On Saturday night we played our first show together at myrtle beach. We were invited to play by our BBFs (best band friends) “the IZM” at their 6th year anniversary celebration held at The Barrel bar and grill.
Since we are more country than metal and more southern rock than modern rock, on the surface it would seem a poor matchup. However we were pleasantly surprised on how well received. we were given many compliments by venue owner and party goers alike, despite having issues with the venues PA system for the first few songs
Kudos to the mean lady in the red shirt seated at the table for being a total meanie. She yelled at one of the patron for blocking her view even though.. hello… it’s a rock show with dozens of people standing. The look on her face when she realized that the person she treated rudely was a member of the band playing next was priceless.
After our set we enjoyed listening to the izm rock the joint with ferocity. We also met some interesting people. One guy happened to be in charge of booking acts at the house of blues. He was impressed with our performance and expressed interest in booking us for shows around myrtle beach cool! Another was a local radio DJ who gave us some good ideas for securing more of the market. Another was a professional vocal instructor who made a point to say she thought our harmonies were great.
Another was a fine gentleman named J*** who gave us very good feedback on our show. He introduced himself as a recording engineer with ties to Nashville. He told us that (and I’m paraphrasing here) that our sound was very tight, enjoyable and caters to a wide demographic. He also said curtis has a great voice and is an excellent songwriter (which of course we know already. some nice compliments to our guitarist were given as well.
After the show it was a long drive back to charleston for some of us. And for all of us, our ears are still ringing from the awesome and energetic IZM performance. well done friends and congrats on 6 yrs together! May there be many more.
in less than a 5 days since our website launch we’ve gained an additional 130 fans (and counting!) and also hugely increased our web traffic and visits to our facebook page. The unprecedented access people have to music artists via social media is a blessing but also a curse because its hard to rise above the internet ‘noise’ and capture someones attention for more than 3 minutes. We hope that our visitors find something in bootless they can connect with and stay with us on our journey ahead. We’ve got some great things planned for 2014 and want to thank all of our fans for their love and support.
We are happy to announce that Bootless is an endorsed artist representing Steve Clayton Inc (http://steveclayton.com/) makers of fine quality custom picks, drum sticks and accessories. We will be ordering some custom picks and drum sticks to us while we’re out touring to support our album.
We’re also working on some business cards / press kits as well as merchandise to have available for shows. Very excited to see the first orders come in.
To give our band a sense of legitimacy (many venues won’t book you unless you have your own domain name) we wanted to have our own website.
Late Friday night we secured our domain with dreamhost. By 4 am Saturday we had a very rough draft. Looked great on PC but terrible on mobile devices. Saturday night we nuked that and started over being careful to optimize it for all devices.
Sunday was spent cleaning up and polishing in between football games on tv.
Web programming is a tedious, frustrating and often thankless task. few realize just how many hours go into even a simple website.
Now it’s time to book those venues….
on 11/20/13, Bootless entertained hundreds of US Marines and their families at club Afterburners at the Air Station in Beaufort SC. It was humbling to give back to these honorable men and women who have given us so much. Murica! F yeah!
On Nov 8th, Bootless played a pro-bono show at Shooters in Summerville, SC. Monies raised went towards the Steve Kaufman Memorial fund where it will help Steve’s family cope with the sudden loss of their loved one. The show kicked off at 9:00 and despite the tragedy of Steve’s death, there was a good turnout and we raised over $500 for the family. Our prayers will be with Steve’s family and it was an honor to help celebrate his life that night.
On Jan 11th, the band played a surprise birthday party for Erika and Rhonda. Ericka celebrated the big 4-0 so there were plenty of black balloons floating around. Great food, great people and great fun. Happy birthday ladies!
our blog site is now active! 2014 is off to a good start.