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Andy Just Benefit
229 W. 20th
Hosted by Scoot Goldberg
1400 Wharf rd
Capitola, CA 95010
With Vinny Marini
Live Interview 7:PM PST
With Bob Welsh ~ Greaseland Sessin
With Baxter Robertson, Donnie & Kid ~ Greaselnd
AJ Crawdaddy Drops New Single!! "Love & War" penned by AJ, Produced by Kid Andersen and performed by the band you're gonna dig it!
New AJ Crawdaddy CD, "Steppin' Out"!!
Our third AJ Crawdaddy CD available for digital Download on Band Camp here:
It may not be the best time as there is so much uncertainty everywhere and "NO GIGS" to support releasing a record, but here it is. This record was a departure from previous efforts in that it was Produced By Kid Andersen and recorded at Greaseland USA. Featuring many local players chosen by Kid and myself and special guest vocalists, Marcel Smith on "Big Hurt" and "Rain Of Tears" and John Blues Boyd on "Ten Long Years". Baxter and Jimmy sing two each and I cover the Title Track "Steppin' Out!" and 3 others. It's a band in that Peter Booras and Greg Jones played on four of the tracks. Gotta' keep the core together thru thick and thin. I enjoyed getting this recorded and the timing was uncanny. Our final session took place the day California was shuttered due to the virus. So, as they say, "Timing Is Everything"! Enjoy it!! Which reminds me... Flatten the Goddamn Curve!! Round Three is begun and winter is here!! COVID-19 likes cold weather and here in California we have to stay vigilant! Wear a mask please!! And don't forget to VOTE!! Do it by mai!! Do it anyway you can, but please, VOTE! These are tough times for everyone, but for musicians especially since we're all out of work for the foreseeable future. Stay Home for cryin' out loud and wear a mask when you're out and about, but buy our records and tip us when we go "Live Stream", okay? We're all in this together!!
Releasing Records in a Pandemic!
The business of selling music as an independent artist is getting crazy and evolving rapidly. Where I once had CD Baby as my on-line store, that is no longer available. CD Baby is so inefficient and cumbersome that I abandoned them and went with Distrokid for distribution on all of the, "Virtual Stores" and "Streaming" sites. As I went through the process this time, I found that Bandcamp was and remains the best way to release an "Indie" record. The ability to build your own "Album" complete with accurate credits and lyrics, identifying technical aspects of the recording is more like the Old School records of my day (60's ~ 70's). There's more information to read and digest and I like that! It's also quite versatile, for Merch sales and fan base capture. Bandcamp enables the artist to see immediate monetary results and gives us access to those who purchase our music via a "touch" point, their email!! The "other' corporate tools such as Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc., they remain aloof and not artist centric. They alienate rather than include the artist in "touch" or true data gathering. They steal it all and take their cut! They give you a monthly report after the fact and it's too late by then. Pretty distressing and onerous in my view. The only reason I included them in the release was to keep my All Music, Grammy Voting status and even then, that is dubious as they seem only cater to the Major labels. indie's get the short end of the stick.
So all hail the good folks at Bandcamp for building a vehicle that supports the artists and not the shareholders! Bravo!
AJ's UPCOMING APPEARANCES
All appearances are cancelled due to Coronavirus. Be safe out there people!
I want to thank Blues Blast Magazine for their articulate, well written review! Way cool! Check it out! Scroll down to after the Kim Wilson Review.
Stay tuned for updates as I get 'em! Peace, Love and Blues!!
With Jim Dewrance, Peter Booras ~ Photo by Dan Wright
With Marcel Smith and Kid Andersen ~ Greaseland