Saturday, July 23, 2016

All Folked Up Again.

I'll be back in South Hadley with Michael Orlen and Co. this Friday. It's time for another of Michael's All Folked Up evenings at the Thirsty Mind. I had a blast with these guys last year, so come out and join us if you've a mind to. Here, read a fine piece by George Lenker about the event.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Trio Takes a Break.

The Rick Murnane Band shows in July (at the Thirsty Mind on the 16th, and Bread Euphoria on the 30th) will be our last two appearances before we enjoy a well-earned hiatus. I'll be concentrating on studio work and solo gigs from now on, but this is also not a final goodbye to the trio. We're still gonna pop up here and there from time to time. But for now, it's time for some time off.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Look Out, South Hadley.

I've played here before as part of Michael Orlen's excellent "All Folked Up" series, but this will be the trio's first appearance. Gonna be a "half acoustic, half electric" night, so don't miss it.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The First Last Friday Song.

On Friday, June 24th, the very first release in the new Last Fridays project went live over on Bandcamp. An image like the one above, with a link to new single, will now be found each month in the upper right hand corner of this page. The response so far has been lovely, and I am truly grateful to all of you out there in listener land. Thanks for supporting independent music.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Prestons: Summer Shows Announced.

The Prestons will play Mocha Maya's in Shelburne Falls on the afternoon of Sunday July 17th, and Bread Euphoria in Haydenville on the evening of Saturday August 20th. Got calendars? Mark 'em.

The Last Fridays.

This coming Friday, I'll be introducing my new studio project, The Last Fridays: a new song released each month on the last Friday.

Friday, June 3, 2016

The New Music Model.

I have decided to stop making albums the same old way, and today am introducing a new process for the release and packaging of my songs.

You all know the usual method. Simplifying here, but basically an artist writes and demos a bunch of songs, then someone (the artist, producer, label, etc.) decides which ones fit together well, and those get recorded and packaged as an album. This is a process that can take years.

The modern world does not like years, it likes moments. And although I have a nice pile of songs recorded, and was planning to release them together as an album later this year, the whole time I was getting ready to do this I was writing more songs. I have written four in the past two weeks alone. Last week I realized that the method of getting the music out there could also reflect the continuous nature of the creative process itself.

Okay, then. From now on, I will release a new song on my Bandcamp page on the last Friday of every month. Each single will be available for purchase (and streaming, yes) at a set price for its month of release, after which it will be available at the popular Name Your Price level (i.e., once the next single is released). There will be a cool cover design for each song, too. At the end of a year, I'll produce a limited edition of physical CDs with all twelve songs, in addition to the resulting online compilation. A limited edition poster will be printed and available at that same time.

So let's see how this goes, and if it goes well, the new model will continue until...well, until it doesn't, I suppose.

So there you are. My big news. Find me on Facebook or Twitter and tell me what you think.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Another Gig Poster.

We're really excited about this next show, because we're sharing the bill with some of our favorite people ever, at one of our favorite venues ever. Check out the lineup and mark your calendars now, so you can be in one of our favorite audiences ever.