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HIRED GUNS-The Shape Of Things To Come?

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The state of the music industry has changed dramatically. In order to survive in this business that thrills and kills, artists must be able to find new and creative methods of marketing their music.  With the advent of new and improved technology, almost anything is possible.
G4HAnd so, F.S. Fine, a song writer born in Fort Knox, Indiana, raised in Chicago and now living in Phoenix, Arizona has been working his plan. F.S. has no band to speak of.  There is no touring, no playing the bar circuit and no travelling. There are almost no expenses, and he spends his time doing what he loves, writing and recording his songs.Guns For Hire, Fine’s “band”, are a group of seasoned, professional musicians living in Nashville and Phoenix. Fine writes songs and forwards them to his musician pals who record their tracks. Everything is sent to Nashville for production and mixing. Once the song is completed, Fine is set to market his creation. He credits computer technology with making it possible for him to be in Phoenix and complete demos in Nashville. “Technology has made it possible for me to go worldwide. I don’t have to be where I record and send my songs.”

The idea, while unique, is not new. Fine admits that the concept was influenced by Steely Dan, noting that Becker and Fagan were primarily songwriters who used hired guns to play and record their music. There was very little touring, with most of their time being spent in studios. While Steely Dan had a major record deal, Fine has had to become a creative marketer as well. He has a web site where songs can be purchased via download directly from him  using major credit cards and paypal. He has joined social networking sites to promote his music and regularly submits his songs to industry executives in the hopes of landing a deal.

Driven to succeed, this stogie smoking, beer drinking writer has composed over 50 amazing country, blues, rock and bluegrass tunes.  He has songs on file in three countries and is working towards having his music picked up for film or television. The man is entrepreneurial, tenacious and self assured. Perhaps, along with the technological changes impacting the industry, this may very well be the future if one is to survive as an independent artist.

To check out Guns For Hire, follow this link: https://www.musicxray.com/xrays/904165

To view the Guns For Hire webpage: http://www.guns4hire.us/

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JANE’S PARTY: Hot Noise

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Home grown Toronto band, and Cameron House regulars Jane’s Party have recently completed their album, “Hot Noise” as the follow up to their 2009  debut, “The Garage Sessions” and the 2011 EP, “Jane’s Party EP“.  Released on Cameron House Records, this Indie band  reminds us what 1960’s pop-rock sounds like.

jane's partyThe opening track, “Palm Reading“, is a wonderful summer patio sitting or driving with the top down song. The light, willowy keys and emphatic drum shots highlight this track. . “Dutch Blue Sky” has a subtle country feel, with twangy vocals and guitars that conjure images of the railroad. The Young Rascals could have recorded “Loose Ends” in a 1960’s New York session. The bluesy tone and carnival feel of “Miles Away” and the subtle funk of “Reds and Blues” demonstrates the band’s ability to write in different genres while staying true to their roots. “Anytime Now” is a classic pop song, encouraging you to clap your hands and tap your feet. “Seasons” has  time signature changes, ethereal keyboards and a very heavy guitar riff, and asks the question, When did The Kinks meet The Beach Boys?  “Meet Me Halfway” shines as the best track on the album. This tune embraces a guitar solo that should be on a Lovin’ Spoonful album, excitingly simple drumming, basic production values and a Beatlesque ending .  What more could anyone want in an album? Every song has wonderfully full and simple harmonies. Not a bad one to be found here.

jane's party1I don’t know where I have been for the past four years and why I was not invited, but Jane’s Party is the event of the season. These guys can write songs with intricate melodies and sophisticated harmonies and make it seem simple. They understand that less is more. They value the song.They have an innate sense of classic pop and have a whole lot of fun making music. With influences such as The Beatles, The Band and The Kinks, what else should we have been expecting?

You can see Jane’s Party playing everywhere as they head out to promote their album. To listen to them, follow the link below:

http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Janes-Party

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