Wow! What a wild and wonderful past couple of months we've had! In December, we began the long process of recording our second studio album. As most musicians know, recording a new album can be both exciting as well as daunting. How do you capture the energy of a live show while sitting in a studio with headphones on? How do you put into a 12 song album all the things you want to say as a band? What does it take to pack 3 years, 400 shows, and 50,000 miles worth of memories into one 40 minute CD?...
Well, I'm not gonna answer that. I'm gonna let you listen to our new album and decide for yourself. All I know is that we feel soooooo darn good to have this album in hand and we are sooooo ready to share it with you all!!!
I'm gonna take a moment now to let everyone know how they can get their hands on one of these albums.
The first time this album will be available to anyone is this Friday, Cinco de Mayo, at Isis Music Hall in West Asheville, NC. Not only will we be releasing the album to the public for the first time, we will be performing the new CD from start to finish! We will also be joined by our good buddies Horseshoes and Hand Grenades from Wisconsin! For more details on the release party, head over to our event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/486340984823185/. Our good friend Drew DePorter also designed us an awesome poster for the show, check it out!!
After that, we will be heading up to Johnson City where we recorded the album. Johnson City has become our second home, (and first home for Joe), since we began recording this album and we can't wait to perform at the Down Home this Saturday night!
The album will only be available in Asheville and Johnson City until the middle of next week when we will have it available for purchase online. We will have both digital and hard copies available as well as T-shirts and screen prints. Stay tuned for an announcement next week once the online store is up and running!
The new album is not the only exciting news that we have. We have also been selected to be an official showcase band for this years IBMA's in Raleigh, NC. Each year, the IBMA committee receives hundreds of applicants to be considered as an official showcase band. Showcase bands are featured in IBMA promo and promoted to talent buyers, festival promoters, record labels and more. We are so honored to be selected as an official showcase band and we look forward to representing North Carolina at this years conference!!
Fireside Collective began as a grassroots band formed out of deep friendships and a love for bluegrass, folk music, and rock n' roll. Since our inception, many of the administrative duties have been handled by the band and we've worked tirelessly to get our music out there and to travel far and wide. We recently decided that it's time to build the team and we are so excited to announce that we've signed on with a booking agent! We will be working with Brian Swenk from Rockwood Booking Agency. Brian works with some amazing talent including Aaron Burdette Band, Hank, Pattie and the Current, Kevin Maines and the Volts, Medicated Sunfish, and the Scott Moss Band. We are looking forward to beginning this next chapter and we are thrilled to have Brian representing us!
Well friends, that's all for now. We can't wait to get this album out to the world and we want to thank everyone who has supported us and encouraged us on this journey. We are so grateful to be able to follow our passions and we couldn't do it without you! We have so many exciting shows on the horizon including another tour out to Colorado and another trip up to the Northeast. We have a bunch of new material and we can't wait to share it with you!!!
For those of you who can't make it to either of our release parties, we'd like to share a sneak peak of the album with you now. Thanks again to Jeremy Iaquinto for the awesome album art! Enjoy and we'll see ya' around the bend!!
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