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.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Upcoming Shows Announced.

My Spring/Summer gig schedule starts at the end of April. Here's the lineup so far. There are a couple more events in the works, but these are the definites as of right now.

RM Band at Bread Euphoria - Saturday, April 30th in Haydenville.
RM Band at Luthier's Co-Op - Saturday, May 21st in Easthampton.
RM Band at Mocha Maya's - Sunday, June 12th at Shelburne Falls.

RM Band at The Thirsty Mind - Saturday, July 16th in South Hadley.
The Prestons at Mocha Maya's - Sunday, July 17th in Shelburne Falls.
RM solo at The Thirsty Mind - with Michael Orlen's "All Folked Up" series - Friday, July 29th in South Hadley.
RM Band at Bread Euphoria - Saturday, July 30th in Haydenville.

The Prestons at Bread Euphoria - Saturday, August 20th, in Haydenville. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

News From Liverpool.

On Monday, I learned that a song of mine was put before the four panelists on BBC Merseyside's Jukebox Jury over the weekend ("Nowhere is Where She Belongs," for those of you keeping notes). The verdict was two very much for, none completely against, but the other two did not find the production appealing (the familiar "digital lacks warmth," argument). Overall, a good result in front of a panel that historically pulls no punches.

Band Name Update.

You might remember I had an idea to book my shows with Fred and Nick as "Goodhue, Dines, and Murnane." Well, it seems like everyone (press, bookers, friends, Fred and Nick themselves...) default to "Rick Murnane Band" no matter who I'm playing with, so we're going back to that. Simple is good.