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Big Stir Records & CPHS

If you follow us on FB...I'd say 'social media,' but let's be honest, it's really only FB...I let folks know yesterday that Big Stir is hosting our first single release off of Bliss on Friday, August 9!!! They will have it for presale at their singles site, https://www.bigstirrecords.com/big-stir-digital-singles on Sunday, August 4. I won't spill the beans on which song we decided to release first, but because of how Big Stir does their awesomeness, TWO songs will be available...a B side if you will...and I think you'll LOVE our choice for B side!!!

Bliss, Part Tres

With so many local bands shouting out about new records every day on social, I hope we don't get lost in the shuffle. That said, I'm so stoked for everybody shouting out about their new music; it is not an easy feat!!! And THAT said, we inched closer today to the completion of Bliss...masters are done!!! I still can't do better than a "2019" release date, but I feel better about "sooner than later" today... I will say that this record has a little something for everybody I think...including ballads!!! Wahahhahahaht?!?!?! Yep!!! And I will say that we have a triple fun way of introducing the first single off the record lining up, but I have to keep that under wraps a little longer it seems... So, keep enjoying the cover and stay tuned!!! XOXO - CP


Music for Maisie Charity Concert

Please consider attending...tickets and details on our show page for August 24.

 

Andy's Picks

Somebody "picked" up new picks that YOU can get at our live shows!!!

Road Savy

We rocked our courage and headed to California over the weekend, and it was awesome!!! Big Stir Records puts on a hella good time, and we fell in love with more local California bands and their fans...be sure to check out the Reflectors, the Living Dolls and Arthur Alexander Band! We hope to make more trips to the west coast...stay tuned!!! XOXO

Big Stir

We are super stoked to join our friends, the Armoires, this weekend at Joe's Great American Bar & Grill to celebrate their new music release!! Straight up from their website...

The Armoires are Christina Bulbenko (vocals, keys), Rex Broome (vocals, guitar), Larysa Bulbenko (viola), Derek Hanna (drums) and Clifford Ulrich (bass, vocals).

Founders and leading lights of Big Stir (the record label, concert series, magazine and more), THE ARMOIRES are also purveyors of their own paisley sound: unique harmonies, chiming guitars and keys, sweeping viola, and songs that are as lyrically unexpected as they are melodic and catchy.
After three years of live work and the behind-the-scenes community building of leaders Bulbenko and Broome, the band has returned as a creative force in 2019 with new releases -- the SIDE THREE EP and their second album ZIBALDONE (due on LP and CD August 2). Both were produced by Steven Wilson of Plasticsoul and feature guest appearances from an impressive cast of the band’s fellow travelers on the global pop scene, but sound like no one else but The Armoires.
So join us as we celebrate with them!!!

