Growing the team
We have brought in a fifth member of team Cassavettes, a good guy we've known a long time and has provided assistance and advice at crucial times: Michael Creamer (aka Creams or CreamDreamTeam or Creamer's Dreamers). He will serve as our manager, and has done the same for some of Boston's (and Knoxville's, wink) biggest bands for some time now -- Superdrag, Kay Hanley, Letters to Cleo, Todd Thibaud, Mic Harrison, Kim Taylor, etc. We all must continue to do our jobs as well, but I'm delighted to have someone who can "do what we can't," which was always the premise of bringing in someone "from the outside." I can assure you, this is no rushed decision, but rather a long time coming.
Things are picking up, too, as we're working on way back from a time that wasn't necessarily un-busy, but perhaps more quiet. The month of April will see us on the road nearly every weekend, in NYC next week, in Philly the week after (to play with Superdrag!!!), and in Delaware the week after that. In May, we're playing only one local show but it's a good one -- Girls Guns & Glory's CD Release at the Middle East Downstairs. And as for the summer, we've booked our three-year show -- headlining the Paradise Rock Club! So things are on their way.
Last night, we played our first local show since rocking the Hard Rock on March 1. We headlined the 2nd annual Alt Country Festival. This year, organizer and local rocker Mike MacDonald switched the venue from Harper's Ferry to Church and split the bill over two days. Both were wise moves. The crowd was large and there for music (imagine that). People were dancing, and they stuck around through each band -- it helped, of course, that the bill was EXCELLENT, comprised of some of the region's best bands. Now, no one seems to know exactly what alt country is, if it exists, and if does, if Cassavettes is it, but we were happy to represent. It felt good to be up on stage with these crazy cats again. Maybe it's that we don't currently have a practice space, and thus don't play as much, but it feels like forever since we all slung some tunes together. Last night was fun (albeit a bit sloppy) but the energy and the vibe were there. And that's all that matters.
SET LIST: A Hard Rain / You'll Be Crying Soon / Debts / Golden Fleece / On the Lam / Madeline / Carolyn, Don't Leave Like This / St. Anthony / Loose Lips / Shotgun Wedding / Shine A Light