Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Bands of Middle America

Without a doubt, some of the best bands are tucked away and undiscovered in Middle America. I have been consumed with my day job, writing a book, and planning for the Backwoods Bash so I'm taking a little break to share some thoughts and experiences as we kick off the 2nd Annual Backwoods Bash.

As the music business struggles as an industry, there seems to be a surge and influx of rising "indie" or independent bands because more and more artists are taking matters into their own hands and seeking out opportunities rather than waiting on a hand out from a major label. Since we are not as influenced as the east or west coasts, our music tends to have stronger arrangements, interesting melodies, underlying tones, and vocals that you will not hear on radio in most cases.

Due to the disconnect with music politics, our artists and producers in Middle America tend to operate without the stresses and confines offered by elitists perpetuating a structured business model. The thriving independent music scene in Austin is proof of what is emerging throughout the rest of Middle America. Austin, Texas has set a standard as the "Indie Music Capitol of the World" and it seems to be spreading - little by little.

Look out major labels....... Middle America is on the rise. And, the Outlaw Entertainment Group is "INDIE in a MAJOR WAY."

Monday, April 6, 2009

Road To The Bash - Austin, May 3

INsite Magazine has organized a special "Road To The Bash" concert and raffle, featuring the 4 bands from Austin who will play Backwoods Bash 2009. The purpose of the gig is to help the bands raise money to pay for the gas to Mannford. The raffle is for the same and it'll feature some sweet band swag.

Here's the info:
Sunday May 3, 2009 @ Red Eyed Fly


Backwoods Bash - Road To The Bash


Chartreuse
http://www.myspace.com/chartreuseaudio



With over a 100 shows under their belt, including playing festivals such as Bayfest and South By South West, Chartreuse brings their experimental sound to the Backwoods Bash.

The Banner Year
www.myspace.com/thebanneryear

Returning to the Backwoods Bash Music Festival for the second year, The Banner Year will sure not disappoint. These aggressive, yet accessible, road warriors from Austin create a unique sound and experience with their mixture of alternative, pop-punk and independent rock style.

Will Evans Project
www.myspace.com/thewillevansproject

The Will Evans Project is Exciting, and charged with Soul. WEP writes and creates music that fuses blues, rock, soul, and improvisation, but most importantly, their onstage chemistry is the catalyst that forms a musical journey that is truly unique.

Michael Gibson
www.myspace.com/michaelbuiltabicycle

This classically trained and accomplished pianist brings his progressive music and songwriting to the Backwoods Bash in 2009.


Do a concert a favor... click this photo... download this flyer full-size and you'll have a letter-sized page with 8 copies of the show information. Cut it up.. keep one and hand 7 out to anyone who will take one. Thanks!
Road To The Bash 8-pack

If you know someone in Austin... please pass this information on. Word of mouth from you good people is what we count on. It's the Backwoods Bash way.