DownTown June 2013 Newsletter
Happy Fathers Day! Summer starts on the 21st...hard to believe that half of 2013 is over!
NEW NEWS…DownTown Mystic releases the next single to Radio, "Lost & Found" on the heels of "No Exceptions", released in April. "Lost & Found" is being released as a 3-Song Digital 45 on June 11. Read Press Release: http://t.co/RcPXu1eEl5
or check out new DownTown Digital page: http://shala.com/downtown_mystic_digital.htm
BENEFIT FOR TOMMY...We received some very difficult news a couple of months back when we learned that our dear friend and great drummer, Tommy Mastro, has ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Gehrig was known as "The Iron Horse" because of his stamina and strength, playing 2,140 consecutive games for the NY Yankees. For anyone who knows Tommy, he's also an "Iron Man" and this news has shaken all of us. But Tommy is strong in Faith and he wants to spend the rest of his Time working to help jump start awareness for people who suffer from ALS and the need for funding into research for this deadly disease.
Tommy was the original drummer for The Discontent and played drums on the very 1st DownTown Mystic sessions. We last saw Tommy down in Nashville in 2010 when we were in town for the Americana Festival. Tommy had moved to Nashville the year before and was already becoming a fixture in the Honky Tonks on Broadway.
On June 9 there was a Benefit for Tommy at The Headliner in Neptune, NJ. Tommy came up North for the Benefit and the chance to see his family and friends in the area. The Headliner was packed with people (at least 500) and it was the perfect Shore day to come out and enjoy the Benefit. I saw Tommy at the start of the event and was amazed at his courage and strength all day, greeting and talking with visitors for over 5 hours without a break!
Everybody got to see and show Tommy some love. It was truly a great time and an experience none of us will soon forget. If you couldn't make the Benefit and would like to contribute to Tommy's cause, please visit:
DownTown Mystic has released the "Lost & Found" Single to benefit Tommy and is now available on BandCamp: http://downtownmystic.bandcamp.com/track/lost-found-single
All proceeds from the sale of the single go directly to Tommy.
Sha-La Music/The Orchard is also releasing the "Lost & Found" 3-Song Digital 45 on 6/11/13, with all proceeds from the sale of the Digital 45 also going to Tommy.
Little did we know how much of a new meaning the song would take on. After speaking with him a few weeks ago, we found the lyrics to "Lost & Found" to be eerily appropriate to Tommy's situation. You would never know, talking to Tommy, he has a fatal disease. He comes through as he always has--strong and positive.
Check out the "Lost & Found" video on YouTube: http://t.co/vP62x0kR5o
Also, DownTown Mystic has released a new video for a track on the new Digital 45 called "Breathe". The track was co-written with The Discontent and features the band backing DownTown Mystic. The video is a tribute to Tommy and his time with The Discontent.
Check out the new "Breathe" video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/9Y005YzEco0
Also, Sha-La Music/The Orchard has just released The Discontent EP Vol. 1. The EP is available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-discontent-ep-vol.-1-ep/id648721772
The EP features songs from the last sessions Tommy recorded with the band. We want to make sure that Tommy's playing will be heard and never forgotten...We Love You Tommy!!
Check out the new "Bad Seed" video from The Discontent on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5_1EOwzEZs
RADIO RADIO…"Lost & Found" joins "No Exceptions" and "Way To Know" on the SuckFreeRadio.com playlist. "Way To Know" features Garry Tallent & Max Weinberg of the E Street Band and will be the next single after "Lost & Found". Special thanks to PD John Kuhns for being the 1st to add "No Exceptions" & "Way To Know" to the SuckFreeRadio playlist: http://suckfreeradio.com/
Also..a big shout out to Rob Saunders at Deuce Management and Promotion: http://www.deucemp.com/ for helping to get the word out on "No Exceptions" by playing it on his Radio Shows #209, #213 & #214. The Deuce Radio Show is syndicated on more than 35 shows worldwide.
"No Exceptions" has received a great response at Radio, with over 400 stations around the world playing it! DownTown Mystic also reached #18 for the Month of April on the Airplay Direct American/AAA Top 50 Albums Chart with more than 150 downloads! Here's the Press Release...
Check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GanSNYQMnj0
Available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/no-exceptions-single/id631473811 and
BIG SYNC NEWS!! THE BIG MAN DELIVERS...AGAIN and AGAIN!! Our man in Chicago--Eddie Caldwell, has come up big for us with a sync license for the CW TV show, The Carrie Diaries! 1st Eddie placed the song "Fly Like The Wind", written & produced by Robert Allen for a project called Used Records on the show. Now Eddie has done it again by getting a 2nd song called "I Live For Your Love" (also written & produced by Robert) placed on the show. Both songs were picked for the show by top taste-making Music Supervisor, Alexandra Patsavas at Chop Shop Music in LA.
