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Hey everyone!

It's been quite a year for the band thus far! I am finally catching up on the newsletter and there's lots to tell! I thought I'd take a moment to update you on some exciting developments surrounding the new album chemical which just hit the streets and is doing very well here in the early stages of its release! I'm writing to tell you a bit about the making of the album, to update you on some radio & press highlights AND to announce the performance dates that make up our upcoming Fall tour of the western US.

First - How you can help:

I'd also like to use this opportunity to let you know that we are doing some quiet and hopefully tasteful fundraising for the promotion of the album. I've seen the Kickstarter and Pledge Music campaigns from the sidelines over the years but have always been a little turned off by the approach honestly. While I've seen a number of musicians launch very successful and creative campaigns over the years, I never personally felt comfortable with the idea of cooking up a laundry list of random items for people to pledge toward and then badgering them every other day about where I stand in meeting my goal. There also seem to be some healthy fees and roadblocks involved with actually getting the funds you've raised so I've pretty much steered clear.

Who knows? I might reconsider this stance at some point but, for now, I'll just put this out there...

If you enjoy our music and have an interest in making a donation toward the production, promotion and touring support associated with the albums in-progress release, please email me directly at:

jspooner@maine.rr.com

 


I will give you the overview about how we are approaching this effort and will fill you in on options. We have a few avenues toward supporting the band's efforts and I'd be more than happy to run through them with you directly. As always, any donation in any amount helps.

Thanks for your consideration!



A FEW QUICK REMINDERS:

ONLINE NEWSLETTER

Just a heads-up that the more robust online version of this newsletter is viewable here:

www.jasonspooner.com/newsletter.asp



 

 

NEW FACEBOOK BAND PAGE & TWITTER REMINDER

Just a brief reminder that we now have a band Facebook and Twitter page. Like 'em today! Tell your friends!





Visit the NEW band Facebook page




Visit the band's Twitter page

 



THE MAKING OF CHEMICAL




Before I get to the making of the album overview, I'd just like to thank my band mates Reed, Adam and Warren for their time, talent and dedication toward the making of the album. Recording 14 new songs was no small undertaking and their unwavering team mentality really contributed to a special result.

It was a unique and unprecedented process for us, leaving our homes in Portland and spending a good part of the winter of 2014 in an amazing and somewhat remote studio up the coast of Maine in the village of Camden. We collectively had ongoing day-dreams over the years about finally making a "full immersion" record so to speak (Exile on Main Street, Music from Big Pink, etc.) - a scenario in which you consciously free yourself from the distractions and minutia of daily life and focus purely on writing, arranging and recording music together for days and weeks at a time. We had achieved this in disparate small doses in the past but certainly never to the extent that we were ideally aiming for.

A chance phone call last summer to an old college friend, Jason Hearst, made me realize that our time had come. Jason was in the midst of launching a state of the art, gorgeous new studio (HEARSTUDIOS) in a beautiful town on the coast of Maine and invited us up to take a look. As soon as we saw and felt the room, we knew we'd struck gold and we made plans to return in February.

The sessions that ensued this past winter yielded our most ambitious, diverse, musically mature and challenging album to date. All of the core tracks (guitar, bass, drums and keyboards) were recorded live on the floor. We certainly overdubbed plenty of vocals, guitars, keyboard parts and percussion but the essence of the album is four band mates playing live; this is exactly what we set out to do and we're proud of the results.

This was also our first effort as a quartet. Warren Mcpherson, the newest member of the group, added a great deal to the writing and recording process and I feel that the new formation really allowed us to delve into some new territory.

In my mind, the album stands out in our catalog as having an inherent immediacy and an organic quality... you can hear the room, feel the space and you can sense that a performance is taking place. I think we've finally translated what we do live to a recording... not always an easy task.

I also got a lot our of returning to Camden itself. I had spent a couple of years living on Lake Megunticook after college with some friends from school and I spent a lot of time on the shores of that lake writing music and lyrics. In many ways, it was a major creative touchstone for me and a huge source of inspiration early on. I wrote a fair amount of my first album on that lake and I find myself returning to that spot mentally when I'm parched for ideas or just need a little fresh air.

Having the chance to return to the area after living in Portland, after making three albums, after doing some national touring and after paying some dues just felt right. It felt like home.

I will never forget the process or my time up there. Midcoast Maine is like nowhere on earth and the area is a big part of the feel of the record.

A very special thanks to the amazing Jason Hearst - my engineer and co-producer. He truly made the album possible and his ears and relentless creativity made the time in his incredible space truly unique. A huge thanks to Bob Thompson from HEARSTUDIOS and Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering as well. A great team all around.

I hope this album gets through to you... I hope it makes you think, feel, smile, dance and remember. 

I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for listening.





HEAR THE ALBUM TODAY!


