I think all artist are a little insecure about their work. We're really no different. It's just that our insecurity is exaggerated due to our geographical location. We live in the country. I mean WAY in the country. The nearest town only has about 3000 people and there's basically no media that reaches them. Well, there's not local media that reaches them, other than the gossip that spreads through the area. Sadly, what happens with local musicians, book authors, painters, photographers and such basically reaches no one. In a way I find that kind of sad. I've said for a long time that the best musician in the world is probably someone that you'll never hear. That person lives out in a shack that's located in an even more remote area than where we are. They spend their time developing their skills on a front porch that on one drives past. Their only listeners are a sleeping dog and the local wildlife. These artist never get popular because they're to wrapped up in their instrument to notice if anyone is listening. Sadly, these are not the regions that music producers and other influential people visit. In fact, many of them avoid these types of places. Sadly because of the mistake belief that on one is out here. Then there's the whole issue of gigs. The first line of employment for the musician is the local club. Around here those are, for the most part, not safe. In areas where they are safe it seems like the owner or booker wants you to come hang around until they decide to make a little time for you. Unfortunately, when you're 2 hours or more away from their venue, have a family and job to maintain and don't have time to just "hang" until they're ready to talk with you, you don't get hired to play. When and if you do manage to get asked to play they want you for free or nearly so. It's this last part that is the worst part of it, especially where we live. You see, 50% of the people in this are either live below the poverty level OR are on a fixed income. Getting paid less than it cost you to go play is just not an option. I think all the above mentioned conflict is why I hate dealing with the whole booking thing so much. If I've got time to "hang and wait" then I would rather spend the time with the family playing music in the living room or on the front porch. That's the thing that made us good to begin with and, unfortunately, it's also the reason that the music fan doesn't get to hear the best players out there. Those people are home playing music because they enjoy it. and so ends another episode of "as the musician squirms"...... Fair Winds and Full Sails
Our You Tube channel is up and running with the first two of about 15 video's being posted. We'll be releasing live video in the coming weeks. We're pretty excited about that.... but there's more. We are awaiting the arrival of a fully produced video from none other than Hanson videographer Paul Lawson. First views of the video, the directors first cut, are nothing if not amazing. We are quite sure you'll like it. In the meantime, keep up with our string of live video releases on our You Tube channel.
Not sure why, BUT, Reverb Nation doesn't do a very good job of directing people to our website. Which is, after all, the best place to learn about us and the members of the band. SO...... www.captainledge.com for all things.... captain ledge
CultureFest last Saturday was a great thing for us. The feedback we got from everyone was not just incredible but also gave us a real boost. We've been working super hard at this for about 3 years now. Picking up a gig when we can. Doing some shows for free (or almost free) while at the same time picking up 500 or 1000 at another show. Recording, buying equipment, you know, all the stuff that's required. The last two times we've walked off the stage we've been hit up about playing the event again next year. AND, that's pretty exciting. Honestly, it's never happened to me, but Saturday, now that was a great day. It started out with the headliner "Cleghorn" noticing that our percussionist, Tristan, was only 14. Their drummer was on stage and hanging with Tristan almost as soon as we showed up. After we were finished we immediately tore down and loaded up. When I finally got off stage they hit me up and asked when we did our next set. I informed them that we were only doing the one and was struck when Cleghorn expressed their disappointment and said they were considering asking Tristan to sit in with them. They also seemed surprised that we lived a mere 30 miles away and that we weren't touring yet. MAN! That's got to make you feel good and it legitimizes all the hard work we've been putting in. I guess the good news is that we seem to be headed in the right direction and we're really starting to get noticed from a lot of different directions....... The timing couldn't be better........ September is a busy month for us with some big shows coming up. We can only hope that the momentum continues. We made a conscious decision when we first started to NOT be a bar band and not to play many if any of those kinds of gigs. What that means is that we don't get the exposure that other bands get. BUT it also means that we get to continue to play together as a family and we can even bring Baylee, our 6 year old daughter, with us whenever we play. AND I have to tell you that as soon as we finished Baylee came running up on stage to help tear everything down and move it off stage. She excitedly ran up to me and said "Daddy, you guys were really good. I had FUN!"..... Well, so did we Baylee, so did we....