NM-CO Tour 2019

Well, it was awesome!!! We had six days on the road with four shows lined up and 1,778 miles round trip! Our shows started in Santa Fe with HoneyMoon Brewery and our first tour lesson...check the traffic!!! Almost every city we went had road construction...even in the mountains before we were even out of AZ! This put us arriving in Santa Fe with about 30 min to check into our hotel, get "show" ready then off to brewery. We were very grateful for a warm reception from their Wednesday night guests as this was our first one! The next morning we had delightful food in the cozy local of Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen. After breakfast we headed to Boulder for a show at the Laughing Goat at their Pearl St location...they have a few locations in Boulder... Andy and I have played a few coffee houses so this one came with a nice familiarity even though we'd never been there before. What was great about it was they had an actual performance stage like they actually planned on having performers...not all coffee places do... We joined a night with two other touring musicians, Matt Cox and Izzy Heltai. Andy and I were up last on a Thursday night, and like a Wednesday night in Santa Fe (and Phoenix, truth be told), it was lightly attended. BUT we had dancers and that is always a win! And like Wednesday night, we met interesting folks that we would never had met otherwise so there! We didn't have far to travel for our third show at High Hops Brewery in Fort Collins/Windsor, so we adventured to Longmont for lunch. What a beautiful town! On Main Street, we found two guitar stores with Jensen Guitar Company the one we spent the most time in. After lunch in Longmont and surviving our drive in a hail storm, we were off to High Hops...in the rain and wind which meant no patio show. A bummer, BUT they are inside a greenhouse for a fun win! The brewery was packed and because of that, we were moved to the Heart Distillery which as right next door and next to all of the flowers...why we didn't photograph that, I don't know!!! On this day, I chose not to take our sound gear and I forgot my gig back at the hotel, so that combined with our placement in the back corner threw off my "show game" a bit. Andy was our sound hero and worked his magic on what we had, so all in all, it turned out okay. We had a request for Janice Joplin music...I really should learn one or two as we've had that request a time or two. Best part of show was a fellow walking in while we performed Add it Up. He rocked along, dropped a tip in our basket then headed out! Baddaboom, baddabing! BTW, the cocktails there...have them all!!! Sooooo good!!! The next day we drove south down to Colorado Springs which, if pressed, I would move there, snow and all! We got there too late to really do much other than dinner, but dinner we did very well at the Burrowing Owl! We took my car on this road trip so I did most of the driving, but I decided to have a vodka gimlet this night so Andy drove us back to hotel...win win!!! The next day, we were up before the sun to head to Durango, thinking we'd have pleeeeeeeeeenty of time to drive there...um, second touring lesson...check the weather before heading out in a state that has snow...and mountains...!!!! OMG!!! When we saw snow AND read signs about possible "avalanche," my nerves took over a bit...we didn't bring ANY winter wear!!!! All I can say is that when we finally reached our day's venue, Balcony Bar & Grill, Andy and I took a breath and we both threw back a shot of whiskey...just saying! Luckily, we had a great show with lots of folks around as there was street festival going on, with the only challenge...the weather...in the low 50's with wind and threatening clouds the whole time! The rain came in over night and combined with sleet and snow at times as we headed back to AZ, not really stopping until we were well south of Flagstaff...I couldn't believe the weather! And finally, our third lesson...plan NM and CO tour in June!!! For pictures and some video, head over to our band's Facebook page! 

 

Bliss, Part Dos

Happy May Day!!! Joe, Andy and I have been working hard to bring Bliss to mixing completion, and it sounds ahh-mazing! I'm sure everybody says that about their recordings and I think they should! Of course, others listen and may not feel the same way, and that's okay too. It's audio art and like any other art, it's subjective. We have maybe one more day fine tuning then (hopefully) it will be off to mastering. We were fortunate enough to have Roger Siebel master our previous two records, but Roger retired...in fact, we were the very last record on his very last day of work! That said, this record may have a different mastering sound and I'm looking forward to that too! About all of the album art and layout is finished so once we receive the master back, it will be off to the vinyl production facility. That's new too! In the words of our friend, Bill Stimson from the band, the Bellwethers, regarding producing a vinyl album,"...totally financially irresponsible...." I agree and yet, I'm doing it anyway! That said, I know there won't be many copies of it! I can also say that there will be one track on the record that won't be available online for downloading... Otherwise, there will be 10 tracks on the record and there will be lyrics on the insert! BAM!!! Ahhh, it won't be color vinyl, that was a question asked the other day...or at least I don't think so... I hope to have a listening release party this time versus a show release party that we did the past two times. I want to hear the record LOUD so I can feel it...just not sure where to hold such an event... Let me know if you have any ideas! That's the latest on Bliss...stay tuned!

W E A R E G O I N G O N T O U R

I am so excited to share that Andy and I are going on a mini tour to New Mexico and Colorado in May!!!!!! With support from one of our favorite venues, Pho Cao, we are headed out to Santa Fe, NM then up to Boulder, Windsor/Fort Collins, Colorado Springs (tentative), and Durango, CO!!!! We will post shows here ASAP as well on on our FB event page!!! If you live in any of these areas, PLEASE come out to see us, and if you have friends and family in these areas, please let them know that we are AWESOME (ahhhahhaaa!!!) and that we would like them come out to see us too!!! SO.EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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