The links below provide a few different online sources for you to download or stream chemical. If you are close to Maine or New Hampshire and would like a cd, Bull Moose Music is the place!

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/chemical/id917468886?ign-mpt=uo%3D4


SPOTIFY

http://open.spotify.com/album/4jieVJ1NeNg8COncuIdV80


CD Baby

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thejasonspoonerband


BULL MOOSE MUSIC

http://www.bullmoose.com/p/16968302/jason-band-spooner-chemical-local



 

AN UPDATE ON FIREFLIES AND OUR FIRST FAN-SOURCED VIDEO


As I mentioned in my last newsletter, we decided to use a creative and somewhat non-traditional avenue earlier this summer for pre-promoting the first single prior to releasing it to radio. We had distributed advance copies of the album to a small group of friends and fans to gauge reaction to specific tunes. We received a variety of feedback but the song that made it onto everyone's top 3 list was Fireflies.

We decided to take advantage of the fact that the summer season was just getting underway and thought it would be a good idea to leverage the excitement around the song. We moved ahead by creating a website (www.fireflies2014.com) that allowed fans to download the single free of charge. In return, we asked them to upload a personally shot photo or video to the site that would, in turn, we used in a 100% fan-sourced video for the song to be released online and amplified via social media channels. The reaction was instantaneous and we collected a wide range of media from enthusiastic fans from all over the country.

The subsequent reaction to the video itself was even stronger and within a matter of weeks we received social media shares from several companies, organizations and media outlets including: The Maine Office of Tourism, L.L. Bean, Taylor Guitars, Tom’s of Maine, Fishman Transducers, Ned Steinberger Designs, Maine Magazine, Cape Cod Life, Colby College, Townpool (Nantucket - MA), Berkshire Magazine, MaineToday / Portland Press Herald, Harpoon Brewing (Boston), Cisco Brewers (Nantucket - MA), Shipyard Brewing, Allagash Brewing, Gritty McDuff’s Brewing, Baxter Brewing and Geary Brewing.

Nothing crazy of course, but a very fun way to get the word out about the song while summer was going strong...

Here is the video - you might find one of your photos or videos somewhere along the line. Feel free to share it and repost it if you're up for it!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEeLkZNfjzk

You can also check out a very cool story that Portland, Maine's WMTW News shot on Fireflies and about our time at HEARSTUDIOS:

www.wmtw.com/news/maine-band-takes-advantage-of-social-media-technology/27365872#!by2Yax



 

RADIO & PRESS UPDATE


It's always very exciting to release an album and to watch reactions start to roll in from press and radio.

We're thrilled at the progress thus far with Fireflies which has been very well received at Triple A Radio stations nationwide.

The following stations are playing the album right now... feel free to call in a request!

SiriusXM The Loft (Ch.30)
WMVY - Martha’s Vineyard
WDST - Woodstock, NY
WBJB - Lincroft, NJ
KBAC - Santa Fe, NM
WFIV - Knoxville, TN
WTYD - Williamsburg, VA
KRVO - Kalispell, MT
KRVM - Eugene, OR
KRSH - Santa Rosa, CA
WCNR - Charlottesville, VA
WOCM - Ocean City, MD
KRCC - Colorado Springs, CO
WCLZ - Portland, ME
KDTR - Missoula, MT
KTAO - Taos, NM
WMWV - North Conway, NH
WKZE - Red Hook, NY
Maine Public Radio
KXCI - Tucson, AZ KPND - Sandpoint, ID KVNF - Paonia, CO
WYCE- Grand Rapids, MI
KNBA - Anchorage, AK
KDBB - Park Hills, MO
WMKY - Morehead, KY
WEXT - Albany, NY
KMMS - Bozeman, MT
KFMU - Steamboat Springs, CO
KSPN - Aspen, CO
WCBE - Columbus, OH
Wyoming Public Radio
WERU - Blue Hill, ME
WUMW - Milwaukee, WI
KFAI - Minneapolis, MN
KYRS - Spokane, WA
KRVS - Lafayette, LA
KVNF - Paonia, CO
WMKY - Morehead, KY
WVIA - Pittson, PA
WHFC - Baltimore, MD
KSLU - Hammond, LA
KTCV - Kennewick, WA
KSLU - New Concord, OH
In our first week at radio, we were the third most added track on the BDS Indicator Chart for Triple A radio, just 2 slots behind U2! We were the only independent release in the top ten most added track list. The following week, we made the 4th most added slot and also landed on the Greatest Gainer chart. Not a bad start!


We've also had some nice press roll in lately... here are some highlights:

GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE

www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-free-download-jason-spooner-band-fireflies

www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-exclusive-video-premiere-the-jason-spooner-bands-fireflies


NO DEPRESSION

www.nodepression.com/album-review/jason-spooner-band-chemical


WOOD & STEEL MAGAZINE

www.jasonspooner.com/press/woodandsteel/default.htm

THE PORTLAND PRESS HERALD

http://mainetoday.com/music/heres-full-swoon-new-jason-spooner-band-album-chemical



 

WESTERN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED!
Sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Co.


