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Crankshaft's June Update

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Hey everyone!
Well, the last couple weeks have proven to be the craziest for me since I started Crankshaft back in '08! I started preparing to record my new album in a barn hayloft back in the early part of May, which took a ton of work. We cleaned out the entire room of excess building materials and cleaned up about four decades of pigeon crap off the floor, we built a stairway going up to the loft from the outside, and I wired the barn for lights and outlets. We also improved the structure so that it could support the all people that came out to be a part of the music video we filmed to promote the fact that we recorded an entire album in a hayloft! Between the 1st and the 5th of this month we finished recording all of the instrumentation tracks, and the drums, guitar, and upright bass were all tracked live too! I'll be recording vocal tracks on an old school RCA D77 ribbon microphone that Kare 11 is lending to me as soon as I have some spare time to do so. On Friday over 130 people attended the filming party! Almost everyone dressed up too and damn, there were some sharp-dressed folks in that barn! I have to throw out a special thanks to my Mom, Dad, Tom, and Rachel for their support at the event as well as during the recording process, I know I couldn't have done it without them! Also, a big thanks to Jason Langseth for letting me us his barn for this project! I'm planning on throwing a music video release party in August, and the same night I'll be releasing a Crankshaft Sampler CD that will include two of the songs from the new release! Wooo! This will be my new "Sold by donation" release, I'll be featuring two songs from each of my releases on it to bring with me to the International Blues Competition in Memphis. The sources I've found on the web tell me that this runs from January 29th to February 2nd, 2013, for those of you that have asked. Thanks for your support everyone, I hope to see you at a show soon! Cranky.
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Kim Lenz & The Jaguars at Lee's Liquor Lounge

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KimLenz_Lees_2012  Rockabilly great Kim Lenz hits Lee's Liquor Lounge Thursday June 21st. With local rockers The Star Chiefs opening up the night this is sure to be one hell raising traditional rockabilly event.

Doors 9pm, 21+ $10

Lee's Liquor Lounge
101 Glenwood
Minneapolis, MN

Safety Last & M.O.R.T. At Cause Memorial Day

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SafetyLast-page-001  Safety Last and Mystic Order of Reverb and Twang at Cause Spirits and Soundbar, May 28th.  10 PM, no cover.

Stone River Boys at Lee's Liquor Lounge

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06142012webscaled  The Stone River Boys and Jack Knife & The Sharps with special guest Sweet Mamma J!Show Time 8:30pm Three bands $10

The Texas-based quintet features the talents of two well-traveled roots music practitioners — guitarist Dave Gonzalez, formerly a driving force in the Hacienda Brothers and the Paladins, and vocalist Mike Barfield, “The Tyrant of Texas Funk” and onetime leader of the Hollisters. Together, Barfield and Gonzalez have fashioned a gutsy crossbreed of country and R&B they’ve labeled “country funk.”


Crankshaft May Update

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Hey Everybody!
Woah, what a crazy month! On April 11 I left Minnesota to travel to the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi. My dad was my copilot, and it was great to have him along for company and to help fix the motor home when things went wrong. Despite the front brakes, the alternator, and one of the belts failing, we managed to get to all of our performance obligations!

I flew home from Memphis on Sunday April 15, the morning of the final battle of the blues bands competition at Famous Dave's. My dad started driving the camper home the night before and somehow made it back to Minneapolis with time to spare before we took the stage! There was stiff competition that night, but Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders took first place! Huge thanks to all my fans and family for coming out to support us!

The following weekend, both Crankshaft and Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders competed in the Minnesota Blues Society's annual Road to Memphis Challenge. There was a band category and a solo/duo act category and I decided to enter both to have a better chance of winning one of them. When they read the results at the end of the night, I was honored and amazed to find that Crankshaft had won in both categories!!! We earned the chance to compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in February 2013. I decided to take the band with me to Memphis and let the runner up in the solo/duo act have my slot because the IBC rules say that you can only compete in one category there. There will be plenty of MN Blues Society events between now and then to try and raise some money for the trip down to Memphis.

On top of those big wins, I have been playing like crazy and trying to coordinate the recording of my next album, which will be recorded in the hay loft of an old wooden barn in St. Francis early in June. Pete Hennig and Keith Boyles will be the rhythm section for the recording along with special guests Bruce McCabe (of Johnny Lang and Lamont Cranston, also recorded on Junkyard Rhythm) and Zach Lozere (of the Jack Brass band) will be a couple of the many guest musicians. Be sure to mark your calendars, on June 8th we'll be filming a music new music video at the same location! It is going to be a black tie optional event, so please dress your best! More details and a reminder will be included in the June update, but you can join the event on Facebook right now: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/277948025629389/.
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