It’s (Almost) Here!


This is it! Just over one week until the release of my live album, “And Everything Was Perfect”. I’m super excited and – OK, it’s honesty time – a little nervous. It’s going to be a great time and I’m really excited to share the album with all of you who have been so ardent in your support of me and my music.

Anyway, the release show’s at the Steynberg Gallery in SLO on Friday, September 19th, and it starts at 7:30! Tickets are $10 and a copy of the album is included along with your ticket purchase  :)

I’ll be playing the whole album, plus a few bonus songs you might dig, too. I’m also so jazzed that Bob Liepman (of Shadowlands) is going to be joining me on the cello – he makes magic with that instrument.

Lastly, I’m pleased to announce that even though the album’s not available until the 19th, you can pre-order a digital copy right now on my website – music.lorenradis.com

Everyone who pre-orders will receive their digital download at 6am on Friday the 19th, so this is the earliest possible way to get a copy,and your pre-order comes with an immediate download of the song I wrote for my daughter, “Amelia”.

If you want a physical disc you’ll have to pick one up at the concert at Steynberg Gallery, remember, it’s included with your ticket :)

I’ll see you there,

-loren

Big News – New Live Album! New Times Music Awards!

Hey Friends,

Man, when it rains it pours, in a good way!  Tons of awesome stuff is happening right now in life and in music and I’m so very thankful for all of it.  And so for the first piece of news, it’s awesome to finally be able to say – I have a release date for my live album!

It’s coming out on September 19th and we’re having a release party concert at the Steynberg Gallery in SLO at 7:30pm! Details, as ever, on the shows page – www.lorenradis.com/shows

There’s a ten dollar charge at the door and your ticket comes with a copy of the album!  It’s gonna be a great show, I’m being joined on cello by the incomparable Bob Liepman of Shadowlands and we’ll play through the entirety of the album, plus one or two bonus songs I think you’ll get a kick out of.

Anyway, the second bit of news is…

I’ve placed in  the top three of the New Times Music Awards again this year!

My brand new song “A Young Man’s Song” won, and as a result I get to be featured on their compilation album, get a little plaque at the awards show, and I’m entered in the “Reader’s Choice” awards too!  You can listen to my song exclusively right here – http://www.newtimesslo.com/ntma_choice.php , and you can vote, right now, for your favorite local musician, and there’s some amazing talent featured there this year, it’s an honor to be included.  You know what they say, vote early, vote often!

To sum up :

New Live Album releasing September 19th, concert to celebrate is at Steynberg Gallery at 7:30 pm for 10$ – http://www.lorenradis.com/shows

Listen to my brand new (award winning) song “A Young Man’s Song” exclusively right here – http://www.newtimesslo.com/ntma_songs/AYoungMansSong.mp3

Vote for me in the New Times Reader’s Choice awards right here! – http://www.newtimesslo.com/ntma_choice.php

So that’s the news! Kind of a lot hit all at once, am I right?  I’ll keep you updated with info about the live album and release concert, and I’ll see you at a show soon, thanks!

-loren

The Year is Half Over, Which is Ridiculous

Hey Friends,

I hope you had a Happy Memorial Day!

I’ve been playing at a lot of venues that are brand new to me and they’ve all been really awesome – I especially recommend you check out Avion & Claw in Atascadero, even if it’s not a night I’m playing there!  If you have a favorite hangout that has live music and you’d like me to play there, let me know about it [ lorenradismusic@gmail.com ] and I’ll see what I can do.

I’m returning to a lot of my favorite venues in the month of June, and trying out one brand new one that’s kind of a big deal, Vina Robles in Paso Robles!  Here’s the lineup, check the shows page for details.

June 3rd @ Pomar Junction – Templeton

June 5th @ SLO Farmer’s Market on Chorro Street

June 8th @ Luna Red – SLO

Jun 9th @ Bon Temps Creole Cafe – SLO

June 12 @ Shell Cafe – Pismo Beach

June 28th @ Vina Robles – Paso Robles

In other news, I can neither confirm nor deny (psst – I can confirm it!) that I’m writing new songs and hard at work on planning the release of my live album, which you guys helped me name (thanks again!)

-loren

First Concert of 2014 – Hallelujah!

Hi Friends,

Just a quick update this time, I’ve got my first real concert of the year this Friday the 7th at Creative Juices Lounge in Guadalupe from 6 to 10 pm.  I’m joining Rob Larkin and John Batdorf, my set is from 7 to 8 and there’s a $5 charge at the door.  I call this a “real” concert because I’m not providing background music for a winery party or some other event, this time the music is the event.  Creative Juices is a great new local establishment with awesome food and drinks, friendly staff, and a serious love of great live music –  if you’ve been hoping for a chance to just relax and enjoy some music, this is your chance!

Details on this show and about a dozen others can be found on the shows page – lorenradis.com/shows

And speaking of real concerts – here’s another video from my performance at last year’s Band Together.  This is my cover of Leonard Cohen’s classic “Hallelujah”.  I hope you enjoy it. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_qcDEufp8c

And be sure to check out the rest of my videos on the youtube channel at youtube.com/lorenradismusic, and subscribe if you haven’t already so that you don’t miss any of the new stuff coming down the pipe!

Thanks for reading, talk to you later,

-loren

There And Back Again… A Songwriter’s Tale

Summer’s almost over!  You’d never know it though, this has been the hottest week or two all year.  That’s what’s so cool about this place we call home though, you can go see live music all year round and almost never have to worry about the weather!  Oh, speaking of live music and awkward segues :

I’ve got shows coming up!  This Sunday the 8th I’m at Pomar Junction in Templeton from 11:30 to 2:30, it’s my first time playing out there but they have some GREAT wines and I’m very excited to have a glass and play some tunes.

Oh, then on Saturday the 14th I’m heading down south to Santa Maria’s Riverbench Winery from 12 to 3 to play some music, and this one has a fun little twist.  I’m only allowed to play original music, no covers.  That’s pretty different for me, I usually go about 50/50, I’m excited to give it a shot though.

Details as always are on the shows page! – www.lorenradis.com/shows

There are only a few months left in my “In Honor Of…” ( music.lorenradis.com ) project, 4 to be precise.  This was a really cool experiment, trying something new like this.  When I originally envisioned the project, one of my big motivations was simply to keep myself working.  I hate feeling like I’m in a rut creatively and I’ve always gone through ups and downs as far as my growth as a musician.  Being stagnant is one of the easiest ways to lose interest in something so it’s important for me to always be bettering myself, trying new things, and I felt like a monthly recording project was a good way to do that. 

Of course, I didn’t know at the time that this would also be, by far my busiest year of shows ever.  I’ve made tons and tons of contacts all over SLO county and played more shows than I can keep track of and it’s been an incredibly fun experience and it’s pretty much the sole reason my wife has been able to stay at home with our new baby as long as she has.  It has also, however, been a ton of work, for myself and my wife, and the monthly recordings have added to that workload considerably.  So while it’s been fun, I can’t say I’m going to be sorry to have a little extra free time to spend with the family once it’s over.  I’ve been mostly happy with the output, even with the constraints I gave myself.  Seems like you guys have enjoyed it too, the cover EPs have been getting lots of attention.  So anyway, thanks a lot for making it a worthwhile experience, and remember to check back every month on the 15th, I saved some of the best stuff for last ;)

Alright, thanks for reading, talk to you later!

-loren