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Greg Anthony and Blacktop / Blog

The adventures of the new CD release.

Its been three weeks since the release of the new CD. Things have been somewhat slow going as far as sales are concerned, but the responses from people discovering the music and listening to it on streaming places like here on RVN and on Spotify have been really cool to read. As a songwriter, nothing touches us more than knowing that something you felt, experienced, and then wrote was able to some how reach another human being spiritually, or at least engrained itself into the mind of another to the point where they care enough to send you a message or leave a comment telling you how much they love a song. Ok, there is another thing and that is those people then going on CD Baby, ITunes, etc and buying the CD but that's the icing on a cake you are already enjoying...lol. I have learned a lot about being an independent artist now and I have been doing a lot of listening to the music of others like myself and its something that I think we should all do. Take an hour here or there when you are listening to music at home, at work, etc and search for a genre you like and listen to the songs of an artist you never heard of before. There is some amazing music in this world that no one's heard of, and they really should. What I wish would happen would be those companies that have spent years dumping dollar after dollar at the established artists out there would have a collective change of heart and start spending their time looking for the new unheard of artist. The Maroon 5's, the Britney Spears', the One Directions' of the world, they are all amazing, but they are all established and can make it on their own now. They can all start a label of their own and still be just as huge. Whereas the Sister C's, the Bread Over Bombs, and heck the Greg Anthony and Blacktop's of the world, will continue to play to friends, family, and possible other people like myself that give independent musicians a chance to fill their ears with new, refreshing music. Given the chance, given the opportunity, the next CD you can't listen to enough might be by the artist you'd never heard of before. Just sayin.

Show some love...

Hello again everyone. I kind of fell behind with updates on the new CD project recently. The passing of my uncle, the Gig recently at Harding House, the recording of said CD project. Things are going crazy in many ways but the CD project itself has been getting very, very exciting. The CD will be self entitled “Greg Anthony and Blacktop”, the first of hopefully many projects by Greg Anthony and Blacktop. On our most recent release… ”Superhero” not only do you get the amazing musical skills of my great co-writer Randy Q. Raatz, and the highly talented Ron Hilger on Bass and producing, and Mike Fry on the drums, but if you listen carefully to the intro of the song, eventually you will hear my daughter Brianna Lynn exclaiming “Help…Somebody Save Me”, and then the mind blowing sounds of Boguslaw Raatz on guitar as well as sitar all the way from Poland!! Still some great songs being finished up with the help of sensational musicians like former Cinema and 4 Letter Words drummer Sean Moen, harmonies by Karaoke Hosting legend Bob Fortich, and even a rare recording of an unreleased song called “Backflips of Confusion” featuring the legendary “Gilmo” himself Dave Gilmartin, Andy Parrish, and Johnny Ramonez done from the original Raatz Dungeon. I want to once again ask that if you don’t mind, and if you haven’t done so already, please head over to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greg-Anthony-and-Blacktop/333320133360440 and help us attain our next milestone of 100 Likes. I’d like to resend the invites to everyone to make this even easier, but they were all sent out a few months back and you can’t resend them. So just click on the link and then like from there. And since you’ll be in such a supportive mood at the time as it is, maybe you can even do us a favor and head over to our reverbnation page at www.reverbnation.com/greganthonyandblacktop and join us by clicking the button that says “Become a Fan”. Plus on RVBN you can listen to all the music we are working on that will be on the upcoming CD. Your continued support is invaluable to us and by simply doing these two little things, you continue to help us on our milestone quests. On behalf of everyone from Greg Anthony and Blacktop let me say thank you very much and to some of you, thank you in advance. ‘Nuff Said…lol.

Someday - Do You Believe?

Been hearing alot of feedback and thoughts from many music fans about "Someday", our latest track. The ironic part is, the song is in the simplest form at this point. A recording done on an MP3 recorder that was only put out on YouTube to pay homage to the victims of violence around the world. Its really sad how all you see and hear about are the violators, but the victims are forgotten almost immediately. That needs to stop.

The song Someday is something I am very passionate about because the message promises a brighter tomorrow and that is something I truly believe that we can accomplish together if we stand side by side and say enough is enough.

If you have a moment to go onto YouTube, and type in Greg Anthony and Blacktop, then click on Someday, you'll see the first video done for this song which pays special attention to the victims of the Aurora Colorado shootings. Make sure you let your thoughts and opinions of the song, the video, and the situation itself so the world knows where we all stand when it comes to senseless violence throughout the world.

Now is the time, this is the place, we are the ones. Lets be the change we wish in the world!