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You have been nominated for the Independent Blues Awards in the categories of!
Best Blues Rock Band
Best Blues Rock CD
Best Blues Rock Song – Big Hurt
The Voting will begin on May 1 2021 and will continue until Aug 31 2021. After which the winners will be announced on Sept 15 2021.
1400 Wharf rd
Capitola, CA 95010
With Bob Welsh ~ Greaseland Sessin
Kid Andersen & Donnie Green ~ Big Hurt Session
With Baxter Robertson, Donnie & Kid ~ Greaselnd
Journey Through the Blues
A Virtual Event celebrating the music of John Lee Hooker
Many Special Guests!
AJ Crawdaddy Drops New Single!! "Love & War" I penned this tune about 25 years ago and added a bridge for this recording session. Produced by Kid Andersen and performed by Baxter, Greg, and special guests, Paul Revelli on drums and percussion and Kid on guitar. We had a great time making this record for y'all!
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, 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!! We certainly enjoyed making it.
After a year of SIP, here we are on the verge of the new normal! Congrats to California for having the lowest Covid-19 infection rate in the country! Bravo Governor Newsome and to all of the front workers who have worked tirelessly and constantly to protect and guide us!! Bravo!!
This is good news for the "live Music" scene. Currently we're in discussion with several local Clubs to return to work soon. Until then, outdoor venues such as The Wharf House are ramping up! We'll be back in June. Stay tuned for updates as we beat back this virus!!
Releasing Records in a Pandemic!
The business of selling music as an independent artist is getting crazy and evolving rapidly. Where I once used 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!
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 Marcel Smith and Kid Andersen ~ Greaseland
With Jim Dewrance, Peter Booras ~ Photo by Dan Wright