Have a great spring! Thanks for your continued support, hope to see you at a show soon! - Crankshaft.
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! | | |
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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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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 Magazine, Bman'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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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
Hope to see you at a show soon!
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