October 5, 2016

What up Pretty People!

Ant here just checking in to keep you up to date on what’s happening with the project…and well, ’cause I miss ya.

This past Friday, Sept 30, we had our biggest (venue) show to date at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta, GA.  There were over 200 people in attendance, and the energy was high!  It was a great night of music from start to finish.

First up, was Erok Scott Patterson.  For those of you that choose to follow the project, you’ve noticed that the same players have been sticking around for the past year or so….for the most part.  Our bass player, Mikey Phats, and Trumpet Player, Jonny Trumpet, both cut their teeth in the industry with national ska/rock project, Groovestain.  Groovestain, in my opinion, was one of the most dynamic rock / reggae bands of their time.  They, like Crane, could literally fit on a bill with anyone.  Their music was dynamic, and their energy was infectious.  The lead singer of Groovestain was…Erok Scott Patterson.  So Friday started as somewhat of a family affair.  It was a really cool feeling.

Next was Atlanta singer / songwriter, Zangaro.  Zangaro shared his stories, trials, and tribulations with a solid band behind him.

Then of course, you’ve got Gurufish.  My first experience with Gurufish was a while back when we played back to back at a SoCo Music Festival at Centennial Park in Atlanta, GA.  I was blown away then, as I still am now.  They’re a 10 piece funk / soul band that respectfully lays down grooves as promised.  I have a blast every time I see them, and this past Friday was no different.

We hit the stage about 11:40PM.  The crowd was alert and alive as Gurufish had them moving. We came out swinging with songs from the “That’s The Boogie, Vol1” EP, as our show was promised to be in chronological order.  It was just that!  I always appreciate letting people know about the timing and stories behind a lot of these songs, as my writing style has changed quite a bit over the years.  It was a neat experience for me to perform all of the songs in that order…as they were written…or at least recorded.  I was able to explain the story behind the record that never happened, and one that we hope happens soon.

Possibly the highlight of my night, was being joined for a song by my ridiculously talented and amazing friend, Prisca.  She blows me away every time I hear her perform, and Friday night was no different.  If you don’t know of Prisca, do yourself a favor and look her up.

For those of you that made the show, thank you so much.  It was a high like no other.  For those of you that missed out…well, ya did just that.  You missed out.  The Live Local Music scene in Atlanta is a pretty special one.  I don’t know that the specific lineup from Friday will ever happen again.  But I’m thankful that it did, as it’s a night I’ll always remember.

You guys be on the lookout for new music and new announcements soon!  October is another busy month with festivals and special events in Atlanta.  I’m also in the studio working on several different projects, and I want to be sure to share all of the things with you.

The summer release “Wind Chimes” from Crane is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc.  But with a simple share, you can still download the single for free here!!!:  http://cranemusic.net/wind-chimes/

Surprisingly, the traffic has been very low with our experimentation in trying to give the single away.  Trust that we’re still learning!  Because the traffic has been so low, we’ll probably do a re-release of the single with a new marketing and promotion plan after the first of the year.  So for those (few) of you whom have kept up with the release of the single, please excuse our “re-do,” ;).

I appreciate you guys, and thank you for your continued support from the bottom of my heart.