I hope you enjoy and share the new single! To listen, click on the music tab.
Once I get a few housekeeping items in order, I will release the whole album exclusively to you, weeks before my radio campaign kicks in and a month before the album premieres on CD baby and Itunes. Nice to know someone thinks your special, and that someone is me.
I'm also thrilled to announce that Beatles and The Beach, a show I help direct for Stage Door NJ, is coming to the Kennett Flash on Friday, November 1st! Stay tuned for more details.
Lastly, I'll be working with Riot Media Works to make the music video for "Talk Too Much". We're aiming for a release date of October 1st, and a massive party soon after.
Thanks for your continued support,
We did it! "Talk Too Much" is now available as a free download. Simply click on the music tab, then click "download" on the band camp player, and it's yours.
Now comes the fun part.
Whether it's by email, social media, or text, each time you feel like spreading the word about the song, simply write "I Talk Too Much". If you'd like to include a link to my site where your friends can download it, that'd be great, but not necessary if you'd rather keep the post mysterious.
Our goal is to create intrigue around what you and I have built up together over the last 6 months or so. When we write "I Talk Too Much", people will either agree with our assessment, or reply "hey, me too, that kid is pretty good".
That's all for now, let's get out there and talk too much!
Just wanted to thank all of you for not only snapping up my new single "Talk Too Much" in droves, but talking it up a ton. You rule.
I have some exciting news to share since the release:
1. "Talk Too Much" made it's radio debut on June 23rd as part of WSTW's "Hometown Hereos" with Mark Rogers. You can learn more about the show by going to http://wstw.com/heroes/. We're scheduled to air again in a few weeks, so stay tuned!
2. I'm honored to have been selected artist of the month for February at World Cafe Live "The Queen" and for April and World Cafe Live Philly. We've been awarded a feature show at the Philly location on September 16th at 8:30pm. And lookout for details about the year end showcase!
3. I'll be kicking off an official radio campaign next week. Look out for us on XPN or your.ocal college station.
4. Lastly, official physical copies of "Range of Irrational" will be available at my live shows beginning next week. If you'd like to exchange your advanced copy for one with my ugly mug on it, I'd be happy to oblige.
1600 miles away from playgrounds where neither of us had spent any of our days, we had finally arrived in Austin, TX. Our gracious host, Duggan Flanakin, was there to greet us. Duggan is a Boston transplant, and Austin lifer, whose passion for supporting up and coming artists is unparalled. We quickly learned we'd be staying in a cove of artistic collaboration; reminiscint of a Woodstock, west village dive or Blue Bird Cafe springboard for talent from all over the country. By day and early evening, we were a mechanized, local tour de force, hauling our gear and ourselves all over Austin to places like the Waterloo Ice House, House Wine, and Giddy Ups. The picture you see is from a "Philly Showcase" hosted by Milkboy at club 1808. Look closely, and you'll see the flyer accompanied by "Sly", minutes after his epic showdown with, "the champ", Apollo Creed. Thank you, Austin, for reminding us Phildelphians that our most famous athlete does not exist. We embrace this whole heartedly.
By night, we roamed the mad house that was 6th street; an endless sea of bars, clubs, live music and beligerent youth. Of all of the accomplishments of our tour, I am most proud of what happened next.
Seeing this as golden opportunity to prank tourists, I decided that one of us from our group would pretend to be famous. Left alone to look jaded and unamused, "fans" one and two would approach and say something like,
"Excuse me, I don't mean to bother you, but are you Dan Orlando?"
"Yes I am"
"Man, we came all the way from Philly to see you...would you mind if my friend and I got a picture with you"
"Not at all, thanks for the support..."
(Snap...flash...buzz from curious onlookers)
"I'm sorry Dan, one more, your eyes were closed"
(Buzz begins to intensify)
"Thanks so much"
"No problem, guys, enjoy the rest of the festival"
One of our subjects was asked if he minded getting recognized by two lovely ladies. To which he rambled on about building connections with fans, and reminiscing about his days as an up and comer meeting his idols for the first time. He must sealed have the deal with his humility, because we didn't see him for the rest of the tour. Said equation ends by multipying by 12, accounting for alcohol (X) and a margin of error for lack of charisma (Y) and you get a pisser of a social experiment.
By tour's end, we are all exhausted but prepped for the 36 hour drive back to Philly. Most of this is a haze, though I do remember Thee Idea Men and Katie Frank passing out CD's to a Christian Youth Tour Bus. My guess is the only "Blues Rock" and "Americana" those kids had heard of before were sites of miracles and a secret mistress of Moses.
So, that was our tour in a nutshell. I hope you enjoyed the recap. Don't forget, single release party at the Kennett Flash June 1st! Click here for tickets.
Shout out to Will Lindsay, our tour manager.
We rolled into Nashville on March 11th, road weary but excited for our gig at the National Underground. Our audience was comprised mostly of onlookers that strolled in to hear us. The room went from dead to electric, an atmospheric phenomenon I always enjoy. Having completed our touring responsibilities for the night, we strolled onto Broadway and wandered in and out of Honky Tonks, perpetually amazed at the level of musicianship from what were supposed to be bar bands! Lesson learned. There are no average, working guitarists in Nashville. Don't believe me? Go. You'll have a great time.
The next day, we played one of my favorite sets of the tour; a day time gig at Boulevard Music. It was a chance for us to shoot some video in front of a surprised, enthusiastic crowd. Check out the highlights!:
After a radio interview at Vanderbilt University and a visit to Jack White's "Third Man Records", it was off to Austin. A long haul in which we discovered that, and I did not know this, no one lives in Arkansas. "Ark" is an ancient prefix meaning "non", thus, "non" Kansas looks exactly how it sounds.
Also, the Texans that we met rarely drive east to west. While stopped at a gas station, we asked around how much longer it was to Austin, and the answers ranged anywhere from two to six hours. To be fair, they could've meant by tractor.
Late into the night, after I inadvertely let our British GPS take us the conquistador route, we arrived at our host Duggan Flannagan's house. Duggan has lived in Austin for several years, and is a great booster of local or undiscovered talent. The room was like a scene out of woodstock documentary. Dozens of artists flocked in and out, jammming, socializing, preparing for their sets, or trying their best to get some semblance of a good nights' sleep.
Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion!