Saturday, July 23, 2016
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.
Posted by Rick at 11:42 PM
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
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.
Posted by Rick at 11:02 PM
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Monday, June 27, 2016
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.
Posted by Rick at 8:11 AM
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Friday, June 3, 2016
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.
Posted by Rick at 7:43 AM