The Wet Darlings Release debut EP – X

It’s been awhile since I’ve had time to post on here. Things have been pretty crazy as of the past few months. Most of my efforts have been focused on the release of The Wet Darlings’ first EP, “X.” The album was recorded at the Earthwork Recording Studio in Newark, OH with my good friend Tom Atha at the helm, and mixed and produced by Grammy Award-winning producer, Jeff Ciampa. After having to push the release date back a couple of months due to our singer, Jenny, having surgery on her vocal chords, we’ve been hitting the press hard to promote our return to the stage, and the release of the EP.

We’ve been lucky enough to see a great response so far from the local press. With interview/reviews in both Uweekly and on ColumbusUnderground.com in the last couple of days. Our release show was also mentioned in this month’s issued of (614) Magazine, where we had a feature article written about us back in February. Tomorrow should see the Columbus Alive hit the stands, with photos and an interview we had with Chris Deville. Hopefully a review from the Other Paper will be sitting right next to it on the stands.

Most notable is that this EP is available for FREE on our website: http://www.thewetdarlings.com if you’re willing to join our mailing list! Not a bad deal, in these days of economic hardship, eh? If you feel like supporting us, the album is also available via iTunes, Amazon.com, Rhapsody.com, Napster, the Zune store, and ThinkIndie.com.

A limited edition run of hard copies will be available at our CD Release show, which is:

Saturday, June 12th
Skully’s Music Diner
1151 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43201
10pm, $6 cover charge ($9 for 18-20)

Please come out to see the show. It’s going to be one to remember for sure, with amazing local artists Happy Chichester and the Phantods opening for us. Along with the limited edition hard copies, there will also be t-shirts and buttons for sale at our merch table, and we’d love for you to leave with something to remember the show by. At the very least, DOWNLOAD X FOR FREE! I’d love to hear what you think of it! Thanks, and I hope to see you all this weekend!

The Wet Darlings CD Release at Skully's - 10pm on June 12th

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New Weekly Gig at Vonn Jazz Lounge – Crosswoods

The New Basics Brass Band will start a new weekly gig at the Vonn Jazz Lounge at Crosswoods on Feb. 15th. What better way to spend your monday nights than to get on down with some n’awlins second line and funk!? What’s that you say? You can’t think of any better way? I didn’t think so. Come on down, have a couple of drinks after your lame beginning of the work week, and let us help you unwind. See you there!

CD101 Andymanathon

Just finished up playing with The Wet Darlings at the 2009 CD101 Andymanathon. It’s a fund-raiser for underprivileged children that DJ Andyman puts on every year. He stays on the air for 48 hours straight and asks for pledges and donations whilst taking song requests, auctioning off items, and also featuring local bands performing live on the air in the CD101 Big Room. We were honored when Andyman called us and asked us to participate in the event. Seeing his dedication to this cause was truly an inspiration, and I really couldn’t do more than smile when I saw him pushing through the last few hours of the event.

The Darlings scrounged up what money we could and made a band donation to do our part, which was probably the most rewarding part of the whole experience, but that’s not to discount the whole playing live on the airwaves bit. Playing in a room with a few people watching isn’t so weird, but seeing a few and knowing that there are probably thousands of people listening is a weird feeling. Kinda hard to muster the energy that comes from a typical live show, but I think we did pretty well, after listening to the recording of the segment that we were featured in. We played one of our originals, “So Long Lover,” and then a rendition of “O Holy Night,” to keep with the spirit of the event.

In any case, I haven’t heard the final results, but before I left the CD101 studios, I heard them announce that they had raised over $31,000, which is a wonderful feat. Although we only played a tiny part in the fund raiser, I’m glad that we could do our part in the endeavour, and really witness the spirit of giving that the holiday season is all about. Click here for more information on CD101 For the Kids. While you’re there, check out CD101 and all their cool upcoming events. When a local independent radio station  goes all out for a charitable cause they way these guys have, I have no problem giving them a shameless plug, so please check them out online and tune into 101.1 fm.

UPDATE 12/21/09: Found out this morning that the Andymanathon managed to raise over $42,000 for the kids. Thanks to everyone who made a pledge and sacrificed to support this wonderful cause.

Let the Recording Begin

We started work on The Wet Darlings’ first album this weekend, working with Grammy award winning engineer Jeff Ciampa (Bill Evans, Wayne Shorter) producing, and engineer Tom Atha at Earthwork Recording Studio in Newark, OH.

Things went REALLY well; in two short days (we maybe worked 6 hours each day), we managed to capture all 9 drum tracks with multiple takes to choose from and time to spare. We tracked live to a click, and the tones we got were AWESOME. I’m really excited to see where the rest of this album goes, and I’ll surely be updating things here soon enough. Stay tuned.

Kevin Dean Returns to Ohio

Kevin Dean is making a return to the Rumba Cafe in Columbus in support of his debut album, “Long Live the Ashes.” I’m really excited about this, as I’ll not only get to see one of my good friends for the first time in months, but I’m also really looking forward to playing debuting some of his new tunes at this show! I would strongly encourage anyone who hasn’t checked out his tunes to look him up on iTunes and take a listen. Kevin’s just beginning to blossom as an artist, and I firmly believe he’s going to do something great with his talent. Come check it out before he’s too big to come back to Columbus.

Thursday, June 18th at 10pm

Rumba Cafe

Also Appearing: Miss Molly!

– Link to Facebook Event

Hiking Trip – Smoky Mountains

This past weekend, my girlfriend and I got away for a much needed vacation. We got in the car and drove down to the Smoky Mountains for some great hiking. We headed up to the Appalachian Trail on the first day and hoofed it about 8 miles up to Charlie’s Bunion. Then we drove out to Cade’s Cove on the second day for a much more relaxing hiking to Abram’s Falls. The sites were great, and being in the outdoors was really rejuvenating. The next couple of weeks are going to be insanely busy, so this kind of escape was great for us. Check out the picture album links below!

Part 1

Part 2

Eastern Connecticut University

Our last stop on the tour was Eastern Connecticut University. After having a night off from gigging, the day before, we had the pleasure of staying with the Manning family in nearby Lebanon, CT, just outside of Willimantic, home of ECU. The Manning family were amazingly gracious hosts, and I’d really like to express my thanks to Lynn, Al, Jabez, and Jasmine for making us feel at home, despite the fact that we were total strangers. Special thanks to Jabez for hooking me up with a Manning Enterprises t-shirt that I shall treasure forever.

Playing at ECU was a great end to the tour. Jared and I picked Abbi Cook up from the airport, and had the privilege of sharing the evening with her and her own unique brand of piano soul. We had a very cool audience that was really into the music. The sound was great, as was the mood, AND there were free brownies. Special thanks to Chris, Brett, Steph, and everyone else who made our time at ECU smooth sailing and enjoyable! Extra special thanks to Shelley, who volunteered to take the first and only photos of our performance during the whole tour.