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Are we with the Artists? 100% !

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and its catastrophic effect on musicians, Bandcamp is waiving its share of artist revenues on Friday March 20 – and Yellow Dog Records is following suit by passing every dollar of its March 20 Bandcamp sales to its artists.

[ Here is the link to the store for today’s sale!  —> music.yellowdogrecords.com ]

Covid-19 has single-handedly erased months of show dates from the calendars of jazz and blues musicians, rock bands, Americana groups, singer-songwriters… musical artists of every stripe. It happened with brutal speed, an utter demolition that has equally threatened established careers and burgeoning ones. Not only are paid gigs lost, but so is the chance to sell merchandise, a crucial source of artist income. And so now is the time to help these artists weather those losses while they wait for their touring lives to resume.

Music platform Bandcamp, which powers the Yellow Dog Records store, has been selling digital downloads and physical releases for music artists since 2008. Like all online sellers, Bandcamp keeps a percentage of sales it generates – and, like all record labels, Yellow Dog Records keeps a portion of its artists’ record sales. To raise awareness around the pandemic’s impact on musicians everywhere, both Bandcamp and Yellow Dog Records will pay artists 100% of record sales and downloads ordered through Bandcamp on Friday, March 20, 12:01am to 11:59pm.

Need to round out your Eden Brent collection with her recent Christmas album?  Missed that Claudettes digital-only release back in 2017?  And what better way to bond with little Suzie (is she 4 already?!) by listening together to the Asylum Street Spankersaward-winning children’s album while regaling her with stories of how you met her dad in the front row of one of their shows, back in the day…  Or use the opportunity to try something new from our catalog.  On Friday, 100% of it goes directly to the artists!

We’ll all need to support one another to get through the challenging days ahead. On Friday, music fans can direct a little targeted support to a music community that needs it now. Please visit the Yellow Dog Records store at music.yellowdogrecords.com, or the broader Bandcamp ecosystem at bandcamp.com to show musicians that we value their art and are with them 100%!

P.S.  Whether or not you can help with Friday’s fundraiser, please help the cause by spreading the news!  Forward this email to a friend, repost/retweet, or shout from your quarantine balcony to remind people that musicians are among those that need our help, right now.

The Claudettes – new partners, new dates

We’re proud to announce that The Claudettes are now being booked in North America by the good folks at Mongrel Music!

We’re just as excited to announce that they are now managed by Guy Eckstine and his Iconique Music Group. Guy has a fascinating history and quite a brilliant career as an A&R executive, artist manager, record producer, new media maven, Grammy board member, corporate consultant and musician. He has produced and Executive produced over 45 records, four of which have won Grammy Awards, including “The New Standard” by Herbie Hancock. Read more about him here.

The Claudettes are adding tour dates all the time — see the latest list at https://theclaudettes.com/shows !

An Eden Brent Christmas

Atop our Christmas wish list for years has been “new music from Eden Brent”. Atop Eden Brent’s to-do list for years has been “make a Christmas album”. What better way to kick off the holiday season than announcing An Eden Brent Christmas?

This one also has a touching backstory. Soon after Eden met London trombonist/arranger Bob Dowell on the 2008 Blues Cruise, they began a relationship that included one particularly sweet tradition: they’d spend Christmases in Eden’s hometown of Greenville, Mississippi. The yuletide season had always held a special place in both their hearts, and the feeling deepened with each holiday visit.

When Eden began to feel the urge to make her first Christmas album, it was clear that Bob (now her husband, who’d moved to be with her in Greenville) should write the charts. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Bob had been immersed in blues, jazz and R&B for years, and arrangements were his forte.

For the sessions, Bob tapped the deep pool of Memphis instrumentalists with whom he’s played and recorded. The musicians heard here have worked with B.B., Aretha, Booker T., Dr. John, the Bo-Keys and more. This project had been years in the making, but this became a “hit it and quit it” recording. One practice, one take: this is what largely went down, with a team of Memphis stalwarts, Bob’s inspired charts and Eden’s earthy vocals sounding more Etta than Ella. Whether you’re feeling a Dickensian winter bite or basking in balmy climes, this is a warm-hearted Christmas throwback you’ll spin every year about this time!

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