about his five favorite songs. So, he was quite happy to go on and on about his choices…
“It’s a little embarrassing to make a list of my favorite five songs available to the public, as it points to something I’ve always been a bit ashamed of, both as a songwriter and a human being, which is the fact that I listen to a very limited and narrow bit of music. On my list there are no bands, no dead people, nobody that isn’t white or American, nobody that can’t be squeezed into the genre of singer songwriter. It’s evident from the list, too, that my opinion of what makes a song great is based almost entirely on a single aspect, which is the lyric. To my shame and chagrin, I have never been able to really love a song unless the lyric is saying something new, or moving, or daring, or unsettling, or, most of all, true. All that shameful stuff said, I know many fine people with fine ears, professional musicians included, who claim that they can’t quote one lyrical line from their favorite songs, as their ears are concerned with other parts of a song. On one hand I envy these people, because I’m sure that being loose or ignorant with lyrics allows them to enjoy a wider variety of music than I do. On the other hand I stand in horrified judgment of them, and I feel sorry for them!” Continue reading…
Casey is heading back over to play the Gealach Gorm Singer Songwriter Festival in the village of Kill, in County Waterford Ireland in April. He’s very excited about it, as is Ireland!
SoCal darling, Anna Nelson, is set to open up for Meiko this Saturday, October 13, at The Roxy Theatre. Anna, a singer/songwriter with folk vocal stylings and a dreamy pop flair has been introducing her new songs to a broadening and enthusiastic audience throughout 2012, while performing at House of Blues, Hotel Cafe, Detroit, The Copper Door and The Constellation Room.
The impeccable Greg Leisz joined producer Bobby Hartry today at CatBeach Studio to add his pedal steel touch to Casey Black’s upcoming release, ‘Lay You In The Loam.’
Check out the vid footage of Greg tracking ‘Smoke In My Eyes.’ (Drums & Vibes: Aaron Sterling, Bass: Jonathan Ahrens, Aco & Vox: Casey Black)
Leisz, who has also played with the likes of Ray Lamontagne, Paula Cole, Matthew Sweet, The Jayhawks, Beck, Wilco, Shawn Colvin, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, The Eagles, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Joe Cocker, Bon Iver, and John Mayer (just to name a few), is heading out on tour tomorrow with Bill Frissell. Thanks for sneaking in the quick session Greg!!