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Crankshaft's May Update

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crankshaftHello everybody!
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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Reckless Ones New Album Pre-order

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RecklessPreSaleReckless Ones' website is now live! Go to www.recklessones.com and watch the music video/album preview. 

While you're there you can take advantage of the PRE-SALE SPECIAL. Thanks in advance for your support!


Crankshaft February Update - CD and Vinyl Release This Saturday!

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crankshaftHello folks!
I've had a really exciting month, we just got home from the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, where Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders completed the contest in the semifinal round. We had an amazing time, thanks to all the Minnesotans that came down to support us during our three different performances on Beale Street! Be sure to check out the photo blog that Rachel did for the tour, the pictures turned out great and can be found here:http://www.trixielongstocking.com/category/crankshaft/. Thanks so much for the support and good luck wishes while we were gone! 

Rift MagazineBman's Blues Report, and Schwindy's Indie Music Spotlight all posted reviews for "What You Gonna Do?" this week, the album hit itunes and AmazonMusic yesterday and will be released on CD and vinyl this Saturday at Famous Dave's in Uptown. Last Wednesday St. Cloud's 88.1 FM played the entire album from front to back during their blues program, how cool is that?! Thanks to the ArtistSignal money, the album is being promoted by Pete Knapp and Co., voted Americana Promoter of the year in 2012. I'm super excited to see how the album will do on the national Americana Top 40 Chart!

I literally just received confirmation from the associate producer of Minnesota Original that Crankshaft will be featured next Sunday, February 17, at 6pm and at 10pm, on TPT channel 2! I'll also be doing a live Twitter chat while the feature is being aired, I can be found at Twitter.com/crankshaftmusic - I'm so flattered and excited to be a part of this program, I've been looking forward to this for a long time! Thanks Brittany S.!

February and March will be light months for me. The 331 Club is featuring an exclusive Crankshaft residency Tuesdays in March, hope to see you there! Scroll down to view show listings, thanks for the continued support folks! Alex. 

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Crankshaft's April Update

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March was a great month! Our new album hit the top 100 at AMA (Americana Music Association) starting at #93 on March 6th, and it's continuing to climb, this week at #77! This month also marks the first ever regular play on 89.3 The Current, so THANK YOU SO MUCH for requesting! We've been getting a lot traction with press as well, Emily Buss did an in depth review of it on her blog, On The Rechord, check it out if you have a minute: OnTheRechord.com 

We've received so much great feedback from fans and press related to the new song Waiting For Me, that I decided produce a video for it. Rachel and I started capturing footage a few weeks ago, and it's coming along nicely. This will be the first Crankshaft video that I directed, and edited. I plan on directing and editing two more this summer. I attached video stills from Waiting For Me to this message, look forward to it's release in the early fall! Video Still 1 | Video Still 2 | Video Still 3 | Video Still 4
Have a great spring! Thanks for your continued support, hope to see you at a show soon! - Crankshaft.

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Gone Mental Episode 71

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Brand new episode 71 of the best mental rocknroll. Gone Mental once again bringing you greatness from The Meteors, Phantom Rockers, Barnyard Ballers, Ronnie Self and more. Including a couple of requests from the chat. If you missed us live on Thursday come and get it now.
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