Our new website is up and running. Dang, that was a struggle. If you have a moment please check it out at www.captainledge.com. If you find any kind of mistakes please let us know so we can correct them. Currently the site is aimed more at people that might book us or want to write about us. Plans are in the future to add pages that will be more interesting to fans!
lol..... we have tried to take some sort of notice of all the artist on reverb nation. Man, even finding them can be tough sometimes and we have no idea how many there are. One we found that is interesting because they are so different is Green Corn Revolution. They're kind of a Brown Bird on dischord. Some would probably not find anything at all about them that they like. We tend to like things that are a little different and these folks definitely qualify. I bet they're a hoot to hang with. Another is Moss Music. Jeff is an old friend of mine. We reconnected after many years thanks to facebook. We've agreed that we're going to do a show together but just don't have the venue yet. Jeff has really become a good musician but like us I don't think he's real intent on taking taking him self to seriously. Which brings me to my whole point. I wonder how many artist there are on reverb nation? Heck, we've managed to get into the top 100,000 now but is that significant? Are there only about 200,000 so we're just halfway up the list or are their like a million and we're in the top 10 percent. Inquiring minds want to know and my OCD and hyperactive brain disorder won't allow me to stop thinking about it.... Fair Winds and Full Sails!
Uploaded our newest addition to the album a while ago. So, now we sit and wait for someone to say something. As an artist you ALWAYS want people to say something. For us, since we live out in the middle of freakin nowhere it's even worse. We don't play clubs and the festival gigs we do are several weeks apart normally. SO, that means we barely see people and we have no idea what they think unless someone sends us a message. (Our families are always saying we're awesome.... but I think they would do that no matter how terrible things were.) So, we sit and wait.... our rankings here on Reverb Nation continue to climb and we're about to break into the top 1000 in our genre, what ever that means. So, with that being said I encourage you (Nice way to say I'm begging) to please drop us a note. Heck, at this point we'll take anything, good, bad or otherwise. If you can figure out how you could even throw a rock or a beer bottle at us over the internet. (PLEASE don't throw things at us during the live shows).... Fair Winds and Full Sails to our crew!
Lol.... my OCD causes me to pay close attention to numbers AND the number say we're in about 84,000 place for all Genre's on Reverb Nation. Gosh.... Only 84,000 places to go before we conquer Number 1!.... hahahahaha.... I'm think, Maybe in the next life time.... but I've felt like for a long time that Jeana's voice belongs in the number one spot. She's awesome and I hope this all turns into a great experience for her. She's very talented, more so that she gives her self credit for, and I want all the best for her. (Not biased by the fact that she's my wife ;)) Today, I was friended by Rocky Frisco on facebook. Rocky played with JJ Cale and is an awesome musicians in his own right. We got to hear him playing keyboards a few weeks ago and despite the fact that he had a stroke several months ago Rocky is still kickin it on the keyboards. It's an honor and pleasure to get to meet him. Our path seems headed in some sort of general direction. I think it would be the most awesome thing ever if I got to spend the rest of my time on the planet playing music and sailing with my wife and family. It just couldn't get any more awesome than that!
We're only 401 places away from breaking into the top 100,000 in all Genres on Reverb Nation..... Milestone? Today I asked people to critique our music on our facebook page. Not one response.... good, bad or otherwise. Tomorrow I'll post some of the comments we got from the "Radio Test" thing that Reverb Nation does....
OMG.... we've slipped THREE places in the Reverb Nation National Americana rankings.... I'm going to cut my own throat, Jump out of a tall building, step in front of an oncoming truck AND sacrifice my first born male child.... Bwwwwaaaa hahahahahaha..... So, with that said we must keep in mind that you should never panic.... On the more pleasant side of things..... we had Mr. Jimmy Henley and his father at our home over the weekend and it was a tremendous experience. Not only are they very nice people Jimmy just happens to be one of the best banjo players in the world... I kid you not. He's actually won the World Champion Banjo Player competition. In fact, I believe, he's won it so much that they barred him from entering again so that someone else could have a chance!.... hmmmmm..... so maybe you need some proof? Actually, you'll get to hear Jimmy rolling through the banjo licks on our next single. We'll be releasing it on August 1st and we think you'll enjoy it... hopefully as much as we enjoyed recording it. Fair Winds and Full Sails!