As always it’s been a minute, but it will be more than a minute before I leave you for a minute if you get what I’m saying. I think I confused myself so I’ll put it another way. I’ve been off the scene for a minute just trying to find myself. I trained with the Shaolin Masters, observed with the monks, flew with the seagulls, ran with the wolves, and of course completed seasons 1-5 of The Wire. In this soul searching period I also had time to form a new group with my man Eddie Logix entitled Progress Report, and our self titled debut release is done and will be out later this year, but before all that LP nonsense and digital ish allow me and my comrades to take you back for a sec with a little something I like to call Vinyl.
Yeah that’s right….Vinyl. With the help of our friends over at Superior Belly and Exchange Bureau Music we are putting out a limited edition colored 7 inch record which we shall call the Gold Star Edition (since the industry ain’t gonna give us one we printed up our own gold record). There will only be 300 copies available and I know what you’re thinking. Is that because they only had enough money to print up 300 copies? If that is your question you are absolutely right, but allow me to be serious for a second.
When I released my debut album “The Cooperative” I said to myself “If nobody feels the project I can say I gave it my all, quit, and put on that suit and tie, or for those that know me my apron and oven mitts (I rep Caesars on occasion).” Luckily, or unluckily as some may see it, it was everybody that is reading this (that means you) that helped me to believe in myself and push all those fall back plans to the back. Now there is no turning back. I have definitely had my ups with this music thing, but I have also had my downs and I try to let you see both through my writings and my music.
I don’t know where I’m going with this so let me sum it up. Through all the shows that I’ve played no matter how big or small your support and encouragement have truly meant the world to me and it will continue to do so. I don’t got fans (I’m not that cool), but I’m blessed to have a lot of friends I’ve met through my travels that support me in whatever I do so this music is for all of us. It is my hope that you will see this project as a step forward for me (hence the title Progress Report) and continue to support.
With all that being said, we are having a release party for the Vinyl on Saturday June 26th in the Shelter. The cover is $7 and we are giving away the vinyl to all that attend. This is my first time playing at The Shelter. This is special for me in the fact that it has always been a childhood dream of mine (or at the very least a drunken high school fantasy) to play this venue. However, I no longer want to be that tree in the unpopulated forest so I would enjoy some people there to hear me make a sound (probably a bad metaphor because I don’t want to fall. lol).
If you’ve read this far you’ve probably been in my corner for quite sometime and of course as this is up on my blog I’m merely preaching to the choir. Therefore, it is my hope that you’ll tell a friend, post the flier up on your page, write about it on your blog, or do whatever you think will get one more person in the door. I’ve never been too proud to ask for your support and as I have set the date for my biggest show thus far I’ll need it now more than ever.
In the 3 weeks leading up to the show I’ll try to blog about the long strange journey it’s been to create this vinyl so keep posted and stay connected. I’m definitely swinging for the fences with this project so hopefully I hit that home run before I max out all my credit cards, and I know what you’re thinking. … This guy really takes a long time to sum things up. With that being said I leave you with the lead single that will be on the vinyl aptly entitled “Wake Up”. (Don’t think I’m giving away all the milk for free as there is a b-side remix done by The British Knights for Exchange Bureau Music and a bonus track featuring someone very special to me). Let’s Go!