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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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Urges From Elsewhere CD Release Party

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UFE_Release2Urges from Elsewhere is hosting a release for their 2nd album "Bar Rules" at the Triple Rock Social Club

Friday May 25th
9pm $8 18+

- Xavier Marquis
- Peter and the Twins
- Fall for Glory
joining them for the night.

Every paid admission will include a FREE copy of the new album.

This should be one hell of a drunken party.


Yodel A-Go-Go at The Schooner Friday!

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Yodel  Howdy friends,

Yodel A-Go-Go will be playing rockabilly, vintage country and roots rock at The Schooner Tavern Friday, April 6th.  No cover, scads of free parking, music 9PM to 1 AM.


Our former singer/guitarist Jennifer Markey will be making a rare return for this show, so it’ll be extra fun!!

Crankshaft April Update

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crankshaftHello everyone!
In less than a week I'll be traveling down to the heart of the Mississippi Delta to a town called Clarksdale to perform as a one-man band at the Juke Joint Festival! This is the town where highways 61 and 59 meet to make the famous "crossroads" where legend has it that Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his lightning fast guitar skills. To my knowledge I'll be the only Minnesota musician booked down there, so this is definitely an honor for me! 
Last Sunday Keith and I advanced to the final round of Famous Dave's Battle of the Blues Bands, which just happens to land on the same weekend as the Juke Joint Festival! This has created some crazy logistics for me and my family. This is what we came up with: My dad agreed to drive down to Clarksdale, MS, with me for the festival during Friday and Saturday. Then on Sunday morning he's going to drop me off at the Memphis airport, and I'm going to fly back to Minneapolis, while he drives the camper back home. When I land, my mom is going to pick me up at the airport and literally bring me straight to Dave's to compete at the final Battle! Yes, it will be a marathon, but hopefully it will be a worthwhile one. I'm pretty confident that my band and I can win!
I've also set a plan in motion to record another full length album! We'll be recording the guitar, upright bass, and drum tracks live during the first week of June in a early 1900's wood barn about 40 minutes northwest of Minneapolis. This will be the first album that I'll be hiring a national publicist for too! I'm aiming for a November or December release. Last weekend "327" was played on NPR's Car Talk as a bumper track. This is the second song from the album Junkyard Rhythm that they've played in the last three months! The next album is going to blow the last out of the water in both writing and song arrangement, so I'm pretty excited to see what kind of momentum it will create if songs from Junkyard Rhythm are getting national play! I hope you've been well, 'til next time, keep the knob cranked!

p.s. we signed up for a contest that is giving away 25k to the top artist, you are allowed to vote for any band signed up every hour, you can sign in via Facebook or Email, please take a minute to vote! http://artistsignal.com/crankshaftmusic
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MORT in March

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mort   Hey friends,
Two shows for The Mystic Order of Reverb and Twang this week: Wednesday (14th) we’re at our home base, The Schooner Tavern.  No cover, scads of free parking, music 8:00 to 11:00.
 Friday (16th) at The Palace Stage at Wild Tymes, downtown St. Paul.  We do an hour set at 8:00 PM, warming up for The New Skinny. (Presented by DEMO: Diverse Emerging Artists Organization.) No cover; great music room!
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