When I met and started dating my husband he was in a band. A hard core band. Everyone should have known it was love based on the fact that I listened to his band’s CD all the time – to the point where I knew all the lyrics, which, if you have ever listened to a hard core band, you know that is no easy feat. Eventually that hard core band broke up and he started a new band with some of his friends, this time a more poppy, rock band, which was much more enjoyable.
When that band broke up he decided that he was finished with performing, but he still wanted to be involved with music. Nearly all of his friends were musicians and were either in bands or worked in some other area of the industry (sound, recording, promoting, etc.), so it was only natural for Eddie to want to keep his foot in the music industry waters. He dabbled in production and recording, but in the end settled into the role of manager.
He lucked out and found this young kid named Shawn Fisher who had the most incredible and unique vocals any of us had heard in a long time. Oh yeah, and he was a killer songwriter. He approached Shawn and soon started managing him. The cool thing about having a lot of musician friends and connections is that you have a lot of resources to pull from. Eddie was able to pull from this large pool of musicians and pretty much hand pick a super band to join Shawn. This band became known as Son of a Bad Man.
So why did I share all this history with you? The answer is simple: I am about to rave about Son of a Bad Man and their new CD and wanted to make sure I aired all of my personal connections to them up front. The truth is, none of those connections matter. This band is incredible and I am not the only one to think so.
Shawn is a writer with EMI Music Publishing’s NYC Office, was named one of BMI’s “Top Ten Songwriters to Watch in 2009”, has written songs with Kevin Jonas, John Paul White (The Civil Wars), and Dan Wilson (Semi Sonic). Son of a Bad Man has worked with producer John Fields (production credits include Pink, Switchfoot, Miley Cyrus, and Jimmy Eat World) and played festivals such as Lollapalooza and South by Southwest (SXSW). Even more impressive than all of this, though, is what happened when they decided to record their first full-length album.
Like most bands, Son of a Bad Man is broke. But they really wanted to make a CD for those fans who have been so loyal to them, so they started a Kickstarter campaign, which basically asked people to donate money to help them record their CD. They were hoping to raise $2,000 and were unprepared for the outpouring of love they received from their fans. They ended up raising over $4,000! I think that is incredible.
The CD that their fans paid for, “Here’s to the falling in…”, comes out this Saturday, January 28th and, I must say, it is nothing short of brilliant (One of the perks of being married to the manager is that I get to hear things before they are released ). You really should check them out – I promise you won’t regret it.
Watch them cover Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”
Watch them perform “Shrug it Off” from their new album. Thank you to Richard for recording this!
Lead Vocals/Guitar – Shawn Fisher
Lead Guitar/Vocals – Jordan Allan Davis
Bass/Vocals – Brett Barley
Drums – Brad Moxey (as a side note, this guy was the Best Man in my wedding)
What do you think? Do you like their sound? Let me know in the comments.