There's nothing quite like driving around the western United States in the Autumn and it's even sweeter when you're managing to simultaneously play music in amazing towns and cities along the way. It's been way too long since we've visited WA, MT, ID, WY, OR and CA! We're thrillled to start the adventure next week.

If you're close to any of the tour stops, please come say hello... we'll have fresh copies of the new album with us!

Thursday, October 16
ZOLA
8:30pm
No cover
22 West Main St.
Spokane, WA

Friday, October 17
The Great Northern
9:30pm
$5
27 Central Ave.
Whitefish, MT

Saturday, October 18
Stage 112
9:30pm
$10
112 N. Pattee St.
Missoula, MT

Sunday, October 19
DiLuna's
5:30 Dinner
7:30 Show
$12 in advance
$15 day of
207 Cedar St.
Sandpoint, ID

Tuesday, October 21
The Silver Dollar Saloon
8:30pm
Free show
133 S Main St.
Butte, MT

Wednesday, October 22
The Riverhouse
8pm
45130 Gallatin Rd.
Big Sky / Bozeman, MT

Thursday, October 23
The Town Square Tavern
9pm
20 E. Broadway
Jackson, WY

Friday, October 24
Whiskey Jaques
9pm
$5
251 North Main St.
Ketchum, ID

Saturday, October 25
Rocktoberfest at Snoqualmie
6pm
$20
BUY TICKETS
Alpental Lodge
The Summit at Snoqualmie
1001 Route 906
Snoqualmie Pass, WA

Sunday, October 26
6pm
$5
The Alberta Street Pub
Portland, OR
With Wil Kinky!
1036 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR

Tuesday, October 28
Humboldt Brews
9pm
$20
Arcata, CA
Supporting the Jeff Austin Band with Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross
Martin (Featuring Jeff Austin of Yonder Mtn. String Band)
Arcata, CA

Wednesday, October 29
The Hotel Utah Saloon
8pm
$10
San Francisco, CA
Supporting Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Saint Ides kick off the night!
Hotel Utah Saloon
500 4th Street @ Bryant
San Francisco, CA

Saturday, November 1
The Genghis Cohen
10pm
$10
Los Angeles, CA
740 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA




OFFICIAL TOUR SPONSOR - SHIPYARD BREWING CO.

We're thrilled to announce that our good friends at Shipyard Brewing will be sponsoring our western Fall tour. We have known the Shipyard crew for years and, in addition to brewing some of the finest craft brews in the country, that take a very active role in supporting the music & arts community here in Maine. We have partnered with them on countless wonderful events over the years and we are thrilled and honored to have them aboard as a sponsor for the tour.

Check them out at:

www.shipyard.com

 



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Live Shows This Month
Thursday, October 16
ZOLA
8:30pm
No cover
22 West Main St.
Spokane, WA

Friday, October 17
The Great Northern
9:30pm
$5
27 Central Ave.
Whitefish, MT

Saturday, October 18
Stage 112
9:30pm
$10
112 N. Pattee St.
Missoula, MT

Sunday, October 19
DiLuna's
5:30 Dinner
7:30 Show
$12 in advance
$15 day of
207 Cedar St.
Sandpoint, ID

Tuesday, October 21
The Silver Dollar Saloon
8:30pm
Free show
133 S Main St.
Butte, MT

Wednesday, October 22
The Riverhouse
8pm
45130 Gallatin Rd.
Big Sky / Bozeman, MT

Thursday, October 23
The Town Square Tavern
9pm
20 E. Broadway
Jackson, WY

Friday, October 24
Whiskey Jaques
9pm
$5
251 North Main St.
Ketchum, ID

Saturday, October 25
Rocktoberfest at Snoqualmie
6pm
$20
BUY TICKETS
Alpental Lodge
The Summit at Snoqualmie
1001 Route 906
Snoqualmie Pass, WA

Sunday, October 26
6pm
$5
The Alberta Street Pub
Portland, OR
With Wil Kinky!
1036 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR

Tuesday, October 28
Humboldt Brews
9pm
$20
Arcata, CA
Supporting the Jeff Austin Band with Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin (Featuring Jeff Austin of Yonder Mtn. String Band)
Arcata, CA

Wednesday, October 29
The Hotel Utah Saloon
8pm
$10
San Francisco, CA
Supporting Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Saint Ideas kick off the night!
Hotel Utah Saloon
500 4th Street @ Bryant
San Francisco, CA

Saturday, November 1
The Genghis Cohen
10pm
$10
Los Angeles, CA
740 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
 


 











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