Happy 2018 and i hope this year finds you well, many a journey has been travelled since I last blogged.... haha well things happen, we have done at least 2 tours and recorded another album in 2017 since we spoke... and played as many gigs as we can.... we have been up and down and all around and still we search for sound.... I have always felt it is an honor and priviledge to play music and that will never change... even though it is a tougher market than it ever was for new music artists.... the corporations have taken over and life is moving ever faster than most people even want to realize still one must fight the good fight.... it is the time of the independant artist and one must work hard to survive in this crazy world... keep the faith comrades! Play music... pay it forward and never give up....kindness and compassion never go out of style.... until we meet again...💜🐦 Tracy J bassist
Bird is the word, Hey we are The Groovebirds...we play as a rhythm section; we also do our own thing. We hope that you will take a listen to our original alt-americana music!
Music has the ability to take you on a journey...to change your perception of the world around you, it comes from the heart to the head and wraps itself around you...close your eyes...listen...let your bird fly free...
2017 Banks Radio Australia Indie Music Awards
The Groovebirds would like to say thank you and extend our deep gratitude to Banks Radio Australia for choosing "Where Do You Go Now?" from our "Time It Takes" album as best Contemporary Single of 2017! We are thrilled and honored to have been included in the list of fantastic artists recognized for their work at http://www.banksradio.com/2017-bra-winners by this cutting-edge, solid supporter of new music.
"Time It Takes"
The Groovebirds' latest album, "Time It Takes," is currently available to preview and purchase online at http://thegroovebirds.com/store and http://groovebirdsmusic.com, or through CD Baby, Bandcamp and most other online music outlet services.
Check it out and get yours today!
After taking most of November and December off to work on side projects and the next album, The Groovebirds are heading south through Southern Oregon, California and Arizona in mid January. Upcoming shows are listed at https://thegroovebirds.com/upcoming-shows-past-performances .
The Groovebirds rhythm section will be playing some shows as a duo this month before hitting the road for Lava Hot Springs and Park City, Utah; then its back to Portland for a Monday night show with Phil Carroll at The Analog. We'll be opening the show for "Moonwalker" (all the way from New York) and "The Welkin Dim." You can get tickets for the 9/25 show at the door (6pm), or save money by getting them in advance CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS LINK In the meantime, you can preview both of these bands at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg6ALYPKSRw&feature=youtu.be and http://thewelkindim.com/releases/
On July 18th, The Groovebirds opened for a fantastic band from the U.K., "Alvarez Kings." The show was part of their summer tour of the USA, and it was packed with a lot of great music from the band's debut album, "Somewhere Between." The disc (on SIRE Records) is every bit as good as the band's live performance, which topped off an evening of great music and performances by Jon Dunne, The Groovebirds, Hampton, and Onward & Etc.
The Groovebirds would also like to thank everyone at FATA Booking Agency Inc. for extending the invitation to another great show!
Hope you're having a great summer, and that you have the opportunity to see Alvarez Kings when they return to Portland in the fall . . .
The band has received positive reviews from listeners around the world who have heard the tracks on internet radio and online music sites. Even if it hasn't been everyone's "cup of tea," the consensus so far is that "Looking In From The Outside" is a good CD.
And why wouldn't it be? It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Bill Barnett, Stephan Bayley and Ryan Foster; three of the most skilled engineers and sound tweekers in the business! The disc also features guest appearances from two of Portland's premier guitarists (Chad McAllister and Jon Edmondson) and includes vocal and acoustic guitar work by Christine McAllister from Bees In A Bottle.
If you haven't had the opportunity to check out "Looking In From The Outside" for yourself, its available online through iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.com. You can support the band's efforts by purchasing or downloading the CD online at http://thegroovebirds.com, https://groovebirds.bandcamp.com, or http://cdbaby.com/cd/thegroovebirds. Physical copies featuring photos by Paul Brown are also available through these websites, or at Everyday Music and Music Millennium in Portland, Oregon.
The Groovebirds are eternally grateful to Shane Ramsay of Portland Metro Records, who has continued to play the band's early releases and more recent stuff on his internet radio station. Tune in to portlandmetrorecords.com (especially around 8pm Mondays through Fridays) to support his efforts to keep bringing the latest new releases from Pacific Northwest artists to music lovers in the Portland/Metro area. Likewise, The Groovebirds appreciate the local pre-release support "Looking In From The Outside" received last year from Vinnie Talbut and Josephine Elle at KMHD2 Dream River Radio "The New Mainstream," and the band is humbled by the regional recognition that the CD gained courtesy of Dennis Plant at KPOV High Desert Radio in Bend. You'll definitely want to check out kpov.org; the only station (that I'm aware of) to air "Strange" from the CD during prime time!
The Groovebirds would also like to send a shout out to the "Soul Invitation" and "Eve Loves Indies" programs on Indie Music People Internet Radio to thank them both for checking out the music and for all of the kind words.
Rumor also has it that "Looking In From The Outside" found its way in digital form to internet stations in the United Kingdom and Australia; most notably Banks Radio Australia, and Peter Hatton's "Big Fat Indie Show," which you can find at northernquarterradio.co.uk and banksradioaustralia.com.
Again, thanks for checking it out.
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