Thursday, January 18, 2007

Bang Bang Bang & De Novo Dahl Signed, Farmer Jason Shines!

This is probably old news to many Nashville music fans, but two very deserving local bands were recently signed to big league deals. Bang Bang Bang was signed to a deal with Warner Music and is currently finishing up the process of choosing songs for the band's major label debut. They expect to begin recording shortly and plan on releasing an EP in the spring. I don't much trust major labels, so I don't know if Warner will be a good fit for the bangers; I suspect that their roller-coaster descent into hell is just beginning. Good luck to 'em!

On the other hand, Nashville's De Novo Dahl has signed with Roadrunner Records, an odd pairing if ever there was one. As reported by Jason Moon Wilkins and Nicole Keiper in an article on local rockers appearing in last Sunday's Tennessean newspaper, the heavy metal label has had some success with mainstream rockers like Nickleback and recently released a fine album from the reformed, renewed New York Dolls. However, I remember Roadrunner's first efforts to branch out beyond its metal roots, back in the mid-90s when they signed artists like Kevin Salem, and I recall the horror stories Salem told me about his time with the label and I shudder for the band. Times change, tho', and maybe today's cash-rich Roadrunner will allow the quirky, artful De Novo Dahl to be itself instead of forcing them to be something else entirely. We can certainly hope so....

It's always good to hear about my old friend Jason Ringenberg, so finding this article on his latest kid's music project as "Farmer Jason" in the Nashville Scene this week was great. The former Scorchers' frontman and critically acclaimed solo artist is one of the few genuine and sincerely nice guys that exist in the music biz and I wish Jason the best of luck with all of his musical endeavors. I've heard criticism from some circles about Jason's "kid's discs" and "selling out" and I dismiss them all as rubbish. First of all, I've heard both Farmer Jason CDs and although the lyrics are definitely aimed towards kids, the music and production is top-notch, timeless and rockin'! If Jason makes some money from creating smart, fun rock music for kids, more power to him. Jason, Warner, Perry and Jeff paid their dues for 20 years with the Scorchers. I don't begrudge any of these guys a dime they might earn from playing music. You can find my review of Jason's Rockin' In The Forest With Farmer Jason in Country Standard Time magazine.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's great that Jason is doing kiddie music! As a long time fan, I can't wait to hear it. There's some good kid music around these days, and I don't say so just because I have two little 'uns. I took my son to see Ralph's World last year, at one of San Francisco's hippest nightclubs (12 Galaxies). They totally rocked, and their songs are great. Now they are signed to Disney and playing the Fillmore. There's a definite need for tolerable, not too cloying, non-nursery rhyme music that kids and parents can enjoy. Now there's a network of venues and labels out there, reminiscent of the early days of the indie scene (leading some to dub the music Kindie). Best of luck to Jason, and I hope he comes out to the west coast soon.

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a moose on the loose, Farmer Jason rules! My (almost) 2yr old son is probably his biggest fan. Thank you Farmer Jason for creating excellent kids' music that I enjoy too.

11:24 AM  

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