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Descending New Angels / Blog

Celebrating 2008 - Our First Year As A Band

We started as two friends with acoustical guitars and a book of poetry in 1999, enjoying the occasional jam sessions with friends. It wasn't until 2007 when Erik & I (Randy) began playing at a great club, Blue Agave in Belleville, Illinois. Later that year we decided to pull together a full band and hit the ground running in 2008! We are thankful to all who have helped make our first full year as a band a tremendous success. We celebrate these achievements in 2008: 36 live shows at many of the best venues in the St. Louis area; nearly 11,000 myspace visits; 11,700 song plays; over 1,000 friends; we have been asked back at many venues (even for decent pay--a feat for most original artists starting out!). Given we have no clout or power brokers behind us, we do not take for granted all your help. To our growing fan base, supportive family and friends, venues that support original music, promotion and production professionals, media professionals that promote local musicians via radio, internet and print-- especially Becca and Samantha of STL Sound, John Carney's Thursday Nite Music Show on KMOX, Cornbread at 105.7 the Point, Fox2 News and the Riverfront Times. To all of you, we are deeply grateful. We are also appreciative for the many free sites that provide all musicians with a global presence--their vision and business saavy has contributed to the music business revolution. Myspace, Reverbnation, Facebook, TalentDataBase.com, Ourstage.com, iLIKE.com, NumberOneMusic.com--all of these sites have helped us personally reach new fans. We especially want to acknowledge these great St. Louis area venues: the Blue Agave (Belleville IL), Cruisin' Rte 66, the Old Rock House, the Way Out Club and the Bluebird--for outstanding commitment and their quality support of original artists. We appreciate the challenges of hosting new music by artists not yet well known in lieu of cover bands and DJ's--and we also greatly appreciate the venues that don't require us to sell or be ticket agents! In our book they deserve a Badge of Honor, as without them new music could not grow and eventually become those coveted "covers". Thank you all! DNA