Annalyse McCoy of 2/3 Goat here…we’re a metrobilly band based in NYC. In this, our first blog entry, I’ll take a second to catch you up on us.
We formed around the beginning of 2009, one of our first public performances being in MR King Productions’ Singer-Songwriter competition held at Don’t Tell Mama’s in midtown Manhattan. We took home the prize that night, which led us to performing at Tainted Blue Studios in their monthly Artists Loft Series, a podcast featuring new and up & coming New York City artists. We kept up with Tainted Blue, later recorded our first EP there, and after months of playing NYC venues such as The Bitter End, Sullivan Hall, and Banjo Jim’s, we started touring down the east coast.
The Music led us to Nashville, where we started playing at venues such as Mercy Lounge & The Basement every 3-4 months. We recorded our second album there (also an EP) at Welcome to 1979 Studios, an all-analog studio run by tape-machine refurbisher and all-around analog genius Chris Mara.
At about the same time, with the help of Visualanties Productions, we shot a Music Video of the title track of this soon-to-be album, Stream of Conscience. We had raised funds on Kickstarter for this project. We could not have accomplished this project without our amazing fans! The song has to do with our stance against mountaintop removal coal mining, a devastative practice occurring in my hometown of Inez, KY, and surrounding areas of Central Appalachia. To find out more about mountaintop removal, you can Click Here.
The album Stream of Conscience and our music video both debuted on AOL Music’s homepage in November 2011 (see our website), and got some great press from the likes of The Huffington Post, Greenpeace’s blog, and Stated Magazine. For more great press, you can view our Facebook page.
And so here we are, about to begin our first mini-tour of 2012!! Thursday night, we had a sendoff show at Arlene’s Grocery, with Buffalo Trace Bourbon sponsoring. It rocked!
(Thanks Jennifer Marie, for this photo.)
After spending about 6 months of 2011 on the road, we’ve decided to consolidate and make our out-of-town stints shorter for now. This makes it easier for us, especially when we travel in one of these:
Honda Civic, 2002
Okay… so we don’t travel with the full band in this, it would be impossible!! When we tour, a lot of times we scale it down to three musicians: Me (lead singer, mandolinist), Ryan Dunn (other lead singer, guitar player), and Ryan Guerra (master fiddler).
A look at our April tour schedule:
Stay tuned for adventures in the week ahead!
Top photo of 2/3 Goat: Mike Bradley, Visualanties.com
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