Yes, that’s right folks. My new CD, “titled How Could a Man” is available for purchase on my WEBSITE so head on over and order your self a copy. It is a thing of beauty, with 12 new songs, a lovely cover, and a liner note booklet with all the lyrics. Please note that this release will NOT be available on streaming services until May 10th, 2019, so the only way to hear it before then is to get the CD! So go on! Now!
OK, so it is Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 and my CD’s are supposed to be arriving TODAY! My new CD’s that is, my new album!! It is called HOW COULD A MAN and there are twelve tracks. It will not be live on all the streaming services until March 10, 2019, but if you want it before then I suggest you head on over to my website DEREKSENN.COM and order yourself a copy! I’ll get it in the mail right away. This is the cover:
Hi! I think it has been well over 2 years since I last posted. Sorry that is pathetic. But let me explain; When I released my last album in 2016 (Avuncular) I was getting ready to commence a home improvement project that ended up taking almost 18 months to complete. In a nutshell, I knew the improvement project would require 100% of my extracurricular time, and i was correct. So when I released Avuncular, I made an announcement that I had a new album out and sent some copies to reviewers but that was about it. It landed with a bit of a thud and I only have myself to blame. I was fortunate to get some good press, but I was unable to play out and promote the album. I didn’t even do a CD release show. So Avuncular simply did not get the love it deserved, but the home improvement project did. Now here we are a couple years down the road and the home improvement project is in the rearview mirror. After finishing it I got a hankering to get back in the recording studio, so I booked some time locally at Laurel Lane studios here in San Luis Obispo, CA with Damon Castillo. It was a departure from my other albums, where I absconded to the Bay Area to record with John Vanderslice at Tiny Telephone studios. Those analog recording sessions were brief an efficient. Both sessions took 6 days each and we hammered out a whole album in that time.
It was not in the cards this time to head up to the bay area, so this time I was able to stretch out the recording process over several months, since Damon’s studio is about 3 miles from my house, as opposed to Tiny Telephone, which is 250 miles away. I also recorded to Pro Tools (digital software rather than analog tape) this time. Having recorded both analog and digital I must say that there is not a right way or a wrong way. They both have their charms and I feel very lucky to have experienced both processes.
Bottom line, I am finished with my new album. It has been recorded, mixed, and mastered, and now my friend Joe Koenig is working on the album art. I am aiming for a release date sometime in the spring of 2019.
I am proud of this album. It has a bit of everything. There are a couple bare, solo acoustic tracks, there are a couple tracks that are quiet and mellow but with some production, and there are some rocking, groovy tracks. It has a bit of everything. And it is coming your way. The title is “How Could a Man”, which is also one of my favorite tracks. Stay tuned!
Yes, those fine folks at Americana UK have reviewed Avuncular and you can read the review right HERE
So Patrick Hayes from Ninebullets.net did a nice little recap of a few 2016 releases worth a mention and hey, he included my latest. Read it HERE
So Gabriele Benzing of OndaRock, the Italian music publication, named Avuncular the 10th best album of 2016. There are some heavy hitters on the list and I am honored to be among them:
Check it out HERE
So let’s see. I posted an event on Facebook letting everyone (all 192 of them) know that my CD is now available, and I posted something on Twitter and Instagram, and I sent out an email to the 27 people on my mailing list. And I sent copies to reviewers, but you know how that goes. It is very hit or miss. Last time around I got lucky and had a few hits. This time, we shall see.
But in the end I am not sure where to go from here. How does a guy with a day job and no plans to tour expand his audience? Well, I suppose I can start local. I am super busy right now but I need to play some gigs. Hell, I didn’t even have a CD release show, save for a private hoedown at my house.
So, marketing the new album. What to do?
How about make a rudimentary music video! OK, here you go…
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