A single of "Fly Like The Wind" plus 2 other songs has been released on Eddie's Music of The Sea: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fly-like-the-wind-ep/id616307854
"The Carrie Diaries" is a prequel to "Sex and the City". Set in 1984, the show follows 17 yr old Carrie Bradshaw in HS and her first forays into NYC. The show airs on the CW: http://www.cwtv.com/shows/the-carrie-diaries
Last month we had the great pleasure of seeing our favorite band play--The Band of Heathens rocked the Mercury Lounge in NYC!! Met Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist, the 2 founding members, before the show. Later, got to hang at the After Party at Zir ZaminNYC with ace bartender Ethan & ZZMgr. Jack, checking out some Comedy in the back room. Club has a really cool vibe with Lone Star Beer in the fridge...needless to say...it was a great time! Owner Paul Oveisi brought the band back from the Mercury and we got to meet bass player Nick Jay and keyboardman Trevor Nealon...while drummer Richard Millsap was occupied...lol These guys are so down-to-earth and have such a cool vibe about them, that it was a bit surreal to actually talk to Gordy, after having devoured their recordings over the past few years. Gotta LOVE that!! Can't wait to hear new music from The Heathens after hearing some new songs in their set at the Mercury Lounge. Check out The Band of Heathens: http://www.bandofheathens.com/
AGR Television Records has digitally released READ THE SIGNS in Europe, so it's available worldwide online...
READ THE SIGNS is an all Instrumental 7 song EP that has a natural Americana vibe for all seasons. The EP grew out of Sync Licensing of DownTown Mystic tracks, with two on the EP already being licensed in North & South America, as well as Europe. Produced by Robert Allen & Ben Elliott, READ THE SIGNS makes a great soundtrack while driving around in your car or chilling at home.
Check out READ THE SIGNS (playlist) on YouTube: http://t.co/p9frtPH6
Also check out the behind the scenes READ THE SIGNS recording sessions: http://shala.com/read_the_signs_diary.htm
OLD NEWS...2012 saw the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones...What do DownTown Mystic and The Rolling Stones have in common? Read about it on the Musicgoat.com Blog: http://shar.es/vWqLx
HOT & NEW...DownTown Mystic’s European single, “Believe” is included on the new “Hot & New Country Music Volume 4” cd from Sony Music. DownTown Mystic is in stellar company with Country Stars like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown and Kenny Chesney, to name a few…you can order and listen to the cd on Amazon Germany: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B00889JLN2/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_JHh7pb02Z1H9J
DownTown Mystic also has "Hard Enough", which features Garry Tallent & Max Weinberg of the E Street Band, included on the "New Country Rock Vol.5" compilation CD in Germany...as well as "Shade of White Bluegrass" on "Country Rock Heads Vol.2"...
DownTown Mystic's Standing Still CD is also distributed in Europe by SONY MUSIC: http://www.sonymusic.at/Downtown-Mystic/Standing-Still/P/2594999
COOL SYNCS...DownTown Mystic has music placed on “Last Call with Carson Daly” as well as on “The Voice” and MTV’s “Extreme Cribs” and the History Channel’s “American Pickers”! Special thanks to Jingle Punks: http://www.jinglepunks.com/
Don't forget to "LIKE" us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/DownTown-Mystic/33506110940
VIDEOS...DownTown Mystic is the lead artist to get rated on the new episode of the “NOBODY CARES SHOW” Season 3 #17. “Backdoor” is the 1st song to get a rating by the show’s panel…watch their verdict: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyrA_NL9Moo&feature=plcp
Also, check out Bruce Engler's cool video, “Jet Blew” on YouTube: http://youtu.be/IPJhW3rc7NY
RAVE REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS…DownTown Mystic received a cool review in Britain's #1 Country Music magazine, CROSS COUNTRY, to go along with some other great reviews for the "Standing Still" CD. John Shelton Ivany of TheTop21.com called “Standing Still” - “one of the best albums of the year”...and we’ve posted those reviews from around the world with an English translation here: http://www.shala.com/downtown_reviews.htm as well as some cool INTERVIEWS: http://shala.com/interviews.htm
MAILBAG NEWS...Some special shout outs to some special fans: Joseph S/NJ(US), Frederic C/ME(US), Jesse C/FL(US), Jack/NZ, Jenny W/SWE and Katy M/CAN...U GUYS ROCK!!
1 MILLION AND COUNTING…DownTown Mystic has officially surpassed 1,500,000 plays on #1Music.com: http://www.numberonemusic.com/downtownmystic/
VIDEOS...Last year DownTown Mystic had 2 videos on the 2nd show of the new 2nd season of Alternate Root TV: http://blip.tv/alternate-root-tv-/alternate-root-tv-show-season-2-show-2-4857779
Besides on the web, Alternate Root TV can be seen by 25 million people in 60 cities across the US and another 9.5 million people in the UK, including London, where it is shown on MyChannel (MyTV): http://www.thealternateroot.com/alternate-root-tv/watch-alternate-root-tv
Also available now in Europe at Amazon.comUK:
and Amazon.com in Germany:
to order all kinds of merchandise from t-shirts to hoods to coffee mugs to
key chains and more.
PS. You can also find DownTown Mystic at: www.shala.com
DownTown EPK: http://epk.theorchard.com/en/epk/presskit/published/527
Sonicbids EPK: http://www.sonicbids.com/downtownmystic
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