Hello there. Happy August. It's been a little while since my last message. I've been in the laboratory making new sounds. All kinds of great things to report.
First of all, thank you all again for supporting me for the pressing of Be Your Own Mirror. The album made more of a splash in the music world that I'd envisioned, and I couldn't have done it without the gracious financing of my friends. A good-looking CD can make all the difference, as I've found out.
The success of the record has led me to put out another release. For the first time, I made a record with my live backing band. And, the group of three incredible musicians who continuously back me up finally have a name. After years of going by "Jeff Beam & Friends", we've become more than friends, and we're ready to take it to the next level. Collectively, we'll be called Jeff Beam's Loudspeaker Wallpaper. New name, same characters: Sam Peisner on bass, Scott Nebel on guitar, and Jacob Wolk on drums.
The band helps re-create my studio recordings & bring my songs to life in a way that I could never do on my own. As a result, the songs sometimes start to stray away slightly from their original arrangements on the studio albums, and they take on a new kind of sound & energy. Thus, we have decided to put out an album documenting the band's live sound in a studio setting. The self-titled Jeff Beam's Loudspeaker is an 8 song LP recorded entirely live with no overdubs. We were joined by Cam Jones on a variety of instruments. You all may be particularly interested to know that 7 of the 8 songs featured are new renditions of songs from Be Your Own Mirror.
We've just put up the first single from the album, "Congratulations on Your Latest Achievement". It's available at jeffbeammusic.com. Enjoy the single for a while, and then keep an eye out for the full album to appear as well. We're currently accepting pre-sales for the compact disc, too.
The album, recorded by Dominic Lavoie, came out pretty well. In fact, we're so psyched that we're holding a huge celebration to coincide with the release on AUGUST 23rd at Port City Music Hall. If you can believe it, Dom's band ShaShaSha is celebrating with a release of their own on the same day. Our very good friends The Toughcats round out the bill on the 23rd, and Amarantos Quartet will serve as the house band for the evening. By my calculations, it's going to be the party of the summer. I can feel it.
We're quite proud of the album, and this is sure to be one of our most exciting shows, so we very much encourage you to attend this one. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by clicking here.
For now, enjoy the single, and keep your eyes & ears peeled for the rest of the album to unveil itself. We'll be also playing a free warm-up show in Monument Square in the center of Portland on Thursday, August 8th at 5pm.
Thank you all again for assisting me with my previous record, and for allowing me to keep you posted of my current musical endeavors. I encourage you to check out the new music. If you enjoyed Be Your Own Mirror, then Jeff Beam's Loudspeaker Wallpaper is sure to spark your interest as well.
Stay thirsty, my friends.