We have very big news this month, our new album made the top 25 chart for Americana Music in Europe! I hope we can get a European booker to set us up with a tour! http://euroamericanachart.eu/
I'm editing the Kingpin music video and starting to put the pieces together to film the video for the song Fill It Up, we just purchased a 1975 Cadillac Eldorado that we'll be filling with cement! I'm so excited to do this I can't even wait! The triple music video release party has been booked for September 21st, a no cover charge show at Famous Dave's in Uptown. This show lands almost exactly on the one year anniversary of the Artist Signal countdown party! We'll be releasing Waiting for Me, Kingpin, and Fill It Up that night, everyone through the door will get a free DVD copy of the videos, you'll want to make it because the videos won't be released to YouTube until Thanksgiving. So mark your calenders now, some folks have already called to reserve tables!
The first pressing of Junkyard Rhythm is almost sold out, if you'd like to get a hand-numbered copy act now, there are only about 200 left. Copies are available at any Crankshaft show or online at: CrankshaftMusic.com.
Hope to see you at a show soon! - Crankshaft.
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 June 2013 23:01 )
Yep, it's true, I'm leaving my 20's at the end of this month, and I'm planning on going out with a bang!
I hope you'll all join me for my 30th birthday party on Sunday, June 30th (it's my golden birthday!) from 2-6pm on 2nd Avenue in Downtown Anoka. Kevin James will be opening the show at 2pm followed by a Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders performance. This is a free street party, and all ages are welcome! The shops on second avenue all chipped in to host this party, please show your support. Downtown Anoka has been struggling over the course of the last decade, let's all band together to help this old river town sustain.
We finished filming the Kingpin music video a couple weeks ago, I'm really happy with how the footage turned out, I'll be spending the next couple weeks editing it all together. I'm planning a triple music video release party on September 21st at Famous Dave's, landing almost exactly on the one year anniversary of the Artist Signal countdown party!
Hope to see you at a show this month! Cranky.
Last Updated ( Monday, 12 August 2013 12:50 )
Not exactly "local" but there is a new Rockabilly Festival coming up to our north. From http://rivercityrumble.ca/:
River City Rumble (RCR) is a rockabilly weekender event in Winnipeg, taking place for the first time on August 3 & 4, 2013. The Festival will be held at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre (CanAd Inns), a prominent new downtown venue. RCR is a not-for-profit, board-run organization focused on promoting local, national and international rockabilly bands, burlesque, car shows, retailers, and entertainment. RCR prides itself on being community oriented and operates on funding via community events and generous sponsorship.
So go get your tickets and get ready to head on north come August. Bands include: Kim Lenz & The Jaguars, Stray Cat Lee Rocker, The Matadors, The Farrell Bros and more. Go to http://rivercityrumble.ca/ for full details and tickets
So, this is gonna be one busy summer! Plans have been set into motion to film a music video for the song Kingpin this month, Tea Simson of L'Assassins will be playing the female role, and Joe Lamon will be playing the male role. My long time hero Ric Hollister of Jack Knife and the Sharps will be playing a cameo part in this film as well! The video will be released in September along with two others, Waiting For Me and Fill It Up, landing almost exactly on the one year anniversary of the Artist Signal countdown party! I'm super excited, for the first time ever I'll be producing, directing, and editing all three of these videos, giving me a creative funnel, which will be awesome. Waiting For Me is nearly finished and I'm really pleased with how it's turned out.
This is the 10th consecutive week that the new album has been in the AMA Top 100. "What You Gonna Do?" peaked at #62 in the early part of April, and has been bouncing around in the 70's the last couple weeks. We're starting a European Americana campaign for radio in the next week or two, hopefully we can hit top 40 for that chart!KEXP 90.3FM in Seattle added our new album to their library, I'm not sure if they've played it yet but it would be great if they did, as they are one of the country's largest indie radio stations, if you have a minute please send them a request, thanks! We've had a ton of local support from radio as well, 89.3 the Current (Minneapolis), KVSC 88.5 (St.Cloud), KFAI 90.3 (Minneapolis), KUMD 103.3 (Duluth), KMSU 89.7 (Mankato), KQAL 89.5 (Winona), Northern Community Radio (north-central Minnesota), Pioneer 90.1 (Thief River Falls), and Rockin' 101 (St. Cloud, MN) have added the album or specific songs from the album to their playlists!
I've booked lots of summer events recently, most of which welcome all ages, check outwww.crankshaftmusic.com if you have a minute, thanks for the continued support! Crankshaft.
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