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January Crankshaft Update

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Hello Folks!
2012 proved to be a busy, successful year for me and a year of many firsts, including two performances on the KARE 11 (MN-NBC) morning show, a performance at the sold-out First Avenue main room, and a major internet voting contest win that granted me 25k to use to further my career. Most of my energy was spent producing a new album which will be released on February 9th at Famous Dave's in Uptown (Minneapolis, MN). The album features 12 new original songs and can be previewed in its entirety here: https://soundcloud.com/crankshaft-1/sets/what-you-gonna-do I'm planning on releasing three new music videos from this album in 2013, I'm really excited to execute the ideas that I have brewing for them! Early in 2013 TPT channel 2 will be featuring Crankshaft on Minnesota Original, I'm incredibly flattered that they chose me to be a part of their show and will keep you all updated on the air time! Thanks for the support across the past few years, I hope 2013 is great for everyone! Alex.
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Crankshaft's December Update

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crankshaftHello everybody!
I have great news, the upcoming album "What you Gonna Do?" is totally finished! I can't explain how good it feels to have my name attached to the final project. It sounds amazing! I'm very lucky to have been graced by the company of the many talented Minneapolis musicians that played on the album, and most importantly to have had the support and patience of my studio engineer and lifelong friend Trent Urness. The artwork and the audio have been submitted to both the CD pressing plant and the vinyl pressing plant and will be finished for the release on February 9th at Famous Dave's in Uptown. This is the first album of mine to be pressed on 12" vinyl! This will also be the first CD to include lyrics and liner notes in a 20-panel booklet. One of the singles, "When the Sun Goes Down" can already be requested on 89.3 the Current. Louisiana Bayou Santa is on their playlist as well, please call in and request some Crankshaft! 651-989-4893.

We also finished up a mini documentary about recording in the barn, check it out if you have a minute!

My second annual Canned Food Drive is tomorrow afternoon! Note this is an early afternoon show, from 2-6pm. Please RSVP below, 100% of the door cover will be going to Second Harvest Heartland, if you can't make the event but would like to donate you can do so here: http://www.2harvest.org/goto/crankshaft
RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/440856515970477/

Hope to see you at a show soon!
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Upcoming Events with M.O.R.T.

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Hey friends, happy autumn!
The Mystic Order of Reverb and Twang will be rocking at:
The Fine Line Music Café
Wednesday, October 17th
No cover! Early show! 
Doors at 7:00, bands at 7:30. We play a set at 9 PM, also featuring:
32nd Day (CD release party)
Funktion Junction
And DJ Pinoy Boy between sets and afterwards
Lee’s Liquor Lounge
Wednesday, October 31st
Miss Shannon’s Sock Hop Halloween!
No cover for those in costume!
Free dance lesson with Bill and Shannon Butler starts at 8 PM, we play at 9:00 PM
And on the horizon:
Friday, November 2nd: The Palace Stage at Wild Tymes, downtown St. Paul
Saturday, November 10th: Club Underground (Spring Street Tavern, NE Mpls) with The Tremblers and Bad Companions
Thanks for your support,

Crankshaft's November Update

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crankshaftHey folks!

Rachel and I made it home safe from the 26-day one-man band tour around the east side of the country! With the exception of having to replace the front brakes, calipers and rotors in Richmond, VA and a broken mirror in St. Louis,  the fan-funded 1986 Toyota Travel Master made it back too! We met lots of nice people and I got to play a bunch of very fun shows to new audiences. Once again the kindness we encountered from strangers was humbling and awesome! I hope you can make it to the homecoming show this Saturday at MaGillycuddy's! Recently The Earthquake Shake music video that we shot in the barn was uploaded to YouTube and is available to view at http://youtu.be/HKFjdB9Evkk. Enjoy! This month I'll be wrapping up loose ends on the upcoming album, and I'm excited to announce that this will be the first of my albums to be released on 12" VINYL! Hope to see you at a show soon! -Crankshaft!

Big John Bates at Memory Lanes

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2012-10-05 Tomorrow night at Memory Lanes Big John Bates returns to the Twin Cities with his own special brand of rockin'. Local surf trio M.O.R.T. (Mystic Order of Reverb and Twang) will warm things up for the night. The show goes on at 10pm, is 21+ and as always at Memory Lanes is absolutely FREE TO GET IN.

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