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Here we go again...
Well, 2013 is in the books and it was another crazy and awesome year for us. While the show count went down from previous years, the quality of the shows we played was probably the best ever! From Larkin Square, to the multiple shows at Nietzsche's, Sportsmen's Tavern, Hard Rock Cafe, Goodbar, the Ball Wedding, The Tralf, Allen St. Hardware, Donnaroo, and many other venues, we've had as much fun as ever this year!
However, as much fun as these past three years have been, we've reached a point where it's time for to take a few steps backward and out of the spotlight and focus our energies on the creative process again. With so many shows (178 in three years to be exact) we haven't had the time we need to focus on new material. It seems we are always getting ready for the next show and our focus should be directed towards making new songs, creating a new live experience for everyone that has continued to support us throughout the years.
We want to do another record, that's for sure. Now when that will be has yet to be determined, but we want to hold off on doing any more live shows until we have an entire new set of material to offer. Sometimes that can take months, maybe it'll take years. Whenever that time comes, we promise that we'll make it worth the wait.
I'm excited for this next step, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of songs we write as a collective unit, not just me bringing songs to the table then the band writing around my structures. I want this to truly be a band, not just another songwriter with a backing band.
So from this point forward, The Andrew J. Reimers Country-Punk Extravaganza will simply be known as: The CPX.
I'm no more important than anyone else in this band and they deserve equal recognition for all of the hard work and sacrifices they've made. Katie, James, Eric, and Josh are the best band anyone could ask for and I love them with all of my heart.
Who knows when I'll update this again, but don't forget about us.
P.S.. Sorry about that whole "live DVD" thing, it's not going to get released.
I'd like to say that my lack of blog updates on this page is a result of having too few hours in a day because I'm so busy all of the time. Sadly, it's not the case. I guess I never really understood just how powerful the world of Social media is these days. After all, we've made our way all the way to #3 on the reverbnation local country music charts with limited effort, so we must be doing something right (kidding). I owe it to each and every one of you who continue to support us by listening to our songs, coming to shows, buying our album, and even just telling a friend or two about The CPX.
This band started as a result of a weekly jam on Chippewa in Downtown Buffalo at a now vacant bar called Jack Devines. It is now a (semi) full time job; a job that consists of playing music with my best friends in the world. When I first started playing music my only real goal was to someday release a full length record of my songs, leaving a small piece of my soul for the world to listen to. Now the CPX has finally released our debut record and it's only made me even hungrier for the next one.
As some of you know, we have been going at it hard for the past couple of years, shows ranging from open mics on weekdays to headlining some of the best shows/festivals this amazing city has to offer. Not a day goes by that I don't appreciate the opportunities we've been given to do something we would be doing anyway...only this time we get to do it in front of crowds of people. However seeing as it's Buffalo NY and it's currently about 4 degrees outside right now, we've decided to slow down for the next couple of months, get our heads together and write new material for all of your beautiful ears. We can't wait to share it all with you.
This blog entry didn't really go anywhere, and it's only real purpose is to thank whoever might be reading this for everything you do for us. We are blessed to have such amazing friends to share our hearts, souls, and music with.
So again, thank you for an incredible 2012, and we're looking forward to seeing you in 2013.
3 Andrew j.
We are finally recording. Had an amazing session last night and we'll have some demo stuff for you guys really soon. Thanks for sticking with us, it's going to be a really fun summer.............
We love you all. Andrew, Eric, Josh, Katie, and Kevin.
This Friday night The Extravaganza is playing at the Tralf Music Hall. I still don't understand how we've gotten here. (Aside from all of the hard work by everyone.) But, it's pretty crazy to think that everything I've been striving for over the past 5 years all seemed to come together in a matter of 6 months....and in a lot of ways it happened effortlessly.
I can go on for days about how much I truly appreciate the caliber of musicians I have playing these songs, but those closest to us know how hard we have worked...hitting open mics all over the city several nights a week, doing two shows on weekends and practicing whenever we have free time. We took a good concept and have created a sound that only the five of us can make. I'm proud to have them as my band, but most of all to have them as my friends.
Can't wait to keep playing as much as possible this summer, we have a big show with the Free Henry Boys Memorial Day Weekend keep checking back for show updates and info about our upcoming recording!!
I love you all. See you at the Tralf May 13th
Someone told me that keeping people informed and updated about my current projects and basically whatever is going on in my head at any given time is what social networking is all about.
That being said. (this is going to be long)
For lack of a better term, I've been "blessed" with a core group of musicians that have not only taught me so much as a musician, but have gladly offered their time to helpbring these songs to life. Most of our practice comes with playing live shows, going in with no set list, no organization of any kind and they make it sound effortless. (We have only played a handful of a shows with a repeat lineup) So allow me to e-formally introduce the members of the Country-Punk Extravaganza!, because without them, none of this would be possible.
Kevin Lowney - Bass/Business - The absolute backbone of the Extravaganza.
Katie Panfil - Violin/Vocals - Of Erie Lackawanna Railroad band fame, amazing person and talent.
Eric Rovner - Lead F'n Guitar - If you've seen Eric play, you know what I mean. If you haven't, you're in for a treat. Always brings it 100%
Emily Elkin - Cello - An amazing talent and one of the most consistent members of the Extravaganza. Always stoked to have her play!
Josh Mullin - Drums - His enthusiasm alone makes me want to play all day everyday. Great friend, diverse musical background, and all around great energy.
Jon Karel - Drums - along with Kevin, we got this whole thing started! Look him up, you'll be amazed at what this guy can do.
Matt Crane - Guitar/Banjo/smiles- Also from Erie lackawanna Railroad and The Albrights, this guy is so all talented, I wish he had 7 arms to really utilize everything he has to offer musically. Energy, excitement, and experience. I love him!
I'm leaving to go support our friends Free Henry! at the Hard Rock in Niagara Falls right now. You'll be getting way more updates.
Love you all.